FE News | Lee Stafford Education National Hairdressing Competition Awards 2024

The National Hairdressing Competition Awards for Lee Stafford Education 2024 took place last week with staff and students from across the Lee Stafford Education Academies getting recognized for their hard work and dedication.

Pamela O’Brien from Afan College won the College Trainer of the Year award. Pamela won this award beating the trainers for all the Lee Stafford Education Academies across the UK. She was selected and nominated for this award by Lee Stafford himself and judges Michael Saunders and Tony Wood who visited all the Lee Stafford Education colleges throughout the year assessing trainers.

Lee himself said:

“This was a tough decision, but Pamela Shone was brighter than the other trainers, the Lee Stafford Education team and STAFF were over the moon with her performance; she is well prepared, ready to teach, firm but fair, and uses the Lee Stafford Education ethos and methodology”.

Pamela was also one of the first trainers to achieve the Master Trainer Diploma, also known as the ‘Golden Scissors’, for hitting the ‘Big 10’ outcomes in all Level 2 and Level 3 recipes. The Golden Scissors are only awarded when the trainer can replicate the recipes as well as Lee Stafford himself.

Deputy Head of Lee Stafford Education Academy at NPTC Group of Colleges, Rebecca Crew had this to say:

“We’re immensely proud of Pam and her remarkable achievement; her unwavering dedication and support for all her students is truly commendable. Pam was one of the first hairdressing tutors to achieve Master Trainer with us who exemplifies her hard work and expertise. Being awarded Master Trainer of the Year is a testament to Pam’s tireless efforts and exceptional contributions.”

Pamela added:

“In 2019, our collaboration with Lee Stafford Education was a resounding success. We underwent rigorous training, wholeheartedly embracing their ethos and methodologies. Thanks to the unwavering support of Michael Saunders, our Lee Stafford Trainer, our team adeptly executes the techniques taught. I feel I am the first of many of the hairdressing team from NPTC Group of Colleges who will achieve this award.”

We also had some student success in the awards as Jasmine Davies achieved first place in the Level 2 and 3 Color and Cut categories. Rebecca Thomas was runner-up in the Level 1 and 2 Styling category with Taiya Griffiths achieving a Highly Commended in the Level 2 Cutting and Styling Category.

Commitment to education for all renewed

Children attend a class at a school in Peshawar.  — AFP/Files
Children attend a class at a school in Peshawar. — AFP/Files

NOWSHERA: Regional Director of the Federal Government Education System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Brigadier Shahid Anwar, has said that the government is committed to promoting education nationwide.

He highlighted the collaborative efforts of the government and the Pakistan Army to ensure the implementation of a uniform curriculum across the country and to enable both affluent and underprivileged children to receive quality education. Brig Anwar made these remarks while addressing a reunion and annual awards ceremony at the Federal Government Public High School in Nowshera Cantonment as the chief guest. The event was also attended by Lt Col Ahmed Bakhsh Watto, School Principal Sunbal Parveen, IPEC Foundation Chairman Dr Sami Shafi, Asia Kausar, and others. Former teachers and students were also present.

Brig Anwar underscored the importance of education in the 21st century, stating that eradicating ignorance was crucial for eliminating extremism and terrorism. He urged parents, teachers, and the Education Department to contribute towards achieving the goal.

Gulf News Edufair 2024 draws record attendance as visitors explore higher education

The biggest edition of Gulf News Edufair concluded yesterday in Dubai with more than 8,000 visitors attending the event to explore higher education opportunities.

Over the past three days, the exhibition welcomed more than 30 prestigious universities and educational service providers from the UAE and abroad, and featured over 15 panel discussions and fireside chats providing in-depth insights into the future direction of the education sector.

Exhibitors were delighted with the exceptional turnout of visitors over three days and the opportunity to connect with prospective students. Edufair successfully attracted a highly targeted group of visitors, which resonated very well with exhibitors.

Visitors were equally pleased to find a diverse range of exhibitors at Edufair, showcasing everything from undergraduate and postgraduate courses to doctoral and professional programs. It was a one-stop destination for career counseling and spot admissions.

This year’s Edufair took place barely a week after the results of India’s CBSE and ICSE/ISC, and other education boards were announced, and students and parents seeking new admission opportunities for the September 2024 intake were delighted to discover an array of top-draw educational destinations under one roof at the event.

The exhibition was the perfect showcase of courses, degrees, and current education trends. Educators identified skill-based learning and lifelong education as key trends in higher education. They urge students to develop transferable skills alongside subject knowledge and cultivate a love for lifelong learning.

Earlier in the event, dignitaries, educators, and thought leaders praised Gulf News for its efforts in showcasing higher education opportunities in the UAE and facilitating opportunities for students to explore education abroad. They highlighted the event’s value in strengthening the education landscape and helping families achieve their educational goals.


Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, former UAE Minister of Environment & Water, delivering his keynote at Edufair
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Delivering his keynote address during the inauguration ceremony, Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, former UAE Minister of Environment & Water, said, “By pursuing higher education in the UAE, students can gain access to a wealth of career opportunities in the region. UAE is a strategic location and vibrant environment, making it an interesting and popular higher study destination for international students,” adding, “Edufair is a real motivation for all the students and parents to discover the new world-class higher education platform in the UAE .”


Dr Eesa Mohammed Al Bastaki, President, University of Dubai
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Dr Eesa Mohammed Al Bastaki, President, University of Dubai, said, “This platform is invaluable for both students and educational institutions, providing an opportunity to explore a wide range of programs available both locally and internationally. The strength of this event lies in its global reach, offering insights into opportunities abroad as well. University of Dubai is a proud partner of Gulf News Edufair and we have supported it since its inception. We look forward to continuing this collaboration and ensuring its success.”

Zayed University

Dr Sulaiman Al Jassim, Former Vice President of Zayed University
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Dr Sulaiman Al Jassim, Former Vice President of Zayed University, said, “Exhibitions like Edufair add significant value as the UAE becomes a hub for higher education. It showcases the quality of education available to students and parents. With so many higher education institutions in the UAE, families benefit from having their children study close to home, with excellent infrastructure and job opportunities available after graduation. The participation of leading international universities further enhances the value of Edufair.”


Satish Kumar Sivan, Consul General of India to Dubai
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Satish Kumar Sivan, Consul General of India to Dubai discussed how the strong UAE-India relations have significantly contributed to driving the UAE’s higher education landscape. “Edufair perfectly aligns with the growing India-UAE relations. In the last decade, several prestigious Indian institutions have chosen the UAE as their international destination, benefiting not only the expat Indian community in the UAE, but also the wider community in the Gulf, Middle East and Africa.”

David George, Publisher, Gulf News Commercial, expressed gratitude to Edufair’s sponsors and exhibitors for entrusting Gulf News to advance their vision. “Each year, Edufair continues to grow, both in scale and significance, attracting an ever-growing number of universities and students eager to explore the vast landscape of higher education opportunities in the UAE and beyond. As a comprehensive platform offering essential admission insights, course options, and invaluable career advice, Edufair remains the beacon guiding aspiring minds towards their academic aspirations in the UAE,” he said.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors, Gulf News has unveiled plans for the next edition of Edufair, slated for October.

“Over the past few years, Edufair has carved a niche to become one of the most anticipated events in the UAE education calendar. “Constantly raising the bar as a platform for students and teachers to gain and provide information and knowledge on the latest education trends, Edufair is the destination of choice for the best regional and global education institutions to connect with the student community in the UAE,” said Tina Bhakthavalsalan, Sales Manager, Supplements, Contract Publishing & Events, Gulf News.

“Based on the success of the current edition, we are now planning to create more opportunities for the UAE student community and launch the next edition of Edufair in October.”