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On Wednesday 12th September, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated and showcased past and present students’ designs and illustrations from the past 50 years, with a private viewing held at The Exchange in Twickenham.

Over 55 guests attended the event including Tom Box, RuTC alumnus and co-founder of Blue Zoo Animation Studio. After completing his studies in 1997, Tom went on to study Computer Visualisation & Animation at Bournemouth University, before founding Blue Zoo with three fellow students. As part of the exhibition, Tom presented a showreel of recent company work along with his BAFTA nominated short animation film, Mamoon, which he executively produced.

The exhibition celebrates past alumni and current students’ graphic design work including prints of famous and iconic work from RuTC alumni, Pennie Smith and Barney Bubbles, who contributed to various art and design work associated with the British music scene between the late 1960s and 1980s. The exhibition includes some famous pieces, including the iconic ‘London Calling’ album cover by The Clash, which was photographed by RuTC alumnus, Pennie Smith in 1979.

This FREE exhibition takes place on the first floor of The Exchange and runs until late December.

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On Thursday 6th September, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the exceptional achievements and successes of some its students at the annual Student Awards ceremony, which was held at the Exchange in Twickenham.

This is the first year that the college Student Awards ceremony was held at the Exchange, a brand new creative venue. Over 160 guests attended the ceremony including the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Ben Khosa, students, parents, staff and members of the local community.

RuTC was pleased to welcome back alumnus, Jack Eldridge, who inspired the audience as he spoke about his journey since leaving RuTC in 2011. After completing his A Levels, Jack started an Apprenticeship with the Cabinet Office. Since then, and after multiple promotions, he is now the Head of Business Planning at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Jack said: "It was extremely flattering to be invited back by RuTC to speak at their student awards. As always, there have been some truly amazing successes over the last year and the college does a fantastic job in recognising that, year on year, they have some incredibly talented and hard-working students come through their ranks."

Robin Ghurbhurun CEO and Principal says: “this was another successful year at our student award ceremony. It was amazing to recognise the efforts and achievement of some of our students and celebrate with their families and teachers. Many of our students will be progressing to university, starting apprenticeships, or progressing onto the next level of their course. All of our winners have a unique story that makes them special and we are incredibly proud of them and their achievements.”

Music student, Michael Fuller, who composed and performed his own composition called ‘Eternal Peace’, entertained guests at the Awards. Michael also won the award for Greatest Contribution to College Life and will be attending Royal Holloway University, where he will study Music.

Dance students performed a piece from the Wizard of Oz, ‘Ease on Down the Road’. This lively piece was performed by second year BTEC Level 3 Dance students and included Ellie-Rae Andrews who won the award for Performing Arts. Ellie will be going on to Stella Mann Performing Arts College in Bedford to study Dance.

Others included Harai Berhane who won the Award for Art and Design. Harai began at college studying the Level 1 in Art and Design and has worked his way up to the Level 2 and Level 3 and has been offered a place at the University of Middlesex to study Furniture and Product Design. Engineering student Edward O’Brien received a D*D*D* for his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and will be studying Engineering at University College London. Young mother, Georgia Ballard, won the award for Health and Social Care after receiving D*D*D* in her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, gaining the highest grades for her course whilst balancing the demands of motherhood.

Jonathan Corfield won the Outstanding Achievement award for an academic pathway, gaining four As in Government and Politics, History, Maths and Further Maths. Jonathan will be studying Mathematics and Economics at the University of Nottingham. Jonathan says: “I am very proud of my time at RuTC and I am immensely grateful to my teachers, whose dedication and approachability helped me gain the results I wanted.”

RuTC was pleased to welcome recruitment company Morgan Hunt as the official sponsor of the Apprenticeship Award this year. Morgan Hunt is proud to be the leading national recruitment partner to the Further Education sector since 2005 and has worked with Richmond upon Thames College for a number and continues to be a valued partner.

Take a look at some of the Student Awards highlights including some of our winners in the gallery below.


Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Graphic and Illustration past and present students will have their work on display at The Exchange in Twickenham until Christmas, with a private viewing on the evening of Wednesday 12 September.

The exhibition celebrates past and present student’s work, boasting beautiful designs and illustration from over 50 years of design at RuTC. The exhibition includes some famous pieces, including the iconic ‘London Calling’ album cover by The Clash, which was photographed by RuTC alumnus, Pennie Smith in 1979. The collection also included work by Barney Bubbles, who contributed to various design work associated with the 1970s and 1980s British independent music scene. RuTC alumnus, Tom Box, Co-founder and Managing Director of Blue Zoo Animations will also be showing his BAFTA nominated short animation film, Mamoon.

Tim Pond, Graphic Design and Illustration lecturer at RuTC, says: “This is an exciting exhibition and with so many talented artists who have studied the course, the exhibition is the perfect way to recognise and celebrate the talent that has been coming out of Richmond upon Thames College for years. We would like to thank the staff at The Exchange in Twickenham who have been a key part in facilitating the exhibition and Hamilton’s, one of the world’s leading photography galleries, for donating bespoke picture frames. We’re always looking for talented students to come and study with us. In return, we can offer the right environment for their skills to flourish!”

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 On Thursday 16 August, Richmond upon Thames College was pleased to report its A Level results for 2018. This year, there were 352 entries (the highest number in the borough of Richmond) across 30 subjects and these results represent achievement on a grand scale.

The overall A Level pass rate was 94% with 63% of students gaining A*-C grades. 16 A Level subjects achieved 100% pass rates.

Students who previously attended Richmond borough schools achieved an impressive overall pass rate of over 97% with 69% of students gaining A*-C grades.

The college expects around 350 students will be going on to university, including many Russell group universities.

Student, Andreea Tatu from Whitton, joined Richmond upon Thames College three years ago after arriving in the UK from Romania. She achieved grade A in Sociology, grade A in Business and grade B in Maths and has secured her place at the University of Birmingham to study International Business. She says, “RuTC is more than just a college – it became my ‘second home’ where I spent three years developing and learning new skills. I would love to say thank you to every single member of staff who supported and encouraged me throughout my GCSE and A Level courses. I am delighted with my results and cannot wait to go to university.”

Principal, Robin Ghurbhurun, commented, “As one of the largest providers of A Level programmes in London our 2018 results continue to place us as one of the top performing colleges. It is a credit to students, their families and staff that consistently good standards are achieved across our A level programmes. Also, I am delighted that our professional vocational programmes have recorded continued improvements on the previous year, placing Richmond upon Thames College as a destination of choice for both academic and technical qualifications in west London. I wish our departing students all the very best in achieving their ambitions as they head off to university or employment. We now look forward to building successful futures for our new students enrolling with us this September.”

On Friday 6 July 2018, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted its first Teaching and Learning Conference in partnership with the External Quality Review (EQR), the largest peer review scheme in the post-16 education sector.

The day comprised over 20 different sessions, which were attended by over 100 teachers and other educational professionals from 22 different FE and 6th Form colleges all over the country.

The conference also featured keynote speeches from educational consultant, author and blogger, Tom Sherrington, and Paul Hadjipieris, Instructional Designer from the University of California San Diego.

Clare Dignum, Teaching and Learning Manager at RuTC, said, “We wanted to share the great practice happening across colleges who are a part of the EQR scheme, whilst giving our own staff the opportunity to attend a full conference and be inspired by the likes of Tom Sherrington. The feedback from everyone has been extremely upbeat and I am delighted that the conference was such a success.”

Calista Francis, interim Quality and Improvement Manager at Westminster Adult Education Services added, “The teaching and learning team at RuTC organised an inspirational, thought provoking conference which has made me return to my institution enthused and totally energised.”

RuTC CEO and Principal, Robin Ghurbhurun, commented, “Our first Teaching and Learning Conference was very inspiring and made for a brilliant day. It was great to see so many outstanding practitioners attend from across the region.”

“I am proud of what my staff at Richmond upon Thames College have achieved and this conference will now be an annual feature on the post-16 education calendar”.

You can view coverage of the event on Twitter using the hashtag #RuTCEQR25


On Saturday 7 July 2018, a group of staff and students from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) participated in the annual Pride in London Parade – London’s largest celebration of equality and diversity.

The group’s participation marked the fourth time that RuTC has participated in Pride in London celebrations. RuTC’s annual participation is organised by SHOUT (the college’s LGBTQ+ society) but students and staff from all areas of the college attend, with participation increasing year on year.

Earlier in the month, students attended a production of the London musical Kinky Boots at London’s Adelphi theatre. Kinky Boots tells the story of a shoemaker trying to save his business with the help from a drag queen.

Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer and Staff Governor at RuTC, said, “We are extremely committed to making sure our staff and students feel represented and fully support them in being themselves. Pride in London is just one of many events we participate in on an annual basis to help celebrate our diversity.”

You can view more of our Pride journeys using the hashtag #ProudToBeRuTC on Facebook and Twitter.



First-time participants, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) sports students, came third out of 28 teams who entered the annual beach touch rugby tournament at West Wittering Beach in Chichester on Friday 22 June, in association with RFU Colleges and AoC Sport.

The tournament is in its seventh year, but for some of the RuTC team, this was their first experience of touch and beach rugby. Students saw this as an opportunity to have some fun trying a different sport, so coming third was an unexpected bonus.

Mark Brough, Commercial Facilities Manager at RuTC, says: “Although the atmosphere at the event were extremely relaxed, there was still an element of competition amongst the teams, however, it was all good natured and friendly. The weather and the location were fantastic and the students had a great time and were exceptional ambassadors for Richmond upon Thames College.”

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Each year Richmond upon Thames College’s Engineering department holds a special awards ceremony for apprentices on their first year of the Engineering Design and Draughtsperson Level 3 Apprenticeship.

This year our lecturers have found it difficult to select award winners as all apprentices performed to a very high standard with the highest possible predicted grades.

Dawn Thompson Regional Account Manager for ECITB presented certificates to seven apprentices for successful completion of the Smartplant 3D and PDMS training.

Student Cameron Bennett won the Mike Reynolds Apprentice of the Year Award, presented by Tim Smith Mechanical Department Manager from Jacobs.

The final award went to Lewis Cunningham for HNC Student of the Year, sponsored by KBR and presented by Chief Design Engineer, Terry Stone.

Curriculum Manager for Engineering and Technology, Mark Rogers says: “The apprentices have worked extremely hard in completing all the various elements and have been a credit to themselves and the employers that they work for.”

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On Friday 15 June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) and its construction partner, ISG, marked a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Twickenham college site with a ground breaking ceremony.

The ceremony celebrated the beginning of construction of the phase 1 building, a major part of RuTC’s new £80 million world class state of the art campus.

Over 70 people attended the event which was hosted by Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO of RuTC, Richard White, Project Director for ISG. Will Whitmore, RuTC construction crafts apprentice, was given the responsibility to officially break ground and mark the start of the building project.

Robin Ghurbhurun, said, “I’m delighted that we have now started the first phase of the new college campus. We’re working with regional and national employers and partners on this project and the building will be approx. 15,000 square metres, 5 stories and 20 metres in height”. He added, “I would like to thank everyone who has been on this journey with us and for your commitment and expertise in helping create, what will truly become, a world class post-16 centre of excellence”.

ISG Project Director, Richard White, added, “ISG is excited to be involved in the project which will be an inspirational development for many years to come”.

Barbara Gilgallon, Chair of RuTC governing body, said, “The breaking ground ceremony is symbolic for us in a crucial way. It is the start of a journey that represents a physical manifestation of what we truly believe to be a truly groundbreaking exercise. The new building with provide a state of the art facility responsive to the demand of a new style of teaching and learning suited to the modern world”.

Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham and strong supporter of further education thanked everybody who had “helped steer a very tricky project through to the breaking ground stage. He acknowledged that in many ways the start of the new building was a great triumph for adversity, with many real challenges to the FE sector, and that he was delighted that Robin Ghurbhurun has been able to steer this project to completion”.

Other guests included staff and governors from RuTC, ISG personnel representatives from key organisations and partners that are involved in this major project which will benefit the local and regional community for many years to come.

The phase 1 building is due for completion at the end of 2019 and will provide an exciting and innovative new learning environment within the ground of the current college site. Around 3,000 students, employers, along with public and local community will be able to take advantage of the wide range of fantastic facilities that will be housed within the new building, these include TV studio, theatre, 3D prototyping FabLab, art gallery, 60 cover silver service Chef’s Academy with views over Twickenham, business incubation spaces, spa and wellness centre, sports centre and digital golf studio.

Whilst construction of the new building takes place, the college continues as business as usual with minimum disruption to current students who continue to receive excellent teaching and training in the original college buildings.

The redevelopment of the whole 22 acre site is a partnership between Richmond upon Thames College, Haymarket Media Group, Harlequins, Clarendon School, and Richmond Council.


Acting students from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) produced and performed a powerful performance for their end of year show with Bohemia, an adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s award winning musical, Rent, which focuses on themes and topics that have influenced the LGBT community and inspired the students to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

This May, students studying the UAL Performing Arts (Acting) Extended Level 3 Diploma produced and performed the musical, raising over £60 in ticket sales for the Terrence Higgins Trust. This performance came before the start of Pride month, which the college’s LGBT group, SHOUT, will be supporting with both staff and students by attending the annual Pride parade in London on Saturday 7 July.

Mary Cassidy, Performing Arts lecturer said; “Well done to all the second year Performing Arts students for an excellent final show which is a celebration of all their hard work over the past two years. Most students are now heading off to either drama school or university to study drama. Best wishes and good luck to all of the students as they move on to the next stage of their careers."

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