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No regrets for Ryan

25 July 2014

Jessica Pratt

War veterans provide inspiration for legal graduate

War veterans provided the inspiration for a Lancaster man to complete his legal degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Ryan Hall was born into a family where it was considered the norm to join the Army. His father joined the Royal Logistic Corps as a private at age 16 and worked up the ranks to become Regimental Sergeant Major.

Ryan and his family travelled with him to his various postings with the Army. Ryan initially studied at King Richard School, in Cyprus, but was forced to change schools to Our Lady’s Catholic College as the family moved from Nicosia, on the border between Cyprus and Turkey, back to Lancaster.

The 21-year-old, who has graduated with a First Class Degree in LLB (Hons) Law, said: “There was one side of the coin where I travelled with my dad to different places including, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland and southern England. However, there was the other side of the coin where my dad had to be posted abroad to warzones including, but not limited to, Iraq (both wars), Falklands and Kosovo. These were always difficult times but it taught me a lot about life.”

"I asked some veterans what their biggest regret was. They all stated that they had no regrets apart from that they wished they went to university. I didn’t want to regret not going to university later on in life, so university was the way forward for me"

Having developed a keen interest in becoming a police officer earlier in life, Ryan returned home from Nicosia in 2008 to find out the police force were not recruiting. He decided to study law at UCLan in an attempt to become an officer in the future but he enjoyed the course so much that he now wants to become a solicitor. His First Class Honours degree has ensured that he already has interviews lined up to become a trainee.

Ryan added: “Coming from an army background, I had obviously considered the armed forces as a career but I decided to go against it and pursue further study. This is because when I was younger, I asked some veterans what their biggest regret was. They all stated that they had no regrets apart from that they wished they went to university. I didn’t want to regret not going to university later on in life, so university was the way forward for me.”

He was one of 4,600 students who graduated in front of family and friends at Preston’s Guild Hall last week.