If you want to graduate work-ready, then you need your dream degree from the University of Central Lancashire. That's what our graduates did and now they're ready for the world of work, having benefitted from real work experience, close industry links and skills-related modules.
Read how our recent alumni turned their dream degree into a rewarding career – we’re No 1 in the UK for business start-ups still thriving after three years, and 93.9%* of our students are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating.
After landing a university placement at the International Business Times in the video department, Matthew was offered freelance work. The same year he secured a BJTC placement at the BBC’s flagship news programme, Newsnight. The education and industry experience that Matthew had at UCLan then resulted in him being offered a position at UNILAD just after his final exams, before he had even graduated.
Born and raised in the Fylde Coast where tourism features very strongly in the local economy, Lucy Hodge had always worked in the local tourism business part-time and where she discovered her passion for the industry. For her it was a natural step to study the more about tourism in higher education.
Matthew initially began training as a pilot but decided instead to follow his passion of working with clay. He began studying for a BA (Hons) Ceramics degree at the University in 2010 where he was able to work using a range of methods including studio, industrial and glaze before specialising in studio ceramics for his final year.
With a passion for the written word and impressed by the calibre of the linguistic academics, Rosie chose to study English Language and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Katie’s passion for fashion stemmed from her love of photography as well as putting together outfits and looks for her own shoots. She discovered that the University of Central Lancashire was perfect place for her to follow her dream career, as the BA (Hons) Fashion offered a plethora of modules from styling and marketing, to design history and computer aided design.
When was choosing to study marketing at university, Paralympian Carly Tait was keen that the campus had a friendly, community feel and so for her the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was the obvious choice.
Kelly-Marie Staunton successfully juggled three part-time jobs as well as fitting in voluntary work all whilst studying full-time for a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management.
Jonny Nelson chose to study in his hometown after discovering that UCLan offered one of the best journalism courses in the country. Now, he works as a presenter for ITV, the Premier League and Nickelodeon.
Mark Fenning has gone from Law graduate at UCLan to an associate at Stephenson’s Solicitors in just eight years.
Terence had spent ten years working as a Senior Cardiac Physiologist. However after losing both of his parents to cancer at a young age he became inspired to help others during such difficult times.
Graduating in 2006, John Bridge studied part time on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course and now works as a chartered architect.
Conor has always had an interest in computing and problem solving, and so choosing to study BSc (Hons) Computer Network Technology at the University of Central Lancashire felt like a natural choice to make.
Having an interest in buildings and how they were created from an early age, Samantha felt that a degree in building surveying at UCLan would lead her to a career which she was passionate about.
A 12-year journey took determined Dionne Thomas from sign language beginner to fully qualified interpreter and founder of the Deaf Business Academy, thanks to UCLan.
From studying Sports Coaching and taking advantage of work experience, Aaron’s career has gone from strength to strength where he now leads the Academy Performance Analyst Department for Manchester City FC.
Combining her love for the industry and her passion for sports, in particular football, Caroline chose to study Sports Journalism at UCLan to become the first official journalist for Manchester City’s women’s team.
Asif’s experiences at UCLan and his love of working with deaf people, disabled people and deaf parents have prepared him for a variety of public appointment roles and helped him adapt to new career changes.
Alumni Aimee, who is now the Principal of the Pauline Quirke Academy in Preston, not only owns her own business but inspires young people with her knowledge of drama and performing arts on a daily basis.
Choosing to study close to home so that he could combine his study with working, Steven Fraser graduated from his degree and now runs United Utilities, working with graduates and young people of the future.
Becoming a doctor and a clinical psychologist was always Leila’s dream and UCLan’s BPS-accredited course, with on-the-job experience and help and guidance from our academics, helped her to achieve it.
Chris Thornton has gone from studying BA (Hons) Accounting at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to working for IBM in Australia in a role that focuses on telecommunications and developing futuristic technologies.
Lee Moran went down the part time route at UCLan, studying BEng (Hons) Building Services. His commitment to studying has paid off as he now finds himself at energy solutions firm ‘Vital Energi’ - working as an Associate Design Director.
Mohammed Salim Patel studied BA (Hons) International Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where he has gone on to secure a dream role at the BBC.
Paul chose a career in nursing because of the variety of the job and was drawn to the idea of having no two days the same.
Danielle combined studying at UCLan with improving her footballing performance. She is now a professional goalkeeper for Liverpool Ladies Football Club playing in the UEFA Champions League.
With a Diploma from UCLan, Rob gained employment with North West Ambulance Service as a paramedic working in Manchester before joining the ambulance service in Lancashire.
With a passion for the family business and a desire to learn how technology could push the company forward, UCLan provided the perfect platform for Lucy to grow her talent.