Date: 11th Nov 2016
A Buckinghamshire New University Audio and Music Production student is looking to boost work he is carrying out with schools after receiving a £1,500 scholarship from leading audio manufacturer Sennheiser UK Ltd.
The scholarship is presented annually based on a student's academic performance in their first year as well as their performance in an interview with Phil Cummings, Sennheiser's Marketing Projects Manager.
Scott Ramsell was shortlisted among six students and impressed after developing a business plan to go into schools assisting with live sound at productions, as well as educating pupils and students in audio technology.
He said: "The money will help buy professional equipment to take in to schools and provide good quality sound for productions such as Christmas concerts and talent shows.
"I am already working with two schools I attended myself and I am shortly going overseas with one to assist in the audio side of a series of productions pupils are carrying out
"Eventually I would love a practical job which allows me to travel the world, such as recording sounds for television or documentaries and then, at a later stage, I would like to teach in a secondary school.
"I appreciate the support from Sennheiser and the fact that the University has this link with such a well-respected company."
Scott also received a Neumann TLM103 large diaphragm condenser microphone and a pair of Sennheiser HD380 as part of his prize.
The other students shortlisted - Ryan Lodge and Zabil Zanein, studying BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, and Aleksandra Kuncewicz, Daniel Gerrish, and Ben Wheeler, studying BA (Hons) Music Management and Studio Production - also received Sennheiser equipment.
Richard Gray, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, said: "Scott is already a great ambassador for the University with the work he is carrying out with schools and we are pleased he has been able to receive this kind of high-calibre industry endorsement during his degree."
Phil Cummings of Sennheiser said: "It was great meeting all the candidates selected for the Sennheiser Scholarship.
"All of the students showed profound commitment and interviewed very well, so it was not an easy decision.
"A big congratulations to Scott Ramsell for winning the top prize. We look forward to watching Scott achieve success in his studies and offering support we can to help him achieve his goals in the future."
Sennheiser is an official education partner of Bucks New University, creating industry-linked opportunities for students and focusing their employability.
First picture caption: (L-R) Course Leader Richard Gray; student Scott Ramsell; and Phil Cummings of Sennheiser.
Second picture caption: Shortlisted students with Course Leader Richard Gray and Phil Cummings of Sennheiser UK Ltd.