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December 2009 Press Releases (34)

New group supports young parents in Nottingham

New College Nottingham (ncn) and Basford Children's Centre in Nottingham held a special event on Tuesday 15 December at a local community centre to launch a new ‘Young Mums, Dads and Carers Group’.

Starting in January 2010, the group aims to give young parents and carers the confidence to consider returning to education, as well as teaching them practical parenting skills such as cooking for young children and first aid. It will also offer career advice taster sessions in… Continue

Added by Lucy Mulloy on December 22, 2009 at 11:53 — No Comments

Complete the Apprenticeship and NVQ survey and be in with a chance to win £100 of Pearson goodies

Pearson Education is conducting some research into Apprenticeships and NVQs in the following sectors:

- Business & Administration

- Customer Service

- Retail

If you are involved in delivering these qualifications and have 15-20 minutes to spare, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NVQs_Apprenticeships and complete the survey. If you leave your contact details at the end of the survey, we… Continue

Added by LewisBirchon on December 18, 2009 at 15:02 — No Comments

Tim leaves to take on Darlington’s top job

West Nottinghamshire College has said a fond farewell to deputy principal Tim Grant, who has left to become principal of Darlington College.

Tim joined the college in September 2006 and played a key role in many of its recent successes and achievements including its grade 1 ‘outstanding’ Ofsted result in July 2008 and Beacon college status in January this year.

He was also part of the team that spearheaded the college’s £8.1 million… Continue

Added by Rebecca Short on December 18, 2009 at 13:12 — No Comments

From telecoms to taps thanks to New Career Skills

She’s always been a woman in a man’s world, but now self-styled “plumberess” Debbie Sales is making that world her own.

The 45-year-old from Battlesbridge in Essex saw the economic downturn coming long before she was made redundant and decided to retrain as a plumber with New Career Skills, which offers courses to those seeking a new direction as an electrician, plumber or professional property marketer.

Debbie said she could see the end coming in her once high-flying… Continue

Added by Steven Smith on December 18, 2009 at 12:36 — No Comments


Protocol National, the UK’s largest provider of staff education services to the Further Education sector, has announced a three-year ‘Stripe Sponsorship’ deal with The BLOODHOUND Project, to introduce and promote this iconic Engineering Adventure to the FE sector.

The deal was agreed after a successful collaboration at the recent Association of Colleges annual conference where, as part of its event sponsorship, Protocol National featured the BLOODHOUND SSC (Super Sonic Car) show car… Continue

Added by Kate Downs on December 18, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Building region’s skills for climate change

Building region’s skills for climate change

Employers across the West Midlands can now get advice on becoming greener and reducing the region’s carbon footprint thanks to the Skills for Climate Change project run by Birmingham Metropolitan College and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

This innovative regional project, Skills for Climate Change and Sustainable Development will focus on reducing CO2 emissions from existing… Continue

Added by Shobby Patel on December 17, 2009 at 11:00 — No Comments

Celebrating diversity at Central Sussex College!

Central Sussex College celebrated Diversity Week 2009 was in November and December, with over 2,800 staff and students attending events at the Crawley and Haywards Heath campuses throughout the two week programme.

Staff and students at the Sixth Form Haywards Heath campus kicked off the activities in November. The aim was to give students and tutors a chance to participate in fun yet thought-provoking activities, and get them… Continue

Added by Victoria Lockwood on December 16, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service chooses College students as first volunteers

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed Uniformed Public Services students from Chesterfield College as the first to join its pilot volunteer scheme. Following this pilot, it’s hoped that the scheme can be rolled out from North Derbyshire across the entire county.

The Chesterfield College Public Services students faced a thorough interview by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue officers to gauge their interest in becoming… Continue

Added by Chesterfield College on December 16, 2009 at 8:47 — No Comments

Nottingham student wins national radio award

A New College Nottingham (ncn) Multimedia student has been named ‘Best Newcomer’ in the national Student Radio Awards 2009. Martyn Littlewood, 19, received the award at a glittering ceremony hosted by Radio 1 DJ’s on 24 November at the ‘IndigO2’, part of the O2 Arena in London.

Martyn said: “The Student Radio Awards are very well-respected in the radio industry so I’m overwhelmed to have won; it was very emotional. My course at ncn has been extremely helpful and is… Continue

Added by Lucy Mulloy on December 15, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments


Banter over Christmas dinner is as big a part of the festive season as mistletoe and mulled wine. This year jobs and careers (22%) will be the top topic of conversation over Christmas dinner, following discussions about people’s New Year’s resolutions (25%) and how dry or juicy the turkey is (31%), says the Careers Advice Service today*.

Revealing what’s on people’s minds this Christmas, a survey by the Careers Advice Service shows that nearly one in five people are worried about… Continue

Added by Christopher Kang on December 15, 2009 at 13:10 — No Comments

Bishop Burton College students enjoy triple success at National floristry competition

Learners from Bishop Burton College’s Foundation Degree in Floristry Design have enjoyed a clutch of successes at the Society of Florists Annual Show, which was held in Nottingham recently.

First and second year learners all took part; with second year student Pip Croft taking first place in the Flowers and Plants Association Competition, first year learners gaining a second place in the Society of Floristry Annual Show College Competition and… Continue

Added by Rachel Addison on December 15, 2009 at 12:28 — No Comments

Humber region’s first rugby academy proving successful at Bishop Burton College

Bishop Burton College’s rugby academy – the first of its kind in the region – has begun, allowing young sporting talent from across Yorkshire and the Humber to flourish.

The academy, which was the brainchild of College principal Jeanette Dawson and director of sport Nick Gandy, will enable talented young rugby union players to play and train at a high level, while studying for a degree.

Nick Gandy believes the academy addresses a need in the region to retain those young… Continue

Added by Rachel Addison on December 15, 2009 at 12:26 — No Comments

Bishop Burton College first in East Yorkshire to become official Olympic education partners

Bishop Burton has become the first college in the East Riding to be officially recognised as an Olympic education partner after having an application approved by the London 2012 Get Set Network.

The College is already an approved equestrian training base for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools, colleges and local authority education providers across the UK and aims to involve… Continue

Added by Rachel Addison on December 15, 2009 at 12:24 — No Comments

Bishop Burton College sport student delivers hope to schoolchildren during visit to Kenya

Bishop Burton College Sport and Adventure Management student Oli Burns has just returned from a life-changing trip to Kenya where he helped a community rebuild and improve a school in one of the poorest parts of Mombasa.

Oli (21) from Walkington, visited the city as part of a trip organised by Gillshill Primary School in Hull, which is twinned with Vilwakwe School in the slum township of Bombolula.

The purpose of the visit was for representatives of both schools to meet… Continue

Added by Rachel Addison on December 15, 2009 at 12:22 — No Comments

Bishop Burton College farm celebrates brace of fatstock successes

Bishop Burton College farm is celebrating after the cream of the farm’s butcher’s lambs took first prize in their category and were named Supreme Champions at the recent Hull Livestock Market Christmas Fatstock Show.

A group of five of the College’s lambs also took first place in the light lamb section of the Thirsk Christmas Fatstock Show. The lambs were also named reserve champions at the show.

Incredibly, the lambs shown at the Hull show sold for £160 per head to a… Continue

Added by Rachel Addison on December 15, 2009 at 12:11 — No Comments

New College Nottingham celebrates National Skills Academy status

Photograph: Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of Creative & Cultural Skills; Penny Hargreaves, ncn Head of Performing Arts & Music and Geoff Hall, ncn Principal

New College Nottingham (ncn) marked its position as a Founder College of the National Skills Academy (NSA) for Creative & Cultural Skills with a launch event and special performance of ‘Grim’ on Friday 11 December at the ncn Arts Centre.

Through… Continue

Added by Lucy Mulloy on December 14, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Beacon Award Win for New College Nottingham

New College Nottingham (ncn) was named an Association of Colleges Beacon Award winner 2009. The Awards, which this year celebrate 16 years of rewarding outstanding teaching and learning in further education colleges, were announced at a ceremony hosted by comedienne and author Shappi Khorsandi at the AoC’s Annual Conference in Birmingham on November 17.

ncn won the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Award for the Leadership of Innovation in Curriculum Development. The… Continue

Added by Lucy Mulloy on December 14, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

Association for Learning Technology publishes response to HEFCE proposals on Research Excellence Framework

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) today published its response to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)’s proposals for the new Research Excellence Framework (REF), urging HEFCE to adopt clear guidelines to ensure that interdisciplinary fields such as learning technology are properly judged in the REF.

In its response to the HEFCE consultation, ALT warns that many of its members - as with many others in interdisciplinary areas - are located in… Continue

Added by Catherine Dhanjal on December 14, 2009 at 11:30 — No Comments

“Making ICT Accessible and Affordable” - LG to Showcase Innovative Solutions Offering for Education at BETT 2010

Slough, 10 December 2009 - Highlighting how it is helping schools, colleges and universities to deliver more learning value from their ICT budgets , LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in electronics, will be showcasing many of its ground-breaking solutions for education at BETT 2010 (13-16 January 2010, Olympia, London, Stand U128).

The company will also be giving away a free LG Network Monitor Package as a competition prize at the event. Together,… Continue

Added by Sharon Entwistle on December 10, 2009 at 17:04 — No Comments

HowToMoodle announces February 2010 Moodle seminar: Keynote speaker: RAF on elearning and Moodle

The RAF will headline the speaker line-up at HowToMoodle’s February seminar. The specialist training and consultancy firm is running the inaugural seminar to focus on what Version 2.0 of the popular open source course management system Moodle will bring to users plus an update on Moodle’s development path. Andy Perkins, RAF Squadron Leader will present a case study demonstrating how the RAF is using Moodle with 30,000 personnel.

HowToMoodle’s seminar takes place on 23 February 2010 in… Continue

Added by Catherine Dhanjal on December 9, 2009 at 14:49 — No Comments

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