The University of Central Lancashire has a long history of international work and was at the forefront of major academic initiatives in China as far back as the early 1980s. Its history, achievements and vitality in overseas work have been commendable but the university is now in a position of sustainable and diversified growth.
In order for us to achieve and we hope, exceed our targets, it is increasingly important for us to diversify our activities and work even more closely with our agents overseas. We are always interested to hear about your experiences and how we might change our provision to reflect the requirements of the market and areas where you think there is potential but UCLan currently has no appropriate programme of study.
Our move towards diversification extends beyond increasing the range of courses to which we recruit international students. As education becomes increasingly globalised, there are significant opportunities for us to extend our presence into appropriate new and different markets. Evidence of this is in the launching of our campus in Cyprus and major developments planned in Mauritius, China and Sri Lanka.
Situated in the heart of the North West of England, Preston is a vibrant city with a landscape of opportunity at its doorstep. Preston’s located a stone’s throw away from the stunning scenery of the Lake District, romantic atmosphere of the seaside, and bustling vibes of the big Northern cities. With a population of 140,000, it’s classed as a mid-sized city – large enough to house a diversity of cultures, and cosy enough for you to feel right at home. That’s why more than 30,000 students choose to experience university life in this great city.
UCLan receives 91% student satisfaction score in International Student Barometer survey
International students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have given the University a top rating for student satisfaction.
UCLan scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the International Student Barometer survey, which is open to all students from outside of the UK studying at participating institutions, placing it sixth in the table amongst other modern universities in the UK.
The University was ranked top in the country for its ‘fair and transparent assessment of work’, ‘explanation of marking criteria’ and ‘satisfaction with assignment’ feedback.
Other areas where UCLan scored highly in the survey, which divides questions into themes of arrival, learning, living, learning support and overall satisfaction, were for ‘course academic content’ with a 91.7% satisfaction rating and a score of 91.5% for the ‘quality of its lectures’. When it comes to accommodation costs UCLan came second in the country and in the category relating to student advisory services, the University was ranked fifth overall.
UCLan’s international students are very much part of the fabric of the University community and it’s fantastic to see that 91% of our international students are so very happy with their experience at UCLan.
Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate and International Strategy), said: “UCLan’s international students are very much part of the fabric of the University community and it’s fantastic to see that 91% of our international students are so very happy with their experience at UCLan.
“More than 44,000 international students studying in the UK took part in the International Student Barometer survey, which is well respected and taken seriously by potential applicants so it’s absolutely brilliant to see UCLan do so well.
“We aim to inspire all of our students to reach their potential and develop as global citizens. By continuing to invest in excellent staff, cutting-edge technology and developing our campus through the ambitious Masterplan, I feel confident our satisfaction levels will go from strength-to-strength.”
The International Student Barometer is an online survey conducted by i-Graduate and is open to all international students at the University. As well as in the UK the survey is conducted in other countries around the world, setting a global benchmark for international student experience.
UCLan today: a brief overview
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.
Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University of Central Lancashire has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.
In 2010 UCLan became the first UK modern university to appear in the QS World University Rankings. In 2016 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.7 percent of all worldwide universities, highlighting the progress the institution has made in providing students with real-world learning experiences and reflecting the institution’s broad pool of academic talent.
Amongst its programme portfolio of some 400 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science to more recent additions such as Dentistry and, new for 2015, undergraduate Medicine which is being delivered in the UK’s newest Medical School.
Aerospace Engineering is another new programme, part of UCLan’s commitment to grow its portfolio of engineering-related courses, and is coupled with the development of a £30 million+ Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC). The aim is to provide a rich source of new graduates that reflect the economic priorities of the North West, the UK and indeed the global economy.
The EIC forms a key pillar of the University’s multi-million pound Campus Masterplan which over the next 10 years will create a world-class educational environment that blends new facilities with the creation of public, green spaces to benefit the University, the City of Preston, and the economy of the North West. UCLan’s plans are being informed by the local, regional, business and civic communities, with whom it continues to build close relationships.
Creating a remodelled campus environment will help drive UCLan’s commitment to academic excellence, striving to ensure that its teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange activities are all recognised as being of exceptional quality. The impact is perhaps best seen in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework: all 16 subject areas in which UCLan’s research was assessed were judged to contain ‘world leading’ quality.
The University’s reputation as a regional economy powerhouse has been boosted through its strong track record in supporting graduate business start-ups; UCLan is ranked as the leading UK university for incubated start-up businesses still active after three years of trading. It is ranked second in the UK for the number of graduate start-ups still active overall and ranked third in the UK for estimate turnover for active firms. In the last five years UCLan has helped over 1,000 students or graduates start a business or became self-employed, the second highest figure in the UK.
In the future UCLan will enhance its standing as an institution with a world-class academic reputation firmly rooted in modern-day relevance. It is a future which focuses on the provision of innovative thinking – for the real world.
A truly global institution, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities; its partnership network extends to 125 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia; it runs 100+ student exchange programmes; and it has a new campus in Cyprus. The University encourages and nurtures originality, from its ground-breaking energy management partnership with BAE Systems, to its launch of the world’s first International Fashion Institute and the UK’s first MBA in Fashion, to its proud record of student business start-ups – a sector-leading 60 per cent of which are still thriving after three years.
With a world class academic reputation firmly rooted in relevance, UCLan is focused on a future of providing innovative thinking – for the real world.
Looking to the future, the University plans to embed employability, enterprise internationalisation and sustainability as fundamental components of all academic provision. This is a major development which will enhance its standing as a leading, student-focused institution whose graduates are superbly equipped to thrive in the global economy.
Your key contacts
The International Recruitment team are your first point of contact for any queries you may have.