Research at UCLan

Quality Research, Transdisciplinary impact and global reach

Our ambition is to deliver an environment which supports the production of accessible knowledge and information to realise impacts of relevance to society. We are innovative and entrepreneurial in our approach to research and knowledge exchange which maximises our positive social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and globally. We have a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators, nurturing postgraduate students and early-career researchers, producing high quality international and world-leading research.

High Quality Research

Our high quality research with trans-disciplinary impact and global reach including specific details about our research themes, groups, staff, facilities and our 6 new overarching UCLan Research Themes.

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 2019

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

Research Governance Unit (RGU)
Lead - Emma Law: Research Governance Unit Senior Manager

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

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
Lead - Carol Walton: Researcher Development Lead 

Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)
Lead - Annette Ramsden: Scholarly Communications and Repository Manager

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Developed our research into 2 Institutes, 6 themes and 11 centres

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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 800 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Annual total research income of £6.9 million

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450 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last five years

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Spotlight on Research News

Inspirational science communicators from across the country come together at UCLan

Inspirational science communicators from across the country come together at UCLan

Researchers and public engagement professionals from across the country have come together at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to explore new ways of inspiring the wider public to engage with cutting edge scientific research. 

UCLan is the second university to host the INTERACT Symposium, which attracted representatives from 46 universities from all over the UK as well as from Government laboratories, learned societies and organisations dedicated to public engagement and school outreach.

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Young people given the chance to name a planet

Young people given the chance to name a planet

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is giving budding young astronomers across the UK the opportunity to name their own exoplanet and the star it orbits.

Worldwide, the IAU ExoWorld Naming Competition has invited 93 countries to give a new name to different planetary systems, consisting of an exoplanet – a planet that exists outside our own Solar System – and its host star. Each nation's star is visible from that country and is bright enough to be observed through small telescopes. Usually, the exoplanet itself is hidden by the brightness of the star and special observational techniques must be used to detect its presence.

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Pioneering project to feature at major European festival

Pioneering project to feature at major European festival

A ground-breaking project from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been selected to feature in one of Europe’s largest science festivals.

The pioneering work in virtual reality (VR) from UCLan’s Global Sound Movement (GSM), which is allowing rare musical instruments from around the world to be digitally preserved, will be showcased at the upcoming British Science Festival. 

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Research Events

Research Events

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

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Research Social Media

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The Conversation

Articles on The Conversation written by UCLan researchers.

Examples of high quality research

iconDriving and sustaining culture change in professional sport performance teams: A grounded theory - Psychology of Sport and Exercise


iconFigures of terror: The “zombie” and the Haitian Revolution - Atlantic Studies: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives

iconFish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London’s northern trade - Antiquity


icon A combined microRNA-based targeted therapeutic approach to eradicate glioblastoma stem-like cells. - Journal of Controlled Release

icon  SMEs and Certified Management Standards: The Effect of Motives and Timing on Implementation and Commitment - Business Ethics Quarterly


iconAn online programme to reduce depression in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomised controlled trial - The Lancet Psychiatry

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