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Richmond upon Thames College would like to wish you all the very best of luck in your exams and assessments.

A group of over 40 AS Level Sociology students at Richmond upon Thames College filled a classroom on Tuesday 19th April to listen to Valerie Heys, specialist Lecturer and Professor of Education at University of Sussex. Valerie discussed the topic of gender and education, which was of particular interest to AS Level students who will soon be sitting an exam including the module of ‘Culture and Education’. The session lasted one hour and the department was delighted with the turnout of passionate and motivated students.

Matt Beer, Deputy Editor for Autosport at Haymarket Media Group, visited Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) yesterday to speak to A Level English students about pursuing a career in journalism. Matt explored the competitiveness of the industry in the digital age, covering the shift of content from being print only to be being largely distributed online. Matt also highlighted the benefits of taking the Apprenticeship route into journalism as RuTC currently have five apprentices with Haymarket Media Group.

Today the BBC Asian Network visited Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) to work with students across all subject areas in a series of workshops. The BBC Asian Network also introduced students to the BBC Digital Traineeship, an 8 week scheme comprising of a 4 week study period and a 4 week placement. The traineeship is aimed at young students who have not yet secured employment and who have qualifications below that of a Level 3 BTEC. Currently there are 25 providers of the BBC Digital Traineeship throughout England, aiming to equip young people with the skills required to flourish in the digital age.

The Vice President of the National Union of Students (NUS) for Further Education (FE), Shakira Martin, visited Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) on Tuesday 11th April. Shakira shared the inspiring story of her own educational journey and motivated students to think about the impact of the Government’s post-16 area review of education and training. Currently representing 1.4 million students, Shakira attends regular meetings with the Government’s Area Review Board and is working to allow students to attend alongside her. She is actively encouraging students to engage with Government cuts to education through the NUS ‘FE Unplugged’ campaign and has invited RuTC students to attend roundtable debates with other colleges.

On Wednesday 6th February a group of 20 Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students participated in a ‘Smarter Planet’ workshop with IBM. Students were hand-picked as the college’s top performers and spent the day with IMB Educational Specialist, Cailean Hargrave. Throughout the day students gained insight into the IBM recruitment process as well as an insight into IBM’s activity in the digital space. Students were later asked to pitch their own ‘Smarter Planet’ ideas to a panel of judges.

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) student, Sherwin Mauro, walked away with a bronze medal at the 2016 International Salon Culinaire competition, one of the most prestigious chef competition programmes incorporating over 80 classes over the course of four days. Sherwin is 18 years old and from Chiswick, studying RuTC’s Professional Cookery L2 NVQ Diploma. The competition formed part of Hotelympia which took place at the London Excel centre from 29th February until 3rd March 2016 and is the UK's largest and most important foodservice and hospitality events for any student or professional wanting to gain access to the industry. The competition was open to contenders internationally.

The science department at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) was proud to celebrate Science Week in brand new classrooms with improved equipment and facilities across Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Science Week took place from 11th – 20th March as an annual celebration featuring a range of fascinating and engaging national, regional and local activities across the UK. Teachers at RuTC worked with students on quizzes, demonstrations and competitions in the new classrooms, which have been built as part of the college’s transition to the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus.

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) has built upon the success of last year’s Young Chef of the Year competition. The competition is organised by James Unwin, Catering Manager at RuTC, who invites Year 10 and 11 school students to participate from across South and West London. Students form catering teams to represent their school and those who make it to the finals are invited to prepare a 2 course meal which is tasted by a host of guests including Head Teachers, parents, RuTC alumni and more.

On Tuesday 15th March around 1,000 students embraced the opportunity to attend the RuTC Work and Training Fair. Over 40 public and private employers showcased the various career paths available to students, including the likes of Disney, BT, IBM, Harlequins, St John Ambulance, Tuckers Solicitors LLP, CBRE, the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Air Force amongst more. Employers already working in partnership with RuTC through apprenticeship schemes also attended, including Haymarket Media Group and NPL.

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