The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.
Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University of Central Lancashire has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.
In 2010 UCLan became the first UK modern university to appear in the QS World University Rankings. In 2016 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.7 percent of all worldwide universities, highlighting the progress the institution has made in providing students with real-world learning experiences and reflecting the institution’s broad pool of academic talent.
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