The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) 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.
With a student and staff community approaching 38,000, it is the fifth largest employer in the North West of England. Internationally, UCLan 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.
Today our Preston Campus lies immediately to the north of the centre of Preston and covers an area of approximately 18 hectares with 70 buildings and 182,000m² of gross floor area.
The campus estate contains a wide variety of buildings, all constructed during a time period which spans over 100 years. These range from the Victorian-style Harris Building and the former St Peter’s Church (grade 2 listed) Arts Centre, to the functional 1960s-style of the Foster building up to the more contemporary Media Factory and clean lines of the JB Firth building. Collectively our campus estate creates an eclectic and highly visible built environment, although it also creates challenges in terms of a coherent identity, especially on arrival.
In recent years key investments totalling over £100 million include:
- The £12.5 million JB Firth Building which caters for courses and research programmes in forensic science, fire engineering and chemistry.
- UCLan’s Olympic-standard £13 million Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, located at the heart of the Preston Campus.
- The £15 million Media Factory which incorporates state-of-the-art facilities for digital media and performing arts students, together with a business incubator facility.
- UCLan’s £5.3 million Allen Building containing some of Europe’s most advanced facilities for students studying within the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
A commitment to environmental sustainability remains at the heart of the University’s campus development strategy. From the installation of its vast solar panel trackers, a first for a UK university, to consistently achieving top marks in the annual People and Planet Green League, the University continues to be an environmental standard-bearer for the University sector.
All new building and construction work at UCLan reaches the standards set by BREEAM ‘Education Excellent’ and full building refurbishments meet BREEAM ‘Very Good’. For all smaller and part-building refurbishments, UCLan adopts sustainability principles. For example, energy efficient LED lighting and movement and daylight sensors as well as dual flush toilets and sensor taps in washrooms are now standard fittings. Opportunities for encouraging sustainable travel, waste segregation as well as for enhancing biodiversity are all factored into building design.