Derby based fashion student Nicole Wells has been shortlisted to receive the prestigious St Andrews’ Charity Fashion ‘Young Designer’ award.

Wells, third year Fashion Studies student at the University of Derby, will be the third student from the university to reach the final stage of the of the UK competition in the past three years.

Wells, who originates from Wolverhampton, stated that: “It was an honour to be shortlisted for such a well-known award and really unexpected. I’m really excited to have such a great opportunity within my final year at the University, as it’s a great platform to showcase myself as a designer and practitioner before entering the fashion industry.”

Previous students include Joshua Swinnerton, who won the category earlier this year, Lyndsay Hazlewood who was also shortlisted, and Courtney Blades who was a 2013 category finalist.

Fiona Hawthorne, Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Fashion Studies at the University of Derby, said: “This is the third year in a row that one of our students has been shortlisted for the St Andrews’ Young Designer finals.” She added that: “It’s a testament to the effort that the students put into their entries and the industry standard work we expect from them.”

The 2015 finals will be held at St Andrew’s University in Scotland on February 14th.

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Reported by Orla Wallis.