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  • Preston, a city and in the county of Lancashire, northwestern England. It is located at the lowest bridging point of the River Ribble estuary before it flows into the Irish Sea.
  • The name Preston is derived from Priests’ Town, suggesting early settlement of religious origin dating back to the Anglo-Saxon. Preston had become an important market town and administrative centre. Preston Market Place still occupies the same location some 1,000 years later.

University of Central Lancashire Facts

  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge.
  • Based in Preston, Lancashire
  • UCLan’s main campus is a ten-minute walk from Preston city center, with other campuses located in Lancashire and Cumbria, and an overseas one in Cyprus which opened in 2012 – the first British university in the country to do so.
  • The university boasts strong links with employers that include British Aerospace, Rolls Royce and Cisco Systems, and it offers business incubation facilities and training for students after graduation.
  • The university has recently embarked on a £200 million redevelopment of its facilities, including the construction of a £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre. Other recent additions to UCLan’s student offering include the introduction of courses in fashion and forensics and, in 2015, it opened the UK’s newest medical school.
  • Beyond the campus, Preston is a small and compact city, easy to navigate and with excellent transport links to the rest of the UK. On its doorstep is the picturesque countryside of the Ribble Valley, the Trough of Bowland and the Southern Lakes.


Adelphi Building, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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