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

High Quality Research

Our high quality research with trans-disciplinary impact and global reach including specific details about our research themes, groups, staff and facilities.

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 2018

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) 
Lead - Emma Sandon-Hesketh: Head of Ethics & Integrity Unit

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

Researcher Development Unit (RDU)
Lead - Emma Sandon-Hesketh: Head of Researcher Development Unit

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

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

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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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Spotlight on Research News

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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Region’s top health experts gather to address local healthcare needs

Region’s top health experts gather to address local healthcare needs

Health professionals and researchers from across the region have come together to outline the challenges of meeting the population’s healthcare needs and potential ways to meet them.

Clinicians and commissioners from East Lancashire Commissioning Group joined The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) School of Medicine for the Emerging New Care Models Workshop.  They looked at how GP surgeries can be modernised to better fit patients’ needs, how technology can be used more effectively, especially in rural communities and for people who are house bound, and how people can work more collaboratively across primary care.

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Latest X-ray techniques generating detailed understanding of prehistoric behaviour

Latest X-ray techniques generating detailed understanding of prehistoric behaviour

Using an advanced X-ray technique, an international team of researchers from the UK, China, the US and South Africa has published evidence for a failed carnivore attack on a sauropod dinosaur that would have lived 200 to 170 million years ago, pointing to an increased understanding of the behaviour and lives of dinosaurs.

The research, published today in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, provides a detailed report of the first recognised case of an abscess in a sauropod dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of China, now known as the Yunnan Province, which was caused by infection brought on from the bite of a large predatory dinosaur.

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Research Events

Research Events

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Research Social MEdia

Research Social Media

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Articles on The Conversation written by UCLan researchers.

Examples of high quality research

icon SkydancerPlex: A novel STR multiplex validated for forensic use in the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) - Forensic Science International: Genetics

icon Assessment of an incentivised scheme to provide annual health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disability: a longitudinal cohort study - The Lancet Psychiatry

icon More than sense of place? Exploring the emotional dimension of rural tourism experiences - Journal of Sustainable Tourism

icon The range of thresholds for diameter 2 in random Cayley graphs - European Journal of Combinatorics

icon Preventing Domestic Abuse for Children and Young People (PEACH): A Mixed Knowledge Scoping Review - Project Report. National Institute for Health Research, London, UK

icon Making meaning”: Communication between sign language users without a shared language - Cognitive Linguistics

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