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Lindsay Bleakley

BA(Hons) Event Management (2008), MSc International Tourism Management (2009)

A love of “events, parties and trips abroad” coupled with a stint as an Events Officer for his college Students' Union, inspired Lindsay to come to University and study Event Management.

“Of all the universities I applied to, UCLan showed the most interest in me as a prospective student, and offered unparalleled support services. After accepting an offer from the University, I attended the ‘flying start’ scheme in the summer of 2004 and never looked back.”

In addition to enjoying the social side of university, Lindsay recalls supportive, dedicated lecturers. “They helped me learn how to apply myself and – in spite of my lively and sometimes challenging nature – they were able to relate to me and subtly encourage me. Without them I doubt I would have graduated with first-class honours, and walking on stage to collect my degree is one of my proudest and most gratifying achievements.”

After completing his undergraduate degree, Lindsay worked in social care management for a year whilst simultaneously studying for a full-time MSc in International Tourism Management. Lindsay describes the experience as “the single most challenging thing I’ve done. I was mentally and emotionally pushed to my limit and successfully completing the year with the award of a Merit is my greatest achievement to date.”

Within days of completing his master's, Lindsay jetted off on a round the world trip, arriving home in Northern Ireland at Christmas 2011, to begin job hunting. 

“I remember being offered an interview and contacting a lecturer who I had remained in contact with to seek interview advice. I was immediately given the encouragement and sound advice I needed - something which undoubtedly worked to my advantage as I was successful at interview and secured my current role as a Conference Producer for a company called London-Business-Conferences.

“I research content, write agendas, source speakers and provide management of business conferences throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. I couldn’t have dreamed of a job like this when I started at UCLan and over the course of five years, my work ethic, desire, ability to prioritise and professional manner all improved markedly.”

TOP TIP FOR UNDERGRADUATES: Take the opportunity to go to university; you will take so many positives from the experience. You will learn about yourself as an individual and discover how to think about things in a completely new way. Your course mates will become life-long friends and your lecturers will open the door to a fantastic network that will help you long after graduation. I would recommend it to anybody.