University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire is one of the UKs largest universities with staff and student numbers approaching 38,000. UCLan’s student population comes from over 100 countries around the world, creating a truly diverse global community. Belmont Press successfully tendered for the printing of the university's Undergraduate Prospectus 2022, a publication that needed to be of first-class quality. It also needed to reflect the huge changes underway on campus, with the radical £200m transformation of the Preston Campus nearing completion.

The Undergraduate Prospectus is a substantial publication of 256pp, with matt laminate and spot UV varnish applied to the outer covers, with a finished size of 240 x 170mm.

As the flagship publication to showcase the University’s revitalised brand, we first output two fully bound book proofs on our Digital printing press to help the UCLan team visualise their artwork in a finished format.

Prospectus printing

Once the final artwork tweaks were completed, our production team got to work, with all printed text being produced on our Heidelberg B1 lithographic presses that are equipped with impress technology.

“Impress” technology automatically measures and records colour and re-calibrates every seven sheets. This ensures colour consistency throughout the entirety of the print run, maintaining brand consistency and quality of product.

An additional requirement of the contract was to fulfil and mail the publication to prospective students. The UCLan team mirror our own ethos and try to avoid the use of single-use plastics.

With this in mind, we designed a suitably sized environmentally friendly, fully recyclable outer cardboard wrap. Artwork supplied from the University is printed onto the outer wrap and it is die-cut to shape.


The finished result is an eye-catching prospectus, introducing new students to the University’s exciting ‘We See YOU’ campaign, and produced to the highest quality and environmentally friendly standards. Dan Mills, Publications Officer for UCLan had this to say about the project:

“Belmont have demonstrated excellent customer service throughout. Whenever we had a query and needed some advice, they responded promptly and were always friendly and helpful.

Having a good relationship with our appointed printer is crucial, because the prospectus is a huge project with lots of components and it's essential that when it lands in student's hands it showcases our University as effectively as possible.

Belmont delivered on time to the tight deadline we set them, and every aspect was carried out exceptionally and professionally - from the printing of the prospectus and its packaging to delivery and their ongoing liaison with our mailroom and recruitment teams.

Belmont have exceeded our expectations and we would be very happy to work with them again in the future.”