Research at UCLan

Quality Research, Transdisciplinary impact and global reach

The University of Central Lancashire has a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators producing 4* quality outputs including in Science – 14 Nature and Nature series papers and in Medicine - 15 Lancet and Lancet series papers since 1 January 2014. We produce high quality international and world-leading research across an expanded range of other disciplines ranging from the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We receive substantial funding to broaden our research, innovation and enterprise activities which have economic and social impact.

Professor Janusz Jankowski
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Medicine

High Quality Research

Our high quality research with trans-disciplinary impact and global reach including specific details about our research themes, groups, staff and facilities.

Research Institutes

Our Research Institutes will enhance the quality of the research environment and create more opportunities to achieve world leading impact through their activities.

Research Services 2018

Research Services is structured into five units. Our purpose is to support UCLan academics with their research careers and to support the University in its research ambition.

Grants and Funding Unit (GFU)
Lead - Gillian Chew: Grants and Funding Manager

Ethics and Integrity Unit (EIU) 
Lead - Emma Sandon-Hesketh: Head of Ethics & Integrity Unit

Research Excellence Unit (REU)
Lead - Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
Lead - Emma Sandon-Hesketh: Head of Researcher Development Unit

Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)
Lead - Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

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In the top 800 universities globally : THE World University Rankings 2018

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Over 800 research students enrolled currently

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More than 100 Professors & Readers working at the university

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Over 600 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Over £6 million received in total research income per year

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393 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last 5 years

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Spotlight on Research News

Parents of more than one in four babies in England face suspicion of child abuse and potential investigation

Parents of more than one in four babies in England face suspicion of child abuse and potential investigation

New research published today, Tuesday 24 April, in the Child & Family Social Work journal reveals that child protection policies in nearly half of local authorities across England require all babies with a bruise to be referred to children’s services or investigated for signs of abuse, despite recent research showing that more than one in four (27%) babies had an accidental bruise over a seven to eight week period.

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Transforming lives in Africa

Transforming lives in Africa

Representatives from more than 15 African nations have visited Preston to celebrate the work the University of Central Lancashire is doing across the continent.

High commissioners, government officials and charity representatives from countries including Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, came together at the University for a special event commemorating the work UCLan has done with its partners in Africa through its educational and community projects.

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UCLan student wins international award

UCLan student wins international award

A PhD student from the University of Central Lancashire has received an international award in recognition of his work at Lancashire Constabulary.

Scott Keay, who is also a senior crime analyst with Lancashire Constabulary, has received the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) Award for Excellence, following his paper on the role of an analyst and how evidence-based policing can help to tackle crime.

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Research Events

Research Events

Details of forthcoming inaugural lectures and other events of interest to the wider research population.

Research Social MEdia

Research Social Media

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The Conversation

Articles on The Conversation written by UCLan researchers.

Examples of high quality research

icon SkydancerPlex: A novel STR multiplex validated for forensic use in the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) - Forensic Science International: Genetics

icon Assessment of an incentivised scheme to provide annual health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disability: a longitudinal cohort study - The Lancet Psychiatry

icon More than sense of place? Exploring the emotional dimension of rural tourism experiences - Journal of Sustainable Tourism

icon The range of thresholds for diameter 2 in random Cayley graphs - European Journal of Combinatorics

icon Preventing Domestic Abuse for Children and Young People (PEACH): A Mixed Knowledge Scoping Review - Project Report. National Institute for Health Research, London, UK

icon Making meaning”: Communication between sign language users without a shared language - Cognitive Linguistics

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