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January 2010 Press Releases (41)

Association for Learning Technology issues call for proposals for 2010 conference: “Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is the UK’s leading independent organisation in the learning technology domain. Over 700 people attended the 2009 event in person with others following using web-casting and Twitter. The 17th annual conference has the title “Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change and will take place at the University of Nottingham, UK from 7-9 September 2010.

Keynote speakers… Continue

Added by Catherine Dhanjal on January 30, 2010 at 15:52 — No Comments

New College Nottingham achieves top training award

New College Nottingham (ncn) has successfully achieved the prestigious Training Quality Standard (TQS), in recognition of its excellent work with employers.

This national award recognises its commitment to delivering high quality, high impact training and workforce development solutions for employers.

TQS is a framework, assessment and certification process, which has recognised ncn’s high degree of responsiveness to employers’ training needs. It is a measure of… Continue

Added by Lucy Mulloy on January 29, 2010 at 9:56 — No Comments

Art exhibition reveals secrets of science at Bedford College

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Bedford College’s Ian Pryce (Principal and Chief Executive), Sue Blackman (Director of Centre for the Arts) and artist Julie Freeman

World renowned local artist Julie Freeman has launched an art exhibition at Bedford College’s South Bank Arts Centre, open to the public until 12 March.

Julie began life in Dunstable where she attended Dunstable College for 2 years studying Graphic Design. She gained a BSc at… Continue

Added by Sue Gough on January 28, 2010 at 13:41 — No Comments

esg Adds Moore to Realise Ambitious Growth Plans

A keystone board level appointment at £50m turnover skills development specialist the Employability and Skills Group (esg) sees the arrival of a new Business Development Director, as the Group actively pursues its ambitious growth plans.

Stephen Moore will head a strong team at esg and joins following four years in the post of Executive Director of Business Development at Working Links. Prior to this he held senior positions at social care,… Continue

Added by Clive Purcell on January 28, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

Chesterfield College Apprentices carry out makeovers for charity

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, qualified beauty therapy apprenticeship students from Chesterfield College will be offering a wide variety of low-cost treatments to the public, donating all funds to the College’s charity partner, Ashgate Hospice.

The treatments on offer will demonstrate the wide range of skills the apprentices have learnt, including Indian head massages, skin diagnosis and makeup lessons,… Continue

Added by Chesterfield College on January 27, 2010 at 16:53 — No Comments

Exhibition at the Parfitt Gallery at Croydon College

'Lines of Thought' by Hai Shuet Yeung

In a small still pond the moon is round:

As you look down at water you see how well shaped it is.

But go to the sea and look at the moon’s reflection

You find that the same moon is never round.

The Parfitt Gallery is pleased to present Lines of Thought, an exhibition of paintings by Hai Shuet Yeung. Born in China’s Guangdong (Canton) province in 1936 and moving to Hong Kong… Continue

Added by Holly Patton on January 26, 2010 at 16:30 — No Comments

Finders key-pers!

Lucky Central Sussex College student Jason Gander took a little bit of the Celebrity Big Brother House home last week after managing to grab the ‘mystery key’ thrown into the crowd during Lady Sovereign’s eviction.

Jason and his partner Claire Downe, from Hassocks had travelled to the eviction night event at the Big Brother Studios in Borehamwood, on Monday 18 January, after having been given tickets by friends. The couple got more… Continue

Added by Victoria Lockwood on January 26, 2010 at 14:04 — No Comments


Success rates published by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) have ranked Harlow College in the top five per cent of providers, nationally.

The figures published on the government quango’s website, lists Harlow College at number 34 out of a total of 726.

Colin Hindmarch, principal at Harlow College said; “I am very pleased for the staff, students and governors; they have helped move Harlow College into the top… Continue

Added by EMPRA on January 26, 2010 at 9:51 — No Comments

Innovative ICT a Must Have for Education, Says LG BETT Show Survey

Slough, UK: 22 January 2010 – 81% of key decision-makers in education believe it is ‘essential’ for schools, colleges and universities to be implementing innovative ICT solutions, while a further 17 % view it as ‘very important’. And 60% strongly agree with the view that ‘schools and colleges that fail to implement such solutions risk being left behind’.

These are among the key findings of LG Electronics’ On-the-Show-Floor User Survey, undertaken at BETT 2010 at London’s Olympia. The… Continue

Added by Sharon Entwistle on January 22, 2010 at 9:06 — No Comments

AccessPlanit improves NHS Trust efficiency with bespoke Learning Management System

AccessPlanit has created a new Learning Management System (LMS) for the world renowned Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust that increases efficiency and drastically reduces the cost of administration at the hospital.

The learning and development department of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust currently processes over 15,000 course bookings per year creating a huge administrative burden. Their NHS standard issue Oracle LMS proved to be slow and inflexible and wasted valuable… Continue

Added by David Evans on January 21, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

Room at the Top

SUNDERLAND-based charity ETEC Development Trust will mark the end of an era when Chief Executive Dick Ellison steps down from August 2010.

Dick will be moving from Sunderland to Hereford to enable him to join his wife Gwen, who now lives and works in the cathedral city.

Having raised two children in Sunderland, Dick now plans to work as a freelance consultant, supporting community development. He will maintain close links with ETEC Development Trust in the… Continue

Added by Judith Dunn on January 21, 2010 at 13:14 — No Comments

Chesterfield College placed third in East Midlands

Chesterfield College has achieved an impressive third place in the latest results tables for General Further Education Colleges in the East Midlands. The achievement also represents a year-on-year improvement stretching back to 2006.

The results, published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, are compiled from the College’s large number of A/AS levels, BTEC National and all Vocational Level 3 students. Third… Continue

Added by Chesterfield College on January 20, 2010 at 16:53 — No Comments

Election fever helps FE Careers and FE News smash another record

FE Careers is smashing the job site's own monthly visitor records and FE News, its news site, now features several regular Minister columnists as election fever begins to sweep through the nation.

Last December was a record month for FE Careers, with 404,800 job seeker user sessions. FE Careers is enjoying continual visitor growth and new advertisers across the entire Further Education, Skills and Welfare to Work sectors.

As Britain prepares for the most important election for… Continue

Added by FEnews on January 20, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

Book your place at the VTCT Conference – Monday 26 April 2010

VTCT is holding its first ever national conference on Monday 26 April 2010, in association with the Beauty UK/Holistic Health exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham.

The conference entitled Sharing of good practice within the teaching of hair, beauty and complementary therapies is aimed at educators teaching within these areas.

Presentations throughout the day will provide delegates with the chance to discover innovative and… Continue

Added by Nicola Collins on January 20, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

How one ex-army man diversified to thrive with New Career Skills

In tough times they say to survive in business sometimes you have to diversify - and that is exactly what Cumbrian man Simon Hance has done.

After ten years in the army with the Royal Signals, Simon and his wife Julie, who live in the remote village of Nenthead, Cumbria, set up their restaurant, Overwater Lodge, in 1998. But when recession appeared on the horizon a decade later he leapt into action to make sure he was ahead of the game.

Simon had some experience of… Continue

Added by Steven Smith on January 19, 2010 at 16:07 — No Comments

Roadshow Focuses on Construction Changes

The initial results of an innovative project to support the construction industry in adopting better environmentally friendly products and working practices will be highlighted in a special roadshow at Derby College’s Roundhouse vocational campus next month (Wednesday February 3).

Derby College is working alongside five other colleges in the region on a major two-year project aiming to boost the use of energy efficient technology such as solar, biomass and mini/micro chip systems and… Continue

Added by Sarah Jenkin-Jones on January 19, 2010 at 9:09 — No Comments

Tracking the International Student Experience at Further Education (FE) colleges in the UK.

Tracking the International Student Experience at Further Education (FE) colleges in the UK.

i-graduate has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to examine the expectations and experiences of international non-EU students who undertake an FE course in the UK. The study will highlight areas of good practice and to inform areas for development, with the overall aim of improving the… Continue

Added by Naomi Kenny on January 18, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

PebblePad announces first annual conference

Online personal learning systems: learn – reflect - understand

Pebble Learning announces its inaugural conference focusing on its online personal learning system, PebblePad, used by over 100 institutions and 500,000 users.

A mix of case studies, workshops, panel discussions and invited speakers will promote networking and the opportunity to learn from the collective experience of PebblePad users on areas such as pedagogies, processes and practices. Speakers… Continue

Added by Catherine Dhanjal on January 18, 2010 at 13:23 — No Comments

Going for Gold with ETEC Development Trust

SUNDERLAND-based charity ETEC Development Trust has achieved a top award, recognising its commitment to staff training and development.

ETEC gained the Investors in People Gold Standard following a series of intensive interviews by assessors with staff and managers.

The gold standard is the highest award of its kind and less than 500 organisations across the UK have achieved it.

The award represents achievement of world class best practice in people… Continue

Added by Judith Dunn on January 18, 2010 at 13:03 — No Comments

Top marks all round!

Central Sussex College went straight to the top of the class after Crawley Borough Council awarded both Le Cordon Vert training restaurant and the Food Court a dazzling five stars for food hygiene in the latest ‘scores on the doors’ rating.

This is the second five star rating in a row for Le Cordon Vert restaurant, which was also awarded top marks in 2008, and a first for the College’s Food Court, which previously held a very… Continue

Added by Victoria Lockwood on January 18, 2010 at 11:56 — No Comments

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