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Celebrations as royal couple visit UCLan as part of Diamond Jubilee tour

16 May 2012

Press Office

Hundreds of students and staff delighted to see Her Majesty at Burnley Campus as Her Majesty launches UCLan’s ‘Junior University’ for local aspiring scholars.

On Wednesday, 16 May, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) welcomed The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to its Burnley Campus.

In one of the proudest days of the University’s history, students and staff took the Royal couple on a journey of educational discovery to see examples of world-class research and outstanding student work.

During their visit the Royal party met a variety of students of different ages and backgrounds, following a wide range of courses including those related to sport, fashion, health, advanced manufacturing and volunteering.

The tour culminated with the Queen unveiling a plaque to mark the launch of UCLan’s Junior University (JU) project – aimed at raising the educational aspirations of local school children to attend university.

“Her Majesty’s visit went extremely well and was a great success.”

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “Her Majesty’s visit went extremely well and was a great success. She was really interested in what the University is doing.

“She praised the UCLan Chamber Choir, was very impressed with the links we have with industry and was amazed with our fashion section, in particular the footage of the Thailand Fashion Show which was being displayed. She was interested in our campus development in Thailand and was very courteous to everyone.”

“The whole event was extremely well organised, ran smoothly and I’d like to thank everybody involved for all their hard work.”

He added: “The whole event was extremely well organised, ran smoothly and I’d like to thank everybody involved for all their hard work.”

The royal couple spoke to staff and students from areas including: Healthy University initiative, Volunteering, Small Firms Summit, Chamber Choir, International Fashion and Advanced Manufacturing.

For a selection of photographs from the day see our Flickr set.