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UCLan students win Aerospace Business Challenge

Trio scoop top prize in North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) competition.

Winning students Peter Sullivan, Andrew Bailey and Ashley Johnson recieving their award

A trio of University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students are celebrating after winning the top prize at the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) Business University Challenge. Ashley Johnson, a first year mechanical engineering student, Andrew Bailey, a first year motorsports engineering student, and Peter Sullivan, a second year robotics engineering student, scored one of the highest ever marks at the competition.

The winners celebrate

The students formed one of eight teams from universities and aerospace and defence companies in the UK’s northwest, which competed in a series of technical challenges to test their communication, negotiation, innovation, problem solving and presentation skills. “I’m really pleased we won this competition, especially because of the calibre of teams we were up against,” says Andrew. “I enjoyed the fun challenges because we had to think of strategies and the best way to win. I gained a range of skills that I believe will help my future career plans. “UCLan has helped me in this by teaching me some of the skills needed to complete the challenges given to us. They have also pushed us to be a part of as many extra activities as possible to help us in the future.”

Judges praise

The judges praised the students’ teamwork and communication skills. “UCLan worked hard throughout the day and were very successful with the tasks,” they noted. “It was very interesting to see the different approach to the activities between university students and apprentices and how they tackled the problems.” The winners were awarded £1,500 prize money and a trophy, sponsored by Wincanton, at the NWAA’s New Talent Awards ceremony held at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester. “The New Talent Awards have become a key event for the North West’s Aerospace and Defence Sector. It is important that we recognise and reward the achievements of the talent emerging in our industry,” highlights David Bailey, Chief Executive Officer at NWAA.