Hard work pays off for student with £1,500 Sennheiser Scholarship

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Date: 25th Oct 2017

A Buckinghamshire New University student who had never stepped foot in a recording studio before beginning her studies has won a scholarship award from leading audio manufacturer Sennheiser UK Ltd.

Paulina Kowalik, from Poland, studying BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, won the 2017 Sennheiser Scholarship and says she has spent ‘countless hours’ in computer rooms and audio suites to catch up with fellow students who had previous experience - and her endeavours have paid off.

Paulina impressed during a 20min interview on her experience, background, and hopes and aspirations with Jack Drury, Artist Relations Manager - Live Performance & Music at Sennheiser UK Ltd, and Dave Brinsden, Director Operations UK. The Sennheiser Scholarship prize includes £1,500 and equipment from the company.

The ambitious student was among six of the top performing students in BA (Hons) Music Management and Studio Production and BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production at the University interviewed for the Scholarship.

Sennheiser were so impressed they also opted to include a second award, and runner-up Natalia Witek, 20, also from Poland and studying BA (Hons) Music Management and Studio Production, will undertake an internship at the company.

Paulina said: “I came to Bucks New University feeling like audio and music production could be a career for me but I had very little prior experience so have been playing catch-up and working so hard to ensure I was on a par with other students.

“I feel incredibly honoured to win the scholarship from Sennheiser. I didn’t think I would win so it was a huge surprise.

“Coming to University I felt like the underdog but stayed motivated and my passion has kept me going. Winning this award felt like all the difficulties I’ve had to overcome were worth it.”

Natalia added: “Being at University feels like a dream come true and being offered an internship feels like getting closer to fulfilling my dream to work in the audio and music production industry.”

Richard Gray, Senior Lecturer Audio, Music & Studio Production, said: “The Sennheiser Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for our three top-graded students from the previous first-year cohorts on both BA (Hons) Audio & Music Production and BA (Hons) Music Management and Studio Production courses.

“The Scholarship provides each of these students with an opportunity to meet with professionals from Sennheiser who are instrumental in its marketing and operation. These interviews give our students first-hand experience in building upon their knowledge and abilities in interview contexts with industry professionals. 

“We are very proud of our partnership with Sennheiser and to have this kind of opportunity available to our students, particularly so early in the second year of these courses.

“To have students meeting with industry partners and gaining this level of insight and feedback during their studies highlights our commitment to industry partnerships which improve the student experience and provide invaluable industry based interactions.

“Congratulations to Paulina who has done exceptionally well to win the prize, especially given the high standard of all interviewees on the day.”

Jack Drury said: “Sennheiser and Bucks New University have been successfully running scholarship programme for a number of years now. We feel incredibly proud to be supporting such talented students and share our industry knowledge at the very early stages of their professional journey.”

The Sennheiser Scholarship is part of an education partnership between Bucks New University and Sennheiser UK Ltd, creating industry-linked opportunities for students in the School of Arts and Creative Industries and focusing their employability.

Picture captions: (Top to bottom) Paulina Kowalik with Jack Drury;  Natalia Witek and Paulina Kowalik; and the student finalists with Richard Gray (left).

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