Lucy Haigh spent five years at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), initially completing her three years of Policing and Criminal Investigation and graduating with a first before spending two years as the Campaigns Officer for the Students’ Union.
Now, Lucy works as a Police Officer for West Yorkshire Police on the response team and says that she was always going to pursue a career in Policing once she had completed her commitments with the Students’ Union.
“Being a police officer was my ultimate goal as I wanted to ensure I pursued a career where I could use my degree,” Lucy said.
“The work I did at the Students' Union was valuable in the work I am doing today as a police officer, especially the campaigns I organised around mental health and liberation. I also had the opportunity to work with Lancashire Constabulary on projects which developed my interest in potential future career aspirations.”
It’s incredible to think that Lucy wasn’t totally sold on the idea of university until she attended one of the UCLan Applicant Days, where she saw first-hand the state-of-the-art facilities and the expertise of the UCLan policing staff.
“I was late in deciding whether I wanted to go to university or not as I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life!” Lucy said.
“When I attended the Applicant Day I knew I wanted to be a student there. The policing staff were really helpful, approachable and the facilities were fantastic! The course talk that I attended was the best I had been to out of the five universities I visited.”
The highlight of Lucy’s time at UCLan was the five months she spent at the University of Western Sydney, an opportunity that is currently offered to all students who choose to study the Policing and Criminal Investigation degree.
“One of my unforgettable memories is studying in Australia for five months and having the time of my life,” Lucy said.
“I had the opportunity to study modules I would not have got to study over here in the UK and travelled to some of the most spectacular places! I would recommend to any student who has the opportunity to study abroad – you will not regret it.”
Lucy created memories at UCLan that will stay with her forever and on top of that has left her stamp on the Students’ Union. Lucy’s advice to current students is to “get involved in as much as you can outside of the lecture theatre and try to meet as many different people as possible because those extra things you do will develop you as an individual and make you more employable.”