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.
MA Community Leadership, 2017
Already working first-hand within communities at Global Youth Leadership, Nadya Parveen looked towards UCLan’s MA Community Leadership and found that it was “unique and interesting and will help me develop myself in my career. Not only do you learn the literature but you also experience hands-on work within the communities, and you gain knowledge in helping people to integrate.”
After graduation, Nadya started work as a Member of European Parliament, operating as Caseworker and Finance Officer. Here, her duties include handling Greater Manchester constituent enquiries, managing MEP expenses, liaising with the accountants and traveling to the EU Parliament every month in Brussels.
“As I worked within the communities, delivered projects and planned events for everyone to be involved in, this encouraged and motivated me to go in to a role where I will be working direct with communities and making a difference,” says Nadya. “I volunteered a lot within my university life as well. Now, I am all for helping others.”
Nadya states that her career, and the enjoyment that she gains from it, is her greatest achievement thus far and thanks the University for helping that happen.
She said: “UCLan has equipped me to become independent and use my skills and expertise in situations that I may be faced in and find solutions to overcome them. Also, as I have to liaise with various organisations and stakeholders in my current role, the experience from my masters has given me the confidence to do my job in the best effective way.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLan. I made some real close friends as well as learning a lot throughout my journey. I have made some great memories with some amazing people.”
As well as wanting to better himself and his career, Paul Wilkinson has a passion for helping others. Therefore, UCLan’s BA (Hons) Community Leadership course was perfect for Paul to give him the confidence and the knowledge needed to go out into communities delivering various projects.
“Having come from a deprived background with limited resources and never really taking education seriously,” says Paul. “I decided to go to university, not just to change my situation, but to change other people in similar situations.”
Paul graduated in 2016 with a First Class Honours degree after studying at UCLan’s Burnley campus. Although he has many fond memories of his time at the University, graduating stands out the most for Paul.
He said: “I take some credit for that, but the credit should be with the lecturers on the Community Leadership course who were very supportive throughout my studies and always found time to speak with me if I had any queries. They also gave me the necessary tools and techniques and empowered me, which is something I will be forever grateful for.”
Since becoming UCLan Alumni, Paul has continued his connections with the University. First, he worked as an Emancipatory Research intern before gaining full-time employment as a Research Assistant.
Speaking on taking the decision to study at UCLan, Paul said: “Don’t let fear and a lack of confidence get in your way when wanting to study in Higher Education. Believe me, I have been there and I can truly say this has changed my family’s life, and mine.
“The degree has equipped me with various skills that I use at work on a daily basis and also helps me see things from a different perspective.”
In addition to achieving a career, Paul won a Community Hero Award, Community Legend Award and The Vice-Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for his commitment to the voluntary sector.
Before arriving at UCLan’s Burnley campus, Sarah Ahmed’s ambitions were to work as a teacher in the Middle East, but did not carry her dream forward due to a lack of confidence. However, Sarah says “After joining the Community Leadership course everything changed for me, I was helped in many ways to boost my confidence and that is why I am now a Curriculum Manager.”
Sarah works for TOP (The Oxford Partnership College) and is responsible for securing and monitoring the implementation of schemes of work by subject staff and by those on teaching practice and the management and organization of coursework, internal examinations, moderation and teacher assessment. Something Sarah says she wouldn’t have been able to achieve without studying at UCLan.
She said: “The experiences I gained through facilitating in the Global Youth Solutions conferences had a huge impact on my employment and my life in general. I honestly do not know where I would be if it wasn’t for my degree”.
“If you would like to feel like you have genuinely achieved something by giving your time to people through your knowledge, then this is definitely the course for you. Overall, studying is a great achievement if it can give you great things in life and can also teach you a way of life.”
Sarah remembers the travelling the course enabled her to do and delivering internationally recognised conferences as her lasting memories of studying at the University, along with the lecturers at UCLan.
She said: “I was very blessed to have the teachers I did during the course of my degree. To know we have teachers out there who do not only focus on the academic side of things but are there for you to support you in the real world too is a major asset to have.”