Wirral Met College has begun to build a fantastic alumni network of former students who are becoming a great part of college life. The vision is that our College should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community.
- Become a mentor for our current students and share your experiences
- Be a role model for other students following in your footsteps
- Become a guest speaker at student events
- Provide work experience and apprenticeship/traineeship opportunities
- Reconnect with friends
Your Alumni President: Christian Furr
Accomplished international artist, Christian Furr studied a Foundation course in Art and Design at Wirral Met College. He was the winner of the Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Award and went on to graduate from De Montfort University with a first class honours degree in Fine Art.
At the age of 28, he was the youngest artist to paint HRH Queen Elizabeth II. He has exhibited extensively around the world. At our Graduation Ceremony, 2017, we were excited to invite Christian to the Floral Pavilion as our guest speaker to share his experiences and motivation to succeed with our students.
He said, "I have many fond memories of my time at WMC. I remember my end of term appraisal sheet, filled out by my old tutor, it had written in the students name section: “Christian – I think he’s in the library - Furr’. I’d earned this double-barrelled surname because when any of my tutors were looking for me, my fellow students would mutter: “I think he’s in the library”. I did love the library. This was in the days before the internet so the Art reference books were invaluable to me.
When I consider my one year at Wirral Metropolitan College today I see that my foundation course was a foundation in more ways than one. It set me up for my future career - not just in Art but in life as well. It was really so much packed into one year. It was fantastic. It acted as catalyst. Testing, inspiring and teaching me at the same time. Lots of different things were packed into one short year and I met some great friends and had a hoot. It was my first experience of many of the creative processes I take for granted today."
Here are some of our alumni sharing their achievements since leaving Wirral Met College...
Advice to current students:
"Always give 100% whether it’s in your work, activities or experiences because it all goes by so quickly. There is no making up the time once it’s gone, and one day you will find yourself, like me, reminiscing on things that you have done with your college group, and realise it was some of the best things you have ever done!"
-Beth Keenan, left Wirral Met 2015.
"Never give up, as hard as things become and as new challenges arise keep seeing this as more experience and knowledge that’ll give you a brilliant end result. Always have faith and believe in yourself 100% of the time!"
-Shannon Miles, left Wirral Met College 2016.
"I think my advice to current students would be to commit to your course completely - it's such a short amount of time that you're there (even though during revision/coursework/exam times it can feel like hours are actually days!) and the day you finish will feel like the day after you just started! Absorb everything you can from the staff, ask questions, go to the library, get work done on time and simply embrace the experience. Whatever you go on to do next - employment, uni, apprenticeship or whatever - nothing will be like your college days so really do commit yourself and enjoy yourself!"
- Zoe Chapman, left Wirral Met College 2012.