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Students Visit New Build Site

Thursday 25 October 2018

On Tuesday 16 October and Thursday 18 October, Construction Crafts (Plumbing) and Construction and the Built Environment students from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) visited the build of the college’s new campus. As part of the enrichment activity, students were given a tour of the building which is to be completed by the end of 2019.

ISG, the construction services company responsible for the college’s redevelopment, gave the students a safety induction and held a presentation at the office. Students had the chance to discuss the construction process with a graduate trainee and a member of the commercial team. RuTC students then had a tour where they were able to have a preview of the new campus building.

Alison Jones, Employment Skills Co-ordinator at RuTC, said: “ISG were great hosts and not only provided all personal protective equipment for our use during the tour but also equipped the group with a copy of the designer report which will aid students as they are doing work on this now as part of their course.”

Find out more about Construction Crafts and Construction and the Built Environment courses at RuTC and follow the progress of our new building live!!

Over the last twelve months, students and staff from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) raised over £770 for ‘Shooting Star Chase’, the leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. RuTC is excited to support the charity for the second year in a row as it is a vital part of the local community with its two hospices based in Hampton and Guildford.

Supporting ‘Shooting Star Chase’ is important to RuTC, as it contributes to the charity’s commitment to provide essential care to children and their families from diagnosis to end of life and every stage in between. The charity is there for the families 365 days a year offering medical, practical and emotional support.

Every year, the charity organises a number of fun fundraising ideas, such as the 5p Challenge, which alone raised £340 at RuTC. Additionally, students and staff also organised a Christmas Jumper Day and Cake Bake Sale which resulted in £300, and The Life Skills C group did a raffle which added another £130. These fundraisings do not only benefit ‘Shooting Star Chase’, but can also develop our students’ employability skills as they learn how to organise events, engage people’s attention and establish marketing strategies.

Sharon Cousins, Assistant Principal Student Experience at RuTC, said: “’Shooting Star Chase’ is a very worthwhile charity which RuTC actively supports. We are delighted that the money students and staff raised will benefit such an important service to the local community.”

Find out more about 'Shooting Star Chase' and their amazing work!

Colleges Week at RuTC

Monday 8 October 2018

From Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018, Colleges Week, which is part of the ‘Love our Colleges’ campaign, is taking place again. It is designed to highlight the brilliant work colleges do day in and day out and to raise awareness for the decrease in college funding. The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

Whether it is through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Richmond upon Thames College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”

Leading up to Colleges Week, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosts an Open Event on Saturday 13 October, 10am-2pm and another one on Wednesday 17 October, 5-8pm. These events are the perfect opportunity for prospective students to get to know their teachers and other students, find out more about the courses at RuTC and get a feeling for the college’s environment. Additionally, our principal Robin Ghurbhurun will hold talks throughout these dates informing about the college’s excellent results and future plans, such as the completion of the new campus at the end of 2019.

Through these experiences, students, parents and the local community can get a sense of the important work colleges do and what big role they play in helping people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions.

For more information about Colleges Week and how to participate visit

Petition - Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

Colleges are calling on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. This will give all students a fair chance, give college staff fair pay and provide the high-quality skills the country needs. Click here to sign the petition now.

Book your open event at RuTC online now and be an active part of this year’s Colleges Week!


On Monday 1 October, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students had the chance to gain an insight into the student life at the University of Cambridge. Fergus Powell, Schools Liaison Officer at Homerton College, which just celebrated 250 years, visited RuTC and spoke to more than 60 of our students. Not only did he explain the university and the college specific structure, but also how students profit from university life and a university degree in general. In group discussions and workshops students were given an understanding of the application process and worked on effective personal statements which are an essential part of the application.

Alicia Seaman, A Level Student at RuTC, said: “The talk was very informative and relevant not only for the application process at Cambridge or Oxford, but any university.”

The talk was organised by RuTC’s Students’ Union and marked the start of several events revolving around Black History Month. Chanay Ismael, Secretary, Marketing, Events and Enrichment Officer of the Students’ Union, said: “It was a great event for students of all backgrounds to find out more about the University of Cambridge itself and the work it is doing to improve BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) representation. The workshop and looking at the university’s application process was very insightful for students in their final year.”

Fergus Powell, who graduated from the University of Cambridge himself last year, hopes that RuTC students found the talk and workshop helpful and would be happy to come back next year.

Find out more about the courses at Richmond upon Thames College.

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