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Grimsby Institute Hair & Beauty Learners Progress To Regional WorldSkills Final For Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-Up

Grimsby Institute is pleased to announce that our Hair & Beauty Learners have qualified for the regional finals of the WorldSkills Competition. Hollie Alston, Madeline Willows, Courteney Bett, Faye Trickett, Emily Cresses, Emily Ogden and Mollie Tate will be representing Grimsby Institute as they compete against other local colleges to win a place in the WorldSkills UK National Finals. 

These learners have worked hard and competed against other amazing students from colleges across North East Lincolnshire to progress to the finals. It’s an amazing achievement and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their hair, beauty and media make-up journey. 

Courteney Bett, Level 3 Beauty Therapy, said: “I had an amazing time competing last year and managed to win gold, which was great. It’s made me even more excited to compete again this year. WorldSkills has given me more confidence and it’s been nice to meet people from other colleges too.” 

Rachel McLean, Curriculum Manager for Salon Professionals, said: “I’m so proud of all the learners who’ve made it to the regional finals. They’re a credit to the college and it’s great to see all their hard work paying off.”

Grimsby Institute Wins The Copyright Licensing Agency Award for Excellence in Supporting Creativity at AoC Beacon Awards Ceremony

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education (TEC Partnership) won a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award last week, specifically ‘The Copyright Licensing Agency Award for Excellence in Supporting Creativity.’ 

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practices among UK colleges each year. The award, supported by the Copyright Licensing Agency, seeks to recognise and celebrate colleges who nurture and support creativity through the promotion and understanding of intellectual property; moreover, students are taught the value of their creative output and are given guidance on seeking fair remuneration once they enter employment. 

The TEC Partnership received this award for its approach to displaying inventive and informative graphics across our campuses. These were designed by our wonderful graphic designer Lucy Fitzhugh and installed by the Estates Team. The graphics reflect our commitment to celebrating and promoting creativity in learners, while also providing them a unique and eye-catching place to study. 

Emma Forrest-Leigh, Vice Principal at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education said; “At the Grimsby Institute we understand that the spaces you learn and work in can affect the way you feel, the way you learn and subsequently the way you succeed. We go to great lengths to ensure that our spaces are inspiring, and we create spaces for people to thrive in. Across the campus we use signage to deliver some crucial information, and again by applying creativity we aim to reach a wider audience through commanding graphics that engage hearts and minds. As a creative team, working in collaboration with students, we are really proud of what we have achieved and having this national recognition is the icing on the cake. Creativity is a special spark that can enrich us all and is to be nurtured and encouraged. If we can inspire other places to harness creativity to enrich their spaces and signage, then we have a legacy to be proud of.” 

Mark White, Chair of AoC’s Charitable Trust said: “The AoC Beacon Awards showcase exactly why colleges are so important to every community and why people value them. This award recognises examples of excellent practical teaching and learning. The work of the Grimsby Institute shows how important colleges are in providing students with the necessary skills for the real world.” 

Ellie Mumby

Former Grimsby Institute Apprentice, Ellie Mumby, Qualifies To Compete For Team UK In The WorldSkills Final

Ellie Mumby, who previously studied an apprenticeship at Grimsby Institute, has qualified to represent Team UK at the prestigious WorldSkills competition. She’s one of six hairdressers to be selected and has gone through sixteen months of training plus a rigorous selection process to qualify. 

WorldSkills is an international competition that celebrates professional skills and demonstrates how important they are for economic and cultural growth. It offers students the opportunity to explore their passions and learn new skills, particularly in vocational fields. The finals will be happening in Shanghai, from 12th – 17th October, where Ellie will be competing against the world’s best hairdressing students. 

Ellie said: “WorldSkills has been the most amazing journey that I am so thankful to have been a part of. I’m so excited to continue on to Shanghai now and compete internationally.” 

Rachel McLean, Curriculum Manager for Salon Professionals, said: “We’re so proud of Ellie and what she has achieved. She has worked extremely hard, demonstrating commitment and determination. I wish her all the best in Shanghai, and we will be cheering her on as she showcases her skills on the world stage.” 

Seafood 5 (Norwich)

UK Seafood Chef Of The Year Competitors Announced

Eighteen teams have been shortlisted in the national search to find the UK Seafood Chef of the Year 2022.

The competition, which is now in its 25th year, will see young chefs from across the country competing in regional heats, which will take place in Sunderland, Norwich and Llandrilo, with the first heat taking place at Sunderland College on the 6th May.

This year’s competition promises competitors the best line up of judges to date, with Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix and Nathan Outlaw confirmed to judge the highly acclaimed competition.

Paul Robinson, Grimsby Institute Associate Principal, said: “It’s great to see the standard of menus submitted for the 25th year, the judges are excited to see these produced on the day of each heat. Some prizes which we have kept a secret until now will be announced at the heats. I’m really looking forward to seeing the teams at each heat, very exciting times!”

The successful nine teams from across the heats will then progress to the Grand Final at the Grimsby Institute on Friday 10th June where they will cook a three-course menu that will include an innovation test. The test will challenge the finalists with a surprise recipe which requires them to produce an intermediate course using a specified list of ingredients. This year the winning team will receive an amazing mystery prize, with the other prizes being announced over the next few weeks.


Colleges through to the heats are:


6th May 2022

Sunderland Heat:


Sunderland College

Newcastle College

Northumberland College

Middlesborough College

Grimsby Institute

Kendal College


13th May 2022

Norwich Heat:


Norwich College






20th May 2022

Coleg Lllandrillo Cymru Heat:






West College London


Feed The Community (Image)

Level 2 Beauty Learners Work Alongside Local Food Bank ‘Feed The Community’ As Part Of Their ‘Community Action Project’

Our Level 2 Beauty Learners have been working hard to gather donations for the amazing local food-bank, ‘Feed The Community.’ This work is in-conjunction with the ‘Community Action Project’ which helps to enrich our learner’s experience while studying at the Grimsby Institute and encourage them to contribute to the local community. 

There were smiles all-round today as our amazing beauty learners handed over the food they received as part of this initiative. A huge congratulations to everyone involved in organising and collecting for ‘Feed The Community’ – your hard work will definitely be appreciated. 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Grimsby Institute Hosts ‘Destress For Success’ Event To Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week

The wonderful staff here at Grimsby Institute have been working hard to organise and host a ‘Destress For Success’ event today to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, to help our learners manage the stress of exams. It’s been wonderful watching our learners take part in a range of activities, and seeing the positive impact it’s had on their mental health. 

The MooShake stand offered free vitamin and protein packed smoothies to learners, and in total made over 350 drinks. Our Animal Care Staff brought rabbits and guinea pigs to meet our learners and help them de-stress, which proved to be extremely popular. A reaction board was also set up for learners to test their reflexes and have a bit of fun in between exam revision. There were a range of other activities too including yoga, hand massages, manicures, behaviour workshops, mindfulness colouring and music. 

Olivia McKinley, one of our Level 1 Childcare learners said: “I’ve really enjoyed the wellness event today and helped me feel less stressed. I really enjoyed meeting the animals and getting to hold one of the rabbits. The college should do more events like this in the future.”

Musharaf Asghar

Educating Yorkshire’s Musharaf Asghar Visits Grimsby Institute To Hold Inspiring Talk For Learners

Musharaf Asghar, who appeared in Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire, visited the Grimsby Institute to speak to learners and staff across campus. His talk, “Finding My Voice” was all about his experience in education and how the teachers he’s worked with changed his life. Mushraf’s time on the programme focused on his stammer and how it impacted his education; whereas now, he wears his stammer as a badge of honour. Musharaf calls himself a “proud stammerer” in his Twitter bio and posts regularly on YouTube about his experiences. He also recently graduated from university and posted a heartfelt note to his former teachers, writing: “I can’t sum up in words how proud I am and how much my teachers’ changed my life. You can truly achieve anything you put your mind to!”

Musharaf said: “I spoke today about the power of education and how it helped me when I was younger. I wanted to show students who are thinking of going into education how important a teacher can be, and how they can support students who might be struggling like I was.” 

Jemma Gill, HE Skills and Employability Tutor, said: “The event was amazing! There were lots of laughs, a few tears but everyone left with a better understanding of just how important teachers are in the lives of their students. I think especially for our PGCE students, it re-affirmed that passion and drive to help others and will hopefully spur them on to a career in education.” 

Jayne Thomas, Skills and Employability Tutor, said: “When I was studying for my PGCE during the pandemic, I saw one of Musharaf’s virtual talks. It really helped me understand the role of teachers in the lives of their students, specifically SEN students. It was wonderful to have Musharaf with us today. 

Matthew Pickett, one of our FdA TV Production students, said: “I really enjoyed Musharaf’s talk. It really helped with my communication skills and building confidence. It also gave me an insight into how sometimes adversity can be a good thing and it can teach you lessons and help make you a stronger and kinder person.”

The Queen's Anniversary Prize Image

TEC Partnership Attends The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes Dinner

The TEC Partnership is attending The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes Dinner as one of the Round 14 winners! The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes recognise the hard-work universities and colleges who showcase quality and innovation, and delivers real benefit to the wider world through education and training. The TEC Partnership received this award for it’s exceptional approach to using digital technology in an educational setting. The announcement of the TEC Partnership’s receipt of this prestigious award was made in November, by the Royal Anniversary Trust.

This evening, a group of our amazing staff will be representing us at the dinner (held in London) as one of the few shortlisted education providers who are being recognised for their innovative approach to teaching. These awards are the highest national honour for further and higher education institutions, so we’re thrilled to be in attendance and celebrating this milestone achievement.