Law students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) returned from the National Mediation final with a third place finish and individual recognition for one student.
Two teams from Lancashire Law School qualified for the final at Queen’s University, Belfast, where they competed against 20 other universities from across the UK.
The team of Ellen Rutherford, Sophie Piper, Orla McAllister and Lorcan O’Mahony followed up their Northern semi-final victory with a third place finish in the final.
There was further success for Orla, who received the individual award for ‘Best Intuitive Mediator’ to add to a third place finish in the ‘Best Overall Mediator’ category, in which team mate Lorcan came second.
“I was over the moon to win an award and actually slightly shocked. But I guess that I shouldn't have been that surprised because Emma really helped me to develop my mediation skills through her intensive training,” said Orla.
She added: “I think the results of the competition really show her dedication to us and the competition. Now I have something quite unique to put on my CV which will really make me stand out to employers.”
Senior Lecturer, Emma McAndry organised UCLan’s participation in the competition and was delighted with her students’ performance.
She said: “I am extremely proud of the law students who made it through to the final, and particularly proud of their successes."
“They all worked extremely hard and competed in great spirit and I’m delighted they gained so much from the experience. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them.”
Jayne Boardman, Mairead Platt, Rebecca Hilton and Bianca Perea also competed in the final and the students have returned with fantastic feedback about the experience.
Mairead commented: “The mediation competition has been a brilliant experience. Not only has it been a great opportunity to broaden skills that can be used for both my career and life in general, but it has also been a great social experience.”
Mediation is a very significant and growing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in the UK whereby parties are facilitated to identify, negotiate and agree mutually acceptable solutions to their dispute.
The competition has offered students the opportunity to develop their skills at a time when mediation is becoming ever more prevalent and all litigators need to be aware of when and how to use it.
Lancashire Law School would like to take this opportunity to say well done to both teams and thank you to Emma McAndry. Without her support and effort this opportunity would not have been available.
Ellen Rutherford said: “Emma is an outstanding tutor who has gone above and beyond to help us succeed in this competition. She gave up hours of her spare time to help us practice and has been thoroughly supportive throughout.”
(L-R: Jayne Boardman, Becky Hilton, Bianca Perea, Mairead Platt, Emma McAndry, Sophie Piper, Orlaith McAllister, Ellen Rutherford and Lorcan O'Mahoney.)