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 - Annette Ramsden: Scholarly Communications and Repository Manager

Research Services

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In the top 3.7% of universities worldwide (The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2018/19

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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 800 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff

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Annual total research income of £6.9 million

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450 postgraduate research qualifications awarded over the last five years

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Spotlight on Research News

UCLan is first university in Europe to commit to highest ethical research standards abroad

UCLan is first university in Europe to commit to highest ethical research standards abroad

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is the first European university to adopt a global code designed to prevent the export of unethical research practices to low and middle-income countries.

Tackling what is known as ‘ethics dumping’, the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) opposes double standards in international research and supports building long-term research relationships between lower-income and higher-income regions of the world.

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UCLan professor conducts independent review for British Pharmacological Society

UCLan professor conducts independent review for British Pharmacological Society

An independent review of the Prescribing Safety Assessment has found that it increases the attention paid by students and faculty to accurate prescribing  and allows them to demonstrate competencies in the safe and effective use of medicines.

According to the report’s author, University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Professor John McLachlan, the assessment will contribute to patient safety and reduce harm in the years to come.

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UCLan announces partnership with the University of Sheffield AMRC/North West

UCLan announces partnership with the University of Sheffield AMRC/North West

A new partnership between one of the North West’s leading universities and a world renowned advanced manufacturing research and development (R&D) facility has been sealed to drive growth among the region’s small and medium sized companies and support innovation across a range of sectors including aerospace, automotive and low carbon energy.

The new partnership between the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre North West (AMRC NW), will deliver collaborative R&D projects, develop graduate talent and engage with regional industry to cement Lancashire’s reputation both as a hub of engineering innovation and as a top destination for high-value manufacturing inward investment.

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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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