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Student support

At the University of Central Lancashire, we’ll be here for you no matter what. We pride ourselves on our excellent student support services, we offer expert advice and support with financial matters, health and wellbeing, inclusive support, visas and much more.

From finding a book in the library to dealing with personal difficulties we’ve got you covered, our range of support services will provide you with the help you need throughout your time here and beyond. Our dedicated teams are here to help with every aspect of student life, always ready to guide, advise and encourage you on your journey to success.

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Study support

We’ll always be here to help you build the skills and confidence you need to succeed, we will be on hand to guide you throughout your studies, with academic support and resources to help you reach your full potential.

We’ll be on hand to guide you throughout your studies, with academic support and resources to help you reach your full potential.

We have various teams across our campuses who will always make sure you’re on track to deliver an assignment you can be proud of, with a range of workshops, assignment feedback and one-to-one sessions available to all our students.

If you prefer an interactive approach to study, our fun and engaging group activity sessions run by current students could be for you. These sessions are proven to improve academic performance and achievement, as well as being a great way to make new friends.

Looking to become more tech savvy? Our online Digital Skills courses cater for all abilities. We want to see you achieve all your goals and sometimes that starts with understanding the software you’ll need. We have a range of workshops available to students covering PowerPoint to Photoshop, just take your pick.

Whichever course you choose to study with us you’ll have the guidance of a School hub, always ready to provide you with front line advice for all things course related, be it a timetable query or help registering for a module. A dedicated hub is also in place to support our students on Burnley Campus.

If you’re looking start a Research Degree with us there is a range of support in place to guide you through the various stages of your degree, as well as skills training and opportunities on offer.

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Study support group session

Student advice and guidance

We are dedicated to supporting you with all aspects of university life. With plenty of information and advice available at both our Preston and Burnley campuses, no matter how big or small the question our experienced student advisors will put you on the right track.

We have a friendly, professional and experienced careers team with expertise in a wide range of areas, so whatever your future aspirations are, we can help. Our career support services cover; CV and application writing, interview techniques as well as specialist careers support for those with disabilities.

Managing money can be difficult, but we can help put your mind at rest. Our friendly support team are on hand to answers any financial questions you may have, from finding out what funding you may be entitled to, to help with budgeting once you arrive. Contact our helpful team today: financialsupport@uclan.ac.uk

The Propeller Student Enterprise service supports UCLan students, staff and graduates across all faculties and services to become “business ready”, whether working for themselves or others. This service offers skills workshops, online resources, 1-1 support from business mentors and interaction with a community of local businesses who work from the Propeller Hub.

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Life on campus

Our main campus is a safe and friendly environment located on the outskirts of Preston City Centre. Across the campus you’ll have access to a host of social, dining and learning spaces, as well as many amenities including shops, on-campus medical centre and pharmacy, two sports centres, a pre-school centre, and a multi-faith centre.

While you’re studying with us, we want you to feel safe and secure at all times. The Security Team watch over our Preston campus to make it a safe place for all students. They are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Security staff are also present at our Burnley sites, during opening hours, to make sure your university environment is as safe as possible, our Safety and Security team can provide you with advice on local routes, travel, as well as keeping yourself and your property safe.

Like to work until the early hours? No problem, at our Preston campus we have a free late bus service which operates each evening during term time, to make sure you get home safe after those late-night study sessions.

We work closely with local transport providers to offer travel discounts to our students, there are also discounts linked with cycling, walking, and car sharing. The University has some parking available for students and all students are free to use the campus car parks during evenings and weekends.

In our libraries you’ll find comfortable, flexible study spaces, a wealth of excellent learning resources and expert help and support from Library staff. We have everything you need to make the most of your independent study time, when you become a student with us you’ll have a library induction to help you make the most of the resources on offer as well as access to a range of IT equipment. And best of all our Preston library is open 24/7 during term time, so you can study at whatever time works for you.

Inclusive wellbeing support

Starting University can be a life changing experience where you will make new friends and learn new skills. As you will be studying with us for several years, you are bound to experience some challenges along the way, often not even related to your studies. We will be with you all the way to provide key advice and support on managing your money, dealing with homesickness, being a carer, estranged student or care leaver, LGBTQ+, exam stress, anxiety, sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness and much more.

If you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed, experience difficulties with your health, personal life, or studies while studying with us, you can access confidential support and advice from our Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing service, we’ll always be ready to listen.

We are fully committed to enabling access to all individuals who seek to benefit from our educational activities. We strive to remove any barriers for those with disabilities as far as possible, to ensure that we provide an inclusive environment.

The University of Central Lancashire has one of the highest number of estranged students in all UK Higher Education Institutes. The decision to attend university is a big one for anyone – more so if you don’t have family support. We provide specialist support and guidance throughout your studies. Find out more.