Research at UCLan

Quality Research, Transdisciplinary impact and global reach

Our ambition is to deliver an environment which supports the production of accessible knowledge and information to realise impacts of relevance to society. We are innovative and entrepreneurial in our approach to research and knowledge exchange which maximises our positive social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and globally. We have a growing and vibrant community of academic innovators, nurturing postgraduate students and early-career researchers, producing high quality international and world-leading research.

High Quality Research

Our high quality research with trans-disciplinary impact and global reach including specific details about our research themes, groups, staff, facilities and our 6 new overarching UCLan Research Themes.

Research Institutes

Our Research Institutes will enhance the quality of the research environment and create more opportunities to achieve world leading impact through their activities.

Research Services 2019

Research Services is structured into five units. Our purpose is to support UCLan academics with their research careers and to support the University in its research ambition.

Grants and Funding Unit (GFU)
Lead - Gillian Chew: Grants and Funding Manager

Ethics and Integrity Unit (EIU) 

Research Excellence Unit (REU)
Lead - Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
Lead - Carol Walton: Researcher Development Lead 

Scholarly Communications Unit (SCU)
Lead - Alexis Holden: Head of Research Services

Research Services

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In the top 800 universities globally : THE World University Rankings 2018

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Over 850 research students enrolled currently

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More than 100 Professors & Readers working at the university

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Over 900 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Over £6 million received in total research income per year

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396 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last 5 years

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Spotlight on Research News

UCLan nursing lecturer named among Nation’s Lifesavers

UCLan nursing lecturer named among Nation’s Lifesavers

Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have today been recognised for their exceptional contribution to keeping the nation healthy.

Dr Ivan McGlen and Professor Karen Wright from the School of Nursing are two of the Nation’s Lifesavers – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing.

They have been named for the first time today as part of Universities UK’s MadeAtUni campaign, which brings to life the impact of universities on everyday lives.

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Sharing best practice in human grave excavation

Sharing best practice in human grave excavation

Forensic science experts from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have brought crime scene investigators (CSI) and police staff from across Europe together for a specialist exercise in examining previously undiscovered graves.

The idea behind the three-day event was to share the best ways to search for, locate and excavate human remains in cases of clandestine burial in order to maximise information and forensic evidence recovery from graves once they have been discovered.

Participants came from several European countries including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, The Netherlands and the UK to learn new techniques from each other and develop a European-wide best practice approach to investigating clandestine graves.

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One giant leap for teamwork

One giant leap for teamwork

Budding astronomers from across Lancashire converged on the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) recently for a photography lesson with a difference.

The University’s Professor Derek-Ward Thomson enthralled the audience as he delivered the annual Jeremiah Horrocks Lecture, which this year was entitled: How to take a picture of a black hole.

The UCLan astronomer was recently part of a multi-national collaboration to produce the first photograph of the much-talked-about cosmic object.

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Research Events

Research Events

Details of forthcoming inaugural lectures and other events of interest to the wider research population.

Research Social MEdia

Research Social Media

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Examples of high quality research

iconDriving and sustaining culture change in professional sport performance teams: A grounded theory - Psychology of Sport and Exercise


iconFigures of terror: The “zombie” and the Haitian Revolution - Atlantic Studies: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives

iconFish for the city: meta-analysis of archaeological cod remains and the growth of London’s northern trade - Antiquity


icon A combined microRNA-based targeted therapeutic approach to eradicate glioblastoma stem-like cells. - Journal of Controlled Release

icon  SMEs and Certified Management Standards: The Effect of Motives and Timing on Implementation and Commitment - Business Ethics Quarterly


iconAn online programme to reduce depression in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomised controlled trial - The Lancet Psychiatry

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