University of Central Lancashire


  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, becoming a university in 1992.
  • Our main campus is in the city of Preston, at the heart of Lancashire; UCLan has further campuses at Westlakes in West Cumbria (nuclear and energy-related research programmes), Burnley and Cyprus as well as strategic partnerships in China and Mauritius.
  • UCLan’s international community of staff and students is close to 35,000.
  • Our status as a world class institution was recognised with our inclusion in the QS World Rankings for the first time in 2010 – the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status - and we hold four out of a maximum of five QS Stars for excellence.

Location and Transport

  • Preston is a vibrant mid-sized city situated in the North West of England. With traditional and contemporary shopping experiences, a thriving café culture and busy yet safe evening social scene, Preston also boasts beautiful parks, culturally-important museums and a thriving marina and docks area. Learn more about Preston.
  • We have excellent road and rail links. Being just 50 minutes away from Manchester and Liverpool, the University is also only a little over 2 hours from London and Glasgow by train. On the doorstep of the Lake District, the city of Preston is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is also in easy reach of the coast, with Blackpool a short bus journey away.
  • The city is served by an excellent local bus network with several services stopping frequently at University locations.
  • Preston and the South Ribble region benefit from over 50km of traffic-free cycle paths and the 20mph zones around the campus mean that it is safer to cycle on the campus roads too. There are bike compounds, cycle lockers and an array of bike racks across campus.
  • Major international airports in Manchester and Liverpool are less than an hour away.