UCLan’s Students’ Union (SU) has won multiple awards for their work and commitment to students, who remain at the heart of everything it does. Every UCLan student automatically becomes a member of the SU upon enrolment.
Leading the SU team are the Elected Officers, who are actively involved in making important university decisions alongside the university’s most senior staff, representing the student voice at the highest level. Not only do they defend students’ rights, but they also run campaigns to raise awareness of important issues.
Supporting them are the School Presidents and Course Reps, who act as a link between students and staff. They work hard to gather student feedback and work with lecturers and senior management to enact positive changes.
In addition to representing students, the SU run the Advice and Representation Centre, where students can go to get free, confidential, judgement-free professional advice on a wide range of issues (both academic and personal) from trained staff.
Finally, the SU work hard to ensure that students’ experience of university is the best it can be. They manage over 100 sports clubs and societies, run Pulse Media (the student-led radio, TV and magazine), arrange volunteering opportunities, run skills workshops, and organise a wide range of fun social events.
Helping to keep UCLan one of the safest places to study, the SU also run a Safety Bus, which ensures students get home safe after a late night out.
There are over 100 clubs and societies to get involved in at UCLan. Societies are run by students and supported by the Students’ Union, and so if students can’t find a society that interests them, the union can help them set one up.
Sporty students have over 35 sports clubs to try out, covering American football, basketball, dance, equestrian, golf, mountaineering, and men’s and women’s football and rugby. Many of the sports clubs play competitively in the university’s Students’ Union leagues, however, there are also Turn Up and Play sessions for those who just want to play for fun.
UCLan’s 70 societies provide the perfect way for students to get out and meet new people with shared interests. There are societies covering hobbies and interests, including airsoft, BAME, board games, British sign language, chess, first aid, LGBTQ+, poker, and Sci-Fi.
Academic societies cover subjects such as business and management, dermatology, English, mathematics, and occupational therapy, while faith-based societies cover Ahlulbayt, Catholic, Christian, Pagan, and Sikh faiths.
In addition to sports clubs and societies, the Students’ Union also recognize a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Students can get involved as much or as little as they like and can even log their volunteering hours to achieve the Livesey Award – a great addition to any CV.
Preston is a medium-sized city in the North West of England. As one of the lowest-cost places to live in the country, and with the campus within walking distance of the city centre, everything is literally on students’ doorsteps and the opportunities are endless.
Preston’s city life has everything students need to relax, including a variety of shops, outdoor markets, free museums, cafes, two stunning parks, and even a nature reserve during the day, and plenty of restaurants, pubs, and clubs to entertain them in the evenings.
There are a range of festivals that occur throughout the year to cater to people from all backgrounds and faiths. Student reviewers have praised how much there is to do in Preston both during the day and for their evening entertainment.
Preston is a very well-connected city and enjoys short journey times by train to urban hubs like Manchester and Liverpool, in addition to great access to the world-renowned landscapes of the Lake District. Students can reach the train station within just 10 minutes’ walk from campus and can find themselves in London or Edinburgh in the same day.
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