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Rhian Metcalf didn’t feel like she was reaching her true potential until she came to UCLan

Rhian Metcalf didn’t feel like she was reaching her true potential until she came to the University of Central Lancashire to study Religion, Culture and Society with Ethnicity and Human Rights. She said the course “ignited her passion for these interesting subjects.”

Student taking a picture of themselves

Whilst studying, Rhian was given the opportunity to work as an academic researcher alongside being a student ambassador, which involved delivering lectures to further education students and facilitating a residential project. Her final year thesis focusing on institutionalised males was later published in the British Journal of Criminology.

After graduation, Rhian joined the National Probation Service as a receptionist where she obtained invaluable training and experience in different areas. She has worked within the Victim Information Service, Crown Court, Community Offender Management, Approved Premises and completed a short term in prison establishments. Developing her career, Rhian went on to gain her Probation Officer qualification and completed an NCFE Level 3 specialised qualification in Developing Good Practice in Correctional Settings. She is now a fully qualified Probation Officer.

Rhian is proud of her professional achievements, having been granted a second publication in a criminology book and more prestigiously receiving a Butler Trust Award for innovation in practice from Princess Anne at St James’s Palace.

Reflecting on her time at University, Rhian said:

"The care, encouragement and belief I received from Dr Carolyn King and all the team based at Livesey House at UCLan had a transformative effect on my life and I truly believe that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t had this experience. I will be forever grateful for my experience"