Student hits the right note to win award!

A student from Stoke on Trent College received national recognition for his work this week at a Media Awards ceremony.

Students of the College were nominated in three categories at the University of Wolverhampton media Awards hosted by Sky news presenter Marvarine Cole.

Students were recognised in three categories, Radio Production, Radio Drama and Television production as well as Music Technology.

23 year old Dean Shallcross, from Meir, received a special recognition award for his work in Music Technology.

Dean, who composes electronic music under the name “Deroside” has been at the College for four years and despite suffering with Autism and severe anxiety, progressed from the level 1 course to recently completing the level 3 extended diploma in Music technology.

“I’ve just received my final grade of Triple Distinction from the course which was brilliant”, said Dean, “but winning the award has just made my year.”

Anxiety prevented Dean from taking the stage to receive his award from the head of Revolver Records, Paul Birch, but it was accepted on his behalf by one of his tutors Lee Beddow.

“Dean has worked extremely hard in all areas of his course and it’s fantastic to have his efforts rewarded at university level, even before he gets to university!” said Lee.

Examples of Dean’s work can be heard at


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