A Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) was signed on the 9th of October 2019, between the University of Central
Lancashire Cyprus and Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), a
national charity located in London, UK with a social purpose to inform,
educate, safeguard and build digital resilience amongst young and vulnerable
people. The signing took place at the premises of UCLan Cyprus in Larnaka. The
purpose of the MoU is to provide the framework for the collaboration between
UCLan Cyprus and YGAM in the areas of research, students’ internships, teacher
training and applied experience.
On behalf of UCLan Cyprus,
the Memorandum was signed by the Head of the School of Sciences, Professor
Irene Polycarpou, at the presence of Dr. Militsa Nikiforou, Lecturer in
Psychology, while YGAM was represented by its Founder & Chief Executive
Officer Mr. Lee Willows and Education Director Mr. Kev Clelland. The founder
patrons of the charity were also present, Mr. Keith and Mrs Anne Evans.
At the signing ceremony,
the Head of the School of Sciences, Prof. Irene Polycarpou, expressed her
appreciation and enthusiasm for this collaboration. Prof. Polycarpou, emphasized
the lack of specialized professionals in areas such as prevention of
pathological gambling/gaming in Cyprus and the need to inform and educate
people, especially the young generation, about these issues.
On behalf of YGAM, Mr. Lee
Willows thanked and expressed his deep graduate to Prof. Polycarpou and Dr
Nikiforou from UCLan Cyprus for the opportunity to collaborate with the
University and he said that he is looking forward to a purposeful collaboration and to sharing insight .