Engineering Innovation Centre – Student Experience

During your engineering studies at our Preston Campus, you’ll benefit from our new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) – an advanced, state-of-the-art £35 million facility located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK.

The EIC provides an integrated space for teaching, research and direct links with industry allowing students to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners.


You’ll have direct access to state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies. Specialist laboratories in the EIC include:

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Live projects

The EIC brings together regional expertise from education and industry. As a UCLan engineering student you’ll be provided with a range of exciting, hands-on experiences including live real-world projects and extra-curricular activities, as well as both global and research opportunities with commercial partners.

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Industry links

Education and work at the EIC are informed by an Industry Steering Group. The group is now well established, with representatives from global PLCs providing a powerful insight into the skills needed by the future workforce to help them innovate.

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    Aerospace Engineering

    Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre. Including immersive and desktop flight simulators, additive manufacturing, intelligent systems and composites workshops.

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    Civil Engineering

    Immerse yourself in the concepts and applications of the building blocks of civil engineering on our industry led courses. Founded with strong industry links, our civil engineering courses are different in respect of our unique location, situated in a region which boasts a wide r...

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    Mechanical Engineering

    Our accredited hands-on Mechanical and Motorsports courses give you the chance to design, analyse, manufacture, and maintain machines and mechanical production techniques that will equip you for your future.

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    Electrical and Robotics Engineering

    Develop specialist skills according to your interests and ambitions, including areas such as power electronics, machine intelligence, microcontroller systems and renewable energy.

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    Energy and Environment

    Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre and real-life practical industrial experience in this rapidly growing field.

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    Fire and Safety

    Designed to recruit bright talent into the services, our accredited Fire and Safety courses are a combination of academic study with practical hands-on training.

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Real-world innovation

Work at the EIC will lead to new methods, ideas and technological breakthroughs which have the potential to transform lives and drive the future prosperity of our region. Researchers, students and companies across Lancashire will have direct access to cutting-edge equipment, technologies and research.

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