Upon invitation, Rotherham College’s Media Make-up department have visited a reception at the House of Lords to discuss the skills Rotherham College provides its’ learners.

Hair and Media Make-up Curriculum Team Leader, Katie Asgari, travelled to London with former Rotherham College Media Make-up students, Emily Smith and Megan Bentley. Both Emily and Megan have now progressed to study HND Performing Arts Specialist Make-up at the newly-opened University Centre Rotherham (UCR), which is also part of the same group as Rotherham College (RNN Group).

Hosted by Baroness Gardens and attended by several Midlands MPs, the reception marked and celebrated the contribution colleges make to the lives of people, businesses and communities in the East and West Midlands.

The reception also celebrated major achievements of these colleges, such as Rotherham College’s prized Beacon Award win in recognition of the Hair and Media Make-up department’s realistic illness and injury special effects.

The Beacon Awards are managed by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and showcase some of the best and most innovative practices among UK Further Education colleges. They highlight and promote demonstrated excellence across the Education and winning department’s sector.

Rotherham College Hair and Media Make-up Curriculum Team Leader, Katie Asgari, said: “We were invited to the House of Lords for a celebration reception in recognition of the work we do. This was a very special event and felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise our profile amongst such a variety of nationally-important people at the same time.

“It was great to see so many other colleges and hear about their achievements too whilst sharing good practices and making new contacts.”

UCR Specialist Make-up student Megan Bentley said: “We are proud to have attended a college that has won such a prestigious award as the Beacon Award and it’s great to add this to my CV to show employers what I can do.” 

Fellow UCR Specialist Make-up student Emily Smith added: “We listened to a talk from several MPs about the importance of vocational skills and college education. We feel privileged to have been invited to the event and proud to represent the college.”


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