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It has recently been announced that the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been shortlisted in three different higher education award categories. The Times Higher Education Awards are prestigious and highly regarded across the University Sector and UCLan have been shortlisted, from more than 600 applicants, in three categories: ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’, ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ and ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’.

For ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’ the entire university has been recognised for the response to the Covid-19 crisis. During this time, UCLan worked hard to mobilise 20 final-year medical students and more than 300 nursing students to graduate early and join the medical frontline.

For ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’, UCLan’s Dr Clive Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Sport, PE and the Outdoors has been nominated. During the lockdowns, Dr Palmer went above and beyond for his students and staff, creating an online hub for support and to act as a resource centre, called Clive’s Learning Shack. Speaking about the nomination, Dr Palmer said:

 “It is an honour to be shortlisted for this prestigious Times Higher Award, and with it, such a privilege to have supervised and be working with currently such talented people on their research projects. I am over the moon to receive this external recognition for my efforts in the postgraduate learning experience and wish to thank colleagues for their generous support.”

For ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Dr David Wareing, was nominated. Speaking about the nomination, Dr Wareing said:

“I am absolutely delighted. I am also really grateful for the support of colleagues and the wonderful feedback from students on how they have enjoyed the learning experiences that we have created for them.”

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