The sky’s the limit for Edge Hill students

Edge Hill University students will find out today who will be donning their caps and gowns as the University’s results are released.

With a record number of First Class degrees in several subjects, Edge Hill students will be looking forward to their graduation ceremonies later this month.

Sports students have achieved a record number of Firsts across several disciplines including Sports Development, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy and Coach Education.

One high-flying Edge Hill graduate who has gained first class honours in Public Relations has decided to swap the press office for the RAF and is set to land a role as an air traffic controller

Louise Gaul, 22, from St Helens, decided life as a PR guru wasn’t for her and has lined-up a career as an air traffic controller in the pipeline.

“I visited a careers fair at the University where the RAF had a stand”, said Louise, who went to Manchester Metropolitan University for one year, before switching to Edge Hill.

“The more I learned about the role of air traffic controller in the RAF, the more interested I became and I felt it would really suit me.

“Although public relations and air traffic control seem totally different on the surface, when you look closer, they actually require similar skills, such as communication, professionalism and the ability to stay calm under pressure, all of which I’ve picked up on my degree.”

Despite her career u-turn, Louise felt she made the right choice with her course at Edge Hill, gaining a first class honours and completing several prestigious work placements at St Helens Rugby League Club and Punch Taverns, an organisation that owns over 9,000 bars and pubs in the UK.

She said: “What I really liked about Edge Hill was that it was close to home and that the course seemed to match exactly what I was looking for. The help I gained from my tutors was fantastic – they were always really supportive, particularly when I needed time off for my work placements.”

As well as her own placements, Louise took part in a project that helped promote a cash-strapped community theatre in Liverpool. It involved students on all levels of the PR course and it was here that Louise was able to apply the theory and knowledge to a real-life situation.

“The community theatre project was a great way of preparing you for work – it made the prospect of going out into the ‘big wide world’ less daunting. As account manager of the project, it was my job to stay calm and think straight even when the situation became really stressful. It’s this skill that it is really important in both PR and in air traffic control.”

“I’m thrilled to have achieved a first in my degree. It’s a really exciting time at the moment and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.” 

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