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Asian LEADER 8 October - 21 October 2014 02 Asian LEADER 8 October - 21 October 2014 03 W ASIM Feroze was a cinema usher beore he signed up to University Centre at Black- burn College (UCBC). He was swayed by the act he could study a Lancaster University degree in Blackburn. Recently rated top University in the North West and in the UK Top 10, Lan- caster University degrees can be stud- ied at University Centre at Blackburn College – meaning a lower cost, live-at- home option is available or students not willing or able to commute to Lan- caster. Beore enrolling in Blackburn, Wasim, 24, let the University o Manchester without fnishing his course and worked part-time at Vue Cinema while he con- sidered his prospects. He then signed up to UCBC to study BA (Hons) History & Politics Joint Honours degree and is now completing his Master’s Degree at the University o York as he looks to ulfl his ambition o working in an international organisa- tion. “Ater College, I went to the Univer- sity o Manchester to study Middle Eastern Studies but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would,” said Wasim, a ormer Pleckgate High School pupil. “I let there and I went to work at the Vue cinema part-time but I had already decided I wanted to pursue an academ- ic career. “I looked at UCBC because the de- grees are validated by Lancaster Uni- versity and also because there was talk o a tuition ees hike and staying in Blackburn was more economical.” “I loved the degree. When I was at Manchester I was just one out o a lot o people in a lecture theatre but, at Blackburn, the small class sizes meant there was more o a personal element and that was a big selling point or me. “The lecturers were also superb and really helpul. It was a challeng- ing course but the lecturers knew their subjects, they helped all the students understand them and the teaching was top quality. Wasim graduated with a First Class Honours degree and is now studying a Masters in Contemporary History and International Politics at York. “This course involves a lot o reading but I have learnt a lot and this, along with my time at UCBC, is helping me to ulfl my career ambitions.” For more inormation about Lancast- er University degrees available locally in Blackburn visit R BH has been placed at number our by magazine 24 Housing in its list o the country’s Top Landlords. It is a tremendous achievement by the mutual housing society which in June 2013 became the frst housing provider in the country to be co-owned by tenants and employees. A panel o experts set up by 24 Hous- ing named the Top 10 Landlords with the fnal positions decided by a public vote. Among the projects that impressed the judges were Our Choice, which empow- ers neighbourhoods to decide spending priorities, and Young Voices which gives youngsters the chance to help shape the uture o their communities. Gareth Swarbrick, Chie Executive o RBH, said: “I would like to thank every- one who voted or us and helped RBH achieve this result. “As a mutual society our tenant and employee members play a key role in de- termining our priorities and plans or the uture. While we will never be compla- cent, being placed in the Top 5 Landlords should give us confdence and sel-belie as we move orward.” Study a Lancaster University degree… in Blackburn RBH makes the top 5! Members of the RBH Young Voices who are working with the housing society to strengthen their neigh- bourhoods

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