Situated in the heart of the North West of England, the City of Preston is vibrant, cultural and friendly with plenty of activities and events to keep you entertained.
If you’re interested in working at UCLan, there’s lots going on and you’ll find Preston is a bustling city, traditional yet with a young and lively atmosphere. Located a short distance from the coastline, the Lake District, and the larger cities of Manchester and Liverpool, both of which have international airports; Preston is also one of the most networked cities in the country. The railway station is just a 10-minute walk away from campus. With so much to offer, there’s something for everyone.
In the city centre you can discover some beautiful green spaces. The charming Georgian setting of Winckley Square is the ideal place to escape the high street and watch the world go by, while the tranquil surroundings of Avenham and Miller parks, set on the banks of the River Ribble are the perfect place for a quiet stroll or a game of Frisbee. Avenham Park also marks the start of the scenic Guild Wheel, a 21-mile cycling greenway connecting the city to the picturesque Preston countryside. If you don’t have a bike, hire one from the UCLan Sports Arena and start the Guild Wheel there.
From Preston you’re only a 20-minute bus ride from Brockholes Nature Reserve, home to a diverse range of wildlife as well as a unique floating visitor village. You can also take part in a range of activities from organised walks to jewellery making. The stunning Beacon Fell County Park is located 10 miles from the city and boasts nearly 300 acres of magnificent woodland to explore.
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The Industrial Revolution created a number of successful Preston businessmen, many of whom began to improve and establish schools, public lending libraries, museums and art galleries in the city. Those included Joseph Livesey, founder of the temperance movement, and astronomer Moses Holden, who founded the Institute for the Diffusion of Knowledge in 1828. The first organisation inviting working men and women to borrow books and attend classes on a range of topics - from astronomy, photography and natural history to foreign languages.
In 2015, the University announced its intention to create historic and transformational change at its Preston Campus through a £200 million Campus Masterplan development. The delivery of the first phase, including new buildings, green spaces, class-leading technologies and infrastructure has now moved from a planning phase to development.
At the heart of the scheme a new Student Centre linked with a new public square will draw together the University with the City like never before. The long-term vision is to spark a major focus on regeneration and business investment in the University quarter, reinforce the University’s ties to the local community and create wider benefits for Preston and beyond.
The new facilities will attract and retain new talent and create a cutting-edge environment that showcases UCLan’s key principles of openness, transparency and accessibility, whilst developing a skilled workforce which meets local, national and international needs.
The opening of the £32 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) will be a major milestone in the completion Campus Masterplan, alongside two new Social Spaces facilities which will improve the campus experience and provide a place for staff and students to come together in a relaxed environment. UCLan is also working with the Students’ Union to create a new £1 million bespoke multi-faith and spirituality centre to be completed by Autumn 2017, which will create the perfect environment for prayer, contemplation and reflection for all.
Preston is one of the best networked cities in the country, boasting fantastic transport links
BEST PLACE TO WORK
Preston was named the best city to live and work in North West England*
GREEN FLAG AWARD
Five of Preston’s Parks have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme**
PRESTON NORTH END FC
Founding member of the original football league in 1888+
Lancashire is home to the picturesque Forest of Bowland (AONB)
Preston is committed to a major transformation of the city and surrounding area++
Lancashire is a dynamic economic region within the North West and the wider North of England. It has a unique offer to make and a role to play in the Northern Powerhouse. Lancashire's leading international and national position in relation to aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing, energy, higher education institution excellence and visitor economy make it a pivotal part of the long term economic growth of the North.
There are a variety of different ways you can access our Preston city campus, whether by rail, road or air. Preston is well served by the M6 motorway both north and south and excellent cross country rail links. There are also two major international airports in Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon. Visit our How to Find Us page, for more information.