hairdressing lecturer, Sue Woods, has won the title of Further Education Lecturer of the Year in the prestigious Gwent Schools Awards. Run in partnership with the University of South Wales
and the South Wales Argus
, the awards recognise the extraordinary commitment and dedication that school staff bring every day. Sue beat off stiff competition from other nominations in her category, for an inspiring woman who is helping her students develop their skills and grow in confidence.
Sue, who lectures on the hairdressing course at the College’s City of Newport Campus has taught at the college of 11 years and has made quite an impression on her students, past and present.
Sue knew nothing about her award to begin with, as her students got together in secret to nominate her. Hairdressing student Sarah Hawkeswood, said:
“Sue is a true inspiration to all of the students she teaches. She steps away from the stereotypical teaching role and finds innovative ways to motivate her students, ensuring we all reach our full potential”.
Sue said she was ‘really blessed’ to have been nominated and thrilled to have won her category.
“I do love what I do and you do become attached to the students, you can’t help it. It’s all about developing their skills, even if hairdressing is not what they want to do in the long run, as long as they have confidence and self-belief at the end of the course”, she said.
Sue teaches a range of levels of hairdressing theory and practical lessons. As well as honing their skills in preparation for the work place, the students also work with local organisations including hospitals, the Salvation Army and Solas, teaching vulnerable people, homeless people and those who are returning to work, presentation and self-care.