Your Stories

Share your memories of student life and tell us how your time with us has shaped your life…

"My aim: to make a few nurses just like me!"

"My aim: to make a few nurses just like me!"

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I started my nurse training before it was considered to be an academic career at Preston and Chorley School of Nursing in January 1989…… More

"A journey of unexpected twists"

"A journey of unexpected twists"

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I came to UCLan in 1997. My sister had studied at UCLan from 1993-1996 and seeing how much she enjoyed it there, I also wanted to come to UCLan…… More

"Education became my passion"

"Education became my passion"

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I began my journey at UCLan in October 1998, nearly 20 years ago! I was so very proud to be a UCLan student nurse…… More

"The building smelled of wood polish and that indefinable old-school smell"

"The building smelled of wood polish and that indefinable old-school smell"

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As a teenager (around 1981-1984) I can remember coming in to work with my Dad, to help him with his filing. He was a Senior Lecturer in construction and had an office in the magnificent Harris building…… More

"My friends and I would often seek adventure in and around the buildings"

"My friends and I would often seek adventure in and around the buildings"

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I moved to Maudland Bank (behind the Media building) in 1981 when I was 11 years old and so UCLan, or Preston Polytechnic as it was then, was literally the backdrop to my childhood…… More

"Aged 40 I made a life changing decision..."

"Aged 40 I made a life changing decision..."

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I came to UCLan in 2010 as a mature student. Left education at 18 and spent 22 in administration. Aged 40 I made a life changing decision…… More

"I found this University to be one that cares about the path you choose..."

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UCLan is by far one of the best universities this country has, and as a mature student I started here in 2016 on the yellow brick road to my career in Marketing. I found this University to be one that cares about the path you choose, and allows you to develop with guidance into a graduate employable around the world…. More

"I found my soulmate"

"I found my soulmate"

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Little did I know that within three months of starting at UCLan I would find my soulmate. … More

"The best two years of my life"

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1949-51 were two of the best years of my life, studying Secretarial Work at Harris Institute Commercial College. The girls were at the top of the building and the boys underneath. The girls started 1/4 hr before the boys, then left 1/4 hr before them at the end of the school day…. More

Michael's happy days at the Harris

Michael's happy days at the Harris

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Michael Dillon recently told the Lancashire Evening Post about his fond memories of his time at Harris College…. More

An excellent education nearly a century ago

An excellent education nearly a century ago

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My father, William Higginson was born on 17 January 1912. He went to Cottam School until he was 14 years old. He then attended the Harris Institute in September 1926 until July 1928 when he left aged 16 years. … More

My various connections with UCLan

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My first connections with the organisations was as a 13 year old taking shorthand typing, commerce and other subjects in the Harris Commercial College. I was not allowed to stay on for further studies so it was not until 1982 that my journey continued with the then Preston Polytechnic…. More

A family tradition!

A family tradition!

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My own story starts with an HND Building Studies at the Harris Building of Preston Polytechnic from 1983-86. After completion of the course with merits, I decided to embark on a period of doing as little as possible apart from going out to clubs in Blackpool. Unfortunately for me, my mother had other ideas and found a suitable job for me to apply for…… More

From humble beginnings

From humble beginnings

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I attended the ‘Harris’ as it was known in the late 1950s on a Shorthand and Typing Course. The equipment we used was very outdated: the keys on the typewriters used to stick and ribbons often needed adjusting. At the end of the lesson our fingers were smudged with black ink…… More

Library refurbishment in 2009

Library refurbishment in 2009

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Myself and four other colleagues started in April 2009. We were set on as Library Assistants and one of our first tasks as UCLan employees was to empty all the shelves of books and journals in order for the library floors to be renovated. … More