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White Ribbon Campaign and Workshops

Wednesday 12 December 2018

For the first time, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) was involved in the global White Ribbon Campaign. This awareness raising campaign encourages men and boys to recognise and stand against violence perpetrated against women and girls. The campaign acknowledges that abuse can be committed by anyone against anyone, but specifically targets male on female violence as this is the statistically the most common form of abuse.

The campaign starts on 25 November each year and runs for 16 days. This year RuTC worked with Richmond Council Services, Refuge (a national domestic violence charity), Victim Support and Achieving for Children to run a series of workshops for students. These workshops focused on healthy relationships, recognising relationship abuse and how to get support if needed. During the two weeks, the campaign was also promoted to students and staff through display materials and handouts and white ribbons were given out to show support.

The White Ribbon website states the campaign’s mission to “end male violence against women, once and for all.”

Find out more about White Ribbon and how to support the campaign at https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/

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On Friday 23 November, nine of Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) apprentices, who work at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), celebrated the end of their apprenticeship programme with a graduation ceremony held at NPL’s offices.

During their 12-18 month courses, all of the apprentices were supported by RuTC’s specialist employer engagement department, Training Solutions. Seven graduated in Business Administration, one in IT and one in Digital Marketing and they have all been offered positions with NPL. RuTC has now seen 21 apprentices graduate with them.

JT Janssen, NPL’s Director of Research, gave the opening speech at the ceremony, followed by Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and Chief Executive of RuTC. Both spoke highly of the graduates’ hard work. Robin Ghurbhurun said, “It was a fantastic event as ever but what really struck me was how impressive our apprentices are and the experience NPL has provided them with.”

Amy Woolford, one of RuTC’s graduating apprentices whose job role involves Health, Safety, Environment and Security at NPL, said, “During my time at NPL I have been exposed to different sides of the business, which allowed me to choose a path for my career that interests me. Throughout my apprenticeship I earned a salary whilst learning and the bonus is that I found a career that I enjoy. It’s amazing the amount of trust NPL has in their apprentices and the support from of our college tutor was incredible. Her dedication meant we all were as successful as we could be.”

Finton McCluskey, one of RuTC’s graduating apprentices and working at NPL’s Quantum project management office, said, “Over the 14 month course, I have learned a great deal about the inner workings of the business, the principles of administration and have built up a network of like-minded colleagues. Richmond upon Thames College has facilitated this greatly; the one-to-one sessions as well as classes at the college itself have proven to be very useful. NPL has now taken me on full-time, extending my contract as administrative support in the Quantum project management office.”

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On Wednesday 21 November, three Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students each won a Jack Petchey Award at the annual ceremony held at The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames. The Jack Petchey award initiative recognises outstanding young people between the ages of 11-25 throughout London and Essex and allows students and staff to celebrate their efforts, endeavours and achievements. The winners were presented with the awards by the Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond Cllr Ben Khosa (pictured above, left).

“We do it because we want to help young people raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society” said Sir Jack Petchey CBE.

Ben Hamilton, former RuTC Media student, won the autumn term award for showing dedication and commitment to his course despite challenging personal circumstances. He was a great role model to his classmates, received the highest final grade of D* and is now studying at Portsmouth university for a degree.

RuTC A Level student Bethannie York (pictured above, right) won the spring term award in recognition of her work with the Hounslow Young Carers association where she mentors younger children. Bethannie is involved in many community projects and represents her peers at meeting such as the local Youth Council and at consultations with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Isaac Skrzypczyk (pictured above, middle) won the summer term award due to his contribution to the college community. Isaac studies A Levels at RuTC, is the Students’ Union equality and diversity officer and participates in various enrichment groups. In addition, he campaigns for equality and human rights issues and is a great student leader.

Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer at RuTC, said: “This event is a celebration of our students who have won the Jack Petchey Award in the previous academic year, and is an important and vital part of the Award Scheme which helps us to celebrate the achievement of our students.”

Find out more about RuTC students who were given this award in 2017!

At the beginning of November, 21 Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) level 2 students from a range of subjects took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) Term Time Programme for 15 to 17 year olds. The programme included a four day residential trip to Devon, where students participated in rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and rafting. These activities helped them to develop team work and communication as well as problem solving skills.

In addition to the residential weekend, the students worked in two teams to support a community social action project. One team raised awareness for the ETNA Community Centre in Twickenham, which serves the people living in East Twickenham and St Margarets, providing them with a place they can meet and pursue a variety of interest. The team collected more than £120, which will go towards ETNA’s project of building a new community kitchen. The other team packed bags in a local Sainsbury’s store and raised over £450 for SPEAR, a local charity supporting people experiencing homelessness in South and West London. Overall, the teams volunteered 125 hours.

The programme concluded with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday 27 November, celebrating the students’ achievements throughout the NCS Term Time Programme.

With more than 33,000 visitors from London and the home counties last year, 15-24 year olds and their families can discover career opportunities again at this year’s Skills London. On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November, the ExCeL Centre will be filled with interactive and inspirational activities and demonstrations and will help young people to bridge the gap between their passion and their career.

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) will be exhibiting over the two days, giving students and their families the opportunity to get to know the college and its courses. Visitors will learn about the development of our new college campus due for completion at the end of 2019. Students can find out which pathway may suit them after their GCSEs, use professional construction equipment and discover what makes RuTC a Microsoft Showcase College. Students can apply for courses in September 2019 during your visit and enter a competition to win a tablet.

Meet RuTC staff and students at stand 435 on 23 and 24 November from 9:30am to 4pm in the ExCeL Centre!

To find out more about Skills London or to book free tickets online, please visit www.skillslondon.co.uk.

IGNITE 2019

Friday 16 November 2018

 Richmond upon Thames College hosts IGNITE 2019 a spectacular dance event on Wednesday 16th January, showcasing talented performers from dance schools across the local area as part of a sensational show. 'Ignite' is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Dance department blending a mix of youth and experience and featured performances from a host of local dance schools including Richmond College. Please join us for the another unique evening showcasing talented dance performers from the local community.

When

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 7.30pm 

Where

Edumnd Kean Theatre, Richmond upon Thames College

Tickets

Adults - £6

Concessions (under 18 over 60’s) - £4

Please purchase your ticket in advance at www.ticketsource.co.uk/rutc

For more information please contact the Box Office:

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Find out more about stuydying Dance at Richmond upon Thames College by clicking here.

Pitstop Panto

Friday 16 November 2018

 

Join us for fun, laughter and family entertainment in a collection on pantomimes. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan.

When

Wednesday 19 December 2018, 7pm (there will be a 12:50pm performance on the 19 December)

Where

Edumnd Kean Theatre, Richmond upon Thames College

Tickets

Adults - £5

Concessions (under 18 over 60’s) - £3

For more information and to book please contact the Box Office:

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Find out more about stuydying Performing Arts at Richmond upon Thames College by clicking here.

Come Alive - Dance Show

Friday 16 November 2018

 

Join the UAL Dancers for their Christmas Performance of ‘Come Alive’ set during a night in a Gallery. Watch paintings and pictures come to life as the dancers perform in a variety of styles ranging from up tempo jazz numbers to atmospheric contemporary pieces. 

When

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December 2018, 7pm (plus a 12.50pm performance on 12 December)

Where

Edumnd Kean Theatre, Richmond upon Thames College

Tickets

Adults - £5

Concessions (under 18 over 60’s) - £3

For more information and to book please contact the Box Office:

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Find out more about stuydying Dance at Richmond upon Thames College by clicking here.

Winter Music Concert

Friday 16 November 2018

This Charity concert is organised by our second year Extended Diploma in Music students. They, along with first year students, will perform a wide range of musical items. This year the proceeds go to the Rays of Sunshine charity, who work with seriously ill and disabled children to brighten their lives. Tickets are £6 (£3) concessions and there will be refreshments and a collection. All profits and collections will be donated to Rays of Sunshine.

When

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Where

Edumnd Kean Theatre, Richmond upon Thames College

Tickets

Adults - £6

Concessions (under 18 over 60’s) - £3

For more information and to book please contact the Box Office:

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Find out more about the charity here: www.raysofsunshine.org.uk

Find out more about stuydying Music at Richmond upon Thames College by clicking here.

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded status as a prestigious Microsoft Showcase College.

The Microsoft Showcase College programme is part of Microsoft’s Education Initiative – a global network of institutions using technology to improve teaching and learning.

Showcase colleges are supported by Microsoft to focus on personalised learning for students through the use of one-to-one devices and Office 365 Education, Teams, OneNote, Skype and more. They also share ideas and are given the opportunity to host education events.

Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and Chief Executive of Richmond upon Thames College, said, “I am delighted Richmond upon Thames College has been designated a Microsoft Showcase College. Our commitment to innovation in technology for learning and business will be enhanced by this partnership with Microsoft and its family of other pioneering institutions across the globe. Membership of the group will undoubtedly match our 2020+ journey for learning and skills, creating a smart campus for our students and staff”.

He added, “Becoming a Microsoft Showcase College is a great honour for the college and an exciting and important step for Richmond upon Thames College’s future. We are currently building a brand new college on our current Twickenham site which will open its doors at the beginning of 2020 and will become a first class further education college and a technical and professional hub for west London providing the latest technology for students and staff along with state-of-the-art facilities”.

“With ever-changing technology, it is vital that as a leading education and training provider, we provide our students with the latest cutting-edge technology that will enhance their learning experiences and better prepare them for their future careers.”

“It is a great privilege to be working closely with one of the world’s leading technology corporations and Microsoft’s commitment to digital skills and education aligns closely with Richmond upon Thames College’s purpose to drive aspiration, ambition and achievement.”

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