If you want to graduate work-ready, then you need your dream degree from the University of Central Lancashire. That's what our graduates did and now they're ready for the world of work, having benefitted from real work experience, close industry links and skills-related modules.
Read how our recent alumni turned their dream degree into a rewarding career – We are ranked second in the UK for the number of graduate start-ups still running after three years *, and 95.5%** of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating.
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. She found the BA (Hons) Event Management at UCLan to be an exciting option.
Jason Thelwell used his degree in BSc (Hons) Fire Engineering Management which he was awarded to him by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to climb through the ranks of the Fire and Rescue Service.
After graduating Cerise went straight into her first job as a dentist in the NHS in Kent. 'Studying dentistry at UCLan gave me a lot of clinical experience which I think made the transition into my first job quite easy and not too stressful.'
After landing a university placement at the International Business Times in the video department, Matthew was offered freelance work. The same year he secured a BJTC placement at the BBC’s flagship news programme, Newsnight. The education and industry experience that Matthew had at UCLan then resulted in him being offered a position at UNILAD just after his final exams, before he had even graduated.
Born and raised in the Fylde Coast where tourism features very strongly in the local economy, Lucy Hodge had always worked in the local tourism business part-time and where she discovered her passion for the industry. For her it was a natural step to study the more about tourism in higher education.
After studying hard on her course whilst continuing to compete semi-professionally towards her dreams of being a full-time goalkeeper, Danielle was awarded a first-class honours degree. Danielle said: "The University was extremely supportive in adapting my lectures to my training and match schedule, which was invaluable to me and would not have allowed me to reach the position I was able to.”
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).
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.
When 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 (UCLan) was the obvious choice
Kelly-Marie Staunton successfully juggled three part-time jobs as well as fitting in voluntary work all whilst studying full-time for a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management.
After graduating in LLB (Hons) Law Danielle focused on getting as much legal experience as she could. As well as working full-time, Danielle studied Postgraduate Diploma Legal Practice Course.
Mark Fenning has gone from Law graduate at UCLan to an associate at Stephenson’s Solicitors in just eight years.
Terence had spent ten years working as a Senior Cardiac Physiologist. However after losing both of his parents to cancer at a young age he became inspired to help others during such difficult times.
Graduating in 2006, John Bridge studied part time on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course and now works as a chartered architect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alumni Aimee, who is now the Principal of the Pauline Quirke Academy in Preston, not only owns her own business but inspires young people with her knowledge of drama and performing arts on a daily basis.
BA (Hons) Fine Art 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having a keen interest in business since an early age, Hayley began whilst studying for her degree in BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing. The course helped Hayley with a variety of essential skills including presenting, public speaking and team working - as well as how to deal with challenges and complex situations.
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.
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.
*The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS)
**HESA Employment Performance Indicator 2018 (full-time, home-domiciled, first degree leavers)