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Computing students go above and beyond

Two BSc (Hons) Computing students have been recognised for their hard work in their jobs outside of University at the UCLan Students' Union Awards 2015.

First year student, Oliver Kerr won 'Student Employee of the Year' in the ‘Off Campus Above and Beyond’ category. BSc (Hons) Computer Network Technology student, Alison Abbott was highly commended in the same category.

Alongside his studies Oliver works at an electronics store in Barrow-in-Furness. He was nominated for the award by his manager, Peter Scott, who praised Oliver’s customer service and attitude towards work.

“Oliver is very dynamic and takes pride in delivering great results. When you work with him you cannot fail to see how driven he is to go above and beyond to help customers and peers in any way he can,” said Peter.

“This is what makes him invaluable to us a customer driven retailer, as he has taken our customer comes first always value to heart.”


"We aim to teach students in a real world environment so that they can hit the ground running when they graduate, and both these students are a leading example of our teaching and learning ethos.”


Oliver added: “I was really surprised to win but also quite proud because I work hard and it’s nice to be recognised. Everyone in the company always tries and goes above and beyond for customers but I always try and go the extra mile.

“I spent around three months working with a local furniture store (often in my own time out of work) to help them find which tablets would be best for them to use in their store – resulting in the largest sale ever in our shop!”

Nicky Danino, Senior Lecturer in the School of CEPS, said: “It’s a great privilege to teach both Oli and Alison. I’m very pleased and proud of them both for being nominated for this award. It’s obvious that their approach to their studies is carried across to the workplace.”

She added: “They are both mature and reliable students who are a credit to computing at UCLan. We aim to teach students in a real world environment so that they can hit the ground running when they graduate, and both these students are a leading example of our teaching and learning ethos.”