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Studying at UCLan has led to wide and varied careers across the globe, and this is something we are very proud of. We want to share your successes, from whatever field that may be. Meet some of our featured alumni below, and follow their progression since University.
Aaron Briggs studied BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and graduated in 2008. Benefitting from the work experience available to him at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Aaron was working part-time with Preston North End’s first team in his final year, when he was offered a full-time contract after graduating.
UCLan graduate, Mandip Gill has landed a prime-time TV role as Doctor Who’s new companion, Yasmin Khan, in the eleventh series of the iconic hit show. Mandip graduated in 2009, and with the help of her UCLan tutors, secured a top Manchester based agent who immediately started to put her forward for auditions. Mandip worked in theatre for two years before joining the cast of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, where she played fiercely independent and feisty, Phoebe Jackson. After working on Hollyoaks for over three years, Mandip decided to take a leap of faith and left the show to move to London and pursue her acting dream further.
After gaining a first-class degree in International Hospitality Management from UCLan in 2017, Kelly-Marie Staunton has landed an exciting role as Guest Relations Manager at the iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester. This comes after an exciting year working as a Front Office Supervisor at the Hilton Westminster London and as a Guest Relations Executive at the five star London Marriott Grosvenor.
Jason Thelwell used his degree in BSc (Hons) Fire Engineering Management which he was awarded to him by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to climb through the ranks of the Fire and Rescue Service. Jason was recently awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal in the recent New Year's Honours List. He describes the honour as “a fantastic opportunity for my family and for my service.”