Trio write their way to the top

(L-R) Alexandra Holmes, Charlon Flynn, Amy Coffey (UCLan student who also worked on the same project as Charlon but wasnt an official award winner), Head of UCLan Publishing and Chair of the Association of Publishing Education Debbie Williams and Charlotte Coldwell
(L-R) Alexandra Holmes, Charlon Flynn, Amy Coffey (UCLan student who also worked on the same project as Charlon but wasnt an official award winner), Head of UCLan Publishing and Chair of the Association of Publishing Education Debbie Williams and Charlotte Coldwell
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Students from the University of Central Lancashire have been honoured by the nation’s peers.

UCLan graduate Alexandra Holmes, joined current Masters students Charlotte Coldwell and Charlon Flynn at the House of Lords to received a top honour for their publishing skills.

The trio are recipients of The Printing Charity’s Print Futures Awards, which are open to people in the UK under the age of 30 working in the publishing industry, and have each received help to pay for costs associated with relevant training courses to advance their careers.

Alexandra, who left UCLan in 2015, now works for Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

She originates from Oregon in the USA and said: “It’s truly an honour to be able to accept this award at the House of Lords alongside so many other young people who value the printing and publishing industries in the same way.”

The 25-year-old’s dad originates from Leyland and grandparents Ken and Sheila still live in the town.

Former Baines Endowed School pupil Current MA Publishing student Charlotte Coldwell said: “It means that I will be able to apply for future publishing jobs with a full set of skills and knowledge on how to publish a book.

“I will also be able to take the printed book to interviews and talk about real sales 
figures.

“I think this will really make my job applications stand out.”

Head of UCLan Publishing and chairman of the Association of Publishing Education, Debbie Williams, had an invite to the presentation as it is rare for three students connected to the same course to win.