The University of Central Lancashire have recently awarded the very first alumni achievement awards to 3 former students. These awards have ben created by the university to celebrate the achievements of the former university students and to recognise the university’s global community of more than 200,000 alumni.

Jack Bishop, a Software engineering apprenticeship graduate, and Sarah Gardner BEM, a management alumna received the UK awards. Sultan al Maskri, who studied BEng Fire Engineering and MSc Fire Safety Engineering was awarded the international prize.

All three former students were delighted to receive the awards. Speaking on the matter, Jack said:

“I’m truly honoured to receive this Alumni Award. I wasn’t able to attend my own graduation, so I am pleased I got another chance to walk the stage! When I think of my time at UCLan I remember the camaraderie of my cohort working together to solve problems with technical assignments or helping one another understand complex topics.”

Sarah said:

“My time at UCLan was very special. I’m delighted to receive this award and it’s particularly special to be one of the first recipients. I feel like I’m, in my own small way, contributing towards the University’s history. It was so great to return to the University after 22 years and see how it has changed, it was also fun to re-visit some old memories.”

Sultan, said:

“I feel honoured to be recognised as it’s been many years since I graduated, and being the first international student is quite thrilling. I still feel it’s too good to be true but it gave me a good opportunity to visit UCLan and explore new opportunities and future training and learning opportunities.”

UCLan’s Head of Development and Alumni, Maggie Wild, added:

“We’re so proud of our graduates so we wanted to create a special award that recognises those who have achieved great things, whether that be in their profession, or through their work within the wider community. The awards are open to all UCLan alumni, including those from predecessor institutions such as Preston Polytechnic and Harris Technical College. The judges were so impressed with the quality of nominations. So well done to all our alumni. You make us proud.”

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