University of Central Lancashire - Overview & Background

Former Names

    Harris Art College, Preston Polytechnic, Lancashire Polytechnic


    1828 - Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
re-established 1992 (University status granted)


Joseph Livesey's Temperance Society

University Type

Public Research University

University Motto

From the Earth to the Sun

University City

    Preston (Main)
Westlakes, Cumbria
Acceptance Rate


Faculty to Student Ratio


Campus Size

37 acres (Preston)

Graduation Rate


Employment Rate


Official Website Link

University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom 

Contact Details

 +44 1772 201201


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USPs of University

  • Diverse  and exhaustive range of unique courses available
  • Courses with a professional placement available
  • Exciting range of Continuing professional development courses (CPD) available
  • Extensive research-oriented, up-to-date, and innovative training programmes
  • Vast international strategic partnership network with 125 institutions

Jobs and Placements

  • Employment rate over 93% for graduates in first 6 months against an industry average of 73%
  • Over 100 recruiters participate in the university’s career fair
  • The employer’s directory includes BBC, BAE systems, Camp America, and the like

Infrastructural Facilities

  • The university has its campuses located at Preston, Burnley, Westlakes, and Cyprus. The main campus at Preston, situated in the middle of the city, is a compact building based on modern architectural designs and houses various facilities like studios, theatres, specialist laboratories, and social spaces.
  • The campus is well connected with the other parts of the city through transport links.


  • The residence team at UCLan guarantees accommodation for all new full-time students.
  • Halls owned or leased by the university provide 24-hour access to security and dispute resolution services to students, in addition to several recreational facilities and social events. Some of the accommodation options are:

En-suite Accommodation

  • Roeburn Hall - 60 Flats With Maximum 7 Students Per Flat - £111.30 Per Week
  • IQ KOPA - 118 Flats With Total With Maximum 6 Students Per Flat - £103.81 Per Week
  • Moor Lane Halls - 156 Rooms in Total With Maximum 6 Students Per Flat - Starting From £101.29 Per Week

Premium Standard Accommodation

  • Whitendale Hall - 50 Flats With Maximum of 4 Students Per Flat - £92.26 Per Week
  • Ribble Hall - 20 Premium Flats With Maximum of 5 Students Per Flat - £92.26 Per Week

Economy Standard Accommodation

  • Derwent Hall - 16 Flats in Total With 5-6 Persons Per Flat - £79.45 Per Person Per Week
  • Douglas Hall - 7 Flats With 6 Students Per Flat - £79.45 Per Person Per Week
  • Ribble Hall - 16 Standard Flats with 5-6 Persons Per Flat - £79.45 Per Person Per Week
  • Whitendale Hall - Economy Flats Available - £79.45 Per Week 

1 & 2-Bedroom Self-Contained Flats 

  • Pendle Hall - 50 Flats With 1/2/3 Persons Per Flat - £100.52 - £128.38 Per Week

Notable Alumni

Some famous alumni from University of Central Lancashire include

  • Estelle Asmodelle, Estelle Maria Croot, is a polymath. She is an Australian model, actress, belly dancer, musician, activist, abstract artist and physicist
  • Gary Jones, British journalist who became editor of the Daily Express 
  • Graham Peter Jones, British Labour Party politician, and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Hyndburn.
  • Lee Ridley, The Lost Voice Guy, is an English stand-up comedian
  • Maria "Miza" Tavares, Portuguese artist and art teacher
  • Andrew Steele, Astrobiologist at the Geophysical Laboratory at Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Reni Eddo-Lodge, British journalist and author, whose writing primarily focuses on feminism and exposing structural racism

University of Central Lancashire Location


  • Fylde Road, Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Bus Services

  • UCLan Super Bus service is available for the Accrington - Blackburn - Preston two- way route and Blackpool-Preston two-way route. The number 31 bus service runs every 15 minutes. Weekly, monthly or family pass facility is also available for buses.

Train Services

  • The university is proximate to the Preston Railway station that is directly connected to London, Glasgow, and Manchester airport. The online ticket-vending facility is readily available on the official National Rail website and Trainline portal.

Nearest Airport 

  • Manchester International Airport ( 50 minutes away by rail)
  • Liverpool Airport (50 minutes by car)

Nearest Hospital

  • Larnaca General Hospital, Makarios III, United Nations

Recreational Sites

  • Preston Bend, a campground near Lake Texoma with 22 campsites and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.
  • Wide range of restaurants and eateries in Preston
  • Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre at UCLan
  • Brockhole Nature Reserve
  • Over 100 sports clubs with a free membership

University of Central Lancashire Map Location

Address: Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2HE, United Kingdom   

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