University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (or UCLan) is a university based in Preston, Lancashire, England. It has its roots in The Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge which was founded in 1828. In 1992 it was granted University status by the Privy Council. The university is the ninth largest in the UK in terms of undergraduate student numbers.

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To what extent are you truly free?

Self-determination, freedom of thought, choice of risk arguably have freed society, but then there's inequality, ill-health and narcissism.
Third-year archaeology student Dominic Coe replicates a painting of rhino based on the original image in France’s Grotte Chauvet. Supplied

Why we built an artificial cave to teach our students about ancient art

In an ideal world, students might visit original cave sites to see ancient paintings in their natural setting. This isn't possible, so the idea of an artificial cave set-up at a university was born.
The long history of students leaving their home town to go to university is beginning to erode. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock

A brief history of why students go away to university

In many countries, students go to their nearest institution, but in England in particular, there is a strong historical precedent for going away to university.

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