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Masters degree success tops off Martin’s colourful career

20 July 2012

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Milestone for former RAF Officer

A Shropshire communications expert who made the unusual switch from NHS manager to RAF Officer is celebrating another career milestone after obtaining a Masters degree almost 30 years after he first attended University.

Martin Evans graduated in 2012 from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston with a Masters in Strategic Communication.

Martin’s return to education is another highlight in his career that began as an NHS manager in 1983 before a dream prompted him to join the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1990.

The married father-of-two commented: “I woke up one day after dreaming I had joined the RAF and decided to do it for real which was a surprise for my family but they’ve been very supportive and very much enjoyed service life themselves.

"I spent 19 years in the Air Force with various operational tours including Afghanistan and then returned there with Channel Five to work on a documentary called Air Force Afghanistan.”

"My MA Strategic Communication degree course has been a great learning experience and really helped to put everything I’ve learnt in my career so far into context.”

"My MA Strategic Communication degree course has been a great learning experience and really helped to put everything I’ve learnt in my career so far into context.”

Martin’s career has now come full circle after he took on the role of Head of Communications at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust nearly three years ago.

It was this move back to the NHS that prompted Martin to return to University as a mature student to gain his Masters degree at the age of 50.

He said: “I spent the latter part of my RAF career working in media communications and now have a rewarding role in charge of communications within a leading NHS Mental Health Trust.

"My MA Strategic Communication degree course has been a great learning experience and really helped to put everything I’ve learnt in my career so far into context.”

Martin returned to UCLan in 2014 and gave an interesting and engaging guest lecture to first year Business School students on careers in public relations and communication management.