News release: Dawn goes from strength to strength

Media and Promotion Office (2003) News release: Dawn goes from strength to strength. Other. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.

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Mature student Dawn Hughes from Thornton Cleveleys made a brave decision to go
back to the classroom two years ago and was well rewarded for her efforts when she
was presented with a top award at the University of Central Lancashire.
Dawn, 41, a mother of two, returned to studying after a long break, enrolling at
Blackpool College on a history course, under the Lancashire Integrated Colleges
Scheme (LINCS). Under the scheme, students can take the first stages of a degree
course at a local college before moving onto the University of Central Lancashire for
the final stages. After a hesitant start, she gained confidence in her abilities and was
recently presented with the Tim Curtis Award for Outstanding Progress, an award given
in honour of a former Deputy Director of the University, now deceased, who was a
passionate believer in extending higher education to those who may have missed out
first time around. The awards, a cheque for £150 and a certificate, are presented
annually to students studying at the University's partner colleges.
After juggling with the demands of family, part-time studying and part-time work,
Dawn will be coming to the University in September to study on a full-time basis. She
is hoping to use her qualifications to embark on a new career.
8 May 2003
Note to editors: Please find attached digital image of Dawn Hughes receiving theTim
Curtis Award from University Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar.

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