Students turn Blackpool GOLD


New College Lanarkshire was named Best College in Scotland for Hairdressing, Makeup Artistry and Nail Artistry after winning 18 medals at a prestigious industry competition. 

Students from the College’s Faculty of Service Industries achieved seven gold, six silver and five bronze medals at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists Competition Scottish Heat, held in Coatbridge High School on 12 February, resulting in the College being named the Best Overall College in Scotland. 

The medal haul secured the students from across the College’s Coatbridge, Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld campuses a place at the national finals held in the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool in March – where they won a further 11 medals!

Competing against 350 other students from across the UK, New College Lanarkshire students brought home five gold medals, two silvers and four bronze across a range of categories from prosthetics to bridal hair and make-up. 

Winning gold in the Team Bridal event for New College Lanarkshire was former WorldSkills hairdressing gold medallist Kathleen-Anne Fannan alongside make-up artist Jennifer Pike. They have now been recognised by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority and Saks Hair and Beauty and are soon to feature on their website! 

Jennifer, 20 from Cleland, a current HND Make-up Artistry student at the College’s Coatbridge Campus, formerly studied Politics and Law at university, but decided to come to college and follow her dream of being a leading make-up artist instead. 

She said: “I’ve always been infatuated with anything ‘artsy’ but was always unsure about pursuing it as a full-time career. 

“When I left school at 18 I went straight to University to study politics and law, and as much I loved it, I knew I needed to do something to feed my passion for art.

“Joining the College was the best decision I’ve ever made as it has taught me so much and given me so much experience – including the AHT competition!

 “I am delighted to have won Gold in the Bridal category – naming me the top trainee make-up artist in the UK for bridal make-up! 

“It’s so nice to see your hard work paying off and I couldn’t believe when I witnessed the amazing standards of work I was up against!"

A team of six students, James McCully, Cliona Campbell, Anna Shaw, Annabel Rae, Cara McGowan and Heather Kane, brought home the gold in the Film themed Total Look Team Presentation category for their interpretation of the movie ‘Hocus Pocus’ The Silver and Bronze medals in the category also went to student teams from New College Lanarkshire. 

Lecturer and team co-ordinator, David McLaren said: “The Total Look Team Event is the highlight of the National Finals. 

“For New College Lanarkshire to bring home the top three places for the second year running is a massive achievement and demonstrates how full fabulous our learners are!”

Hannah Carragher, 17 from Coatbridge was also awarded gold in the Prosthetics Competition for her Lord of the Rings creation. Fellow student Marie Louise Currie also achieved gold for her impressive designs in the Nail Art category. 

The final gold medal went to Cumbernauld Campus student Bryan McKay, 28 from Cumbernauld, after being praised in the Men’s Current Trends category. 

A silver medal was awarded to school pupil Julia Cielatkowska from partnership school Our Lady’s High School in the 14+ Young Fashionable Hair.  

Categories achieving bronze medals included Total Look Team Presentation, 14+ Young Fashionable Hair, Ladies High Fashion and Fantasy Facial Make-Up.

Head of the Faculty of Service Industries at New College Lanarkshire, Anne Lynch, said: “To be named the best college in Scotland for Hair and Beauty and the regional heats was a fantastic accolade in itself, and a testament to the hard work both our staff and students put into their work. 

“Bringing home 11 medals from Blackpool is just the icing on the cake, and I’d like to congratulate each and every student that took part, all their hard work and studies are paying off and I know great things are ahead for them.

“At New College Lanarkshire we pride ourselves on providing the best education, keeping up to date with the latest trends and providing skills necessary for future employment, and these awards prove that we are doing just that.”

New College Lanarkshire has a range of Hair, Make-up and Beauty courses on offer across its campuses in Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch and Motherwell, offered in professional salons, using top of the range products and with expert teaching. To find out more, please visit: 

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