Friends of Shrewsbury College

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Friends of Shrewsbury College is our ‘alumni’ of former students, established to help you keep in touch with what the College can offer you, even after you have left.  It also helps us to inspire the next generation of students.

If you are an ex-student of Shrewsbury College and have not yet joined ‘Friends of Shrewsbury College’, we would be delighted to hear from you!

Benefits for Friends of Shrewsbury College include:

  • Access to our Careers support service
  • The facility for you to advertise job, apprenticeship and work-experience opportunities to students - free of charge
  • Regular updates via e-newsletters with news of past pupils, events to attend and exclusive offers for ‘Friends of Shrewsbury College’
  • 10% off at our outstanding Origins Restaurant and our professional beauty salon, Evolve
  • £10 per month gym membership at our London Road Gym (a saving of £16 per month)
  • We can put you in touch with past friends and classmates

For more information on Friends of Shrewsbury College and the benefits contact

Where are they now?

View a timeline showing our alumni throughout the years.

Rae Smith (1983)

Having completed an Art Foundation Course (gaining the Leavers’ Award). Rae studied Theatre Design at Central St Martins School of Art. (BA hons). Today she is an internationally acclaimed set and costume designer. She illustrated Michael Morpurgo’s book ‘Warhorse’ - which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award and created the incredible set for the play. She was responsible for the design of Damon Albarns' ‘Wonderland’ and Tori Amos' ‘The Light Princess’ at The National Theatre, Terry Gilliam's ‘Benvenuto Cellini’ at The ENO, "The Tempest' for David Bintley at The Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Sir David McVicars’ ‘Cav and Pag’ at The Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Edward Barber - Co-founder, BarberOsgerby (1988)

Edward Barber completed a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Shrewsbury College in 1988. He then studied Interior Design at Leeds Polytechnic and a masters degree in Architecture at London’s Royal College of Art.  He now runs the design firm Barber Osgerby with his business partner and beat more than 600 companies from around the world to win the tender for the London 2012 Olympic torch. The torch was announced as the winner of the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award in 2012.

Hannah Nugent (2004)

Hannah attended the College from 2002-2004 to study an NVQ Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering. She went on to obtain a 2:1 BA Hons degree at the Birmingham College of Food and later was employed at Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurant in Birmingham where she has since been promoted to General Manager. Hannah said: “I had always been a massive Jamie fan, and it was him who inspired me to go to Shrewsbury College in the first place, so I jumped at the chance”.

Peter Edwards (1975)

Portrait Painter Peter Edwards, winner of the BP Portrait Award, the most prestigious international competition for portrait painting, was a student of Shrewsbury College on the Art Foundation course (1974 – 1975). Peter has exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, is famed for his one-man exhibition and tour ‘Contemporary Poets’ in the National Portrait Gallery and his portraits of Bobby Charlton (National Portrait Gallery) and Ryan Giggs (National Library of Wales).

Stuart Dunn

Stuart Dunn, attended the College about 20 years ago to study A Levels in Communications and Sociology. He then became a freelance journalist and has been self-employed since. He said: “I really enjoyed my time at the College and I look back at this time with great affection. I thoroughly enjoyed communications which I have found so useful for the career I pursued and I have nothing but fond memories. I have my own PR company, have commentated over 1000 games for Radio Shropshire and I am teaching literacy through sport at local schools.”

Jack Buckley

Jack Buckley did his NVQ 2 and 3 in Site Carpentry and gained his Apprenticeship through the College with English Construction. “I learnt almost everything I know during those three years and I could not have gone on to achieve what I have in my career without the skills I learnt at the College and the support of the company which gave me my Apprenticeship,” he said.  “I have launched my own business and I have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline and am determined to see my company grow into a success.”

Karen McQuade - Managing Director, The UK Foodhall Ltd

On finishing her Level 5 NVQ in Leadership and Management, Karen McQuade founded 'The UK Foodhall Ltd. She had previously worked in the food industry for eight years and wanted to set up a company that supported British farmers and British manufacturers. Four years on, The UK Foodhall is a national, multi-million pound organisation - the largest of its kind in the UK - which sells over 500,000 food items per day. Karen has won a staggering 32 national awards for the quality of the company’s food.

Anthony Watts (2014)

Having studied Hospitality and Catering at Shrewsbury College (2010-2014), Anthony has gone on to pursue a successful career in catering.  He worked at the Baron at Bucknell as a chef and is now the Head Chef at the Coach and Horses, Shrewsbury.




Chris Davies

Chris joined Shrewsbury College to study Level 2 Creative Media, followed by Level 3 Interactive Media. With a degree from Edgehill University in Film and Television Production under his belt, he has gone on to what promises to be a fascinating career in the film industry, already working with the likes of John Hurt and Tim Roth. He is a freelance cameraman working on feature films and TV dramas, but with a dream of one day making it to Hollywood as a director of photography.




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