With the start of term just beginning, The University of Central Lancashire has something to celebrate. Preston’s university has risen 30 places in the new edition of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, increasing in rank to 75 in the new guide for 2020. This guide provides the most in depth and definitive rankings for universities across the UK, making use of the most up to date information and data, published in the past two months. The guide can be viewed on the Sunday Times website.

University success and student satisfaction

The rise in success for The University of Central Lancashire, follows additional league ranking increases earlier in the year. And student satisfaction has become a big part of this, which is great news for the thousands of new students who have just started their new courses this week.

The current £200m campus plan, which includes the development of a £32m student centre, and a £28m civic square, as well as the well awaited Engineering and Innovation Centre (opening this year), was also discussed in the guide.

The rise in student satisfaction could be attributed to a number of factors, including the amount of sports and social clubs, high quality teaching and courses, including chemistry and social work subject areas where UCLan ranks 2nd and 5th respectively, across the UK.

This commitment to student activities was demonstrated during welcome Sunday, which took place on the 15th September. New students were met with a range of entertainment acts, and were given support for moving in by a variety of returning students, including the university’s dodgeball, kung-fu, trampolining, fencing, American football and netball teams.

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.”