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In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.

Today Central Lancashire is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally the University has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a Central Lancashire environment and culture.

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The vision of the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries is to be the number one destination for the study of the Creative Industries, Language, Humanities and Social Sciences subjects; based on our partnerships with employers, our enriching global opportunities and our philosophy of enhancing learning experiences through cross-faculty collaboration and challenges. We aim to produce creative, reflective, work-ready graduates who benefit from our enviable links with industry and world-leading research-informed teaching.

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Northern plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education and more every day.

Arriva Rail North Limited, became the new rail operator for Northern on 1 April 2016, marking the start of a nine-year franchise that will transform travel through a £1 billion investment in the largest rail network outside London. Achieving the biggest transformation in rail travel in the north for a generation inspires us and we are determined to work very hard to meet our promises.

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The Legacy Preston International is a modern building, ideally located close to the University of Central Lancashire and ring road, and within easy reach of the M6 motorway, as well as with great railway links to Manchester, London, Birmingham and Scotland. We believe this makes it the perfect accommodation base for both business and leisure travellers travelling to the North West, also for anybody visiting the University.

Managed by Legacy Hotels & Resorts, this year we are celebrating the ten-year anniversary since opening in Preston’s city centre, providing 75 modern city rooms for leisure and business guests.

We take pride in offering comfortable surroundings and outstanding customer service, with a number of services to make our guests stays the very best. Our casual all-day dining café bar covers meals throughout the day and we have three varying sizes of meeting rooms available for private hire and the spacious Brunel Suite is used for daily breakfast and private hire events.

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As a real local radio station, Beat Radio has undergone a number of changes this includes a full rebrand, a new state of the art studios within the newly refurbished Preston Guildhall and a new band of experienced radio presenters.

As a truly local radio station, we cover Preston, South Ribble and Central Lancashire as our Primary Service Area but we can also be heard in parts of Ormskirk, Southport, Chorley, Blackpool and Bolton. This is a great location to work, learn and play as we are around one hour travel time from a number of major cities (Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster) as well as being a hub for the countries transport links the city of Preston is central within the railway network.

Our target audience is aged between 14 and 64 years of age. Beat Radio is locally based for the people of our City and beyond.

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The Propeller Hub is a complete enterprise support programme providing skills, training, mentoring, workspace and networking to the students, graduates and staff of UCLan (University of Central Lancashire).

The Propeller Enterprise Program is a series of stand-alone workshops designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to set up your own business or become more entrepreneurial in other areas of your life. Taken together, the workshop series acts as a step-by-step guide to see the dream become a reality. We have specific workshops aimed at developing your business idea, starting your own business, looking after business finances, ensuring your business complies with the law and developing a marketing strategy for yourself or your small business.

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Dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people through great art and
culture. Curious Minds works to place creativity and culture at the heart of education and other services for children and young people. Working across sectors, we aim to drive equal access, continuous improvement and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education.

We are proud to have been serving the North West of England as Arts Council England’s Bridge Organisation since 2012. Our team includes people from across the worlds of culture, education and children’s services; together we are deeply committed to enabling creative and inclusive practice for the benefit of all children and young people from birth to 25.

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The UCLan Confucius Institute launched in 2008 and is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanban. Since its launch, UCLan CI has focused on activities that broaden the cultural flavour and landscape of Preston, and the larger Lancashire community, by staging cultural and educational events and activities in Preston and other surrounding towns, local libraries and museums, schools and other such places. The UCLan CI often holds its popular “China Day” event in Preston’s Flag Market Square and local schools, an activity that provides taster sessions of Chinese culture through Chinese calligraphy & brush painting, tea ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations & training, and much more. We have also been able to stage fabulous Chinese New Year gala productions at venues like the Charter Theatre, performed by arts troupes from China, which are able to bring together the local community to experience one of the most famous of all of the traditional Chinese festivals. UCLan CI also holds its yearly Kite Festival and participates in the annual regional Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Race.

UCLan CI also works closely with the local council and Lancashire Cultural Services on many events, such as guest talks and lectures at the various establishments across Lancashire, and larger projects such as the “Chinese Lives in Lancashire” photography project, which chronicled the lives and experiences of Chinese people who currently live in Lancashire. This project resulted in a touring exhibition and a book publication.

UCLan CI provides many opportunities to students and members of the public alike, with valuable opportunities to experience Chinese culture and learn Mandarin Chinese language.

Discover more about our related degrees, work placements, language taster lessons, culture workshops and performances, conferences and lecture series.

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Preston City Council is a district council, working alongside Lancashire County Council as part of a two-tier local government system.

The council spends more than £100 million a year providing a range of public services from pest control to planning. It is one of the largest employers in the area with 996 employees.

Preston also has a Mayor to represent the city at civic and ceremonial events locally, nationally and internationally. The Mayor changes each year and is a counsellor who has to be selected to serve in office by their colleagues. The Mayor of Preston for 2018/19 is Councillor Trevor Hart who is the 691st Mayor of Preston, a position which dates back to 1327.

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In October 2014, the ownership of Preston Guild Hall was transferred from Preston City Council to the Rigby Group of companies, under the directorship of local private entrepreneur Simon Rigby. It is an exciting new chapter in Preston’s entertainment scene and there are ambitious plans in place to elevate the complex back to its previous former glory.

Furthermore, the Grand Hall Foyer has undergone a major programme of refurbishment to create a brand new multifunctional space know as LiVe!, creating the perfect space for intimate gigs, pre- and post-show drinks and for dancing the night away!

The newest development is the purpose-built indoor/outdoor terrace area which has helped to modernise the original balcony area. This latest addition provides our guests with stunning views of the surrounding Grade 1 listed buildings and architecture, such as the Harris Museum, whilst they dine with us, and also boasts a retractable roof canopy for the summer months!

Our latest project has been our biggest and most sensational yet in the creation of LeVel which has become a diverse and unique multi-entertainment complex encompassing a boutique 10-pin bowling alley, a nine-hole crazy golf course, karaoke booths, a sports bar and a street food diner. This has also created a brand new entrance to Preston Guild Hall from Lord Street, ensuring that the complex is accessible to all and becomes the place to be in Preston for all your entertainment and dining needs!

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Cannon Films Ltd is an independent film finance, development and production company launched in 2014 by Richard Albiston, after working extensively with acclaimed producer and Academy Award® nominee Menahem Golan. The company’s mission is to package and produce high-quality and commercial feature films for worldwide sale.

Since its inception, Cannon Films Ltd has actively sought out exceptional creative talent to collaborate with unique and distinctive motion pictures, encompassing astonishing action sequences with riveting characters and bring them to the screen.

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