UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish across the UK. STFC is part of UKRI and is responsible for funding UK research in the areas of particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 and has grown into one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000. As a truly global institution, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities and its partnership network extends to 125 countries. In particular, UCLan’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy pursues research into the astrophysics of planets, stars, galaxies and the Universe through a wide range of international ground-based and space-based observatories.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
SUN would not have been possible without the support of Lightpool and Light Up Lancaster.
The Lightpool Festival was launched in Blackpool in 2016, a festival of light and fire to celebrate the grand tradition of the Illluminations, which have brought families to the town for more than 100 years.