Law students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) returned from the National Mediation final with a third place finish and individual recognition for one student.

Two teams from Lancashire Law School qualified for the final at Queen’s University, Belfast, where they competed against 20 other universities from across the UK.

The team of Ellen Rutherford, Sophie Piper, Orla McAllister and Lorcan O’Mahony followed up their Northern semi-final victory with a third place finish in the final.

There was further success for Orla, who received the individual award for ‘Best Intuitive Mediator’ to add to a third place finish in the ‘Best Overall Mediator’ category, in which team mate Lorcan came second.

“I was over the moon to win an award and actually slightly shocked. But I guess that I shouldn’t have been that surprised because Emma really helped me to develop my mediation skills through her intensive training,” said Orla.

She added: “I think the results of the competition really show her dedication to us and the competition. Now I have something quite unique to put on my CV which will really make me stand out to employers.”

Senior Lecturer, Emma McAndry organised UCLan’s participation in the competition and was delighted with her students’ performance. Read the full story:

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