UCLan scoops four awards for excellence

Technician Sal Tracey was awarded the Outstanding Service Award at the inaugural UCLan Stars event last December which was set up to celebrate staff achievements from across the University.  She's being presented with her award from UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas.
Technician Sal Tracey was awarded the Outstanding Service Award at the inaugural UCLan Stars event last December which was set up to celebrate staff achievements from across the University. She's being presented with her award from UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas.

The University of Central Lancashire collected a clutch of trophies at the prestigious Educate Awards.

UCLan was one of the top winners, picking up four accolades at Educate North, a celebration of excellence and best practice in the education sector.

Vice Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas won the UK Leadership Award, which celebrates a member of staff that can demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities as well as an inspirational and innovative 
approach.

Other gongs were for International Partnership, International Transnational Education and Innovation.

Prof Thomas, pictured above, said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award and lead a university that strives to have common sense and compassionate leadership at its core.

“Together, with a dedicated team, we run a university that has a positive, cheerful and can-do attitude.”

The latest trophies come after UCLan received an internationalisation award.

Prof Thomas added:“Nowhere is this more evident than in our work with the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine, when, in just nine days, the university and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust worked together to help an entire medical university relocate to Preston and continue its studies following the devastation of Hurricane Irma.”

The Innovation award was for UCLan’s In the City Project, a community hub delivered by the communications and engagement team to bring local people together through a variety of free events and activities.

The university’s delivery of a BSc (Hons) architecture course in Hong Kong scooped the International Transnational Education Award while applied science foundation student Sharmaine Mundozo won a prize for her new business, which is a website and online diary offering support and guidance to teenagers.

The awards were judged by a panel of leading professionals and experts.