Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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The hunt for the faces of college life

FErret has often wondered where colleges find an endless supply of perky, bright-eyed students to appear smilingly on the cover of their prospectuses, given the downcast demeanour of the average teenager.

Now, Motherwell College over the border in North Lanarkshire has given us a unique insight into the process: surprisingly, it turns out that prospectus cover models aren't genetically engineered in a lab somewhere.

Instead, the college encouraged volunteers to come forward and post a video of themselves on YouTube before putting the choice to a public vote. It's a novel idea, and one that seems on the face of it to be doomed: how could any self-respecting student body not choose someone with prominent facial tattoos?

Alas, Motherwell students let us down, let the college down and let themselves down by voting for normal-looking people: a part-time model and karate black belt, an electrical engineering student, a hairdressing student and a young woman who serenaded viewers with a video rendition of I Can See Clearly Now. …

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