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University of Central Lancashire
Motto Latin: Ex solo ad solem
Motto in English "From the Ground to the Sun"
Established 1828 - Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge established 1992 - University status granted
Type Public
Chancellor Sir Richard Evans
Vice-Chancellor Dr Malcolm McVicar
Students 34,863
Undergraduates 26,734
Postgraduates 8,129
Location Preston, England, UK
Coordinates: 53°45′47″N 2°42′27″W / 53.763021°N 2.7074°W / 53.763021; -2.7074
Campus Urban
Affiliations Million+
University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (or UCLan) is a university based in Preston, Lancashire, England, UK.

The university has its roots in The Institution For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge which was founded in 1828. In 1992 it was granted University status by the Privy Council. The university is the fifth largest in the UK in terms of student numbers and is ranked as the best modern university in the north west of England.



The Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was founded in 1828 by Joseph Livesey's Temperance Society. The society was born from a pledge made by seven Preston working men (whose names can be seen on a plaque in the university's library) to never again consume alcohol.

The Institute was housed in a classical-revivalist building on Cannon Street, before eventually expanding under the endowment of a local lawyer, Edmund Robert Harris, who died in 1877. The expansion brought with it several new buildings and houses in the nearby Regent Street were purchased and demolished as a consequence. The institute became a regional centre of excellence for the arts and sciences.

As part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897, the Institute's trustees paid the Victorian/Edwardian architect Henry Cheers to design the "Victoria Jubilee Technical School" (later known as the Harris Institute and now known as the Harris Building), to be built on Corporation Street. Its goal was to provide local youths with a technical education in all areas. The building was progressive for the period, being powered entirely by electricity.

The Institute existed in this state until 1932 when it changed its name to become the Harris Art College. It underwent further expansion and in 1952 and became the Harris College. In 1973 this became Preston Polytechnic then the Lancashire Polytechnic in 1984. In 1992, full university status was awarded and the University of Central Lancashire came into existence.

For further historical information, see University of Central Lancashire. A History of the Development of the Institution since 1828 by Rex Pope and Ken Phillips.

University Structure

The Harris Building, built in 1897
The Adelphi Building
  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Combined Honours Unit
    • School of Creative and Performing Arts
      • Centre for Contemporary Art
    • Northern School of Design
    • School of Education and Social Sciences
    • School of Journalism, Media and Communication
    • Lancashire Law School
      • Centre for Law, Information and Converging Technologies
      • Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • School of Languages and International Studies
      • Confucius Institute
  • Faculty of Health and Social Care
    • School of Dentistry
    • School of Nursing and Caring Sciences
      • Centre for Professional Ethics
    • School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences
    • School of Social Work
      • Centre for Children and Young People's Participation
  • Faculty of Management
    • Lancashire Business School
      • Institute of Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
      • Institute of International Business
    • School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors
  • Pan-institutional Schools
    • International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion
      • Institute for Global Communities
      • International Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Studies

Students' Union

The Students' Union venue, 53 Degrees.

The main club venue at the Students' Union is called "53 Degrees". It has two floors with a bar on each and often hosts top bands. Across the 2 rooms the capacity is 1,200 & 400 for club nights and 1,500 and 400 for all live gigs. The additional adjoining bar is called "Source" and is open seven days a week during the day and in the evenings during term time.


The university has excellent sporting facilities available to all students, staff and alumni both on campus and around the Preston. The Foster Sports Centre was recently extended and refurbished, is in the centre of the university campus and accommodates for a wide range of indoor sporting activities such as badminton, tennis, basketball, volleyball, football, hockey, netball and fencing. The sports centre also has a well equipped gym.

Also open to students, staff, alumni and the community is the Preston Sports Centre, which was opened in 2000 by HRH The Princess Royal. The £12 million arena provides facilities for Athletics (8 lane track), Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football (5 grass pitches) Hockey (2 floodlit all weather pitches) Netball and Tennis (4 floodlit courts) and Cycling (1.5 km circuit), as well as an eight lane athletics area which is fully equipped for school, club and county competitions.

The University also runs a succesful raceteam, UCLAN Racing, which competes in the North West Club Formula Ford Championship, and last year finished 3rd in the championship and 2nd in class.

Notable alumni

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