College HE graduates celebrate!

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Higher education students graduated from Kirklees College in a ceremony at Dewsbury Town Hall.

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Students wore traditional gowns and caps to receive their certificates from college principal Marie Gilluley; chair of governors Geoff Alvy; guest speaker Nafisa Tosh; Dr Jonathan Eaton, Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at Teeside University; Andrew Walker, managing director of TQUK; and Roy Fisher, Professor of Education from the University of Huddersfield.

The ceremony saw 130 students receive awards including qualifications in business, childhood studies, computing, fashion, fine art for design, graphic design, photography, performing arts, teaching, animal and equine management, counselling and public services.

Nafisa Tosh is a former Kirklees College student who studied a HND in fashion at DABTAC, and now lives and works in London.

She is a successful freelance fashion designer with her own label, a show piece creator and also a fashion stylist and has been a regular at London, Paris and Milan fashion week.

Before setting up on her own she worked for the world famous couture fashion designer Alexander McQueen for three years.

She has also worked for numerous international fashion labels including Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Vogue, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabanna and Christian Dior, and has worked with a host of stars such as Pharrell Williams, Keira Knightley, Rafa Nadal, Scarlett Johannson and Kate Winslet.

Nafisa spoke about her experience at college and since and how proud she had been to be the first woman in her family to get a HE qualification.

She said that she had managed to achieve much of her success through sheer hard work and determination.

She also mentioned one of the highlights of her career was styling a recent Times magazine cover with the Game of Thrones cast.

Principal Marie Gilluley said: “As principal, the best part of my job is to attend events such as these, where we are coming together to celebrate the achievements of our many talented students.

“I would like to congratulate every one of you. You have made us all very proud. I hope that you enjoy this day because you truly deserve it.”

Kirklees College was recently ranked alongside some of the country’s top universities when it comes to higher education teaching provision.

The college was awarded silver in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The rankings are based on teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes and learning gain.

In addition, at 92 per cent, Kirklees College has one of the highest rates for HE student satisfaction in the region according to the National Student Survey.

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