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Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) proudly took centre stage on 22nd January at the annual New Year’s Football Cup Competition organised by West Thames College. RuTC’s Supported Learning students formed a 9 a-side team and soared past West Thames College with a 4-1 win, followed by a 5-1 win against Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. RuTC went on to secure their place as the winners during extra time in the final, resulting in a 3 – 2 win against Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.

On Monday 22nd February Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted its first ever wellness day for employees at the college. All staff were invited to attend and had the option of getting involved with a variety of sporting activities including dance, tag rugby and wheelchair basketball. The day also captured the need for nutrition as healthy snacks were provided. Local organisations including Slimming World, Mind and Kick also got involved by talking to employees and engaging them with give-aways including health magazines and a pedometer.

Earlier this month students from Richmond up Thames College (RuTC) organised a Fish and Chip Quiz night attended by over 40 guests including the college’s staff and Board of Governors. The event was held in Merits, RuTC’s training restaurant and was organised by second year Level 3 Travel and Tourism students as part of their ‘conference and events’ unit. Catering students also helped to organise the event by providing food and drinks throughout the evening whilst Rachel Alexander, second year Level 3 Travel and Tourism student, embraced the role of quiz master. The quiz topics included general knowledge, sport, geography, music and film. Staff members from RuTC’s student services department were lucky enough to win a cash prize of £150. The profit made from ticket sales was used as a lunch reward for the students from both departments involved.

On Friday 12th February Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the life and work of the late Desmond Jones, a local artist and former student of the college. The event was hosted by Merits, RuTC’s training restaurant and was attended by the Mayor of Richmond in addition to Desmond’s friends and family. A selected piece of Desmond’s artwork and accompanying plaque was presented to RuTC’s Principal and CEO, Robin Ghurbhurun, to mark the college’s successful heritage and exciting future. Robin commented: “It is an absolute pleasure to receive artwork which not only highlights our Alumni’s strength of connection to the college, but also marks the start of the college’s new development.”

Over twenty Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Level 3 BTEC Dance students recently embarked on a week-long trip to New York. The trip took place in January and is an annual tradition organised by RuTC’s dance department every other year, allowing students to experience and be inspired by different dance schools across New York city. Hannah Fryer, Dance Lecturer at RuTC stated “the trip allowed students to explore their options in terms of pursuing a dance career. Many of those who went on the trip are considering training in New York as a result of their participation. The next step is for students to apply to programmes offered by the dance institutions we now have strong connections with”.

Last week Harry Fisher, contestant on BBC’s talent competition ‘The Voice’, showcased a private performance for Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students. Harry, who is in his first year studying Drama and Applied Theatre at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, is a local rising star. He auditioned on The Voice in January and was successfully chosen by Boy George for mentorship and is currently progressing to the live show.

Last week the Association of Colleges (AoC) presented Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) supported learning student, Ben Parsons, with a Highly Commended ‘Student of the Year’ award. Ben, who is studying Level 2 BTEC Creative Media, received the award on Monday 1st February 2016 at the Student Success Reception, an invitation only event hosted by AoC in the House of Commons presented by Peter Kyle, Member of Parliament (MP).

Over the last 18 months, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), Clarendon School, Haymarket Media Group, Harlequins, Waldegrave School, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children have been working together to create an innovative Campus for the College site on Egerton Road in Twickenham.

In January 2016 the Department for Education released the school and college performance tables, detailing the achievements of colleges across England and the progress of students aged 16 - 18 in 2014/15. Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) were proud to be listed as the highest ranked Further Education (FE) college in London based on academic results, the second highest ranked FE college in London based on A level results and the third highest ranked FE college in London based on vocational results. The tables follow RuTC’s ranking as ‘good’ by Ofsted in January 2016 for apprenticeships and adult courses.

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) has kicked 2016 off to a fantastic start as media students are presented with an array of opportunities and recognition for their achievements. At the beginning of January senior figures from Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), the leading arts university for the Creative Industries, spent a day with Level 3 BTEC Creative Media Production students to provide UCAS advice, interview tips and portfolio feedback through a series of workshops and one-to-one sessions. Following the visit, the majority of the college’s BTEC Creative Media students will be applying for a place at AUB.

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