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 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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UCLan lecturer joins world media organisation

UCLan lecturer joins world media organisation

A lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has taken up the invitation from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) to tackle one of the most ambitious tasks in news media research: discovering World Press Trends (WPT).

Dr François Nel, Reader in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCLan, has accepted the challenge of analysing the work of media outlets from across the world to find unique and outstanding trends.

Published by WAN-IFRA since 1989, WPT is the leading source of newspaper data and trends globally. The data is drawn from the WAN-IFRA's members associations of 66 different countries as well as from several data partners. These include Chartbeat, Ipsos and Zenith.

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Magnetic fields could hold the key to star formation

Magnetic fields could hold the key to star formation

Astronomers have discovered new magnetic fields in space, which could shed light on how stars are formed and uncover the mysteries behind one of the most famous celestial images.

For the first time, extremely subtle magnetic fields in the Pillars of Creation – a structure made famous thanks to an iconic image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope – have been discovered and mapped.

The structure consists of cosmic dust and cold, dense gas that have nurseries of stars forming at their tips. This innovative research has shown that the magnetic fields that run along the lengths of the Pillars are at a different angle to the regions surrounding the Pillars, revealing the reason behind their unusual structure.

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Adoption data shows significant disparity in child protection practices across the country

Adoption data shows significant disparity in child protection practices across the country

New in-depth analysis of the number of five-year-old children who have been adopted or placed into special guardianship in England shows an almost four-fold increase in numbers between 1999 and 2017, and also reveals significant differences between local authorities.

Following Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to local authorities and the Department for Education in England, Professor Andy Bilson, emeritus professor of social work at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has revealed significant differences in child protection practices across England. 

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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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