Preston’s university up 30 places in UK rankings as 2019 freshers arrive in the city

Posted on - 22nd September, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus
New arrivals were helped by UCLan’s Welcome Team

Preston’s university has risen 30 places in the new edition of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.


The University of Central Lancashire ranks 75th in the 2020 guide, thanks to a “significant increase” in student satisfaction.

The guide also mentions UCLan’s £200m campus plan, which will see the Engineering and Innovation Centre opening this year, with the hope of recruiting more women into the field.

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The Good University Guide provides the definitive rankings for UK universities, making use of the latest data published in the past two months. The guide can be viewed on the Sunday Times website.

The increase in student satisfaction will be good news for the thousands of new students who have arrived to start their new lives in Preston during the past week.

A range of entertainment acts greeted the new arrivals as they moved into their halls of residence last Sunday (15 September). Moving help came from a variety of sources including the university’s dodgeball, kung-fu, trampolining, fencing, American football and netball teams.

Activities during Welcome Week included free meals to help students make friends, plus the SU Freshers Fair, Societies Fair, Sports Fair and Market Day. There was also a fun event at UCLan Sports Arena on Saturday 21 September, before teaching starts on Monday 23 September.

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Dr Lynne Livesey, Interim Vice-Chancellor, said: “Welcome Sunday signifies the start of a thrilling new chapter in the lives of our new students. It is always an exciting yet emotional day for them and their families, but it was great to hear how our dedicated staff and student volunteers made the day so memorable for all.”

What do you think of UCLan’s move up the rankings? Let us know in the comments below.

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