Access and Widening Participation

Access and Widening Participation

The University of Central Lancashire has been transforming lives since 1828 and has always been committed to access and widening participation. To this day we pride ourselves on being an open and accessible institution for people from all backgrounds. We believe strongly in the power of higher education to promote social mobility and this is reflected in our extensive widening participation activities and student support services.



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Young Scientist Centre

Young Scientist Centre - Demonstration for children

We run a wide range of STEM workshops for students aged 7-18 years. With a capacity of 30 for most of our workshops you can bring along a whole class to take part in our fun, interactive and curriculum-linked sessions.

The Young Scientist Centre

HEAT Tracking Data

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The Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) tracks the effectiveness and impact of student success initiatives. If you believe that your data or your child’s data has been processed using HEAT you can contact us.

Higher Education Access Tracker Data

Access and Social Inclusion

Access and social inclusion

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to study regardless of background.

We aim to enable this and address the imbalance in HE participation so that we can ensure the university is fully inclusive institution that promotes social mobility.

Access and Social Inclusion Activities


School and

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If your school is not able to take part in our access-specific activities there is a huge range of programmes and events open to all schools and colleges.

These include specific activities for teachers; pre 16's; post 16's; tailor made language programmes and more, find out more and get involved.

Schools & colleges Engagement 

School University Network

School University Network - Aspiration Raising - Judge

We work in partnership with a network of primary and secondary schools delivering a programme of aspiration-raising activities. These include on campus visits, workshops both in school and within our UCLan and Young Scientist Centre, group mentoring programmes, residential activities and revision sessions.

School University Network