Bedford College hosts first achievements ceremony for students and staff

Hair and make-up student who worked on Alexander McQueen tribute among winners

Monday, 30th November 2020, 1:43 pm
Updated Monday, 30th November 2020, 1:46 pm

The first Achievements Ceremony of The Bedford College Group has been held online - showcasing the talents of many students and staff across the group's campuses.

Bedford College, Shuttleworth College, The Bedford Sixth Form and Tresham College campuses, and the National College for Motorsport were all represented in the categories including Further Education, Higher Education and Apprentice Awards.

The group-wide Outstanding Student Award went to Lewis Bavister, who joined a hair & beauty course initially to enable him to access a level 3 hair and media make-up qualification.

Lewis Bavister

During his second year he was among the finalists in the Brush Wars tribute to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. From there he gained work experience at London Fashion Week as well as on a charity TV show.

The Student Participation Award shortlists were Andrew Smith of Shuttleworth and Will Gerrard of Tresham. Both were student governors who took part in the NUS event at the NEC Birmingham. Andrew was the winner overall.

Staff too were in the spotlight. Gemma Crane, who started out in student data at the Brooks hair and beauty salon in Bedford then progressed to the Human Resources department won the Professional Service award.

Teacher of the Year was Phil Wells of Shuttleworth College who led on lockdown learning for outdoor and animal welfare and sciences students.

Andrew Smith

Joint Unsung Heroes were the late Chris Bamford of IT who died this year, and Sharon Warren, the leader of Centre Administrators.