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RuTC Secures Further Funding Across Multiple Subject Areas

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) has successfully secured a number of grants throughout different subject areas, namely Sports, Supported Learning and Graphics. RuTC recently reported on the success of a £3,500 funding grant for the art department’s purchase of Google’s new virtual ‘Tilt’ paintbrush and are pleased to be creating more opportunities for students through further funding.

This month, Mark Borough, Sports Development Manager at RuTC, secured a grant of £1,644 from London Sport, a charity empowering London to become happier, healthier and stronger through sport. The grant enables RuTC to become a ‘Satellite Club’ for UV glow-in-the-dark football sessions for women. The equipment is currently being purchased and the classes will start in January. Mark commented, “This award not only allows us to specifically encourage girls, but it also allows us to add further value to our existing enrichment programme, curriculum and college activities through running UV badminton, volleyball, table tennis, dance and football classes.”

Katy Parnell, Supported Learning Lecturer, also secured a grant of £3,900 from St. James’s Place Foundation, a charity providing grants for young people with a physical or mental disability, in addition to £750 from the Jack Petchey Foundation, a charity encouraging young people to embrace new opportunities. Both grants will be used for LEGO System Therapy, which focuses on the advantage of the inherently rewarding nature of LEGO activities. The approach uses a number of important elements including collaborative building, problem-solving, verbal and non-verbal communication.

Tim Pond, Graphics Lecturer at RuTC, has also secured funding from the Wellcome Trust to run three workshops with the Royal Veterinary College, allowing students to learn about zoological drawings by using real veterinary specimens. The classes will start in January and will equip students with further knowledge, understanding and transferable skills. Tim has been working with the Royal Veterinary College on their ‘Widening Participation Scheme’, encouraging further learning for students from comprehensive schools and colleges whose parents have not attended university.

Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO and Principal at RuTC, commented “Our teachers have been fantastic in the way they’ve gone above and beyond to seek and secure new and unique opportunities. Recent funding across Art, Graphics, Sports and Supported Learning will make an incredible difference to many of our students as we continuously strive to provide the best learning experience possible.”

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