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UCLan Graduation December 2016

A warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire and our degree ceremonies 2016. Our graduation ceremonies mark a special time when the University celebrates and recognises the success and achievements of its graduates. It is also an important occasion for all those who have encouraged and supported our graduates during their time here and we are delighted to welcome our students' families and friends to our celebrations.

A huge congratulations to all our students who will be graduating this week on your outstanding individual achievements. We wish you every success for the future and hope that you have an enjoyable, happy and memorable day. Share the conversations and celebrations online using #UCLanGraduates


The venue for UCLan’s graduation ceremonies is Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT. The ground floor is a shopping arcade with a range of coffee shops, restaurants and bars serving light refreshments.

On arrival, please proceed to the 1st floor where you will find the University's Reception and ticket collection desk. Gown collection and photography also takes place at the Guild Hall. Preston Guild Hall is wheelchair accessible and the Ceremony Hall is equipped with induction loop systems.  There is lift access to all floors.

Preston’s Guild Hall is easily accessible in the city centre and is close to Preston’s Bus Station and Railway Station. If you are arriving by car, the nearest multi-storey car park is next door at the adjacent Bus Station can be found using PR1 1YT on your SatNav.


Following the ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to return to the University campus to continue their celebrations and enjoy complimentary refreshments in Foster Building.

For further information about this week's graduation as well as future ceremonies head over to our student support site.



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Graduation 2016

Honours for high achievers

Six recipients will receive honorary awards and join 1,500 graduates on stage: Proud Lancastrians are among the recipients who will receive honorary awards at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) graduation ceremonies next week. Read full story.

Professor Norman Burrow receives an Honorary Fellowship:

Norman Burrows

Norman received his award in acknowledgement of the contribution he made to UCLan’s success during his tenure as Pro Vice-Chancellor with specific leadership responsibilities for developments in Cumbria, research and quality and partnerships. After studying engineering to PhD level, Norman joined UCLan in 1984 as Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. During this time, he nurtured the development of the new links with universities in Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong. He was then made Directorate Lead for Research and in 2000 he became Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director for Cumbria. He oversaw the successful incorporation of Myerscough College under UCLan, as well as the establishment and management of several UCLan campuses to create an integrated Higher Education base for Cumbria.

Peter Hyett has received his Honorary Fellowship:

Peter Hyett

Peter Hyett has received his award in recognition of the significant contribution he made during his time at UCLan as Group Executive Director of Finance. After studying at Preston Polytechnic, now UCLan, in the 1970s, Peter embarked on a career which saw him spend the majority of his time working at universities. In 1989 he became the Chief Accountant and he was integral in helping UCLan in its transition from a polytechnic. After a six-year spell in Liverpool he returned as Group Executive Director of Finance. He was responsible for advising the University Board on financial strategy, as well as implementing their decisions and overseeing the financing of development. He was heavily involved in UCLan’s expansion into Cumbria as well as the early negotiations that led to the establishment of UCLan’s Cyprus campus.

James Cole has received his Honorary Fellowship:

James Cole

James received his award in acknowledgement of the significant contribution he has made to the tourism industry. James graduated from UCLan in 1997 with an MBA in Business Administration and Management and his first job was with Airtours UK. The proud Lancastrian shot up through the ranks into a management position at SunCruises. In 2007 James decided to start his own venture so he launched with his business partner. Despite being hit hard by the recession the business survived and is now one of the UK’s largest sellers of cruise holidays. This success led him to create World Travel Holdings and he is currently the managing director. Over the past four years James has been working with UCLan, delivering an internship scheme to tourism students and regularly recruiting students.

Angela Murphy is awarded an Honorary Doctorate:

Angela Murphy

Angela received her award in recognition of the significant contribution she made to international development at UCLan. Angela dedicated 30 years of her illustrious career to the University. Between 1980 and 2000 she held a range of posts at the institution, working her way up from a senior lecturer, principal lecturer, Head of School, Dean of a Faculty to Pro Vice-Chancellor. In this role she took the lead on UCLan’s international development strategy and by 2007 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International). During her 11 years in this role she witnessed the huge rise in international student numbers and was integral in developing the University’s wide range of global partnerships. She was also the Executive Director for the development of UCLan’s first overseas campus in Cyprus.

Laura Massaro is awarded her Honorary Fellowship:

Laura Massaro

Laura received her award in acknowledgement of the contribution she has made to sport. Laura was 7 when she first started playing squash and by age 14 she was ranked the best junior in England. She won several European titles, which culminated in her joining the winning England Team to bring home the World Junior Team Title. Within a year of turning professional Laura was ranked 40 in the world and won her first title at the age of 21. Since then, Laura has gone on to win 20 World Tour titles, including the prestigious British Open title in 2013. She has won three silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and in 2016 she became the most successful British female of all time reaching world number one. Laura, who lives in Preston, is coached by her husband Daniel, a UCLan sports coaching lecturer.

Arthur Whitlock Honorary Fellow

Arthur Whitlock

Arthur received his award in recognition of his significant contribution he has made to the local community through his charitable endeavours. Arthur is a self-made businessman who started his working life as a market trader. In the 1970s he became the English agent for Conister Finance and he used his experience to set up Whitlock Finance and later Longton Finance with his dearly departed wife, Mavis. More than 40 years ago he founded the Whitlock seven-a-side Football League, each year he dresses up as Father Christmas for Galloway’s Society for the Blind and he is a brother of the Catenian Association. For the past 10 years Arthur has sat on the University’s Awards Committee and dedicates an immeasurable amount of time to helping UCLan’s Harris Bursary, a scheme to help students in extreme hardship.