Vincent Utchay was a Law LLB, Law LLM and International Business Law student at the University of Central Lancashire, and graduated in 2014.
Vincent heard about the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) through an agent before he decided to come to the university to study.
His first impression of UCLan, UK and Preston was far from home as it was completely different to what he was used to. However, Vincent loved his time at UCLan and said: “Describing my lasting memories of UCLan would mean writing a book. Just as Joseph B, Wirthlin said, some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heart-warming!”
Away from the classroom, Vincent took advantage of a range of opportunities available to UCLan students. “In my three years of study I was an International Students representative at the Students’ Union Council, President of the Nigerian UCLan Society, M&M Peer Mentor, and Volunteer at the Green Ladder Project, Befriending Service, Course Representative and a community volunteer within the Centre for Volunteering Lancashire and the Creative Community Group, known as (CCG). This all brought success and value to my studies and allowed me to organise many international student events such as the Inter-Cultural show and Nelson Mandela Day.”
“Describing my lasting memories of UCLan would mean writing a book. Just as Joseph B, Wirthlin said, some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heart-warming!”
Vincent’s greatest achievement was his academic attainment, especially when he graduated from UCLan. He took some time out and worked both voluntarily and in a paid job. He recalls words of advice from his father: “Dream high, aim high, believe in yourself and you will achieve greatness.” It took Vincent over five years of hard work, dedication and determination studying. He said it wasn’t easy at the beginning, especially as an international student but his personal tutor Jane Anthony motivated him and he promised himself to become professional and obtain a master’s degree. All this has helped him today to shape his character and build integrity and self-confidence within him and having the opportunity to inspire and share ideas of his experience with future students.
He has been given a number of awards including, Gathering of Africa’s Best (GAB), Award for Excellence in Leadership, ICONS 2014 Award for outstanding support and contribution, UCLan Students’ Union Bronze, Silver and Gold Livesey Award 2014 & 2015. Currently he has a seat as the Director of Creative Community Group Nigeria (CCG_NG) which is another division of CCGUK that aims to empower people, locally, nationally and internationally for positive change through volunteering and community engagement. He has also authored a book called Strides of Greatness.
Vincent said studying international business law and law in general has increased his intellectual capacity and given him that everyday confidence and ability to develop both abstract practical problem solving and critical thinking.