Former Clitheroe model and ex-Ribblesdale High School pupil Megan Parkinson has swapped the catwalk for the class room after securing a prestigious fashion industry scholarship.
The highly sought-after place to study for an MSc in International Fashion Marketing with leading fashion retailer AllSaints is based at the prestigious Spitalfields campus in London’s East End, which is the postgraduate university campus of Glasgow Caledonian University.
Megan (24), who also attended CRGS Sixth Form, is one of only seven students to be awarded the scholarship. She began modelling whilst studying International Management at Manchester University and having worked for some of the industry’s biggest names including Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood and Tiffany and Co, she will now pursue her dream of working full-time in the fashion industry.
She commented: “Being awarded this scholarship has enabled me to follow my dreams. Modelling gave me a great insight into the industry and I always knew that this would be something I wanted to do. Already, the course has allowed me to experiment with different areas of fashion marketing, such as e-marketing and buying.
“To work in fashion, you need to stand out from the crowd, so gaining my MSc as well as being awarded the scholarship from AllSaints should give me a real competitive edge.”
GCU programme director Thomas Peschken said: “The AllSaints scholarship highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to education and provides and excellent opportunity for students to gain access to the MSc in International Fashion Marketing. As one of the country’s leading retailers, the expertise and insight that the company can offer is invaluable and having such prominent industry links will stand our students in good stead for whatever they do in the future. Megan has done really well to secure a place and I hope that the course will be her first step into a successful career in fashion.”