UCLAN CYPRUS – ACTIVITIES & CAPACITIES
The University of Centre Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) was established in 2012 as a private university in Cyprus. It is a licenced, autonomous higher education institution, while at the same time it is an overseas campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), UK. UCLan was founded in 1828 and has been recognised as a world class institution through its inclusion in the QS World Rankings and its global partnership network, which extends to 125 countries. UCLan Cyprus is driven by its commitment to academic excellence, aiming to be a leading institution in research, innovation and education. To accomplish this the University is striving to ensure that our Research and Innovation and Enterprise, as well as teaching and learning activities, are recognised as being of exceptional quality while in parallel have a significant impact to the scientific and industry communities and benefit society at a national, regional and global scale.
Activities & Projects
UCLan Cyprus, given its legacy as an Enterprising British University on the island, is very committed to promote entrepreneurship at all levels and across all frontiers, by producing impact through the graceful collaboration of Research and Innovation and Enterprise activities. UCLan Cyprus employs a holistic strategic framework for Innovation and Enterprise, which ensures that not only the University will remain innovative and entrepreneurial, but also will strengthen its positive social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and internationally. To cultivate an entrepreneurial environment, the University fosters innovation through a series of activities engaging all members of staff, and develop enterprise skills and entrepreneurship by transforming knowledge into innovative products and services that can promote research and generate impact through multiple channels. Furthermore, students are key stakeholders to our holistic strategy and we strive to stimulate and motivate student engagement in such activities, allowing them to develop 21st century skills that can be transferred beyond the classroom, effectively enhancing their experience, while in parallel, increasing their employability.
To support and enhance its entrepreneurial efforts, UCLan Cyprus works closely with two main research centres, CEDAR and InSPIRE.
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Alliance, Research (CEDAR) is the pioneering Centre for Entrepreneurship in Cyprus. CEDAR aims to act as a catalyst for entrepreneurial development by building synergies between different areas of expertise in education, training, research, outreach, and policy. CEDAR has been promoting a number of projects and initiatives in the field of entrepreneurship, including open forums, seminars, workshops, competitions and conferences.
CEDAR embraces faculty and associate fellows credited with local, regional and global initiatives seeking to promote teaching, knowledge transfer, executive education, research, consulting and outreach activities in the entrepreneurship discipline and related thematic fields, including:
- Entrepreneurial Learning
- Innovation (at industry, enterprise, and policy level)
- Interdisciplinary focus e.g. innovations in education and training across life cycles; family structure and social capital influencing youth entrepreneurship
- Start-up Entrepreneurialism
- Strategic Corporate Entrepreneurship SMEs – Growth gazelles
- Entrepreneurial Finance: Business Angels- Venture Capital
- Capital Structure and Performance
- Family Businesses and Business Families
- Value-creating Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Ownership
- Regional Development – clustering e.g. agro-tourism, wineries and other heritage ventures
InSPIRE, the Centre of Interdisciplinary Science Promotion and Innovative Research Exploration, is a non-profit organisation that was founded by academics and industry associates with the mission to support the advancement and development of scientific research by establishing a culture of innovative partnerships between academia and industry, within different science disciplines for the utilisation of state-of-the-art practices and the realisation of cutting-edge research and innovative programmes and activities.
The resident members of InSPIRE work closely with internationally respected and distinguished researchers, academics, industry professionals and policy makers to develop in three main areas: research and knowledge transfer, service/outreach to the community and education. Some of the general activities of the centre are focused on cutting edge responsible research and innovation, industry engagement (for the purpose of enhancing students’ knowledge and practical skills, enhancing existing curriculum, and developing collaborative research projects), mentoring of undergraduate/postgraduate students via research and industry projects, community engagement and outreach (promotion of science education, awareness on science impact, female participation in STEM, organisation of research seminars, workshops and professional trainings for the community).
Overall, InSPIRE encompasses expertise in a wide range of research areas within a diverse spectrum of disciplines such as Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology, and Sports and Exercise Science. All members of InSPIRE are research active, with extensive experience in national, European and international research and industry projects in ICT areas such as Data Management in smartphones and wearable systems, Virtual Reality Data Analytics and Visualisations, Responsible Innovation, Educational Technologies and Pedagogy. They are all continuously pursuing new knowledge and innovative ways to apply their expertise through research and industrial projects. In addition to the individual members’ research activities, the centre adopts an interdisciplinary approach, with an effort to integrate expertise from the various disciplines for the development of collaborative projects with high social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and globally.
Activities and events in collaboration with the Centres
Through collaboration with InSPIRE and CEDAR, students (undergraduate, postgraduate and recent graduates) have the opportunity to enhance their technical and practical skills, acquire real world practical experience, and make an impact to society.
- Industry Engagement: students have the opportunity to get competitive internships with local and international industry partners in their field of study, where they are exposed to real industry processes and experience a real work environment.
- Industry Projects: students have the opportunity to work on real world small-scale industry projects, where they have to gather project requirements by the industry partner and be in continued communication with the partner for the duration of the project, all under the supervision of experienced supervisors from academia and industry. Often students need to work in agile multi-cultural teams and collaborate for the fulfilment of project requirements.
- Mentorship and Coaching: students who have a project idea receive mentoring and coaching from experienced academics and industry partners to formalise and develop their ideas into a prototype stage. Also, students who are interested in further enhancing their academic knowledge, they have an opportunity to work on innovative research projects under the supervision of expert researchers.
- Participation in local and international competitions: under the guidance of their academic supervisors, students have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international competitions in their area and beyond (e.g. innovation competitions, business entrepreneurship competitions, etc.).
- Seminars, Workshops and Professional Trainings: throughout the year students have the opportunity to participate in several discipline specific and interdisciplinary seminars, workshops and trainings for their professional development.
- Annual Career Day: industry partners provide industry specific or general motivational presentations to students about their future careers, aspirations and expectations. Invited speakers are leading professionals in their field who come to the career day to share their real life experiences with the students and offer students the opportunity to ask any related questions.
- Annual Innovation and Enterprise Networking and Exhibition: students get an opportunity to present their work in front of their peers and industry partners as well as participate in presentation and round table discussions with industry experts.
- Business Idea Competition: an annual competition event, which includes a series of idea generation workshops and start-up business trainings.
- Panorama Series concerning entrepreneurship (e.g. Panorama of Innovation, Panorama of European Funding, Panorama of Entrepreneurship).
- Open Forums, development seminars and workshops: organised in collaboration with local and regional development agencies, chambers, municipalities and business and professional associations to support aspiring entrepreneurs, growing SMEs and family business-business families.
- ARTISAN – Heritage Family Businesses: Nurturing Entrepreneurial Families in Business across the generations (Erasmus +).
- COMPASS: Evidence and Opportunities for Responsible Innovation in SMEs (Horizon 2020).
- Responsible Industry: Responsible Research and Innovation in Business and Industry (FP7).
- Inclusive Entrepreneurship – Supporting Female Youth, and Rural Entrepreneurship (OECD).
- Innovations in Education and Entrepreneurship Initiatives in Education.
- Developing Argumentation Skills: Effectiveness of an argumentative-based intervention programme for supporting the development of evidence-based argumentation skills and epistemic beliefs in different domains (RPF CY).
- BE CONNECTED: Establish relations with industry, professions and other organisations via internships and other project based modules (with ECTS, credits) (EU Social Fund).
- Jean Monnet Module: Teaching/Research/Debating activities on The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU (Erasmus +).
- CodeCyprus: Inspiring Students to learn coding (Cyprus Fullbright Commission).
Moot Court Room: A dedicated space mostly for the Law students to run innovative teaching and entrepreneurship activities, such as mooting, roundtables, professional-student networking and law fair.
Interdisciplinary Research Lab: A space equipped with computers and various other high-tech equipment (wearables, drones, virtual-reality glasses, sensors, robotics, etc.) for carrying out interdisciplinary research (e.g. ICT in education, e-health, virtual reality, etc.).
CY Cognition and Developmental Lab: A space equipped with an observation room with mirrored walls, video and audio recording equipment and a researcher area from which to observe. There are also desktop computers with specialised psychology software to pursue research in developmental and cognitive psychology.
Electronic Engineering Lab: A space equipped with work-benches and all the necessary equipment and machinery for students to practice in Electronic Circuits, Digital Electronics, Telecommunications, Microprocessors, Sensors, Programmable Logic, Robotics etc.
Cisco Networking Lab: A space equipped with desktop computers, networking equipment such as Cisco routers, switches, firewalls, gateways, etc. for students to practice in Computer Networking, Cybersecurity, Routing etc.
Computing Laboratories: Three laboratories of various sizes equipped with desktop computers for students to do Programming, Computing Networking and Media Production.
UCLan Cyprus has three Schools, the School of Business & Management, the School of Sciences and the School of Law. All three Schools rise to the challenge of valuing their educational activities alongside their research, innovation and enterprise, and they support and develop their academic staff, such that they will inspire their students, give them a distinctive UCLan Cyprus experience and nurture their academic and personal development. UCLan Cyprus is the winner of the 2013 InAVation Award for the most innovative education facility, in terms of its technological infrastructure, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
With regards to their academic portfolio, the three Schools offer a diverse range of programmes which are listed below.
School of Business & Management
BA (Hons) in Business Administration
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
BA (Hons) Economics
BA (Hons) in Hospitality and Tourism Management
BSc (Hons) Sports Business Management
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
MSc in Business Management
MSc in Marketing Management
MA Internship in International Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
BA (Hons) in English Language Studies
MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics
MA in Educational Leadership
MSc Sports Business Management
School of Sciences
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science
BSc (Hons) Computing
BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development
BSc (Hons) Mathematics
BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
MSc Data Analytics
MSc Forensic Psychology (new for 2017)
School of Law
Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons)
Masters of Laws LLM
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
Master of Arts in Security and Diplomacy Studies