A university have postponed their graduation ceremonies due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The continuing spread of COVID-19 has led the University of Central Lancashire to postpone all ceremonies that were set to take place this summer.

Graduation ceremonies for UCLan students will instead take place in December 2020, extending winter graduation to a two-week celebration.

The university have a campus at Westlakes Science and Technology Park.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: "These large-scale events represent the culmination of everything our students have achieved and in the case of the Lancashire Science Festival we also welcome many thousands of visitors from across our local community.

"Therefore, postponing these events was not an easy decision nor was it taken lightly. Any disappointment is entirely understandable, but we have done it to protect the safety and wellbeing of our graduates, guests, staff and indeed the whole of our stakeholder community.

The university are announcing the postponement now to allow families and students to change travel and accommodation arrangements.

Final year UCLan students will be notified when arrangements are made for the December graduation. Results will be published as normal.