The University of Central Lancashire continued to grow and innovate from the start of the 21st century. As well as expanding with three new campuses at Burnley, Westlakes and Cyprus, the University announced its £200m Masterplan which set out to transform the Preston Campus and take the student experience at UCLan to new heights.
Venue 53 opens. Originally known as 53 Degrees, it is the University’s largest conference and entertainment venue. A number of the country’s leading singers, bands and comedians have taken to the stage since it opened in 2005 (including Gary Numan, Kasabian and Dizzee Rascal). It regularly hosts student productions and is now the home of the popular Lancashire Science Festival and Lancashire Arts Festival.