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Former Student Profiles

Many 1000s of former East Durham College students have gone on to do amazing things... here is just a tiny collection of them. 

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Jess Filby & Amy Hughes

Achievements at the British Barbers Association (BBA) Award Ceremony 

Former beauty therapy student set to travel the world

Jessica Ord

Former EDC student is about to travel across the world working on board Luxury Cruise ships as a professional beauty therapist.

Former student Hayley Chalmers

Hayley Chalmers

Hayley Chalmers is a former East Durham College art and design student who recently designed the Hyundai i10 interior.

Student Shauna Coles in overall with paintbrush in paint workshop

Shauna Coles

Former EDC student Shauna Coles painted a bright future for herself after her painting and decorating course.

Kirsty-Louise Card

Kirsty is a former A-Level student, who has gone on to success at Birmingham University and as a women's health advocate.

Jessica Abbott and Matthew Chapman in Graduate Gowns

Jessica & Matthew

Jessica and Matthew are former students, who have gone on to success at Bangor University.

Alice Brown

Alice Brown

Alice Brown is a former foundation learner who has gone on to succeed in employment.

Jemma Kilkerri

Jemma Kilkerri

Jemma Kilkerri is a gold medallist trampolinist, former Sports Coaching Foundation degree student who now works as a coach.

Kelvin Beattie, former Motor Vehicle student

Kelvin Beattie

Kelvin Beattie is a former Level 3 Motor Vehicle student, now working at the Garage Ltd in Seaham as a mechanic.

Former Houghall student Karl Brown, Stocksman at Beamish Museum

Karl Brown

Former Houghall student Karl is now living his dream of working with animals as Stocksman at Beamish Museum.

Kyle Stanforth at Newcastle University

Kyle Stanforth

Former ED6 A-level student Kyle Stanforth went on to study Biology (Cellular & Molecular Biology), a Masters and a PhD at Newcastle University.

Chef Craig Atchinson at the Grand Hotel York

Craig Atchinson

Former catering student Craig now works as Head Chef at the 5-star Grantley Hall in Ripon.

Katy McLean MBE with the Womens RFU world cup

Katy McLean

Former student Katy McLean MBE captained England Women RFU team from 2010 - retiring from rugby in 2019.

Christopher Parsons Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2014 pictures at Houghall

Chris Parsons

Winner of The Institute of Horticulture (IOH) Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014.

Former EDC students Sam & Phil Unsworth in their award winning Guappo barbers

Sam & Phil

Former EDC students Sam & Phil Unsworth run an award winning barbering business, Guappo.

Alistair Magee, Tree Surgeon

Alistair Magee

Former Houghall arboriculture student Alistair runs his own successful tree surgery business.

Beth Trenerry with some pink roses at the Houghall Campus

Beth Trenerry

After successfully completing her Level 3 BTEC in Floristry, Beth now runs her own floristry business.

Sarjun Dhillion at ED6

Sarjun Dhillion

After getting his required grades at A Level, Sarjun went to Lancaster University to study Chemical Engineering.

Shelly Whitfield holding a lamb at the Houghall Campus farm

Shelly Whitfield

Former Houghall student Shelly as returned to the College to teach Agriculture.

Steve Harper former EDC Student in goal for Newcastle United

Steve Harper

Steve Harper studied Sport at EDC as part of our highly successful Football Academy.

David Wilson training with England RFU

David Wilson

David Wilson is a former EDC Rugby Academy star who played for Bath, Newcastle Falcons & England RFU.

Andy Waterstone & Andy Hughes

Andy Waterstone & Andy Hughes

Former EDC students who now run their own successful construction business.

Kirsty Fishwick at Durham University business school

Kirsty Fishwick

Kirsty Fishwick won the national BTEC Business Student of the Year and went to Durham University.

Suzi Martin in the Heart Radio studio

Suzi Martin

Former media student Suzi has worked as the Breakfast Show Producer at Heart Radio and is a continuity announcer for Channel 4 TV.

Natasha King at Durham University

Natasha King

Former Access to HE student Natasha King went on to Durham University to study medicine and is now working as a junior doctor in the NHS.

Martin Stephenson at Ashbrooke Sports Club

Martin Stephenson

Martin won the Institute of Groundsmanship Most Promising Grounds Care Student of the Year and also Young Groundsman of the Year.

Laura Maddison celebrates with champagne

Laura Maddison

Laura studied Access to HE Science at EDC, and graduated Newcastle University in 2020 as a fully qualified dentist.