News release: Dad, Mark, wins award for academic excellence

Media and Promotion Office (2003) News release: Dad, Mark, wins award for academic excellence. Other. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.

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Single parent Mark Holding has every reason to be pleased with himself. As well as
bringing up his two children, he has returned to study at the University of Central
Lancashire and won an award for his efforts.
Mark, 38, from Cleveleys, who is taking a degree in Accounting and Law, has won an
Ede and Ravenscroft Award for Academic Excellence. The awards are presented to
students on the University's Combined Honours Programme who achieve the highest
average mark for their work.
Having given up his job as a self-employed greengrocer, Mark was unable to find a
suitable job which would enable him to work around his 11 year old son and 12 year old
daughter. He hopes to be able to complete his degree, studying on a part time basis, by
the time his children finish high school.
"Studying isn't a chore", says Mark. "I enjoy the work and eventually hope to train as
an accountant."
6 February 2003
Note: Digital image of Mark Houlding available. Please contact Pam Culley, Media
and Public Relations, tel: 01772 894425 for further information.

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