Hairdressing Student Shortlisted for Coveted Award

A Bury College University Centre student is in the running for a national student of the year accolade. 

Holly Shadwell has been shortlisted for the Outstanding BTEC Student of the Year award, an annual event which celebrates excellence in vocational education across schools, colleges and universities. The HND Hairdressing student from Whitworth in Rochdale was nominated by her Bury College tutor for her ongoing passion, dedication and commitment to her studies. 

25 year old Holly began her Hairdressing career at Bury College in 2010 and has secured a host of qualifications including Level 2 and Level 3 Hairdressing and Level 2 Barbering. Holly has also received overwhelming regional and national competition success during her time at Bury College. In 2013, Holly claimed first place in the North West heat of the Blackpool International Competition and went on to win fourth place during the national finals. Holly also took third place in the National Hairdressing Federation competition during the Warrington Bridal Style round in 2015. 

Holly was delighted to hear that she had been shortlisted for the student of the year award and has been shortlisted for the second round of the competition and is currently preparing a personal statement to support her nomination. 

The former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School pupil said, “I was so happy to hear I had been shortlisted for the second stage of this competition! I have really enjoyed my time at Bury College and chose to progress on to Bury College University Centre because I wanted to continue my learning and to carry on challenging myself. My tutors have been so supportive and are always on hand to help.”

As well as completing her HND, Holly also works as a stylist at Anthony and Patricia Rawtenstall Hairdressing and Barbering. Holly combines working 30 hours a week with 16 hours studying at Bury College University Centre. Upon completion of her HND, Holly would like to complete her BA Hons in Hairdressing Enterprise Management and then would like to begin her Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ which will help lead her to teaching.

Lynn Duerden, Bury College Hairdressing tutor who nominated Holly for the award, said of Holly’s achievements, “Holly is a dedicated and outstanding student. Holly always produces a very high standard of work for her HND course and has achieved excellent results in all her Units completed to date. Holly has had excellent attendance and punctuality during her time with us, she is extremely polite and well-mannered a pleasure to teach and a shining example to others. 

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