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Hats off for volunteering graduate

17 July 2013

Jamie Barnes

Gillian Lynes gains a First thanks to working on the London Olympics and Preston Women’s Refuge  

Gillian Lynes celebrating her graduation from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).  

A student with a love of volunteering is celebrating after graduating with a first-class honours degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Community leadership student Gillian Lynes managed to successfully combine studying and a wide variety of volunteering opportunities during her three years on the popular undergraduate degree.

Gillian, who also won the award for the best performing student on the degree course, said: “I’ve done a vast amount during my time at UCLan. Not only have I studied hard, but I have got involved in a great deal of volunteer work which really complimented my studies."

 

“My passion is working with, and for, people. I came to UCLan because the community leadership course offered the chance to work with people in a variety of settings."

“My passion is working with, and for, people. I came to UCLan because the community leadership course offered the chance to work with people in a variety of settings. The course appeared to give you the chance to be practical and learn by doing, thanks to the vast amount of opportunities to volunteer.”

The 23-year-old, from Worcester, added: “I have enjoyed some fantastic opportunities, such as participating in Global Youth Leadership Conferences across the globe, volunteering at a Preston Women’s Refuge, being a Team Leader at the 2012 Olympic Games and I also spent five weeks in remote Fiji teaching English and building sanitation facilities.

“Combining study and extra-curricular activities has required a great deal of self-discipline, organisation and not a huge amount of socialising. However to gain a First, win the award and get involved in so many opportunities has made it all worth it.”

Gillian was one of 4,300 who donned their cap and gown at the graduation ceremonies held in Preston’s Guild Hall. She now plans to continue in academia in the hope she can achieve her dream of becoming an occupational therapist.