Mike Thomas Open Day Intro
[Music] Welcome to the University of Central Lancashire. Welcome into our community of successful students and alumni and the start of your journey to transforming your life. Our motto is ‘Ex solo ad solem’ which means ‘from the Earth to the Sun’ and is the core of our beliefs and values. We were founded in Preston in 1828 as the Institute for the Diffusion of Knowledge. This year the university is celebrating 190 years of helping talented people from all walks of life to achieve their potential. The University of Central Lancashire is Preston, we are an integrated part of the city’s history and future as a social and economic anchor in the beating heart of Lancashire. Preston is the best place in the North West to live and work according to a recent report by PWC and the Think-tank, and is ranked 19th overall in the good growth for cities index measuring economic success and personal and family well-being. You leaving us as well-rounded graduates into your chosen career is our focus and currently over 93% are employed within six months of graduating. For those of you who are budding entrepreneurs, we are second in the UK for entrepreneurs with our graduates still running thriving businesses after three years. Why else should you choose the university? Ranked in the top 3.3% of universities in the world by the Center for World University Rankings, we were the UK’s first modern University to achieve such a ranking. We hold the maximum five stars for the quality of our teaching and you will meet some of our inspiring academics during your visit. Fantastic teaching requires fantastic facilities and our Campus Masterplan will see £200 million invested by 2020. At the heart of the university’s campus development plans is the creation of a 57 million pound student center and new square. New buildings like the state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre create collaborative spaces bringing together leaders in industry with our world-class academics and more public green spaces. Not forgetting our Students’ Union, it is exceptional here and as a wide variety of societies, clubs, events and facilities. If you have a passion for a hobby, subject, political or religious interest, societies can provide opportunities to meet people with similar interests to share your ideas and express yourself. We offer over 40 different sports clubs open to all our students’ and the Sir Tom Finney Sport Centre is on the main Preston Campus with free membership for all students’. We are excited about your future here in the university and we hope you will be too! Enjoy getting to know us and we hope to welcome you back very soon. Thank you.