UCLan support earns recognition from Ministry of Defence

The University of Central Lancashire has received a Gold Employer Recognition Scheme award for its support of individuals with current or former links with the armed forces.

UCLan becomes one of the first higher education institutions in the country to be awarded the honour from the Ministry of Defence.

Through the College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services, which is based at UCLan, the university supports staff who are serving or veteran members of the military or staff whose family are involved within the armed forces community. It also recognises the commemorative military events which have taken place both on the UCLan Campus and within the local community.

The support includes two weeks of paid leave so that reservists can undertake their training and guidance for managers on what support is available for those whose spouse is deployed for long periods of time.

The CMVES, working with two local Army barracks and Army HQ North West, hosts regular networking events on campus, includes special recruitment pages aimed at members of the armed forces pages on the UCLan website.

It also continues to support Remembrance events in a variety of ways, including the projection a large red poppy on St Peter’s Arts Centre for Remembrance Day.

We’ve gone from highly commended in our first year, to gold this year.

UCLan, which currently employs in excess of 30 military veterans and around 15 reservists, also hosts the Lancashire Armed Forces Covenant Hub. This is a collaboration between Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and Army HQ NW and will offer help with job opportunities, health and housing services, employment, education and training for the armed forces community in addition to support for welfare concerns.

Dr Celia Hynes, CMVES co-founder, said: “We’ve gone from highly commended in our first year, bronze the year after, silver last year and now gold, it’s an amazing achievement."

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