Over the summer break the UCLan Students’ Union building has undergone a number of changes with brand new furniture, creative wall signage, and three new modern meeting rooms created on the corridor between the Atrium and St Peter’s Art Centre.
As part of the UCLan Through the Ages project we were tasked with giving these new meeting rooms a historic twist! In May, we asked students to nominate their ‘Preston legends’, who were people from history that had made an impact on Preston or the university.
The campaign received a number of brilliant nominations that were put up on the SU website at the end July for students to vote on. We patiently waited until the excitement of Fresher’s has passed to announce the three winners, who are…
Nick Park, director, writer, and animator best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep!
Nick has sent us a message in response to the result and says: ‘It is really lovely that the students have chosen for there to be a ’Nick Park’ room at UCLan. It’s not every day that you have a room named after you, and it’s a great honour. Thank you. I hope that there are lots of inspirational and creative meetings in the ’Nick Park’ room.’
Edith Rigby, Preston’s most famous suffragette, social activist and the first lady to ride a bicycle in Preston in the early 1900s!
James Arnold, History Curator at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, has noted the significance of Edith’s win and says: “Congratulations on choosing such great names for your meeting rooms. It seems fitting that Edith Rigby triumphed in the midst of such stiff competition. Her quiet determination to look for ways to improve the lives of women and her courage to stand up for what she believed in continues to inspire us today.”
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, presenter, broadcaster and Lancashire cricketing legend!
Unfortunately we were unable to speak to Freddie but we are sure he will be very happy with the result!
In response to the campaign and result, Activities and Participation Officer, Ed Evans says: “It’s great to see that the students’ union has nice new meeting rooms which are colourful and are flexible spaces. Each one is now named after a Preston legend so can’t wait to see what events are planned for the future!”
Work on incorporating the winners into the design of the meeting rooms will begin soon, so keep an eye on the blog to see the new look for the Park Room, Rigby Room and Flintoff Room!