Mental Health Nursing student, Elizabeth Pycroft tells us about her UCLan journey and how her passion for helping others has impacted her career and personal life:
“I feel like I should have started nursing a long time ago, perhaps I wasn’t mature enough. I originally trained and worked as a teacher but it wasn’t for me, and so after leaving teaching I got some agency work - the first one I came across was working in mental health which I thought sounded exciting and different. As a result of this, I went to do some admin work in mental health and the bubble never burst.
“I found it was a place suited to me, I absolutely love it and feel very humbled to be able to help people in this particular field. I did a few years as the ward admin and then left to start my course at UCLan.
“I find the most enjoyable aspects of studying here are the lectures and workshops I participate in. The general ethos of learning I find really gratifying too. I often use the social spaces and library to complete my work, the library in particular has some great resources available to use. There’s a lot of support here also, I’ve accessed WISER quite a few times, which I’d highly recommend to every student.
“This course doesn’t limit you at all. At the moment, I’m doing some bank shifts with dementia, and again the stigmatisation you get within nursing amongst dementia patients, there’s an assumption that it isn’t a pleasant job. I really dislike that particular stigmatisation, and I’m really enjoying getting involved."
Elizabeth’s enthusiasm and passion for working with the community led her to help set up Bolton Pride which scooped a national award for its work in tackling hate crime at the 2017 No2H8 Crime Awards.
“It’s not just based around LGBT but diversity in general… From the beginning, it’s gone from strength to strength, we offer opportunities to those with who may struggle with employment, whether it’s because of a disability, or they’re asylum seekers, or they’ve been kicked out of college…we’ve such an array of volunteers, it’s absolutely amazing”
Elizabeth has also received a number of personal accolades, firstly being named Student of the Year at Wigan & Leigh College followed by other nominations on a wider scale.
“I was also nominated in two categories at the Inspire Women Awards. I was short-listed for both the Charity Fundraiser of the Year & Charity volunteer of the Year which was very humbling."
28 June 2018