Information for partner students
At the University of Central Lancashire, we have been welcoming partner students for more than 30 years.
On this page you'll find a variety of information that will help you to make the most of your time studying with us. From information on how to register and enrol, through to Welcome Week and the support available to you throughout your studies.
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Hear from our students
I got the opportunity to visit parliament to attend the event ‘Nuclear Week’
I was able to go and work on three music festivals doing stage tech work, it was an amazing experience.
What I loved about the course was that it was pretty much grab a camera, film, what you want when you want. You can take a camera out for as much time as you want. Even when Futureworks is closed you can still go and book equipment.
The atmosphere within the class always felt very relaxed and the tutors provided us with regular and clear feedback which was easy to understand and apply to our studies
Please note that you are required to enrol at both your college/institution and the University of Central Lancashire.
All students need to complete the registration process.
You’ll receive an email from us containing your student details: username, University email address, and guidance on how to create your password. You can then use your student account details to log onto the University network.
Firstly, you’ll need to enrol and then show a valid form of identification (such as a passport or driving licence) at your institution. Then, go to our UK partner enrolment pages to check what you need to do to enrol with UCLan. This is a dedicated enrolment webpage for partner students which explains each step of the process so you can ensure you have fully completed what is required.
If you don’t fully complete the registration process, then you won’t become an official university student and you may not be paid any student finance you were expecting or be eligible for your award.
With your student account details you can:
- Log on to your student portal
- Access your University email account
- Access the University’s library catalogue and e-resources
- Reset your password if you need to
To access any University facilities on the Preston Campus you’ll need a valid student card. You need to apply for your card online and upload a digital, passport-style photo. You’ll need your student registration number, which is a letter (normally a G) followed by an eight digit number.
Your student card will be posted out to your institution as soon as your student record has been activated.
If you have any questions about how to obtain your student card please contact the Library and Information Service on 01772 895355.
We want you to make the most of your time as a partner student, which is why we organise a variety of activities that run alongside our Freshers' week. These events will provide you with information about studying at UCLan and the resources available for you. This year we provided an opportunity for our Partner Students to attend both virtually and on campus.
We will provide more details for Welcome Week 2024/25; however, we will most likely include the option to:
- Visit UCLan Preston Campus
- Receive Campus Tours and Library Tours
- A chance for you to ask any questions with our UK Partnership team
- Virtual Induction welcoming you to the Partnership and the benefits of being a UK Partner Student
You can access our library induction on the Student Hub. You will need your student login to access this.
As well as having access to the library at your partner institution, you’re also entitled to full membership of the library at our Preston Campus. This includes:
- Book loans
- Access to over 371,360 e-books
- Articles from over 86,370 e-journals
- Specialist online subject resources
- Currently 9,746 online training courses from Linkedln Learning
- Access to the computer network and internet
- Support desks
- Booking study spaces
- Laptops available to use inside the library
- Various software available to access
- IT/AV equipment loans from the LIS Equipment Hub
The library is open 24/7 during term time. View full information about our library resources and facilities.
You can arrange to have books delivered from the Preston Campus library to your own library or home address. If you’re a student at a further education college this is done through the VALNOW service, and books will get sent out to your college library. If you’re not based in a college then this is done through the distance learning service and books will get sent out to an address of your choice.
For more details:
You may receive important messages from the library or other parts of the University to your University email address. Access your emails here. You can set up an auto-forward to your college or home address if you prefer.
For information about any of the resources or services mentioned above, please contact our LIS Customer Services Team.
As soon as you enrol onto a course at the University of Central Lancashire, you’re automatically a member of UCLan Students’ Union. It doesn’t matter if you’re not based at the Preston Campus, because you’re still a part of your Union.
We’re a not-for-profit organisation which is run independently from the University and we exist to make life better for students and we will always put students at the heart of the Union. The core focus of our work is to represent and empower students as well as be there to support you every step of your student journey.
Our Advice Service can offer online advice on issues relating to:
- Your course
- Welfare benefits
- Housing and more.
Our representation team can provide training and support if you decide to become a Course Rep.
To find out more visit the Students' Union website.
UCLan partner students have their awards accredited by UCLan, and due to this all work completed is governed by the University regulations and assessments. Read all the relevant regulations and policies.
As well as visiting the Careers Team at your institution, you have free use of the University’s CareerEDGE system. CareerEdge provides quick and easy access to hundreds of the latest jobs, development tools and much more:
- Search for vacancies
- Build your CV and CV checks
- Ask a question
- Career events (careers fairs, employer presentations and workshops)
- Career e-learning, self-assessments, aptitude tests, employability, industry reports and more
Once you graduate, you’re entitled to join the University’s Alumni Network. The network provide careers guidance, business start-up support and advice, and keep you up to date with the latest University news. As one of our alumni, you’ll be part of a global family of around 200,000 people. To join the Alumni Network after you graduate you need to opt in.
Partner students studying on their final year for certain programmes will receive an automatic offer to top up their qualification to undergraduate level. Partner students who do not receive an automatic offer can apply to top up their qualification by completing a ‘Moving On’ form. Further information can be found on our moving on webpage.
As a graduate from a Partner College you are entitled to 20% Alumni Discount on postgraduate degrees at one of our campuses (Preston, Burnley or Westlakes).
The University of Central Lancashire is in Preston. You can find details on how to find us on our Preston Campus webpage. Your UCLan card will give you access to certain buildings on campus such as the library.
Preston is a lively and modern multicultural city based in North West England. You’ll find shops, places to eat and drink, culture and green spaces to explore within this dynamic student city. Want to find out more about the city of Preston? Explore our life in Preston page.
We have a multi-faith and spirituality centre located on campus which welcomes and provides support to those of all faiths.
Facilities at Oasis
- Library with books on spirituality and self-development
- Multi-faith prayer rooms
- Ablution facilities for the Muslim community
- Meditation rooms
- Rooftop terrace
- Function room for events
Discover more about the Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre.
Many of the University courses run by our UK Partners provide opportunities for ‘moving on’ to UCLan to complete your programme of study. You may also wish to study for a higher qualification if you meet the entry criteria.Explore your options