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.

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 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

3D printed pills could enable doctors to tailor medication for children

UCLan pharmaceutics lecturer is working with Alder Hey on a research trial

3D-printed tablets for consumption by children may have the potential to enable healthcare professionals to specifically tailor medication for young people, improving patient outcomes and reducing wastage.

A new joint research trial by Alder Hey and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is using 3D printed placebo tablets to test ‘swallowability’ and acceptance in children between four and twelve years of age.

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Another aerospace world first for UCLan

Another aerospace world first for UCLan

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled the world’s first graphene skinned plane at an internationally renowned air show.

Juno, a three-and-a-half-metre wide graphene skinned aircraft, was revealed on the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) stand as part of the ‘Futures Day’ at Farnborough Air Show 2018.

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UCLan professor and consultant recognised for concussion research

UCLan professor and consultant recognised for concussion research

A senior dentistry lecturer and consultant from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised for his pioneering research into concussion caused by sport.

Douglas Hammond, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Maxillo-Facial Surgery from the School of Dentistry, has been made a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in honour of his work in this field.

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Examples of high quality research

iconIlluminating and applying “The Dark Side”: Insights from elite team leaders - Journal of Applied Sport Psychology


iconPriming analogical reasoning with false memories - Memory & Cognition

iconWorkplace flexibility practices and corporate performance - British Journal of Management


icon Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Gas Fueling of Spiral Galaxies in the Local Universe - The Astronomical Journal

icon  Respiratory effect of beta-blockers in people with asthma and cardiovascular disease - BMC Medicine


icon Speech rhythm: a metaphor? - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B

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