Analysis of how the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is ensuring that it will remain an attractive destination of national and international students for the foreseeable future.
- UCLan’s world class research credentials
- Preparing to expand student numbers
- The importance of top quality student accommodation
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) recently inaugurated its state of the art Biomedical Centre. This confirms the university’s intention to maintain its global standing and reputation at the forefront of postgraduate research.
UCLan’s new Biomedical Centre boasts some of the latest cutting-edge hardware and will facilitate post graduate research in a wide cross-section of areas, including antibiotics, Alzheimer’s, brain tumours, cancer, DNA profiling and molecular biology.
The new centre will also work with any number of medical bodies around the world. It’s already involved with The Brain Tumour North West Clinic at Royal Preston Hospital, and partners with a number of other universities here in the UK, as well as many international medical institutions nationwide.
UCLan is one of the UK’s modern universities. Despite having existed in some form since 1828 it attained university status in 1992. Since then it has rapidly grown in status and was the first modern university to be listed in the QS world rankings in 2010. In the same year, UCLan was also voted best university in the UK for student experience. Just three years later, in 2013, the university was awarded 5-star recognition for its approach with regards to internationalism for its provision of international education services.
UCLan’s world class research credentials
UCLan’s medical and medical research credentials are already well recognised. As well as the new Biomedical Centre, it also has a 6,200 sq ft Dental Clinic, which also contains state-of-the-art hi-tech dental equipment sourced from some of the world’s premier dental equipment manufacturers. As well as being instrumental to Dental/Medical graduate and postgraduate studies, this cutting-edge dental clinic also handles specialist referrals from both the public and private healthcare sectors.
UCLan also has its own Allied Health Physiotherapy Research unit (AHPRu) which incorporates an Injury & Rehabilitation Clinic. This clinic pioneers new physiotherapy treatments, which are administered by its staff of senior Chartered and HCPC registered physiotherapists. Every physiotherapist has his/her own specialist fields, including the treatment of back and neck pain, joint conditions, neurological and respiratory problems, and sports injuries.
The AHPRu is closely associated with the Biomechanics Clinic at the University of Porto in Portugal, and students will be given the opportunity to study at each other’s facilities.
Preparing to expand student numbers
UCLan’s reputation in the field of medical research is a key factor in promoting the university’s credentials in terms of attracting the best students. Competition for top quality students is about to become more intensive too, with the previous university intake caps having been relaxed in 2014/15 and plans afoot to completely remove them for the 2015/16 academic year.
This means that, from next year, universities can take on as many students as they please. In this new, demand-driven system, anything that increases a university’s appeal to future students increases in importance. The quality of available accommodation is one key determinant here, with many students valuing this almost as much as a university’s academic reputation.
UCLan is already one of the UKs largest universities in terms of student numbers. Its 32,000+ student population is the eighth largest in the UK. It has also recently announced a £200 million masterplan for expanding and improving its campus. This expansion, which includes a new £30 million Engineering Centre, will ensure the campus, will increase the university’s attractiveness to students for years to come.
The importance of top quality student accommodation
Gone are the days when students were content living in Halls of Residence on campus, with their outdated facilities and poor state of repair; or to be squeezed into overcrowded residential house conversions. Most top students today desire top quality student accommodation, like the luxury PBSA premises that are now being built in sought after university towns and cities across the UK.
In laying its expansion plans out for its academic future, UCLan seems to have got it right. They offer some 500 undergraduate courses and 200+ postgraduate. Not only is their £200 million masterplan underway, but government investment in the area via the City Deal will see £400 million invested in the local socio-economic infrastructure.