University of Central Lancashire climbs up The Guardian rankings

Posted on - 16th May, 2017 - 6:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
The university is ploughing money into its Preston campus Pic: Paul Melling
The university is ploughing money into its Preston campus Pic: Paul Melling

Preston’s university has clambered up the latest league table of higher education institutions in the UK.


Put together by The Guardian the 2018 University Guide scores universities on a number of factors such as employability, degree results and student to staff numbers.

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The University of Central Lancashire is now ranked joint fifth out of 12 universities in the North West and 67th overall in the UK (out of 121) – up 20 places.

Eight courses at the university have been rated in the top 20, double the amount as the 2017 guide.

Professor Mike Thomas
Professor Mike Thomas

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Vice-chancellor professor Mike Thomas said: “It’s extremely encouraging that the work we are doing to improve all aspects of teaching and learning at the University of Central Lancashire has been recognised in this national league table with a leap of 20 places. It is a testament to the commitment of staff and our focus on transforming the lives of our students.

“This year we have a good number of subjects ranked in the national top 20, with eight making the list, that is double the figure we had last year. What I’m really pleased about is the wide variety of subjects represented in the top 20 list, as it highlights the breadth of excellence in our educational provision.

“Our focus on embedding employability skills into every one of our degree programmes is proving popular with students and this is reflected with 92.2 per cent of our students in a job or further study six months after leaving the University.”

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The eight courses ranked in the top 20 in the UK are dentistry, general engineering, social policy and administration, drama and dance, film production and photography, fashion, sports science and anatomy and physiology.

What do you think of UCLan’s performance? Do you study or teach there? Let us know in the comments below

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