Lauren shines bright for International Women’s Day


A music student brightened up New College Lanarkshire’s website with a specially-commissioned music video to celebrate International Women’s Day.

HNC Music student Lauren Kelly performed a stripped back version of Rihanna’s chart-topper ‘Diamonds’, which was filmed for the website by HNC TV student Andrew Dunn with the support of his lecturer Alan Moffat.

Lauren’s performance can be viewed on the college homepage throughout the week following International Women’s Day, which takes place on Sunday 8 March. 

Yvonne Tipping, Lecturer and former front-woman of all-female punk band The Hedrons, said: “It’s refreshing to see so many females applying for our music courses and having the confidence to fulfil their dreams.

“For many years the music industry has been a male dominated work place, but so many women are now picking up a guitar/bass/keyboard or set a of drum sticks.

“If we can continue to encourage and support this though our courses, hopefully we will help to nurture a new generation of not just male, but female role models like many of our successful graduates currently are.” 

New College Lanarkshire has been leading the way in gender equality in the music industry, including a 50:50 gender balance of industry expert panellists and speakers at a recent student-led music event, Question Session. The event, which attracted over 800 attendees from across Scotland, aims to address the gender split and encourage more females into the industry.

Lauren is currently one of a number of students benefitting from the various opportunities the popular music course at New College Lanarkshire has provided – including singing on stage with Jack Whitehall at the Hydro.

The course has hit headlines recently thanks to the success of some former students, Paige Turley, Lewis Capaldi and Adam Warrington.

Marion Fellows MP even tweeted about the course, saying: “Lanarkshire has always produced amazing musicians. The success of the likes of Lewis Capaldi is a testament to the staff at New College Lanarkshire. I'm looking forward to the new talents emerging from our local colleges and communities.”

New College Lanarkshire offers a range of courses in Music, Sound Production and Film & TV. For more information, visit: and search for your future career.

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