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October 2012 Press Releases (91)

Efficiency in Education

Further education colleges are required to report on a range of quality audits. Responding to the requirements of these is both time-consuming and can be costly, and as a result, removes the focus and resources away from their main business - Learners. 

A more proportionate approach to the revised inspection framework focuses…


Added by Tim Evans on October 31, 2012 at 20:52 — No Comments

Performing Arts students have a fang-tastic workshop on new version of Dracula

Year two Acting students from South Essex College dared to encounter Dracula recently as part of a practical workshop delivered at the brand new Backstage Centre.

Based in Purfleet, which rather fittingly is where part of the horror classic is set, the students worked with established playwright Patrick…


Added by Dean Newman on October 31, 2012 at 14:50 — No Comments

Bike to the Future

The events of the Olympics may now seem like they are in the distant past but students at South Essex College have been thinking more about its lasting legacy with a bike event that was looking for Southend’s answer to Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton.

A giant temporary bike track inside the College’s…


Added by Dean Newman on October 31, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Specialist training essential to tackle gang culture, says expert

 The half-hidden world of youth gangs is a bigger problem than the public realise, according to an ex-gang member turned campaigner.

Sheldon Thomas, chief executive of Gangsline, told staff at Newham College on 25 October that the restraints he lived by in the 1970s are now gone.



Added by Simon Hinds on October 31, 2012 at 13:17 — No Comments

VTCT launches new Teacher & Assessor Affiliation

Do you teach or assess in any of the sectors VTCT serves? Have you always wanted to be able to share your teaching experiences, but were not sure where? Would you like to receive up-to-date relevant information from one of the country’s leading awarding bodies? If so, the brand new VTCT Teacher and Assessor Affiliation is for you.

VTCT is inviting people to join its Teacher and Assessor Affiliation – the group is free of charge to past and present teachers or assessors working in any… Continue

Added by Rosie Lewis on October 31, 2012 at 9:36 — No Comments

First black mastermind winner helps college celebrate black history month

Shaun Wallace, the first black 'Mastermind' winner joined students of Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College as they celebrated Black History Month.…


Added by Bernadette James on October 30, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Counting down to the College Marketing Network's 25th Annual Conference

It's a special year for the College Marketing Network as we celebrate 25 years at our Annual Conference this year. Being held at the Hilton Hotel Warwick between 25 and 27 November, we'll be reflecting on changes in the sector over that time as well as looking at all the trends and challenges facing us in college marketing now and into the future.

We're welcoming plenary speakers Sir Geoff Hall of the information authority, Ioan Morgan CBE, Interim Principal at Dearne Valley…


Added by Rachel Smith on October 30, 2012 at 12:24 — 1 Comment

Support shown for South Essex College's proposed new Basildon town centre college in 2015

South Essex College of Further & Higher Education has submitted a planning application to Basildon Council for a circa £30 million new college building at Market Square in the heart of Basildon.

The application submission follows positive feedback from staff and students plus Basildon…


Added by Dean Newman on October 30, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Top apprentice Joe is WorldSkills finalist


Added by Lynn O'Shea on October 30, 2012 at 11:18 — No Comments

Cambridge Regional College plays host to Liberal Democrat conference

Government minister Danny Alexander was welcomed to CRC by Principal Anne Constantine when he visited the college for a major Liberal Democrat conference.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury was the keynote speaker at the East of England Liberal Democrats’ regional conference,…


Added by Lynn O'Shea on October 29, 2012 at 16:21 — No Comments

Sounds of Africa help celebrate Black History Month at Weston College

An African drumming workshop in the atrium of Weston College's Knightstone Campus was held to celebrate the annual Black History Month.

Students from the College's Music Practice BTEC Diploma course led the workshop, along with drummer and percussionist Steve Wilson, and…


Added by Tom Henry on October 29, 2012 at 15:43 — No Comments

Richmond upon Thames College's Supported Learning Department Holds Spooky Bake Sale

Richmond upon Thames College’s Supported Learning department helped raise £75 towards a new equipment fund on Thursday 25 October with a Halloween themed bake sale. Spooky sponges, creepy cakes and scary sweets were sold to staff and students around the college with funds also being raised…


Added by Richmond upon Thames College on October 29, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

East London college has a go at skill shows

Newham College is set to begin a £23,000 campaign, funded by European Social Fund, to boost local, young people’s skills and job prospects.

Managers and tutors want over 3,000 14-19-year-olds to attend a series of events at the East Ham Campus until March as part of the London Skills Show’s Local Have a Go.

The campaign began on 25 October with short, one-off college classes or tasters in hospitality, hairdressing, beauty and fitness for pupils from Lister Community School,…


Added by Simon Hinds on October 29, 2012 at 11:11 — No Comments

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Added by Dean Newman on October 29, 2012 at 9:59 — No Comments

Uxbridge College Principal’s Part in Mayor’s plans to make London a world leader in education

An education plan by The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been launched on the back of recommendations by an independent panel which included Uxbridge College Principal Laraine Smith.

Ms Smith was part of the panel selected to conduct the Mayor’s Education Inquiry, which resulted in 12…


Added by liz Bellchambers on October 26, 2012 at 13:59 — No Comments

New exhibition shines spotlight on university and industry collaboration

The critical role of universities in the development of new and next generation medical devices will be the showcased in a dedicated zone at Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2013, the UK’s first conference and exhibition expressly dedicated to the growing medical device manufacturing industry.

Launched by the publishers of one the UK’s leading life science magazines, the MTI Expo UK will feature a University Innovation Zone, designed to exclusively promote the exciting work going on in…


Added by Lisa Jones on October 25, 2012 at 15:42 — No Comments

Bromley Borough Councillors experience College life

Bromley College of Further & Higher Education was delighted to welcome eight Bromley Borough councillors on Friday 19 October.


The visit to the Bromley Campus was a great opportunity for them to see the wide range of courses and facilities available at the College, see…


Added by Bromley College on October 25, 2012 at 15:02 — No Comments

Olympic standard physical training comes to Weston College

The chance to train at Olympic sporting standard is on offer for Weston College students following the arrival of new hi-tech equipment.

The College's Fitness Suite, on the top floor of the Knightstone Campus, now houses a range of TechnoGym cardio-vascular machines of the kind used in the London Olympic Village.…


Added by Tom Henry on October 25, 2012 at 14:28 — No Comments


On Tuesday 16th October 2012 Hereward College has welcomed a visit from Edward Timpson MP, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State (Children & Families).  Mr Timpson was appointed to his ministerial position following the recent re-shuffle and one of his main responsibilities will be taking forward the proposed new special educational needs…


Added by Hereward College on October 25, 2012 at 11:27 — No Comments

Unionlearn welcomes report on FE Professionalism

Unionlearn today (Thursday 25th October 2012) welcomed the publication of the final report from the independent review panel on professionalism in further education, chaired by Lord Lingfield. The report has proposals for a new professional body for further education lecturers to be known as the FE Guild and a new 'covenant' between colleges and their staff regarding professional development.


Responding to the proposals, unionlearn director Tom Wilson…


Added by Emma Burnell on October 25, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

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