Preston’s University of Central Lancashire moves up UK higher education rankings

Posted on - 21st September, 2014 - 5:07pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus
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A Preston based university has improved its ranking in a higher education guide.


The University of Central Lancashire, which has its main campus in the city, moved up 11 places to 77th in the Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Last year it was ranked 88th but has now moved level with the University of Huddersfield. It is ranked seventh in the North West.

High student satisfaction rates help keep UCLan high up in the league table, with 82.1% of students satisfied and it holds the 50th best student to satff ratio of any university.

It remains as one of the largest universities in the country, with more than 30,000 students. 57% of these students are mature students, so aged 21 when they begin studying.

The Sunday Times guide says: “UCLan is one of the largest universities in the country, with about 30,000 students, including part-timers. And it’s getting bigger. The university, which dominates the centre of Preston and also has a base in nearby Burnley, took an additional 800 undergraduates in 2013.

“It has invested over £100m in new buildings and facilities, including the £13m Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and a £12.5m building housing the university’s forensic science, chemistry and fire courses.”

There is praise for Preston too, which the guide says has a low cost of living. Rents in the city are among the lowest in the UK and the abundance of pubs and clubs are a draw for students.

UCLan Students’ Union president, Lee Mac, is quoted in the guide as saying: “The main campus has a radius of a mile within the city centre.

“Bring a brolly, Preston is set in a valley so when it rains you know about it.”

Chemistry students at the university are rated as the most satisfied, 96.3% of students studying this subject give it the thumbs up.

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