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Studying in Preston

Choosing a university or college and the course you want can be challenging for students of all ages. Whatever your ultimate career goal though, Preston is a smart choice as a study base when you consider all that’s on offer.

The University of Central Lancashire, which started out in life as the Harris-funded Institution of the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, offers world-class educational facilities and a staff and student community approaching 38,000, spanning 120 nationalities, making it easy to see why so many choose these heart-of-the-city facilities and accompanying social scene.

If college is your choice there’s a wealth of opportunity to study at the many renowned colleges (Cardinal Newman, Myerscough, Preston Academy of English and Preston's College) with an enviable reputation for vocational and further education.

The city of knowledge philosophy isn’t something invented in the last 20 years but rooted in the late 19th century. Wander along to the Harris Museum to see for yourself. Take a moment and look up at one of the inscriptions, a commitment to literature, arts and science:

“The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always.”

It’s important to get a sense of a place and instinctively feel something for where you choose to study. And that promises to be easier in this proud Northern city - because it’s not just about gaining a qualification, but the bigger picture too.