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					                                                                                                                                                                                               Issue 3, 2007

University of Central Lancashire

3D technology brings lectures to life
UCLan is set to transform its
teaching practice by introducing a
whole new 3D learning experience.
With a 3D stereoscopic facility installed    a third dimension to many of our
in one of the University's largest lecture   teaching programmes. Not only will this
theatres, creating the largest 3D lecture    enable our students to see learning
theatre in Europe, students will take        materials in a 3D environment, but it
their learning into a new dimension by       will also allow them to learn how to
fully interacting with course materials.     develop and produce material in this
                                             new format as part of their studies.
An array of subjects, including
health, engineering and forensic             "This technology is evidence of the
science, will be transformed using           University's commitment to investing in
this state-of-the-art 3D facility,           the finest teaching and learning
allowing departments across the              environments for students and staff.
University to benefit from the use of
                                             “It is anticipated that the installation
rapidly developing 3D technology
                                             and use of this technology at UCLan
over the coming years.
                                             will not only provide students with
Craig Hickson, 3D Project Manager,           world class teaching facilities but also
said: "We will begin to generate UCLan       prepare them for the introduction of
specific 3D stereoscopic content to add      3D in industry.”

“My experience at UCLan can only be described as excellent, both in the quality of teaching and the support given by staff. I also enjoyed the social
 experience tremendously.”                                                                                             Jayne Stevenson, BA(Hons) History.

                                                                                                                                   Radio One Newsbeat job
Pure talent                                                  Organic jeans concept captures the
                                                             imagination of retail giant.
                                                                                                                                   for graduate
Fashion student Louise Smith                 with every pair of jeans to reinforce the   professionalism exhibited by the year
will be jetting off to New York              organic message.                            group as a whole. The fact that UCLan
                                                                                         had one winner and six students short-
                                                                                                                                   Journalism graduate Jonathan
after winning the prestigious                Managing Director of River Island and
                                                                                         listed is a fantastic achievement."       Blake has become a news
‘Graduate Fashion Week River                 competition judge Richard Bradbury
                                                                                                                                   reporter for one of the
                                             said: "The judges unanimously agreed        The prize included £1000 cash, a
Island Fashion Promotion
                                             that Louise’s winning entry was well        weekend trip to New York with £500        country’s most popular radio
Competition’.                                                                            spending money and a visit to the
                                             thought through and beautifully                                                       stations, BBC Radio One.
The 21 year old, who triumphed over          presented, taking a simple idea of          Apple store in New York to receive the
competition from across the UK,                                                          latest iMac computer.                     Jonathan started his new job with the
                                             organic clothing and developing it fully
                                                                                                                                   station’s ‘Newsbeat’ team at the
impressed judges with her idea of            from concept and planning through to        Louise added: “I am still in shock; I     beginning of the New Year after
launching an exclusive range of organic      implementation."                            really couldn’t believe it when I found   working at commercial radio stations
jeans called ‘Green Thread’. Louise,                                                     out I’d won. This is the most exciting
                                             Rory Turner, UCLan’s Programme                                                        LBC and Heart 106.2 in London.
who is studying for a BA (Hons) in                                                       thing that has ever happened to me. All
                                             Leader for Fashion, said: "We are all                                                 Newsbeat is a place Jonathan has
Fashion and Brand Promotion with                                                         my friends and family are so proud.”
                                             delighted that Louise has won. The                                                    always wanted to work. “I’ve always
Marketing, explained how she came up
                                             team worked very closely with the           Louise will graduate in 2007 and is       listened to Radio One and I think it has
with the idea.
                                             students on this brief and we were          hoping to continue studying at UCLan      a unique way of covering news. The
“Consumers are becoming increasingly         impressed by the dedication and             and complete a Masters degree.            station may primarily be for music but
aware of environmental issues and are                                                                                              it has a commitment to news and
looking to a more eco-friendly way of                                                                                              doesn’t comprise this by missing out
life. Many high street retailers are                                                                                               any hard news stories.”
already looking to develop eco-friendly                                                                                            Jonathan says he has settled in well
clothing so I thought this would be a                                                                                              and has already been out reporting. He
natural progression for River Island.                                                                                              said: “I’ve had a lot of feedback and
“My idea was to launch a limited                                                                                                   support from editors so I don’t feel like
                                                                                                                                   I’ve been thrown in at the deep end.
edition range of 200 pairs of organic                                                                                                                                          time at university including the work
                                                                                                                                   There is a lot to take in but the best
jeans with a view to developing an                                                                                                                                             placements. It’s important to make
                                                                                                                                   way to learn is as you go along.”
entire collection of organic clothing in                                                                                                                                       yourself as useful as possible whilst
the future,” said Louise. “Each pair                                                                                               He hasn’t yet met the station’s most        you’re there and gives you the chance
would have its own individual number                                                                                               well known DJ Breakfast show                to see what styles you do and don’t
and a unique password will be sewn                                                                                                 presenter Chris Moyles but has seen         like.”
into the fly allowing customers to                                                                                                 others along the corridor. “I did do a
                                                                                                                                                                               He added: “For instance Radio One
access to an exclusive area of the River                                                                                           double take at the ones I recognised
                                                                                                                                                                               has a totally different news style to the
Island website.”                                                                                                                   but our office is upstairs so we don’t
                                                                                                                                                                               rest of the BBC. It’s fast paced, no
                                                                                                                                   bump into them all of the time.”
                                                                                                                                                                               nonsense and sometimes quirky. We
Louise developed a full marketing
                                                                                                                                   Jonathan advises budding journalists to     have to keep everything condensed
campaign to promote the jeans, which
                                                                                                                                   utilise any work experience                 and focused because every second
included giving away a pack of seeds                                                                                               opportunities. “Make the most of your       counts.”
“I really enjoyed studying at UCLan. The University has so much to offer and the staff are very helpful and supportive. Without my degree I would never have
secured my job as an interior designer.”                                                                                     Emma Birch, BA(Hons) Interior Design

Crime fighters Student coaches are top
UCLan students are helping
to keep crime off the streets
by working as Special
                                               Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief
                                               Inspector Val Prince said: “We
                                               commend these students for their
                                               dedication to the force. I hope their
                                                                                       of the league
Constables with the                            experience with the Specials helps
                                                                                       Students studying on the BA               assistance to help improve the physical
                                               them both in their studies and with                                               and mental capabilities of individual
Lancashire Constabulary.                       their future career goals.”             (Hons) in Sports Coaching                 players.
Jon Haddleton and Helen Gledhill, who          The University plans to open an         are helping to shape the
are both studying criminal                                                                                                       “The programme has gone so well
                                               on-campus police station, in            future of the region’s top                that alongside their studies two of our
investigation, are the first students to       partnership with the Lancashire
successfully join the ‘Specials’. The                                                  professional football clubs.              second year students are now the head
                                               Constabulary. The facility will be                                                coaches for the Blackpool squads at
majority of students studying this             located in the heart of the Preston     Under the guidance of Bryan Jones,
course are hoping to join the police                                                                                             U14 and U15 level,” added Bryan.
                                               Campus and will be operated by both     Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, the
force after they graduate.                     regular Police Officers and Special     students are working to enhance the       Steve Thompson, Blackpool’s first team
Jon explained: “I have always wanted           Constables.                             performance amongst players at            coach, has been impressed by the high
to join the police. I found out about                                                  Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley      quality support. “The advice we’ve
the course in police and criminal                                                      and Preston North End.                    received from Bryan and his students
investigation at UCLan about five years                                                                                          has been invaluable,” he said.
                                                                                       “We started out in November 2005 by
ago and knew that this was what I                                                      working with the youth players at         “They’re offering us something
wanted to do.                                                                          Blackpool’s Centre of Excellence,”        different, a service which any forward-
“The course is really interesting. We’ve                                               explained Bryan. “Our students have       thinking professional club should
had the opportunity to learn about                                                     been able to provide a wide range of      adopt.”
statement taking, fingerprinting,
                                                                                                                                              Sport and recreation are a major part of student life
photography, vehicle examination, and
                                                                                       Serious about
investigated mock-up burglaries using                                                                                                         at UCLan and the excellent sports facilities here are
the University’s crime scene house.”
                                                                                                                                              second-to-none. ‘UCLanSport’ brings together all
Helen added: “I find police work                                                                                                              aspects of sport at the University including academic
fascinating and would like to follow a
career in this field. I especially enjoy the                                                                                                  work, competitive sport and recreation.
practical side of my course and I am
                                                                                                                                                                           Preston Sports Arena, the University’s
keen to put theory into practice.”
                                                                                                                                                                           outstanding multi-sports venue,
Graham Gooch, Course Leader in                                                                                                                                             provides some of the best facilities for
Police and Criminal Investigation,                                                                                                                                         outdoor sport in the North West. The
commented: “The majority of our                                                                                                                                            £12.2 million Arena hosts a range of
students are hoping to join the police                                                                                                                                     football, rugby union and league,
force when they leave University.                                                                                                                                          athletics, netball and hockey clubs,
Joining the Specials will enable our                                                                                                                                       with over 500 students training and
students to gain hands-on practical                                                                                                                                        playing matches each week. It also
experience helping them to improve                                                                                                                                         boasts eight football pitches, one of
their job prospects, whilst serving the                                                                                                                                    which is floodlit and of Premiership
local community.”                                                                                                                                                          quality, three rugby pitches, two full-
                                                                                                                                                                           size all-weather pitches, seven five-a-
                                                                                                                                                                           side and seven-a-side pitches.

   Did you know?                                                                                                                                                           Foster Sports Centre, on the
                                                                                                                                                                           University’s Preston Campus, includes
                                                                                                                                                                           a fully equipped fitness suite and a
                                                                                                                                                                           studio which holds over 30 classes
 • The award winning Students’ Union, 53 Degrees, is one of the                                                                                                            each week. There are also facilities for
   largest and best resourced in the UK.                                                                                                                                   badminton, tennis, volleyball, netball,
                                                                                                                                                                           basketball, five-a-side football, and
 • The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science frequently                                                                                                         table tennis.
   contribute to crime and forensic television programmes on                                                                                                               To find out more about UCLanSport
   Granada and the Discovery Channel.                                                                                                                                      visit: www.uclan.ac.uk/sport.
 • UCLan has invested over £50 million in new facilities to support
   teaching, learning and leisure activities.                                          “I really enjoyed the course at UCLan and would recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a
                                                                                        career in Games Design. During my course I made so many close friends who I plan to stay in
 • The Lancashire Law School has its own courtroom and solicitors                       touch with.”                                         David Woodman, BA(Hons) Games Design
   office, offering students the opportunity to learn in a realistic
   working environment.

 • Fashion graduates Kate Ball and Jenny Loram-Spring designed a
                                                                                       Money matters made easy
   charity handbag for the Prince’s Trust and it was spotted on the                    UCLan is dedicated to offering an outstanding package of financial
   arm of supermodel Kate Moss.                                                        support open to nearly all its students.
 • The University is currently investing over £10 million to help                      The Ones to Watch Scholarship,            also be awarded to 20 students who        Lancashire area. Recipients must be in
   establish UCLan as one of the leading research institutions in the                  worth £1000, is available to all          excel in sport and can demonstrate        receipt of means tested benefits and
   North West.                                                                         full-time students who come from          outstanding sporting achievement.         must have applied to the Student
                                                                                       homes where the principal earner’s                                                  Hardship Fund and the Access to
                                                                                                                                 A new Partner Company Scholarship
 • The University has its own motor sport racing team, Formula                         gross salary is less than £60,000 per                                               Learning Fund, where appropriate. A
                                                                                                                                 has been introduced. Participating
   UCLan, run by students.                                                             annum.                                                                              maximum of £1000 is paid to an
                                                                                                                                 businesses will work with the
                                                                                                                                                                           individual student in any one year.
                                                                                       Excellence Scholarships, worth            University to help increase the
 • The Department of Education Studies was instrumental in ensuring                    £2000, will be offered to students        employment prospects of students by       UCLan understands the financial
   British Sign Language is a recognised language.                                     based on their UCAS application form      providing work placements,                pressures facing students today and is
                                                                                       with predicted grades amounting to        opportunities for part-time work and      dedicated to providing financial
 • UCLan is one of only a handful of universities to have been                         at least 300 points. 80 scholarships      student mentoring. The initiative is      support for those who need it the
   awarded the Matrix Standard, in recognition of effective delivery of                are available to full-time, first year,   designed to create experienced            most.
   information, advice and guidance for students.                                      undergraduate students who                graduates who are ready for the
                                                                                                                                                                           To find out more about fees and
                                                                                       demonstrate achievement and               workplace.
                                                                                                                                                                           scholarships at UCLan, please call
 • 93.1% of UCLan graduates go into employment or continue onto                        aptitude in specific subject areas.       The Harris Bursary Fund is available to   01772 892440 or visit:
   further study within six months after graduation; above the                         Excellence in Sport Scholarships will     students who come from the                www.uclan.ac.uk/fees.
   Government benchmark, above the UK average and exceeds the
   rates achieved by virtually every other North West university.
                                                                                          Visit UCLan and see our excellent facilities for yourself.

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