Research 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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Breakthrough research using virtual reality has revealed significant differences in how the brains of sleepwalkers and non-sleepwalkers control and perceive body movement.

Virtual reality offers new insight into sleepwalking

Breakthrough research using virtual reality has revealed significant differences in how the brains of sleepwalkers and non-sleepwalkers control and perceive body movement.

The study, published in Current Biology, was carried out by researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

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University researchers lead new study, published in BMJ Open, into the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

Transforming the process and speed of ME diagnosis

New research published in BMJ Open, has demonstrated that a simple, physical examination centred around the presence of five symptoms (known as The Perrin Technique), is quicker and more accurate at aiding the diagnosis of CFS / ME than current methods.

The research was funded by the F.O.R.M.E charity and led by the University of Central Lancashire in association with Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The findings, published on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, could transform the way in which CFS / ME patients are assessed for the condition and diagnosed.

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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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