Hair and Make-up Learners Representing UCW at the Commonwealth Games!


After a successful selection process, UCW Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, BA (Hons) learners Georgia, Sophie, Jess, Aaliyah and Jasmine have been offered places on the Volunteer Hair And Makeup team at the 2022 Birmingham Common Wealth Games! They will be doing all of the make-up for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2022 games this summer.

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. 72 teams currently participate in the Games, which take place every 4 years in a different location each time. The 2022 Games are taking place across multiple venues across Birmingham, England with the opening and closing ceremonies at the Alexander Stadium.

With over 300 applications for the volunteer team, the 5 learners were shortlisted after applying online where they needed to answer questions around why they should be chosen. The Weston team then attended a group interview in Birmingham followed by individual interviews to showcase their knowledge and skills.

Third year student Georgia, who previously studied at Weston College and Worle School, commented: “When we found out, I couldn’t believe it. I was so shocked as it’s such a huge deal especially to someone from a small town to get picked was such an honour.”

Leading up to the games, the learners will travel up to Birmingham and practice what type of hair and makeup they will be tasked with creating. The hair and make-up will be for the opening ceremony, as well as the dancers for the closing ceremony.

The Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production degree is a 3 year degree programme that is taught in Weston-super-Mare, delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University. Georgia continues: “My course at UCW is honestly one of the best decisions that I have made. It’s like every day my teacher comes out with so many huge opportunities to get your name out there and the skills that I have learnt so far is already helping me get become a makeup artist for my dream job.”

Course lecturer Tara O’Hare added: “We are delighted and proud of our students, who promote the ethos of UCW by demonstrating they are competent, eloquent, and talented. To have this opportunity and be able to add it to their resumes will indicate the scope of opportunity UCW provided their students. We are very proud of their achievement and wish them every success, with this incredible opportunity!”