"The most exciting part of belonging to the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, is being put directly in contact with industry professionals who have real life experience from prestigious firms and experience teaching us."
UCLan English Literary Studies graduate, Katy Mitchell, has embarked on a career as a freelance writer following ten years working as a teacher.
UCLan Endodontology graduate, Rose Thomas, has scaled up her dentistry skills to become Practice Partner and Dentist at Thomas & Thomas Dental Associates based in Blackpool.
Tanishka joined UCLan in September 2018 on the British Council GREAT Scholarship and left her native Rajasthan, India to study Business Management here in Preston.
Originally from Oman, Salim has immersed himself into life in Preston so much that he and his family are considering keeping a property here for summer visits once his studies have concluded and they have returned to Muscat.
Sabha Quadeer is one of the many registered nurses that is retraining to become a midwife on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery: for Registered Nurses (Adult) course at UCLan.
Fiona is a 3rd year midwifery student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). She recently travelled to Peru on a two-week midwifery elective to see the differences between healthcare in the UK and in the developing world.
David chose to study Dance Performance and Teaching at UCLan because the course perfectly fitted with his career aims, the access to facilities were second to none and most importantly, David liked the approach the University took to the course.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Beth Kevan, has taken her dance journey overseas to become Head Dance Academy Instructor at the five-star Sani Resort in Greece. Beth followed her passion to study dance and set out to reach her career goal of building her own business.
UCLan Neuroscience graduate, Matthew Plummer, has furthered his specialist studies in cognitive psychology as a PhD candidate and associate lecturer at the University of Kent. Matthew received a high grade for his A Level Psychology and wanted to pursue this field as part of his university studies, with specific interest in biological psychology and neuroscience.
On 27th August 2019, Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment in the Department for International Trade and Joanne Hawley, Consul-General South China and their delegation visited Hunan Normal University in Changsha City, Hunan Province.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was delighted to host senior Government of Qatar officials to witness the graduation of 15 sponsored Qatari students at the 2019 Degree and Award Ceremony.
After completing a BA (Hons) English Literature at UCLan in 2016, Kate was attracted to continuing her learning. She felt that studying a master’s course in Publishing was a better option than unpaid work experience in London. It would prepare her more for working in the publishing industry and enhance her employability.
After studying a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Abdullah enrolled on a Master’s programme at UCLan to study Industrial Pharmaceutics and describes his time in Preston as a beautiful year he will never forget.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Anna James, has broadened her opportunities in the field of dance by becoming a freelance dance artist.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Rebecca Winter, has taken her career journey to China to become an English Language Teacher.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Keri Lincoln, has excelled in teaching by setting up her own business, Keri Lincoln Yoga.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Hannah Stubbs, has fulfilled her aspirations to become a teacher of dance and drama in secondary education. Hannah has been dancing from an early age and aspired to teach the discipline. She chose the Dance Performance and Teaching degree course at UCLan because it was the only one of its kind that incorporated the teaching element.
Jamie Defoe has just finished the second year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy course but instead of using the summer for a well-earned rest he will be supporting UCLan academic staff as part of the UCLan Undergraduate Research Internship Programme.
In July 2019, UCLan funded eight students from the biomedical science course to travel to Kansas, USA and visit their university and medical centre. The students were selected after out of a number of applications based on how they felt the trip would benefit them and their learning.
I enrolled myself for the MBA with Placement at UCLan as I see this course as an opportunity to develop my career, improve my skills set and get an expertise on management skills in terms of leadership qualities, effective people management, handling the core job, maintaining the professional demeanour, increasing productivity of the team and managing conflicts in the Team.
Sports Therapy graduate, Stephen Valassakis, has been offered the opportunity to work for Premier League side Burnley F.C., just weeks after graduating from his course.
Preston achieved above-average improvements for health, transport, work-life balance, and more. There is a large student population in Preston, and you can get directly to Manchester in 39 minutes or London in 2hr 9 minutes.
I've lived in Preston all my life and whenever I travel to other places in the UK, the reaction I get when I say where I'm from is either 'Where's that?' or 'Oh dear, well somebody has to be!' However, Preston is a very underestimated place.
I have been in Preston for about five years now, it a city that has had some major changes since I started here in 2013, however these are some of my favourite places to go in Preston.
"My family are extremely proud of me and what I have achieved. It was a tough decision to move to the UK. It was the first time I have left my siblings, whom I am very close to, and we have a very close-knit family environment in India, with extended family too."
Travelling from her native Kenya to the UK for the first time in September 2016, Jasmine was embarking on a journey to UCLan to study Economics. Fast-forward three years and she is leaving the University not only as a graduate with a First-Class Honours degree but also as the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise Inspiring Female Student Award winner.
Hailing from Pakistan, Saima began her studies at the University of Central Lancashire in September 2016 originally enrolling on the LLM Law postgraduate course. After successfully graduating and after a brief spell working for a reputable law firm back home, Saima returned to UCLan with the blessing of her family to undertake a PhD course which is an opportunity she feels extremely honoured to have.
With Lancashire being the fourth largest aerospace cluster in the world, Aerospace Engineering students like Vincent benefit from a huge amount of practical experience and industry contact.
During the Journalism course at the University of Central Lancashire I was able to learn about the basics such as news, producing and interviewing skills as well as the legal and ethical side to journalism.
Alongside the size of the campus and its proximity to Preston City Centre, it was the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement as a part of her course that attracted Abha to study at UCLan. After some initial homesickness, Abha has only positive things to say about her experience at the University and will leave with lifelong memories, friends and not only a Masters degree but professional experience to boost her CV and job prospects too!
The BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families graduate was voted into the role in March 2019 by UCLan students after two weeks of campaigning and started in her new position in July 2019.
The SU President is responsible for overseeing all of the things that are related to the Union’s governance and democratic processes, from chairing the Board of Trustees, to acting as the spokesperson of the Union.
In school, it was my dream to study at masters level. To travel the world and see new places, experience new cultures, was part of this. The only way this dream could become a reality was through a scholarship.
Before joining UCLan, I studied in Aberdeen. This gave me an advantage as I understand the UK and am comfortable here. Preston is a similar city – everything is an easy distance and convenient.
The fully-funded scholarship by the British Council has been an unanticipated surprise which has made my dream of studying Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire come true.
Born in India and raised in Bahrain, Paul studied Petroleum Engineering at Anna University, India before being attracted to UCLan because it was one of the only places in the UK that he could find an MSc Oil and Gas Engineering course with a Professional Placement.
I was recommended by Mo Isap who is the CEO of Inf4.0 Group, an industry 4.0 training and consultancy based in the University of Central Lancashire Media Factory and the Landing at Media City.
Moving from her native Czech Republic to Preston in order to study History at UCLan, Drahoslava has enjoyed her time here so much that she has decided to stay and study a Masters course too. Despite visiting many different places in the UK since her arrival, Drahoslava’s academic, social and working life has been very focused around the University which has helped her to get the full UCLan experience.
What intrigues me about UCLan was the specific programme and the city. I read about Preston being peaceful with purple flag status, which is really very important me and my family, to know that I would be studying and living in a safe location.
UCLan Ecotourism graduate, Asaf Leshem, has worked his way across the globe to become a tour guide in Berlin.
On Thursday 21st March 2019, the participants gathered at UCLan’s Greenbank Building for the BSL Celebrations evening. A remarkable 97 people turned up and this included a large number of people from the local community and some from much further afield, and a good number of UCLan staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and alumni.
UCLan MSc Sports Coaching graduate, Atiq-uz Zaman, has joined the world of professional cricket to become Head Coach of Lancashire Women’s Cricket Team at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Sui Southern Gas Company, Pakistan.
Atiq aspired to be an elite level coach in cricket whilst studying a Foundation degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He was recommended to progress on to a master’s course in Sports Coaching and chose to study at UCLan.
UCLan Fire Engineering graduate, Mark Egan, has used his firefighting career and expertise to set up his own business, Omega Fire Engineering.
Mark has always wanted to be a firefighter. Once he turned 18 years old, he applied to join the fire service, only to be rejected because he was too small, despite completing the physical assessment. Determined not to give up on his dream, Mark reapplied when he was 21 after finding out that the height restrictions had been dropped, and was accepted into the service.
Like most people who have visited the UK before, Apoorva had only experienced London before his arrival in Preston to study Medicine at UCLan. Originally from India he has grown up in Dubai from a young age and now he is fully immersing himself into student life whilst coming of age at our University.
Family ties attracted Iyalla from Port Harcourt in Nigeria to the University of Central Lancashire, with both his brother and sister studying at UCLan in the past, he says the decision to come to Preston was easy. Initially embarking on a Masters in Cancer Biology and Therapy, Iyalla has now opted to study MSc Project Management and says that life at UCLan has “been amazing”.
After initially studying Architecture at home in Egypt, Youssef has flourished since enrolling at UCLan academically, personally and socially. He admits some challenges and has relied on the support of his tutors at times, but overall Youssef has pushed himself and has added a lot to our University and is now reaping the rewards.
Originally from Jordan, Saleem has maximized his time in the UK by combining studying Law at the University of Central Lancashire with exploring different areas of the country, having also completed a foundation programme with ONCAMPUS UK North.
Whilst studying Medicine (MBBS) at UCLan Serena from Boston, Massachusetts has been so impressed with how much the staff care for their students, in particular going the extra mile for international students. She recalls one instance when her Professor invited everyone in the class to her family Christmas dinner, knowing many students were in the UK without family.
The BSL and Deaf Studies students enjoyed an international field trip to Dublin, Ireland from 29th April to 2nd May, kindly subsidised by UCLan’s Student Travel Bursary. This was the sixth annual course trip and again the experience was very positive.
Bhakti’s relationship with Preston began on vacation in 2011 when she was visiting family in the area. After being impressed with the size of the campus she told herself that UCLan was where she wanted to study one day. Fast-forward 8 years and she is currently completing a Master’s degree at UCLan after already gaining a Foundation and Bachelor’s qualification in Preston.
Since enrolling at UCLan in 2015, Giordana Failla has certainly made the most of her time as a student from spending a year abroad in Jordan as part of her course and learning Arabic to finding a new passion for teaching and achieving some amazing things with the UCLan Erasmus Student Network Committee. She now plans to continue at the university and study a Masters in TESOL.
A group of interior design students developed conceptual schemes for an outdoor play area at the National Waterways Museum.
UCLan Law graduate, Prosper Mwedzi, has successfully completed training and established himself as an Assistant Solicitor at New Forest District Council.
Three Fellows from the Daphne Jackson Trust have been working at UCLan for the past three years and have now secured positions at the University.
Before coming to UCLan from her native Cameroon, Michelle Yanou didn’t know what to expect and hadn’t heard much about the university or the city of Preston. Now a few years on, after completing her master's at UCLan she has gone on to undertake a PhD, which she says shows the positive experience she’s had as a student here.
Modern languages (French & Japanese) student Shannon Walsh spent a week in Paris on a cultural & historical tour of the city, taking in everything it had to offer. With aspirations to work in France post-graduation, this provided Shannon with a fantastic opportunity to improve her language skills & gain further experience of life in France.
BA (Hons) Digital Marketing student, Olivia Fishwick, is in her first year at UCLan and is already off to a flying start by winning the Propeller U-Start Enterprise Award, which supports her in being a young entrepreneur. Olivia was granted a total of £699 to kick-start her career in the makeup industry.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Cris Stanford, has stepped up his career to become a Performing Arts Teacher within secondary education as well as setting up his own theatre group.
Having previously struggled to settle in to life at another university, Aimee Sullivan found UCLan’s Psychology BSc (Hons) course to be the perfect fit for her. Now in her third year at the University, she believes that both the facilities and the teaching on offer here have helped her to develop her belief in her ability.
The Psychology BSc (Hons) course at UCLan’s flexibility was a huge factor in Dominic Walsh’s decision to apply to study here. Now in his final year of studying at the University, he believes the choice has paid off.
In his four years at UCLan studying Psychology BSc (Hons), Robert Teare has managed to achieve quite a lot. From presenting in front of a lecture theatre of potential students to working exclusively with a lecturer on a project, it has been quite a ride as his time here begins to draw to a close.
Since Abbie read a teenage neuroscience book when she was 13, her love for neuroscience has grown. Abbie wanted to find out more about what makes our brains work and how things can go wrong and she knew that one day she wanted to treat those with brain injuries.
UCLan MA Religion, Culture and Society graduate, Joshua Samuels-Hylton, has succeeded in the education sector to become a Personal Tutor at further education provider, Pendleton Sixth Form College.
Dreaming of a career as an architect since she was a young child, Laura Birkett enrolled on the BA (Hons) Architecture course after carefully choosing relevant subjects in college. Despite a tough start to university life, Laura stuck at it and decided to use the following summer to gain work experience, something she stresses every student should go out and do.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Rachel Aldred, has reaped the opportunities from her degree to become a Performing Arts and Music Teacher in the Middle East.
Initially, Rachel wanted to develop her dance technique in the contemporary field and use the degree to help her become a performing artist. However, she found that the course opened doors to further opportunities and networks in performance and teaching.
UCLan Forensic Computing graduate, Laura Dryden, has enhanced her technological expertise to become a test engineer for Microchip.
When it came to choosing her course of study, Laura knew she wanted to do something involving computers, as it was a passion of hers, but didn’t exactly know what to study. However, after looking for a course, the one that most sparked her interest was Forensic Computing.
Brian believes studying at UCLan will contribute in making him a better person and Doctor, not only because of the education but also the opportunities afforded to him, living in Preston and being away from home.
Born in Jordan but educated in Saudi Arabia, Razan cites the difference in education styles between the Middle East and the UK as “massive” and commends UCLan for helping her to feel more empowered.
Alongside enjoying the challenge of studying Medical Sciences, Ani has immersed himself in university life at UCLan by becoming Course Rep, meeting numerous friends from across the globe and travelling up and down the UK.
Adhil had never ventured out of India until he arrived in the UK to study at UCLan, but he had heard that Preston was ‘a small city with a big heart’ and in the few months he has been here he has discovered that it is true.
As someone who complained when the temperature dropped below 10 degrees at home in India, Asawari has grown to love the weather in Preston and even missed it when she returned home during the Christmas break.
I decided to study at UCLan after coming to an offer day. The staff were very welcoming and enthusiastic, as were all the student volunteers. They all assured me that there was always something to do alongside my course despite Preston not being very big, these things included various societies and sports clubs as well as pub quizzes and social events within my own course.
Despite achieving poor results in his A Levels, Simon was determined to reach for the stars and pursue a dream career in Astrophysics. His prospects rocketed after he completed a Foundation Year at UCLan and now he is undertaking a PhD exploring planets beyond our solar system. After applying to undertake a Foundation Year at UCLan then completing the BSc (Hons) in Astrophysics, he is on track to enjoy a career that is truly out-of-this world.
Sports Coaching and Performance student, Patrick McElwee, made his first appearance for Gibraltar under-21s in their match at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus, where they narrowly lost 1-0 in the Group 7 match.
Before university, I ran my own car sales business in Manchester. I wasn’t feeling fulfilled from what I was doing and wanted a new challenge. I sat down and noted what it was that interested me and what I would like to be involved in when I reach the age of 50/60/70. Motorsport has been a life-long passion of mine, so I set about finding a path to follow my dream. This ultimately led me to UCLan and their course in Motorsports Engineering.
With an interest in Motorsport it became the obvious degree course which was relevant to the field of engineering I have always wanted to work in. I chose the Masters course as it fulfils the academic requirements from IMECHE for the charted engineer status.
Originally, I hadn’t considered studying at UCLan, but had applied because I was looking for a university in the northwest and heard it was very good. After attending an applicant day, I was able to meet the friendly academic staff and technicians, as well as see the fantastic facilities and great industrial opportunities on offer for students.
I chose to study at UCLan because I had heard from family members, who work in the chemical industry that it was a good university with great facilities friendly teaching staff and great ties to industries in the area. I was ideally looking for a university in the northwest and had heard that students who went to UCLan really enjoyed their time.
I chose to study at UCLan because of the location away from home, not to far but not too close! In addition, I really liked the chemistry course; it is not a big cohort, which allows for plenty of hands-on laboratory experience to concrete the theoretical knowledge and apply it into practice.
Hannah Whittaker shares her thoughts and experiences on the LaunchPad Leadership Development Programme. LaunchPad offers select students the opportunity to hone their personal and professional skills, gain work experience, business mentoring and networking opportunities. This means they can compete for the best graduate jobs in the UK and around the world. Programmes like this typically cost thousands of pounds to access privately, but UCLan offers this programme FREE of charge to eligible students.
I decided to study at UCLan because of the facilities at the university. You have access to all the equipment you would need to complete any task you have been set. You will gets hands-on training and be able to access it whenever is required with technicians always available. This allows you to understand the theory you learn in lectures better as you can see it happen in practice.
The structure of the course and how its broken down into four individual modules allowing students to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. As well as, having a focused module – aero vehicles that helped to develop my passion about space.
UCLan is my local university and offers the chance to study from home. I have always been mechanically minded, Engineering offers a deeper understanding and explanations in to areas that are often taken for granted.
UCLan MSc Sports Coaching graduate, Jono McPhail, has kicked off his career in a lecturing role at the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB).
Whilst completing his undergraduate degree, Jono was set on moving into teaching in secondary schools. This was predominantly because of the great experiences he received from his previous PE teachers. More specifically, Jono’s dissertation gave him the taste for education and became the reason for taking his studies further.
UCLan graduate, Sarah Nickless, has achieved success following her Sports Coaching degree to become a Football Development Officer at Somerset Football Association
Whilst Sarah was at college, she chose to pursue Sports Coaching for her undergraduate studies as she enjoyed coaching a local grassroots football team.
UCLan Mathematics graduate, Shabaz Bhatti, has taken off in his career to become a Flight Co-ordinator at Heathrow Airport.
Shabaz has always had a passion for mathematics and wanted to study it at degree level. He wanted to stay in the North-West region and chose the mathematics course at UCLan due to it being highly ranked at the time.
Karen chose to study PGCert Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care to extend her knowledge within this subject context. At the time of starting the course, Karen was employed as an Advanced Practitioner with Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service.
UCLan Sports Coaching graduate, John McGuigan, has boosted his career with a performance analysis role at Hudl.
John McGuigan chose to study BA (Hons) Sports Coaching at UCLan due to his passion for sport as well as the mix of academic and practical-based learning and the good industry links that the course offered.
After graduating from the University in 2008, John fulfilled analysis roles with Blackpool Football Club, the English Football Association, Manchester City Football Club and Ghana Football Association. He also did some part-time coaching and teaching in further education colleges.
UCLan graduate, Anthony Smith, has given his production career a kick-start by setting up his own company, Red Pencil Productions.
Anthony chose to study BA (Hons) Film Production after hearing a lot of great things about the course. He was particularly interested in the feature film module that was taught in the second year. Anthony believed that UCLan was the perfect University to move away to and gain independence.
I chose to study at UCLan because it is central to numerous other cities, such as Manchester, Liverpool and London and I can easily travel to these places. It has a city vibe but still feels like a homely community. It was only 2 hours from my home in North Wales, so I could still regular travel home to see family and friends.
After graduating from UCLan with a first-class honours degree in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Stacey has made it her mission to help the people of Blackpool live a healthier lifestyle.
Starting as a mature student that had been out of education for many years, her goal when starting her course was to become a personal fitness trainer but soon realised that her passion was in nutrition and its links to people’s health.
UCLan Mathematics graduate, Simon McCormick, has climbed the ladder of success to become Senior Pricing Analyst at Co-op Insurance.
From a young age, Simon has always loved maths and been interested in its many applications. He chose the course at UCLan because it offered a good mix of pure and applied mathematics and gave him broad knowledge of how maths can be used in different industries.
Shaun’s decision to come and study at UCLan was an easy one, in his opinion. That’s because of the quality that he saw in the University from the moment he stepped foot on campus during his open day, where he was blown away by the facilities on offer. Now in his third year of studying, he is looking forward to continuing here beyond his undergraduate degree.
My passion for Psychology has dated back to 2011, from which I have studied this subject as a GCSE and an A Level. Additionally, there has generally been very positive feedback from past UCLan Psychology students.
My decision to study at UCLan is based from both the convenience of permanently residing at a short distance away from the campus. Also, all the university graduates from my family have graduated from UCLan.
Thomas graduated in 2015 with a first-class BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree. He is so passionate about maths that he wanted to go beyond studying: becoming a researcher and discover new Mathematics!
He got a summer research internship in 2014 and, after that, he obtained a fully funded PhD position at UCLan. He has participated in national and international conferences, been invited to speak at seminars, and spent a month in Münster as part of his studies.
Bolton Wanderers FC Academy Sport Rehabilitator, Rebekah Borwick, is currently studying MSc Football Science and Rehabilitation which is helping her keep up-to-date with best practice and develop her knowledge in sports rehabilitation.
Preston-based Recycling Lives was founded in 2008 by Steven Jackson OBE. The business, which employs more than 400 staff, provides recycling and waste management solutions for clients across a range of sectors, including local authorities, construction and private contractors.
After graduating from his degree in 2011, Salem joined the Dubai Police Academy where he studied for a year. In 2012, he moved on to work in the Biology and DNA section of the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology in the Dubai Police Force. After gaining work experience in the field of forensic DNA, Salem returned to UCLan and completed an MSc DNA Profiling from 2013-2014.
Saad had a keen interest in languages and the media, which led him to choose the Combined Honours degree in Journalism and Arabic. Having travelled to Syria in 2006 to learn Arabic, upon his return, Saad was thrilled to find out that UCLan started offering his chosen language.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Sarah Miller, has taken her passion overseas to become a Secondary Physical Education Teacher at New English School in Kuwait.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Laura Worden, has landed a dynamic role with leading Lancashire dance development charity, Ludus Dance. Dance has always been a part of Laura’s life and before studying at UCLan she was involved in amateur dramatics, performing, choreographing, classes and cabaret.
Jayne Emmington is celebrating being awarded the fourth Dan status in the Japanese martial art, Yoshinkan aikido.
The MA Physical Education and School Sport graduate has also has been awarded the instructors’ certificate, which recognises her as a teacher of the art and gives her the ability to award rank to the level of second Dan.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Julia Reeves, has landed a prime teaching role at an international mission school in Mexico.
Dance has been Julia’s passion from an early age, but it was during her time at high school when she realised she wanted to pursue it as a career.
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Alana Koolen, has fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a dance instructor in her home country of Canada. Alana was interested in studying overseas and decided on the course at UCLan because of the course leader’s energy and enthusiasm and different studies involved.
UCLan recently hosted an event to celebrate the achievements of those students who had successfully secured one of several prestigious scholarships – Chevening Scholarship; Commonwealth Shared Scholarship; a British Council GREAT Scholarship or a British Council India 70 Anniversary Scholarship.
The Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS) gives BSc and MMath Mathematics undergraduate students the opportunity to study a classroom-based module as part of their degree. The module comprises a placement in school, developing an educational project and delivering it.
UCLan Sports Coaching Graduate, Caitlin Walker, has recently completed the FA level 1 in Coaching Goalkeepers and impressed enough on the course that she was offered the chance of a placement where she will be mentored by Blackburn Rovers RTC Goalkeeper Coach, Kristian Whalley, and will have access to CPD events throughout the year.
2018 Outdoor Leadership graduate, James Nolan tells us about his UCLan experience and how it’s led to numerous worldwide opportunities that include living and working in both India & California.
UCLan Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation graduate, Robin Duffy, gained an internationally recognised qualification in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) during his studies at UCLan. Robin’s decision to sign up for a University-led visit to the United of States of America simply couldn’t have worked out better for him.
In November, a UCLan British Council Scholarship student met with Prime Minister Theresa May at a special women in STEM event. Venkata Naga Varalakshmi Gundarapu was among 104 Indian female scholars invited to meet the MP, Baroness Prashar, and various industry and university representatives.
Third year Sports Coaching student, Megan Smith tells us all about her journey at UCLan so far and how this has led to a year studying in the United Arab Emirates.
Dan Evans, who graduated in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Geography, will soon be teaching the next generation of geographers after completing a PGCE.
A University partnership that has enabled a Lancashire business to make potential savings of £1.5 million a year has been named Most Innovative Contribution to Business-University Collaboration at a prestigious education awards ceremony.
UCLan graduate, Magdalena Dugdale, reaps the benefits from her English Language degree in new role as Junior Website Editor at international firm, GlobalData.
Second year Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) student Emma Atkinson believes her decision to come to UCLan has more than paid off.
Ryan Sheff talks to UCLan about his experience whilst out on placement in Germany and gives his advice to new students who may be contemplating following in his footsteps.
UCLan International Hospitality Management graduate, Leanne Cheek, has landed the role of General Manager at Jesmond Dene House, an AA four red star and two Rosette hotel in the North East of England.
As we enter the last six months of the BiZiFED project, we are busy with data analysis and dissemination plans, but also taking time to reflect on our original objectives and what we have achieved in two years.
UCLan Sports Coaching Practice graduate, Gregory Ryder, has fulfilled his sporting ambition to take up Athletics Director role at BASIS International School in Shenzhen, China. Gregory followed his passion for sport and chose to study at UCLan because “UCLan not only offered brilliant links with local teams and clubs within the North West, but their links with international summer placements really stood out.”
"When researching MSc Endodontic courses I found many other courses did not involve actual patient contact and treating the patients. At UCLan, in the second year, you begin treating patients that have been provided by the onsite UCLan Dental Clinic, which made it easier. I attended one of the Open Days here at UCLan and I knew straight away that this was where I wanted to study."
Having spent three hugely successful years at UCLan studying Forensic Science and Anthropology Thomas Ash decided to continue here by doing a Masters by Research.
By the end of next semester, he will have produced a thesis after plenty of research about sharp force trauma, and how instruments like knives affect soft tissue and bone.
It was a simple decision for him to continue here too, given the helpful nature of UCLan’s staff, and some of the policies of the University.
"The part-time nature of the MSc Endodontology course was very appealing to me and seemed to follow a logical order over the three years. There is a big emphasis on patient contact, which was an essential element that influenced my decision to choose this course over others in the market."
The new Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project was recently launched at a sold out event at the University’s Media Factory.
"From a young age, I always knew I wanted to be involved in the field of Dentistry. I therefore read into how the BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy course was structured, and saw how 60% of it was integrated with the BDS Dentistry course"
Teodora Nicolae and Malina Giurgea, have landed roles at London-based integrated creative agency, VCCP Blue.
After graduating in 2014, Teodora and Malina decided to make the move down to London in pursuit of becoming creative professionals and kick-started their careers at the D&AD New Blood Academy, a two-week boot camp for young creatives in the industry.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Biology team have awarded its first ever Oxford University Press (OUP) Achievement in Biosciences Prize, which is worth £150 of OUP books.
UCLan BSc (Hons) Architecture graduate, Tom Benson, has secured a research role at a top ranking global institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America.
Fieldwork is an essential part of Geography, Biology, and Environmental Management. Our students engage in fieldwork throughout their degrees in order to develop their skills and relate what they have learnt in the classroom to real world situations. This year, the students had a choice of China, and the Isle of Rum and Scotland. Both trips were a resounding success.
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.
UCLan staff members from British Sign Language & Deaf Studies (BSL&DS), along with Professor Ulrike Zeshan from the International Institute for Sign Language and Deaf Studies (iSLanDS), made an international trip to China from 2 - 12 September 2018.
"Many factors had influenced me to join UCLan. First and foremost, the early patient contact and clinical placements in the NHS from year 1 seemed interesting. Secondly, as the University encourages students from around the world to enrol for the programme, the multi-cultural learning environment will enable me to interact with a lot of students and learn a lot from them."
UCLan graduate, Mark Leech, has been appointed as Director of Operations at five-star holiday resort, Ribby Hall Village, which is based in Lancashire.
Mark, who graduated from University in 2002 with a degree in Sports Management, has worked at Ribby Hall for 19 years, after joining the business as bar staff whilst he was a student.
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences was recently pleased to support the 25th anniversary celebrations of its British Sign Language and Deaf Studies course. On Saturday 29 September 2018, a celebratory conference was held at UCLan to mark those unique BA and PgDip programmes, the only one of its type in the UK.
UCLan’s Earthworm Research Group had a strong presence at the 11th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology in Shanghai, China.
Tina Gornall Q&A, Lecturer in Forensic Science and Course Leader of the Foundation BSc Applied Sciences.
"The students who are truly passionate about Computer Aided Engineering never actually really leave UCLan. I stay in touch with them all and the overriding emotion is that my students study this course, not because of how much money it could make them, because they are curious."
Katie has thrown herself into her studies since starting at UCLan in 2016 when she enrolled onto the Business and Marketing course in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise. Katie shares a few words with us about her journey to UCLan as she progresses into her third year of study.
The Centre for SME Development is business lead. We respond to the needs of the SME community to stimulate enterprise, innovation and business growth. We want to work together with you for a more productive and innovative SME Sector in Lancashire.
Mathematics students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) travelled to Benin recently to gain experience of teaching maths to different cultures. The trip was to formalise the collaboration in terms of educational projects and material support from UCLan to schools and educational facilities across the world.
Nicole came to UCLan at foundation level via Clearing, and graduated with a first-class honours. She recently went into an Internship here at UCLan as a PASS Co-ordinator, and has now been offered the position on a full-time contract.
Mitchell Henderson completed his Event Management course in 2016 and graduated with a first-class honours degree. Mitchell enjoyed his time at as a student so much that he started his postgraduate career right here at the University of Central Lancashire and has stayed ever since. We caught up with Mitchell, who is currently working as a Corporate Events Assistant, to get the low down on his new role and experiences of UCLan.
UCLan was represented at the International Printmaking Triennial in Krakow last month where the University’s Research Associate and Senior Printmaking Technician, Tracy Hill, was awarded for her work.
"UCLan has a unique way of teaching their medical students, from week one you are with patients and learning new clinical skills and by the end of first year, you are delivering your own consultation in a real-life GP setting! You are certainly made to feel like a doctor from early on, the classes are small groups, so it gives us good opportunities to learn from the tutors and ask as many questions as possible."
The journey that led me to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at UCLan started in my early teens, when I developed a passion for learning about the Law, how the Criminal Justice system worked and reasons why people committed crimes. Whilst most of my friends were watching reality TV shows, I was watching documentaries and listening to audiobooks on the legal system and historical crimes.
BA (Hons) Theatre graduate, Kelly Graves, couldn’t have signed off her time at UCLan any better than by winning an award at the Lancashire Arts festival. Her project titled ‘A Body of Knowledge’ picked up the prize in the Performance category, mixing martial arts with a theatrical display.
BSc (Hons) Sport Business Management student, Zuleikha Chikh tells us about her UCLan journey and voluntary work in women’s football, which has earned her much-deserved praise from both outside and within the University.
It’s every budding director’s dream to have one of their films premiered at the world-renowned Cannes Festival. Iakovos Panagopoulos, who is studying for his PhD in Media Practice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has achieved exactly that.
Sibte has been researching and teaching at UCLan for 15 years, whilst working as the lead for equality and diversity within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences. Alongside his colleagues, he has been able to develop an academic skills support service within the School.
BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate, Dan Smith, signed off his degree in the perfect way by winning an award in his subject area at the Lancashire Arts Festival 2018.
Over 80 graduates from the UCLan-BIT Joint Programme were reunited in Beijing this week for an Alumni event to celebrate the programme’s 20th birthday.
Two third year Sports Therapy students from the School of Health Sciences have successfully secured a year-long placement at Everton Football Club for the 2018/19 season.
Elizabeth Challinor, Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate, was selected to exhibit her artwork in the 2018 Liverpool Lightnight event, an annual one-night showcase of creative events and light-based art in the city.
Isabella Loughlin is a second year Graphic Design student at UCLan whose timely concept ended up going further than even she expected. She was nominated for her entry in the Sparks competition for Blue Marlin Design agency in London, which rewards designers with a placement if their idea is recognised as one of the best.
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.
Ya Wang is an international student of Hebei University (HBU- UCLan) in China, completing her final year studying BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Preston Campus.
In order to grow the business, increase brand recognition and expand the workforce through the recruitment of new staff, Farmhouse partnered up with Digital First - a team of digital specialists and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) which helps SMEs promote and achieve growth through a range of digital tactics.
In order to promote the business and expand its customer and supplier base by generating new enquiries, the team at Sharrocks wanted to utilise social media to achieve objectives.
"We have some fantastic facilities, such as the Hydra Immersive Learning Suite where the students deal with realistic experiences and scenarios that they can learn through."
Introducing advanced biomechanics technologies to evaluate new designs leading to sustainable production of new products.
Intern Sam Dupont talks about coming over from Belgium to complete his internship at UCLan, assisting the work of PHD students and researching Y-STRs.
Staff and alumni from the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise (LSBE) plus special guests were invited to attend the Inspiring Women Awards at the Midland Hotel In Manchester on 11 May 2018.
Getting the job at the FA is a huge highlight and without UCLan that wouldn’t have been possible, the University has given me the basic fundamentals of what my job is. Without the core work that I did here, I don’t think I would’ve been able to go on and do what I do now.
Final year BA (Hons) Interior Design student, Tacan Ibrahimoglu, has won the prestigious international Get Me to the Top competition from The Society of British and International Design (SBID).
Waheed is currently a mature student on her first year of the Foundation Degree Community Leadership course at UCLan Burnley; she describes how the Burnley campus suits her family life.
Rachel is a Third Year Community Leadership Student; she explains why she chose to come to UCLan Burnley to study her degree and how the support she has been offered gave her a positive experience with University life.
Joe Mcloughlin, a final year BA (Hons) Event Management student within the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise at UCLan received wonderful recommendations and a glowing reference after completing his final year module ‘Consultancy Project’, which required Joe to work on a live brief within a business of his choosing. He successfully landed a spot with nationwide meal prep service, The Health Shack.
Hard work and enthusiasm are two major traits of a successful university student, and it seems that Andrew Jones has both of those in spades as he speaks about winning the Matthew Hesketh Award for Sports Journalism at UCLan.
“UCLan gets you out there into real world scenarios. The lectures and free workshops gives you a good idea of how the world of journalism works, but you don’t fully experience it until you get out there.”
Audrone Nevulyte, an International Tourism Management student who graduated in 2016 spent her placement year working with hotel giant Hilton. She remains in close relations with her course leader Dr Carley Sutton and visits UCLan as a guest speaker for current students. Audrone has kindly shared her experience of how her placement year has transcended to her current job role at Hilton.
I started my UCLan journey in 2011, as an undergraduate, studying Religion, Culture & Society with Philosophy. Throughout my degree, I worked hard to do what I enjoy and gained new skills and experience working for the university’s Welcome Team and the Green Ladder Project.
I graduated with a first-class degree in Chemistry (1990) and a PhD in Materials Chemistry (1996) from the University of Manchester. Following postdoctoral posts at the University of Wales (Bangor; 1994-1997) and then UMIST (1997-1998), I took up a Lectureship at the University of Surrey (1998) and progressed to Senior Lecturer. Having had fruitful times at Surrey, in 2015, I decided to look at other academic opportunities.
I joined UCLan in 1999 and have seen the organisation evolve and grow throughout this time.
My first degree was a BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences with Biology and Chemistry. I went on to complete a master’s degree in Fire Safety Engineering and I am currently studying for a PhD.
UCLan Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate, Tom Harforth, recently undertook an independent residency in the Leighton artists’ studios at the Banff Centre in Canada, which he discovered through his research during one of his course modules at UCLan.
“I wanted to explore my practice within a rural subject matter and to transfer my practice technique from an urban to an organic subject matter,” Tom explained.
"I chose to study at UCLan because of the outstanding reputation of the Management School and the varied subjects included within the course, all providing me with the opportunity to gain an extensive amount of knowledge and skills all of which will be beneficial to me when applying for graduate jobs.
UCLan also has many opportunities one of which is LaunchPad, which is a leadership development programme that I am a part of."
Mavish Tariq graduated from UCLan in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in International Tourism Management. She has worked in a variety of roles within the industry, namely hotels including big names such as Hilton and Marriott. She has kindly shared her thoughts on her time at UCLan and since graduating!
“My time studying International Tourism Management at the University of Central Lancashire has shaped the person I am today. "
Jessica Sneddon was originally accepted onto the BA (Hons) Acting degree, but transferred onto the BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing during her Induction Week. Since then, she has never looked back.
Sam Graham has always enjoyed the written word, which is why he decided to study BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Business Enterprise at UCLan.
“If I can turn it into a career then I’ll have achieved my life’s goal, I thought studying it at degree level would be a stepping stone towards that. I studied the business side of my degree to learn how to the business world operates under the surface.”
Throughout education, it is important to feel supported and listened to, this is no different at any stage in your life. Lecturers at university do not just want to see you pass your degree, it is because of my lecturers that I have a clearer goal for what I want to do now that I’ve graduated (with a first class honours I should add!)
The UCLan BA (Hons) Games Design course hosts an annual ‘Game Jam’ event; where students from first and second years’ work in small groups alongside students from Music Production and Screenwriting courses to create a game in a short space of time, under a set brief.
For Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation student Emily Hudson, the opportunity to shadow the CSI team at the Lancashire Constabulary was too good to refuse.
Despite having nearly finished only her first year of the course, Emily has already discovered the incredible opportunities that are on offer for students at UCLan. She describes her experiences as a “once in a lifetime” event.
The most enjoyable part of the (MBBS) Medicine course has definitely been the medical skills sessions – the practice examinations such as abdominal, respiratory in a hospital setting are very life like. The timing of lectures is really good so you can really get the most out of the course, in comparison to other places. On top of this I really enjoy the communication sessions with patient volunteers, it is great to practice these skills.
Computing students from UCLan welcomed representatives from Web Applications UK for a talk to prepare them for careers after graduation.
The talk, led by Craig Dean, was aimed at inspiring students to get experience within the industry ahead of graduation to give them the best possible chance of gaining immediate employment.
In the competitive world of Computer Games engineering, it is crucial to gain top quality industry experience in order to gain skills first-hand to complement what students learn throughout their time at UCLan.
That is exactly what Computer Games Development student Callum Humpage is doing at the world famous Games Development company Fujitsu in Augsburg, Germany.
The course has prepared me for further studies and/or a career by introducing me to the key elements of biomedical science that I will need to know.
As an international student, English was the biggest barrier in my learning; however, I overcame this issue by reading more frequently and memorising the words that appear frequently in lecture slides and research papers.
The (MPharm) Pharmacy course UCLan was appealing to me as the University was more convenient than other universities in terms of being close to home. I live in Manchester meaning I can travel home at the weekends and out of term time. On top of this, the close student environment and all of the buildings situated on campus suited me personally.
University of Central Lancashire graduate of MA Interpreting and Translation, Simon Diez, enrolled at the University with the intention of broadening his skills whilst already working as a Freelance Interpreter.
His degree has allowed him to add ‘Conference Interpreter’ to his portfolio, which was what he focused on developing throughout his course.
Elected Councillor Shahida Ahmed felt the MA in Community Leadership at UCLan was perfect to develop her understanding of the local community and to enhance her skills and knowledge for her community work.
Upon leaving her undergraduate degree, Rebecca Hall desire to work in a field that will help others grew. This, coupled with her enjoyment for learning and studying, led Rebecca to study MSc Psychology, along with a PGCert in Primary Care Mental Health at UCLan.
Nick Taylor is the Principal Engineer for Typhoon Avionics Displays and Controls at BAE Systems, and manages a team of around 100 engineers who are responsible for designing, coding and testing all of the hardware and software within the Eurofighter Typhoon cockpit.
Taylor’s journey to this position, though, started at UCLan as he graduated from the BSc (Hons) Software Engineering course in 1996, moving into his graduate role at BAE soon after.
Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation student Nia Bassral has spoken of her “once in a lifetime” opportunity after taking the option of a day of CSI shadowing whilst at Lancashire Constabulary.
The opportunity to experience the work of Lancashire Constabulary came through Nia’s course and she says that, thanks to UCLan, she’s gained a real perspective of what work after University will involve.
UCLan student, James Marsh, recently undertook a two-day work experience placement at the ITV studios Orange Tower in Media City, Salford.
Currently in his second year of studying Film, Media and Popular Culture, James sourced this opportunity through his own connections and persistence to get in touch with professionals within the industry. Provided with the opportunity to meet the director of ITV as well as networking with presenters and journalists, James comments on his highlights of the placement.
I think that current students need to think of the benefits that come with a Sexual Health degree. Especially for a course like ours, it’s unique. Not many people out there can say that they’ve got a degree in Sexual Health and consequently I think the best advice piece of advice I can give is to keep going and never give up.
There were several factors that attracted Oliver Kerr to choose UCLan as the place to study his BSC (Hons) degree in Computing. The quality of course, the treatment of commuting students and the considered, helpful approach of tutors all persuaded Oliver to make the weekly trip down from his home in Barrow.
Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation student David Green talks to us about his time at UCLan so far as well as his experiences whilst out on a shadowing placement with Lancashire Constabulary.
David was presented with the opportunity to go out on a shadowing placement with the Lancashire Constabulary as part of their CSI team, a chance he seized with both hands.
It was very easy to settle into my course because first year is a chance for everyone, regardless of your previous education, to be brought to the same level. I liked the module content and university timetabling in comparison to school and sixth form. Not only that but the teaching is brilliant; the lecturers are very approachable and always willing to help.
Olympic and Commonwealth running ace Helen Clitheroe was back on home ground to collect her latest award.
The proud Preston athlete returned to her former seat of learning, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to collect an Honorary Fellowship.
"I chose to study at the University of Central Lancashire as it is the only university in the country which offered an undergraduate degree Sexual Health Studies. Having now secured a full-time role as a Sex and Relationships Wellbeing Practitioner with St Helens Council, I hope to continue to work there and study part-time for my master's degree in Sexual Health at UCLan."
The most successful British female squash player of all time has received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Laura Massaro, who reached the world number one position earlier this year, took to the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall on Tuesday afternoon to receive her prestigious award.
Graduating from UCLan in 2013, Molly Stroyan now owns her own company, Molly Freelance Dance, where she allows “dance to be accessed by as many people as possible regardless of race, age, size, ability or disability and for those who attend to express themselves freely in a safe and non-judgemental environment whilst acquiring high quality dance tuition.” It all started, though, studying BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching.
Growing up in a medical family, always having an interest in the human body, and being surrounded by sport, meant UCLan’s BSc Physiotherapy course was a perfect opportunity for Lauren Pilkington-Steele to work towards an enjoyable career.
“Going to University is an experience that you can’t replicate. You get so much out of the experience, not just a degree,” says Lauren. “From UCLan, I have met some of my best friends who will be lifelong friends."
Having had a major passion for sport from a young age, competing and participating in most sports at High School, Jamie Foyster was motivated to pursue his sporting interest, all the way to University. After studying BSc Sports Business Management at UCLan, Jamie is now Manager of iSPORTstore, involving the running of commercial events, professional players, consultancy, marketing and brand management.
Looking for a degree in science, Isabel Rumoroso made the journey all the way from France to study BSc (Hons) Chemistry at UCLan. Despite being a long way from home, the Parisian embraced the challenge of learning a new culture and language alongside her academic studies.
“Moving to England and commencing studies at the University was the first time I had lived away from home, never mind living abroad” said Rumoroso.
Like many young students before him, Ike Obanye had little idea of what to study and where his life was going to take him. What he did know, however, was that he wanted to move away from London for further education and decided to up sticks and move up north to Preston. Having a general interest in the built environment, Ike eventually decided on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course.
Abbie Bartlett chose to study BA (Hons) Religion, Culture and Society at UCLan due to the unique and varied course content and admits “the excitement I felt about this course and the welcome I received from the staff made me realise that this course was for me.”
In fact, Abbie fell in love with studying religion so much that after graduating and obtaining her PGCE, she became a Religious Studies Lecturer.
Gabrielle Ball always knew that fashion was going to be her desired career but, like many, wasn’t too sure which avenue of the industry she wanted to go down. Because of this, Gabrielle enrolled on the BA (Hons) Fashion Brand Management course, which she says allowed her to express both her creativity and business mind-set.
Graduating from UCLan’s BA (Hons) Journalism course, Ellen Kirwin quickly found her feet in the working world, becoming a Journalist at the Liverpool Echo.
After brief work experience at BBC Radio Merseyside, Ellen was offered a role as multi-media journalist, focusing on Liverpool Echo’s What’s On. The content she produces ranges from event reviews, breaking news stories, live blogging and preview features.
Since the age of 14, Grace Scott knew that she wanted to be a Museum Curator. Having her sights firmly set on a future career, Grace began to research university courses that incorporated museum studies as part of an undergraduate degree. “This seemed a natural fit for me, it would aid my research skills in the history course as well as provide an academic foundation to pursue museum and heritage studies.”
Carolyn graduated in 1998, with an ambition to “gain credibility and influence with the management of my employer” in her career in IT. After graduation, though, Carolyn went one better and moved on to join Sony Music in the Netherlands as an International IT Project Manager to help them through the millennium bug.
Having a part-time role in football, Callum Williams chose to study MSc Sports Medicine at UCLan to gain a greater depth of knowledge in his profession that he could implement into practice, giving the University Alumni an advantage over candidates in an extremely competitive field.
Laura Masson had worked at Little Ducklings Day Nursery for nine years, working her way up from a supply teacher to a Level Three Early Years Practitioner.
Still wanting to develop her professional career, though, Laura came to UCLan. Before long, she had secured a promotion. She said: “Coming to the end of my degree, I applied for Deputy Manager at the nursery which is a shared role and I got the job!”
UCLan Graphic Design student, Zachary Minev, who is currently in his second year, received the exciting news of being shortlisted in a student competition set by Coley Porter Bell.
UCLan lecturer, Rob Hamilton, will spend four weeks with the England Squad in Australia as a physiotherapist, with key responsibilities for wrestling, squash and netball.
Forensics student Kristina Mavrangelidou tells us about her time working on a project with Lancashire Constabulary and her recommendations for future students.
The University of Central Lancashire is delighted to award an Honorary Fellowship to Don Parker for his contribution to sport.
Sean is currently in the second year of his Sports Therapy degree at UCLan and will be representing St. Helena at the Commonwealth Games.
Strength and Conditioning student, Charlie Bowling, will be competing at his first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Life after UCLan will never be the same again. That’s the view of Computer Aided Engineering student Ed Sanderson. Ed completed his degree at the University before deciding to stay on to take his PHD in “The Simulation and Prediction of Energy Consumption Profiles for the Built Environment.”
When asked how much he enjoyed studying at UCLan during his degree, Ed stated just how much he has to thank the University for.
For me, university has been the most exciting period of my life, having finished college and going straight to university from a small town in Cumbria, it was a fantastic time to do new things.
After being successful with my degree here at UCLan, my experience overall was fantastic. I have had amazing opportunities that have boosted my skills and personality across the board, including an extra-curricular programme called LaunchPad.
Victoria Richards knew that she wanted to do a science degree, leading to a very hands-on role, therefore a lot of laboratory experience while at University was a big decider for her. This, added with a keen interest in pharmacology as well as the molecular aspect of science, meant UCLan’s BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology course was the right choice. Victoria has since progressed to work as an Analytical Laboratory Scientist at PCCA Limited.
UCLan has a good number of international students. It was rated 5 star in the QS World University Rankings for quality of education. It also had free airport collection which made me feel welcomed and lessened my stress after coming into this country. This university has very supportive staff and a number of academic services we can seek help from throughout the course like Wiser.
Having always had an interest in drug development, Sophie Harrison chose to study BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology as she wasn’t sure which career path to take and the course offered “anatomy understanding as well as pharmacokinetics.”
Now, Sophie works as a Clinical Trial Assistant at MAC Clinical Research in Manchester. Her duties include performing phase 1 clinical trials, laboratory work and clinical work – analysis, blood sampling, venepuncture, ECG and EEGs.
From High School onwards, Aamna Ahmed always had a passion for science, particularly chemistry, her favourite subject. Aamna studied A Level Chemistry, alongside Biology and Psychology at college and, knowing family and friends who went and studied pharmacy and excelled, decided to study MA Pharmacy (MPharm) at UCLan. After graduation, the master's graduate started her pre-registration year at Geloo Brothers Ltd, where she is currently working, in the hope of becoming a fully qualified pharmacist.
Long holding an interest in journalism since a young age, Emma Norris was first made aware of UCLan’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course at the age of 15. “Being a massive fan of sport, it seemed to be the perfect way to combine two passions in my life and I couldn’t have been more right,” Emma said.
Since graduating in 2012, Emma has gone on to work for her childhood football club, Bolton Wanderers FC, as the Media and PR Manager.
Tom Craig, Operations Manager of Get Staffed, graduated in 2016 with a first-class BA (Hons) Event Management degree. It wasn’t always an easy journey but his hard work and determination brought him to where he is today.
Less than 8 months after a traumatic brain injury and against medical recommendations, I applied for UCLan’s Business and Management undergraduate course via clearing (because my college grades were not something to shout home about). Starting university at 21, I had no experience in Business at all; the only experience I had was being a full-time bar manager in my local pub (still some of the best years ever).
The friendly and close-knit atmosphere when I attended for my interview really drew me to applying for UCLan and consider attending the university. Seeing students interact so effortlessly with lecturers also made me want to come to UCLan, as it made me feel like I would be able to forge good relationships with my lecturers.
There were a number of factors that made me consider UCLan to study medicine. One of the first being when I read about UCLan on their website, I liked the structure of the medical course and its components. The three modules ISCM, EIPOM AND MSQC ensures that along with essential scientific knowledge, students become informed and well-rounded doctors by having good practical skills and understanding the wider impacts of patient’s lives on their health.
The programme offers early patient contact from pretty much the first few weeks which is great as there is no shock when you go out on placements as you have already had the experience and developed the correct skills when interacting with patients. There was one patient in particular that I built up a great relationship with and I have enjoyed that connection with the patients. Also Comensus has taught me a great deal in approaching situations that include patients.
A group of 34 second-year undergraduates studying the Principles of Marketing module from the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise and their tutors, Caroline Holliday and Deborah Jepson visited Manchester City FC and participated in a stadium tour in December 2017. The visit assisted students with their assessment on Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Electronic Engineering student Oliver Forbes-Shaw talks to us about his year-long placement at EDM, his hopes for the future and his advice to other students who are thinking about going on placement.
Oliver been thrown right in to the company from the very start of his placement, reflecting what life would be like in the industry after graduation.
BA (Hons) Business Studies with Placement student Michael Shepherd provides an insight into his placement as Resource Consultant at JAM Recruitment, and his Summer Internship as a Commercial Intern at BAE Systems.
Michael explains: “Upon joining university I knew that undertaking a placement year, as part of my studies, was always key to my development and future career prospects."
Computer Games Development student Neil Osbaldeston gives us an insight to his placement at D3T as a Junior Core Tech Programmer.
Neil explains how he secured his placement, discusses the importance of industry experience and gives his top tips for students looking to follow in his footsteps.
Congratulations go to the UCLan Marketing undergraduate student team, Georgia Smith and Callum Spavins who have been shortlisted for this year’s CIM ‘The Pitch’ Competition – the only North West University selected out of 12 national UK universities for the final. The competition will be held at CIM Head Office in Moor Hall, Cookham, Berkshire in March 2018.
The Pitch, the CIM’s nationwide marketing competition for students is designed to recognise and reward the marketing talent of the future.
A combination of 10 undergraduate (first and second years) from the BA (Hons) Marketing Management, the BA (Hons) Business and Marketing, the BA (Hons) Advertising and Marketing Communications, plus one postgraduate student from the MSc in Marketing Management from the Communication, Marketing and Public Relations Division, and two academic members of staff from the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise attended a collaboration day to tackle youth loneliness held at The Federation in Central Manchester in February, 2018.
UCLan Alumni Gavin Singleton chose to study BA (Hons) Management at UCLan after enjoying his business studies course at A Level. Now, after working for four high-profile companies and travelling the globe, Gavin works as a Sourcing Lead for Thermo Fisher Scientific, a leading global organisation in the healthcare and medical industry.
Design students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been learning the tricks of the trade from a panel of experts at an annual conference week.
UCLan recently hosted its seventh annual conference week event, presenting a very impressive line-up of guest speakers who came to share their experiences and insights with design students.
International Journalism graduate wins placement at BBC Radio Lancashire
Silvia Wang graduated from UCLan in 2017 with a first-class honours in International Journalism and was recently awarded third place in the Steve Beckett Award studio radio competition, resulting in the opportunity of a two-day placement at BBC Radio Lancashire.
Although Michelle had a solid career working in the retail sector both in England and in Greece, she wanted to move into a profession which involved working with and helping people. Although initially torn deciding between working in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, Michelle jokes “the first two career paths involved blood and potentially gory situations so pharmacy won hands down!”
Ever since a visit from British Touring Cars engineers to his native Ireland in 2005, UCLan alumnus Austin O’Brien wanted to become a motorsport engineer. This, twinned with an ever-present passion for the sport, led Austin to study BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering at UCLan.
Aspiring to live life in the fast lane and keen to pursue an enjoyable career, Craig Pearson’s strong interest in motorsport lead him to the BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering course at UCLan. Since graduating, Craig raced towards a dream career with Williams F1, with a pit stop at TCS Motorsport in-between.
Lauren Beattie gives us an overview of her time at UCLan, both as an undergrad and a postgrad, and gives her tips on how to succeed at University.
I returned to study after many years of working as an equality practitioner to gain new perspectives on social equality, and to increase my knowledge and understanding of the development and impact of social policy.
Dr William Goodwin from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was involved in the identification of bodies of soldiers that died fighting in the Falklands.
Having a keen interest in business since an early age, Hayley Dickinson’s aspirations to work in a corporate environment and to “truly make a difference to the future of our world” began whilst studying for her degree in BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
It was the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) fantastic links with the media industry and established record of producing successful graduates which took Matthew north from Cornwall to Preston to study BA (Hons) Journalism.
Matthew immersed himself in the UCLan experience: taking part in the cricket club, making use of the University’s student media facilities for extracurricular projects and enjoying his course.
My time studying this degree has been incredibly valuable for my personal and professional development.
Twenty-one-year old Jack Bishop had an interest in Software Development from an early age and realised that the Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship was ideal for him.
Jasna is one of the GREAT India scholarship awardees from Cochin University of Science and Technology (BEng Engineering) in India that has started studying Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UCLan.
Abha is one of the GREAT India scholarship awardees from MG University, India that has started studying Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UCLan this year; Abha has kindly shared her first thoughts and impressions of UCLan with us.
A joint project between UCLan and the UHI (University of Highlands and Islands) investigated archaeological remains in the intertidal zone at Cata Sand.
This fascinating site is one of a group of previously unsuspected prehistoric burial caves discovered just outside Cardiff in South Wales. It was used by some of the last hunter-gather groups and first farmers in this part of Wales.
UCLan students and an international team led by Dr David Robinson have been working on one of the most significant recent discoveries in the American West: the spectacular Native Californian site known as Cache Cave.
UCLan students and staff led by Dr Seren Griffiths have been working on understanding the multi-phase landscape around the Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb.
This sixth century great square-headed brooch from UCLan excavations at Oakington encapsulates an early Anglo-Saxon riddle.
I have always been passionate about Geography, and as I moved from studying from A Level to degree level, I realised the potential it has for understanding and finding solutions for so many different world issues.
My name is Jo Counsell and I have been a mature student at UCLan for the last 2 and half years! I have been a nurse for almost 29 years and have worked within the field of safeguarding for the last 10 years
After graduating in 2016, Georgie has worked in a mixture of Event & Marketing roles which have brought her to where she is today. Having undertaken BA (Hons) Event Management with a placement year, Georgie has had the opportunity to put into practise all she has learnt at university.
I currently work as Product Manager for Total Fitness, after working as a Fitness coach and Personal Trainer. The job entails working in club with Total Fitness 3rd party companies to deliver the best possible experience for our members.
I am working as a PE teacher at the International Engelska Skolan, Sweden. I am responsible for the delivery of our ‘Idrott and Hälsa’ (Sport and Health) units of study to Year 6 and Year 7 students.
I have always been curious to learn about other cultures and travel, and this course offered both, while also setting up promising career prospects.
I chose UCLan because it was one of the only universities which was offering experiences abroad (both working and academic), as well as having a Confucius Institute which helped me feel more involved in the Chinese culture.
Kevin Pritchard talks about his time at UCLan and advice for future students.
Mr Guo, the Party Secretary from Hebei University and Mr Li, Director of their International Office visited UCLan recently to meet with senior staff and key people involved with the joint school – HBU-UCLan School of Media, Communications & Creative Industries.
Dr Fadi Barrak led a team of dental clinicians to Olorte in Southern Kenya to spend 10 days helping a community of Maasai, on behalf of a UK-based charity called Starfish Clinic Project International (SCPI).
Students from Lancashire Law School jumped at the amazing opportunity to undertake a Leadership and Cultural course in Mauritius!
Matthew Knights was awarded a travel bursary to visit Jersey and explore the different judicial systems
Sarah applied for an International Travel Bursary to travel across Europe to improve employability skills, particularly confidence as she moves to a career in the Probation Service.
When she 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 was the obvious choice.
Religion, Culture and Society Alumni - Read about what our students are doing now.
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).
I decided to take the placement module as an option during my third year on the Religion, Culture and Society, BA (Hons) course because the end of my degree was in sight, and I knew I needed to prepare myself for my next step.
Her children’s novel, titled The Second Hand Boy, earned her a prize at the New Writing North base in Newcastle at the end of last month.
Jennifer, who was on the BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing course at the University, has now been given the opportunity to pitch her book to both agents and publishers, as well as the chance to attend literary events in London.
During my time at UCLan studying for my BA in Religion Culture and society, I was able to develop and cultivate a number of skills that have been invaluable to me in the workplace.
Mature student Mandi Whittle talks about her journey to graduating from the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice course.
Prior to studying Religion, Culture and Society (RCS) at UCLan I had very limited knowledge and experience with other religions, cultures and societies.
My year abroad was a remarkable, yet challenging, adventure. It changed me completely as a student, and most importantly as a person.
My time studying in America was one of the most interesting experiences I've ever had. I spent around 10 months studying there, and a final month in Florida on an extremely long holiday.
Nasima Dalal talks about her journey through University on the BA (Hons) Religion, Culture and Society course.
If I had my time to do again I would choose nursing as a career. I always wanted to be a nurse.
Registered midwife and senior lecturer in the School of Nursing, Ivan McGlen, talks about how he came back from a life-threatening illness, for a third time.
My life journey and interest in Health Visiting started with my degree from Manchester where I qualified as both a Nurse and a Health Visitor. I had not expected to attend University, it was not a path that my all girls’ school had ever suggested.
BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Katie Michelle Hughes has known from an early age that she wanted to study fashion, after getting her first sewing machine and mannequin at the age of just 11 years old.
Joshua Allington, a 2015 master’s graduate, has always held a keen interest in design, taking up the chance to study architecture in order to combine both creativity and technical challenge. “I did a bit of research, and with UCLan Architecture being a new programme, it was exciting to be part of the cohort who could help decide the direction of the course,” said Joshua.
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.
After gaining a first-class degree in International Hospitality Management from UCLan in 2017, Kelly-Marie Staunton has landed an exciting role as a Guest Relations Executive at the five star London Marriott Grosvenor Square.
Graduating from UCLan in 2014 with a first-class Honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Callum secured employment straight away in policing, which was the icing on the cake.
Encouraged by her supportive family, Debra started on the Foundation Year and under the guidance of supportive staff she gained an excellent grounding in the skills needed to proceed onto the BA [Hons] Criminology/Criminal Justice Degree programme.
The areas of Criminology and Criminal Justice have always been of great interest to me. I opted to study these subjects purely for interest on a part time basis after starting a family, and working part time for Local Government.
UCLan’s School of Dentistry travelled to Malaysia to celebrate the MSc Dental Implantology course that the university has been running in Malaysia,
Harvey Ashworth has gone from a Plumbing apprenticeship to a UCLan graduate in Quantity Surveying, securing a job at Ameon Limited as a Commercial Manager.
The MBA (Master of Business Administration) at UCLan allows you to study for one of the most respected business management qualifications via an intensive 12-month postgraduate course at the School of Business.
International Tourism Management Graduate Lucy Hodge talks about her time at UCLan and how this helped build her career into a Business Development Manager.
Policing and Criminal Investigation student, Lima Mcpike, made the move from Birmingham to Preston two years ago and hasn’t looked back ever since.
Graduating with a 2:1 in BA (Hons) Business Management in China, Coral Simpson has secured herself a role in Zhuhai, China, as a Brand Manager for InternChina.
BSc Quantity Surveying graduate, Nigel Jackson, gained an immediate promotion at Metcalfe Civil Engineering after leaving UCLan, now working as a Site Manager at the company.
An academic from the BSL and Deaf Studies team recently flew to China as part of a British Council’s UK-China Partnership Innovation Challenge Fund Project. The two-year project is a great success so far and the recent trip involved a senior lecturer and an associate of UCLan visiting four universities in China.
Supported by UCLan’s Travel Bursary, a group of the BSL and Deaf Studies students and lecturers recently went on the course’s fourth European trip, the second time of visiting Prague in the Czech Republic.
We are delighted to bring a series of exciting recent event from Hebei University-UCLan School of Media, Communications and Creative Industries.
Final year students from UCLan delivered two stunning ‘big idea’ marketing campaign strategy and planning presentations as part of a live client consultancy project.
Aimee Leigh studied BA (Hons) Acting and graduated in 2011. After looking at several universities, she decided that the acting course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was the one for her and was inspired by the tutors which she encountered.
Since graduating, Aimee has opened her own business and owns the Pauline Quirke Academy in Preston, working with young children and inspiring the next generation.
Students from UCLan’s School of Business took part in a short trip to Amsterdam to experience one of Europe’s most beautiful and culturally diverse cities.
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.
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.
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.
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. Rob was drawn to UCLan because he knew it was aware of the University's strong track record of paramedic education and its current delivery of paramedic practice courses. In addition, he adds that UCLan "had very good links with the local ambulance service offering a good degree of varied clinical placements."
Football has always been a huge factor in Danielle's life since she was a child and her sporting experiences enhanced her interest in studying for the BSc (Hons) Sports Science at UCLan.
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.
In June this year, the University’s Archaeology department celebrated 10 years of archaeology at UCLan by hosting a celebratory event for students past and present, as well as archaeology academics.
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.
UCLan Dance graduate and Creative Director of audition based Youth Company 'SkyeDance’ Meara O'Donnell-Webb has been nominated in the One Dance UK Teaching Awards 2017 for most Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner.
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.
Creative UCLan high-flyer Matthew Wilcock is pursuing a dual career in teaching and creative arts after securing success by winning a national TV show.
In June, 96 students officially finished the GDUFS part of their journey and will begin to prepare for their time in Preston at UCLan from September this year.
After being out of full-time education for 34 years, mature student Stephen Nuttall embarked on a part-time MBA at UCLan.
I have studied psychology in Kiel, Germany, before completing my PhD in Hamburg, at the Center of Neuro-immunological Multiple Sclerosis research.
I have 15 years of experience in the Sport, Exercise and Performance psychology field. I started my academic career in my home country of Brazil where I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
UCLan Acting graduate, Kattreya Scheurer-Smith may only be in the early stages of her career yet she’s already scored an impressive list of credits to her name including a part in an official Coca Cola commercial and the big budget American superhero film, Wonder Woman.
“Working abroad has been absolutely amazing. For Coca Cola, I got two-weeks filming between studio work in Barcelona and location work in Andorra, which was similar to a second Christmas,” said Kattreya.
The students of the joint programmes running in Shanghai at SUIBE recently celebrated a successful graduation ceremony with over 120 students graduating.
Tim Steele, Vice-President International Strategy and Partnerships has just returned from a successful trip to China, spending time visiting partner institutions and meeting with the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE).
Jonathan Mount a second year Graphic Design student has won a YCN Design Award Commendation in the Fedrigoni Paper category.
Following a twenty-year career working for the NHS, UCLan graduate, Terence Jagger, is now working at the very University he credits for his own academic progression.
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.
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.
Mark Fenning has gone from Law graduate at UCLan to an associate at Stephenson’s Solicitors in just eight years.
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.
John Bridge studied part-time on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course and now works as a chartered architect. John graduated from the course with a first, also winning an international design competition, receiving the award on the day of his graduation. He explains graduation as his favourite memory whilst at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). “I was really lucky; it was a great ceremony over at the Guild Hall and back at the Harris building.”
Jason Thelwell used his Engineering degree which he was awarded to him by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to climb through the ranks of the Fire and Rescue Service.
Danielle always felt destined to pursue a career in law. "Looking back, even from a young age, I would weigh up the numerous factors and possible outcomes when making a decision on anything."
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.
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.
As an active volunteer and current Councillor working within the local community, I chose this course in order to support my personal and professional development.
Students from UCLan’s School of Business immersed themselves in the wonders of Chinese culture and the modern Chinese education system whilst visiting the Guizhou University in Guiyang and the Zunyi Tsinghua High School in Zunyi, both located within the Guizhou Province in China.
As a mature student I was filled with fear at the thought of a Degree; something that ties me in for three years and I was not fully sure if this was the subject I wanted to do.
Laura Campbell came to UCLan on the back of enduring a difficult time at another university. Three years later, she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, after enjoying her time at UCLan far more than she ever thought she would.
At her graduation ceremony in 2017, Laura won three awards, which recognised her ability and potential. She was awarded the Hugh Wagner Memorial Prize for The Best Undergraduate Project within the School of Psychology.
Graphic Design students nominated for a design award for the RAF Active live industry brief
In March 2017, six students from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences from UCLan enjoyed a visit to The University of Kansas Medical Center (KU) on their International Observership programme.
This May, the second annual Engineering Symposium took place in 53 Degrees. The event was an opportunity for engineering students to show off their projects to their peers, tutors as well as industry professionals.
At UCLan we strive to provide our Nursing students with an outstanding university experience, and pride ourselves on considering each student’s individual needs.
Recognising individual competencies and to develop Entrepreneurship skills of the Sri Lankan youth, UCL has taken the forward march to initiate an Inter-School Info-Biz Challenge Trophy ’17 on May 17, 2017 at Havelock City.
The aim of the session was to show students how to apply what they’re being taught at UCLan to an industrial setting. Games and exercises were held for students throughout the day, so they could learn how to detect counterfeit medicine and deal with their removal.
Louise’s dream of becoming a nurse is finally being realised after completing her UCLan Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Rehabilitation Pathway) at St Mary’s College, in Blackburn.
Greg has always loved sport, so when a career change was required after being injured in an explosion whilst serving with the Army in Afghanistan, he chose to return to education and study a sports related degree.
Lancashire Law School wins highly commended prize at prestigious industry awards ceremony.
At the end of his A Levels Josh had no intention of studying for a degree, but gained a taste for practical conservation whilst volunteering with his local ranger service.
Second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student wins design award with global agency Jones Knowles Ritchie
Second year Graphic Design student Dominic Parsons, won a prize in the recent Creative Conscience Awards for his project about computer hacking ‘Type for Change’.
BJL Communications Agency, Manchester visited our Preston campus in the ‘Briefing Bus’ to give a one-day briefing and critique/feedback session for Graphic Design and Advertising students.
In March this year, second year students from Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Product Design, Interior Design and Textiles embarked on an inspirational visit to Amsterdam to support their Design: Culture and Society studies.
UCLan’s School of Management aims to nurture and develop global managers of the future through leading edge business and management programmes, shaped by the latest research, professional practice, innovative business insight and international opportunities.
Ever since he can remember, Dan Hayes has always had his heart set on being a Police Officer and at the age of 18, he decided to go to UCLan to gain the knowledge and skills to make his dreams come true.
Peter Rumley studied both his BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and MSc Building Conservation and Regeneration programmes part-time at UCLan.
Former Dentistry BDS student Usama Riaz tells us about his life in the field since he graduated in 2014.
Natasha Burgess graduated in Film and Media Studies in 2016 after picking the course following her interest in the subject at A Level. She tells us that after leaving college, she knew that the area of Film and Media was something that she wanted to pursue as a future career. “The UCLan Film and Media course seemed like the perfect course that offered a range of modules."
Zack Crook, a second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design student won first prize in the Penguin Adult Fiction Book Cover Student Design Awards 2016 for ‘A Clockwork Orange’.
Student advertising team Faye Rowbottom and Rebecca Parrish appeared in the ‘Top 5 new designers’ at New Blood in 2016 with an Alzheimer awareness campaign.
Product Design lecturer and alumni Joanna Hart spoke after her talk during the Product Design graduate experience day where she gave helpful advice and shared her journey with current students.
Talented alumni games designers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are proving ‘the force’ is with them.
Growing up on the River Tyne and visiting harbour cities such as Hamburg and Vancouver; where shipping is key and the vast, complex, global industry attached to it is at the heart of these places existence and workings.
These students attended the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory at the University of Zaragoza, Spain to carry out electron microscopy experiments related to their final year dissertation.
Mexico is a place of great diversity, more than 60 indigenous languages, cultural divisions from the prior to the European Middle Ages are mixed with the post Hispanic invasion tensions.
The history of canoeing is and always will be in Canada. Ray and Nathan went to experience this craft in its native country.
Forensic Science students travel to Houston, Texas to attend the Human Genome Conference.
Neuropsychology students travel to Los Angeles, California for research and insight,
Business Management with Chinese students visit China, the trip was to enable some primary research for both future essays on their course and their dissertation for the final year.
The division of Tourism, Hospitality and Events recently travelled to Cambodia with final year students for two weeks.
I chose to study at UCLan as it is well known and anyone I talked to about UCLan had many positive things to say about it.
UCLan is situated in an ideal location: at the heart of Lancashire. Living in Blackburn I commute daily which I feel has made me a lot more independent than I was before starting higher education.
Second year Mathematical Physics student, Aastha Rawat, recently attended the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK at the University of Oxford in March 2017.
Seven first year BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching students are working towards their Gold Arts Award by running the final years’ performances of Borders and Boundaries, Intersect and In Motion in May that are part of the Lancashire Arts Festival.
Graduating in 2013, Lizzie Heywood studied MSc Building Conservation and Regeneration at UCLan and now works as a Conservation Advisor at Port Sunlight Village Trust.
Ever since I was young, I have been determined to pursue a successful career to utilise my business mind-set. I was raised in an environment that exposed me to different cultures, as I frequently moved from one country to another.
School of Business triumphed in the annual Golden Roses Teaching Awards (2017) which are student-led from nomination to presentation.
James Hofstetter – BA (Hons) Business Studies is currently undertaking a college programme for his placement year at Walt Disney World, Orlando.
Fiona Booth, who graduated nearly 15 years ago in 2003 from BSc Environmental Management, has embarked on a journey since then that has taken her from the rainforests in Ecuador to working under the British Prime Minister.
BSc Geography graduate, Karen Aguilera, made the admirable and courageous decision to study at UCLan whilst having a six-year-old son and a nine-month-old daughter.
Lucy Haigh spent five years at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), initially completing her three years of Policing and Criminal Investigation and graduating with a first before spending two years as the Campaigns Officer for the Students’ Union.
We chat to Policing & Criminal Investigation lecturer Bill McMahon about his journey from the Police Force to the classroom.
After realising that she wanted a career in the Police, Lucy Myers switched from software engineering to forensic computing, a field in which she has flourished ever since.
MA Journalism students had the opportunity to interview photo journalist Anders Graver Knudsen who visited UCLan from Oslo.
Roch is a third year BA (Hons) International Business student from Poland. He started his journey through a Foundation year in International Business at UCLan, before going on to study his BA, complete a placement year in Sydney and ultimately, strive to continue postgraduate study in Australia.
I am the only person from my family to go to University. I didn’t even know they existed, but I knew I was capable of more than I was doing and I was ambitious.
The division of Tourism, Hospitality and Events recently travelled to Berlin for four days with its first-year students, Dr Dan Wright and Dr David Jarratt.
Roberta Friar was awarded an MA in Marketing and Public Relations with Merit at the December 2016 graduation ceremony
Judge Jonathan Ross talks to our Law students about life as a judge and sentencing and shares some of his top advocacy tips.
On Monday 20 February the Careers Insight and Networking week began for the Faculty of Science and Technology with a variety of alumni and industry professionals coming to the University to talk to students.
Final year, BSc Physics student, Jasmin Evans, credits her high school physics teacher for her passion for physics, to the point where the thought of studying anything else at university wasn’t even an option.
Graduating in International Business Communications in 2012, Christine Frey tells us that the main reason she chose to study the course was a result of her school in Germany having a partnership with UCLan.
Alexandre Andresciani, who studied International Business Communication at UCLan, tells us about his time on the course and life after graduation.
After a lifelong passion for criminal investigation, Lauren Hickson was always going to end up loving every minute of her time studying Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at UCLan.
Ten years after graduating from BSc Eco Tourism at UCLan, Therese Green is in to her second decade of running her MaaChild, a charity that aims to give Kenyan Children within the Maasai community a chance of secondary education.
UCLan sports journalism graduate Martin Young has worked for two of the country’s most renowned football clubs and is now one of Liverpool FC’s VT Editors.
Callum Spavins and Georgia Smith, Second year BA Marketing Management students in the CMPR Division of the Business School at UCLan, reached the national finals of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Pitch 2017
When choosing to study at university, Jack made full use of Open Days to get an understanding of what he wanted to take up as a degree.
Advertising graduate Nathan had always considered himself a creative person. He told us why he chose to study his degree.
UCLan’s School of Pharmacy recently invited graduate students back on to campus to discuss their pre-registration year, and offer advice to current Year 4 MPharm (Hons) students.
UCLan Fine Art graduate, Ellis McKeown, has landed a newly created position of Social Media Executive at Eleven Sports Media, where he heads up all things social, whilst continuing to study at UCLan on the Masters in Digital Marketing Communications.
In his role, Ellis is responsible for planning and developing engaging, creative and branded content for daily scheduled posts, working alongside prestigious brands.
Conor Edwards has always been intrigued by computer networks, making his decision to study Computer Network Technology at UCLan a simple decision.
The UCLan graphics studios hosted its sixth annual conference week at the start of February with talks covering a wide range of creative disciplines.
Bobbie already had a passion for powerlifting before she began her course at university and describes the facilities as one of the main reasons she chose to study at UCLan.
I studied Community and Social Care (CSC) at UCLan. The course taught me how to link theory to my practice as someone working with homeless people. It was challenging in that it covered the structural, economic and social aspects of care and social justice and presented me with the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice.
Leonie recently graduated with a First in International Tourism Management from UCLan. During her time on the course, she had the opportunity to travel abroad and complete a placement year.
BA (Hons) Environmental Management graduate Daniel Lythgoe has kindly given us insight into his post-student experience since graduating in 2016.
Students from the School of Business BA (Hons) Accounting and International Business, and School of Management (Masters of Business) took to a mock assessment centre recently at RSM.
The North of England Excellence (NoEE) vision is to improve the competitiveness and productivity of the Northern Economy.
Students from UCLan’s School of Business took the plunge on a study trip to the Chill Factore in Manchester as they took part in the ‘Sub Zero Challenge’
UCLan fashion tutors regularly work with industry to set live briefs and competitions for their students, which helps them to build up their experience and portfolios.
Award-winning UCLan broadcast journalism graduate and telly fanatic Laura Gibson is living her dream job as the Social Creative Lead for ITV.
The practicality of engineering as well as the pride at being able to look at what you have solved enticed Nic on to the MEng Mechanical Engineering course at UCLan.
Working as an electrician before starting at UCLan, BEng (Hons) Building Services and Sustainable Engineering student, Ben Cooper saw a career in engineering as his next natural step.
My experience at the Drop In Advice sessions at UCLan’s ‘In the City’ Shop, Lune Street, Preston
The BA (Hons) International Tourism Management degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is ideal if you wish to develop and succeed as a professional travel and tourism manager
Since a young age, Ellis always had an interest in Chinese and after attending an open day at the university, he knew that the Business Management and Chinese course at UCLan was for him.
Kieran decided to take up BA (Hons) Modern Languages - German and Arabic at UCLan because during his school years he would often go on student exchange programmes to Germany and enjoyed the time he spent in different cities
From an early age Jack always had a great passion for music whether that be the process of composition, music for film, rock music, pop music and experimental music.
UCLan Sports Journalism graduate Treve Whitford has worked his way up the ranks and is now Head of Marketing and Communications for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, where he has the responsibility to develop and oversee all of the marketing and communications strategy.
Former student Kyle Caldwell is now deputy editor of the UK's leading personal finance and investment magazine, Money Observer
I qualified as a Midwife with First-Class Honours in 2007 and moved from the Trust where I was initially employed to the Trust where I currently work in 2009.
This year, the UCLan Midwifery Society hosted a summer conference; ‘Challenge Today, Change Tomorrow’, with over 150 people attending on the day. This conference was arranged by the students, who are members of the UCLan Midwifery Society.
During the final year of my Midwifery degree I was fortunate enough to travel to Kenya with UCLan and the charity Maachild, with the purpose of exploring different aspects of life in Kenya; with particular focus on learning about the Maasai population and their cultural traditions and practices.
In November 2016, Tim Steele, Vice-President International Operations, undertook a visit to Hong Kong and China to officiate at two awards ceremonies in Hong Kong and to catch up with longstanding partners in China.
I chose to study at UCLan as it was one of only three universities in the entire country that offered Korean. I had never properly studied a language before and was not already bilingual.
During Freshers' Week we held the first "Inter- Dental Education Centre Quiz" to welcome the new 2nd Year BDS students and allow everyone to meet the new Orthodontic Therapists. It was held in the Foster Building and was very well attended.
A guide dog owner from the Isle of Man has been singing the praises of the University of Central Lancashire since he started his counselling and psychotherapy degree in September 2015.
This second year module allows students to undertake a project for an external organisation, something that looks very good on your CV.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is helping to support winners of this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) through the delivery of an academy of excellence.
UCLan Biology (BSc (Hons) Biology) started in October 2016 and here we meet two new students and find out their first impression of the course.
Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Pete Abel, shares his experiences of an International Observership at Kansas University Medical Centre.
The ‘Exploring Light and Dark’ scientific research exhibitions which took place during the summer of 2016 allowed visitors to find out about research into our dynamic Sun, the lifecycle of stars and a whole galaxy of interesting concepts and ideas.
A Blackpool-based toy company which specialises in creating personalised gifts for children is set to create three jobs before the end of the year.
I chose to study at UCLan following a visit to an open day where I was very impressed with the facilities and staff. The strong links with universities all over the world really appealed to me as I wanted to study abroad.
Eight BEng (Hons) final year students from the Building Services and Sustainable Engineering programme have recently returned from a week long residential workshop in Hong Kong as part of their course of study.
Lewis Childs has his dream career: working for his hometown football team, Premier League giants Manchester City, as Football Delivery Manager at the Club’s base in Abu Dhabi. It was at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where Lewis’ journey began.
A Lancashire company, which supplied equipment used in the production of several Harry Potter movies, is preparing to launch a new camera slider to the video and film industry.
Dr Junhui Yang, Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire recently attended an Erasmus-Plus Teaching Mobility trip to the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland (AMU).
Senior lecturer in BSL and Deaf Studies Dr Junhui Yang organised an international trip for 20 students to two Erasmus partner HE institutions, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (AMU) and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in Poland.
Lancashire Constabulary hosted its first Evidence Based Champions Event at Hutton on the 21st June.
EDM, a leading global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has welcomed a group of engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
In March 2016 Senior Lecturers from the Lancashire Law School, Ian Turner and Rachel Nir, took a group of students to Krakow in Poland.
In October 2015, Senior Lecturers from the Lancashire Law School, Ian Turner and Rachel Nir, took a group of students to The Hague in the Netherlands.
Criminology students from the Lancashire Law School enjoyed a visit from Prison Officer Paul McGovern MBE who brought with him a drugs dog and a control dog.
Jessica has always enjoyed the challenge of getting a particular message across to different target audiences, as well as being organised and having good time management
Branding expert and graphic artist Dave Kirkwood completed a graphic design degree at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), before going on to set up the Dave Kirkwood Studio.
Fiona Bledge, one of the Law School’s Lecturers, recently won a teaching award in the 7th Annual Golden Roses teaching awards which are student-led from nomination to presentation.
On Wednesday 11th May 2016 the School of Humanities and Social Science hosted a conference ‘Stop the Hate!'
Sats Poonian is the founder of online luxury travel agency Experfly, which has experienced success and growth since its inception and it began working with Northern Lights, a business support service at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Eugenio Garcia-Diaz, of Madrid, came to the UK in search of international experience and to pursue his ambition of becoming a specialist in fire safety engineering.
The 2016 Community Legend Award was presented to Aaliya Diwan, who is studying BA Honours in Religion, Culture & Society (RCS) at UCLan.
Harlene chose to study a Master in Oral Surgery at UCLan due to the flexible nature of the course which is delivered by distance learning on a part-time basis.
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has been appointed to the Stanley House Hotel and Spa in Mellor.
Keith studied retail management with marketing at UCLan as the course offered him the chance to apply marketing theory to the retail business side of the degree.
Oluchi Iyiegbu, had dreams of owning her own business which is why she decided to study the MSc Business Management at UCLan.
Rebecca came to UCLan to study fine art and she enjoyed it so much she continued to study and went on to achieve a master's in fine art and archive interventions.
After studying tourism from GCSE level, Cara knew she wanted a career in the industry. Originally with an interest in being Cabin Crew, Cara found the subject fresh and exciting and opted to study International Tourism Management at UCLan.
After completing her A Level in Psychology, Victoria knew she wanted to pursue a career in forensic psychology. She started out her career by going to Liverpool John Moores University to study Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice. After this she came to UCLan to study a master's in Forensic Psychology.
Students were recently given the opportunity to run the pitch side element of the Lancashire FA Trophy Final game.
BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Helen Hyde discusses her exciting placement year opportunity, as an integral member of the Matalan design team.
Added to our state-of-the-art facilities you could find yourself practising on two anatomage medical virtual dissection tables.
In September you’ll be able to engage in our Inter-professional Education (IPE) programme where some traditional course content is delivered outside the classroom, exploring topics in greater depth, creating meaningful learning opportunities.
Paramedic Practice graduate Ruth Thomas explains what she enjoyed the most about her course and what skills she gained. I enjoyed learning the theory and the reasoning behind why certain drugs or treatments are appropriate in different situations. It helped me move from knowing what treatment to administer, to knowing why that treatment was appropriate, and being able to bring the theory and practice together, allowing me to feel confident in my role and my actions in practice.
Sarah studied BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and went on to do a master's by research in the education and social science department.
Students on the BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Studies course recently returned from an eye-opening trip to Zambia; a country where more than 1 in 7 people are living with HIV.
Marketing Management graduate, Zain Shaikh, has landed a top job at Red Bull Media House at their global headquarters in Austria, where he works as an International Brand Marketing Manager.
Zain graduated in 2015 and immediately went to work for Red Bull TV where he started as a Program Marketing Manager responsible for the creative marketing campaigns for their TV shows.
Thomas studied an undergraduate degree in Education at UCLan and as a result he felt there were still many areas to explore so progressed onto a master's in the subject.
International Senior Lecturer, Shaun Mills, recently took 46 students on an annual study trip to the EU Institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of a ground-breaking report in engineering.
UCLan’s Professor David Morris undertakes a week-long lecture tour in Canada
During undergraduate History degrees students have the opportunity to enjoy field trips to UK heritage sites, such as the international Slavery Museum in Liverpool and international trips including Auschwitz in Poland.
UCLan is well known for its international partnerships with universities and businesses. Those relations have helped numbers of students travel, study and learn new languages.
The 15th of March is a widely celebrated day amongst all social workers; The World Social Work Day creates an opportunity for the workers to express international solidarity and to bring common messages to our communities.
Students on the BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families, BA (Hons) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice and BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology courses are given the opportunity to participate in a number of trips connected to their studies.
Coaching lecturer Stuart Wilkinson has recently been appointed as City Reds' Junior Academy Assistant Coach.
Claire Holt is a partnership development manager at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with over 25 years’ experience working within the chemical industry and business management, a passion for all things science and a determination to share her love of the industry.
Year 3 BA(Hons) Graphic Design student Reece Hacking has just been nominated as the overall winner in the Roses Student Awards 2015 for his solution to the Caran D’ache centenary brief.
Three final year students have been nominated for a New Blood Award with the Monotype brief which asked you to use the power of type to create a new visual language for film advertising.
Senior workshop technician Magda Stawarska-Beavan has recently won the Hamelin Polska award for the piece “Kraków to Venice in 12 Hours” at this year’s International Print Triennial in Kraków.
Staff in the School of Engineering and the School of Physical Sciences and Computing have met with specialists from other universities and industry from across Europe in a two day workshop to discuss the potential of a pioneering area of intelligent machines called “Tribotronics”.
Krishen Chauhan is a third year BSc Hons Environmental Management student who has managed to get this far in his degree despite being fully blind.
Liam always had an interest in coaching football as a career so decided to study at UCLan because of the solid links between the University and many football clubs in the North West. He was also impressed by the international summer placements on offer.
During his degree, Liam opted to do a 12-month industry placement where he worked at Blackpool Football Club as their First Team Performance Analyst.
Dr Joanne Pledger lectures in astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), as well as undertaking research and collaborating with academics around the world.
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.
After graduating from Bhopal School of Social Sciences in India, Jhumar chose to come to the UK to pursue her dreams to gain a Masters in Business Administration.
Cheryl has always wanted to work in fashion, and after working on a shop floor for a number of years, decided she wanted to learn more about retail.
Not knowing what career path she wanted to go down, Catherine chose to study the subject that she excelled at through her A Level studies.
Having thoroughly enjoyed her GCSE and A Level studies, Saira knew she wanted to continue her religious education through to undergraduate level and after visiting several universities, Saira decided that the Religion, Culture and Society course at UCLan really stood out.
Having dreamed of a career in journalism since being a child, Darren chose to study journalism at UCLan as it was recommended by professionals in the industry as well as being highly rated by The Guardian.
Having always known that she wanted to study tourism at university, Hayley decided to study International Tourism Management at UCLan as the course stood out due to the opportunity of an international work placement.
Knowing that she wanted a career in the fashion industry, Emma decided to combine her creative writing skills with her love of fashion and chose to study Fashion and Brand Promotion with Journalism at UCLan.
A group of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Foundation Entry Journalism students have been hard at work investigating a local charity news story in Preston city centre as part of a project.
Laura is a University of Central Lancashire graduate, with a BA in Photography. She now has her photographs published in three books and is actively involved in sports journalism.
Nicola Lowe is the Professor of Nutritional Sciences at UCLan and her role takes her around the world.
The RCS Ball is a totally student-led experience - from its conception through planning and organisation, to the management of the Ball.
MA Strategic Communication student scoops national prize for a campaign to get people on the electoral register.
Researchers from UCLan’s College of Health and Wellbeing were invited to present at the annual Research and Innovation Showcase.
From an early age, Dr Joanna Heaton-Marriott, head of communications and engagement at the University of Central Lancashire, and director of the University’s Lancashire Science Festival, had an interest in science.
After working as a translator for an events company in her native Italy, Alice moved to the UK to pursue her passion for the event industry.
We speak to Nare Gusman, Chairwoman of the newly-formed UCLan Maths Society.
Lin-Yao graduated with a first class honours in Business Management with Chinese
Caring for people and a love of sciences led Cerise to follow her heart and pursue a career in dentistry. After seven years of studying she now works in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
UCLan graduate, Bobby Crutchley, is Head Coach both of the England and Great Britain Hockey teams.
Having worked in various management roles for over 10 years, Peter realised that his career had hit a plateau, especially without a recognised qualification.
Lancashire Law School (LLS) has launched a research institute which will provide consultancy and advice to governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Building conservation students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) had the opportunity to explore real-life industry issues at a practical workshop with a Lancashire heritage initiative.
It was a conversation with her Sixth Form mentor’s husband which convinced Rebecca that a career in engineering would be for her.
A software engineering student has been offered an exciting career opportunity after an exchange programme with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
A strong work placement can make all the difference, as UCLan student Zain Shaikh can confirm.
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.
MA Religion, Culture and Society graduates talk about studying at the University of Central Lancashire.
The bi-annual LUBMAT Conference and Exhibition, co-hosted by UCLan’s Jost Institute, took place recently.
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.
Media publication of comments made by Professor Philip B. Whyman, director of LIEBR, on the UK economy
LIEBR members successfully won funding under the 2011 and 2009 undergraduate research internship schemes.
LIEBR members are successful in winning funding under the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme in 2012.
Archaeologists uncover skeleton of woman buried with a cow in Oakington.
Cultural historians from the School of Language and Global Studies marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Bamber Bridge.
National field trips are optional components of specified modules within UCLan’s Religion, Culture and Society (RCS) programmes which students may participate in (subject to change).
International field trips are optional components of specified modules within UCLan’s Religion, Culture and Society (RCS) programmes which students may participate in (subject to change).
Before arriving at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Rob Turner was writing his own songs and performing with his band, but had little experience in recording. Because of this, twinned with a fascination in the techniques and microphones used for recording, Rob enrolled on the University’s BA (Hons) Music Production course.
Since his time at UCLan, Rob has progressed to working as a Sound Editor on high-profile films such as Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle and Eddie The Eagle.
Alumni - BA(Hons) International Business (2001); GradDip Personnel Management (2003); MA Personnel Management and Development (2007)
A career encompassing a doctorate, work in the nuclear industry and a stint applying his knowledge in cancer research and drug development all began at UCLan for Dr. Darren Groombridge.
A passion for the English literature and an appreciation of the transferable skills an English Literature degree would give him lead Scott to UCLan, and set him on the road to holding political office and becoming an award-winning author.