Research at UCLan

Key Research Achievements at UCLan

Quality Research, Transdisciplinary impact and global reach

The University of Central Lancashire has a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators producing 4* quality outputs including in Science – 14 Nature and Nature series papers and in Medicine - 15 Lancet and Lancet series papers since 1 January 2014. We produce high quality international and world-leading research across an expanded range of other disciplines ranging from the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We receive substantial funding to broaden our research, innovation and enterprise activities which have economic and social impact.

Professor Janusz Jankowski
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Medicine

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In the top 800 universities globally : THE World University Rankings

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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 600 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Spend over £22,000,000 per year in research

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393 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last 5 years

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Prof. Dame Caroline Watkins

Professor. Dame Caroline Watkins

Caroline is the only nursing professor of stroke care in the UK. Caroline leads the internationally renowned Clinical Practice Research Unit (CPRU) for stroke research as well as having numerous Director roles in the region.

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UCLan researchers aim to investigate links between memories of the coast and positive emotional states

Could seaside nostalgia improve our wellbeing?

Seaside nostalgia is good for our wellbeing according to research from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Tourism experts Dr David Jarratt and Dr Sean Gammon found that returning to the same seaside resorts gives people a bittersweet feeling of remembering happy family times, often in childhood, balanced with the loss of the loved ones they shared the memories with.

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Vice-Chancellor to deliver memorial lecture

Vice-Chancellor to deliver memorial lecture

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Vice-Chancellor is drawing on his own research areas to deliver a highly respected memorial lecture.

Professor Mike Thomas’ talk, entitled Kindness and Compassion – Challenges in Leadership Roles, has been chosen as this year’s Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust Memorial Lecture.

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We are experts in applying today’s knowledge for tomorrow’s world in the form of national and international impacts.

The University of Central Lancashire is both nationally and internationally rated as a growing Centre of Excellence for Research, Innovation and Enterprise. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we had world-class research occurring in each of our 5 faculties.
Highlights from each Faculty include :

Social Work Research

Faculty of Business, Law and Applied Social Studies

Transdisciplinary Clinical and Biomedical Research

Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences


Sign Languages and Deaf Studies Research

College of Culture and The Creative Industries

Stroke Research

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research

Faculty of Science and Technology

Examples of high quality research



icon - babyStillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences - The Lancet

icon - pill Osmotic and stimulant laxatives for the management of childhood constipation - The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

icon - gpsGPs' views and perspectives on patient non-adherence to treatment in primary care prior to suicide - Journal Of Mental Health

icon - groupA Very Hell of Horrors? The Haitian Revolution and the early transatlantic Haitian Gothic - Slavery and Abolition

icon - debateEvaluating policy as argument: the public debate over the first UK austerity budget - Journal of Critical Discourse Studies

icon - dnaEarliest hominin cancer: 1.7-million-year old osteosarcoma from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa - South African Journal of Science

icon - blackhole Seven temperate terrestrial planets around the nearby ultracool dwarf star Trappist-1 - Nature

icon - pill Genome-wide association studies in oesophageal adenocarcinoma and Barrett's oesophagus. - The Lancet Oncology

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