Thursday, 29 January 2015

Graduate changes lives through Education

Our programme offers students many opportunities to boost their future career prospects.

Mohammed Seedat took advantage of this during his time at UCLan and has subsequently progressed into a teaching role at UCFB Burnley.

In addition to leading the UCLan Islamic Society for two years, Mohammed also worked as a Junior University Ambassador at our Burnley campus.

He provided advice for students interested in moving into Higher Education and even met the Queen during the course of his work.

Mohammed also undertook a placement at Newman College, where he organised and delivered a number of practical lessons including classroom based work.

He commented: "As an Ambassador I conducted campus tours, worked at Open Days and delivered presentations to prospective students and parents. I gained numerous skills which helped improve my confidence and boosted my communication skills. My Newman placement made me more enthusiastic about learning and teaching others."

After graduating from UCLan, Mohammed was offered an internship with the United Nations Association International Service in Palestine and Israel. He assisted youth empowerment through awareness via workshops, developing PR materials and surveys, and supporting anti-drugs and anti-smoking campaigns.

He also delivered a number of sport and coaching sessions and participated in a youth work programme, helping young people develop their educational and leadership skills. On his return to the UK Mohammed enrolled onto a PGCE course, undertaking a two year placement at UCLan. He taught a range of Sports Studies modules and also contributed to a variety of University committees.

During the course of his placement Mohammed also worked part-time at Accrington and Rossendale College, teaching 'A' Level Sports and Physical Education and acting as a personal tutor for several students on the course. Mohammed used these experiences to secure his role at UCFB Burnley.

"My time at UCLan helped me develop my knowledge, initiative and passion for inspiring and motivating young learners in Higher Education," said Mohammed. "I'm now lecturing at UCFB on a number of sports business and marketing modules, plus I'm studying for my Master's in Education.

"Besides teaching, I enjoy volunteering and photography. In 2013 I spent some time monitoring and evaluating projects on the Turkey/Syria border. I went to capture the smiles of Syrian children in education - it was a life-changing experience.

"On my return I had a vision to educate the Syrian children. We called out to the people of Preston, who contributed towards setting up a brand new school. We were able to provide opportunities for 300 children and teachers to return to education.

"Tauheedul Relief Charity with Syria Relief provided each child with a uniform, books and materials, and also teacher training. I'm currently putting together a teacher training programme for Syrian teachers to be delivered via Skype on a monthly basis.

"I really enjoyed my time at UCLan and without all the opportunities I wouldn't be where I am today. I'd like to thank my lecturers and peers for inspiring me to always aim high in life and contribute something back into society."

To keep up-to-date with Mohammed's journey please check out his blog.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Dr Adams presents at aviation event

Dr Iain Adams took time out from his sports history research to discuss another long-standing passion at an event in the USA.

Dr Adams gave a talk to the Experimental Aviation Association's (EAA) Chapter 1345 at Bend, Oregon, on 'Non-line shooters I have known, and other heroes of late 20th Century Aviation'.

He spoke about his varied experiences flying everything from Concorde to the Goodyear blimp and the people he has met in aviation through the years.

For more information about the event please click here.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Dr Adams in big demand for WW1 commemorations

Dr Iain Adams recently visited Germany to help the British Army recreate the World War One Christmas Truce football match.

Dr Adams travelled to the Adventurous Training HQ at Sennelager to deliver a briefing on the Truce to British Officers and the Westfalen Garrison.

Soldiers from the 20th Army Brigade of the British Army and the 21st Panzer Brigade at Paderborn then faced each other on the football field, with the British team going on to claim a 4-0 victory.

The event was covered by Radio Hochstift, who interviewed Dr Adams about the Christmas Truce during half-time. Dr Adams returned to the UK to deliver a very well received presentation at The National Archives at Kew on 'A Game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914' - to listen to the podcast please click here.

He also attended the opening of the National Football Museum's exhibition 'The Greater Game - Football & The First World War', and watched the performance of his play 'A Game for Christmas' by pupils from Cheetham Primary School.

Dr Adams met with sculptor Andy Edwards (creator of the Stanley Matthews sculptures at Stoke's Britannia Stadium) and Chris Butler (CEO of Castle Fine Arts Foundry) to discuss the progress of the 'All Together Now' Christmas Truce commemorative work and he also had a chapter included in a book published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.

Numerous UK media outlets covered the story including the Telegraph and the BBC. Internationally it was used in Pakistan, The Gulf Times, Poland, Germany, Canada and the USA.