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Michael Fuller, who is currently studying for a Performing Arts Level 3 diploma at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), recently featured in an extensive article on the BBC website, BBC London News and the I national newspaper. Michael, who has high functioning autism, is an incredibly talented musician who is able to create symphonies in his head. Michael says that by making music with his mind it helps him express himself and makes him calm. During his time at RuTC and through the help of his teachers and a strong support system, Michael has grown in confidence and is on track to achieve his ambitions of a successful career in the highly competitive performing arts industry – he has been offered a place to study music at Goldsmiths College, West London University and Royal Holloway and is soon to meet voice tutor Stephen Taylor at Oxford University for a vocal consultation.

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Paul Smyth, Disability Officer at the college, says, “I’ve been working closely with Michael over the last 18 months and have seen him develop both personally and in his studies. He is a charming, polite and hugely talented young man who I am sure will achieve his dream of becoming a professional musician, and who knows, maybe one day he will perform his own compositions in the Royal Albert Hall in London - which I know is one of his many musical ambitions!’

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After a really positive response from the Principal, the UAL Level 2 Art and Design group was given the go-ahead to paint a mural on the walls of the link corridor from the Art department towards the refectory.

The students went on a research trip to London to visit the White Cube and Victoria Miro galleries as well as Tate Modern. We looked at the London skyline and used drawing to distort it into abstract and colourful patterns. The live mural brief fitted perfectly into Unit 5 in which students have to solve a creative problem. The circular theme echoed the work of one the artists we looked at in London (Minjung Kim) and gave each student a unique section to work on.

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The mural has brightened up the corridor massively. When these buildings are knocked down to make way for the new college, sections of the mural will be kept as a record of the old building; just like the Berlin wall!

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On Thursday 22 March 2018, Principal and CEO of Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Robin Ghurbhurun signed the Plastic Free RuTC Charter 2018-2019 during a planned day of action.

The event and pledge charter were organised by a passionate group of RuTC students. These students are taking part in My World My Home, an enrichment programme in community campaigning being delivered by environmental charity Friends of the Earth in conjunction with the National Union of Students (NUS).

With the vast majority of the UK's plastic waste not being reused or recycled and up to 12 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea each year, RuTC students and staff voted that plastic waste was the number one environmental issue they wanted to change at RuTC. As part of the My World My Home programme, the students have been working with senior college management to create a charter that pledges to reduce plastic use. The aim is to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic used on campus by 2019, when the new state-of-the-art college building opens. The new building will boast a renewables centre and a low carbon automotive centre. Waste, including the use of paper will also be drastically reduced.

RuTC staff are working closely with the students in reducing plastic waste by decreasing plastic packaging, not giving out plastic straws and raising awareness through videos and physical displays in the refectory.

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RuTC Student, Rufus Irvine, says: “I think the pledge is important as it is both treading the path for other schools to follow and showing that students can make a tangible change”.

RuTC Student, Isaac Skrzypczyk, delivered a compelling and enthusiastic speech to students and staff during the day of action and said, “I am passionate about equality for all beings on earth. Plastic threatens the future for this earth with its lack of degradability and its harm to sea life and humans too. I cannot fight for equality worldwide if there is no world to fight for”.

Read the Plastic-Free RuTC charter 2018-19 here!

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Richmond upon Thames College, one of London’s leading colleges of general and further education, is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts on the sale of 4.8 acres of land on the college’s existing site in Egerton Road, Twickenham to Clarion Housing. The sale of this land enables Richmond upon Thames College to progress with its ambitious redevelopment plans to build a new state of the art college campus on the site’s remaining land, adjacent to the A316 opposite the world famous Twickenham Rugby Ground and less than 10 minutes walk from Twickenham Station.

Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO of Richmond upon Thames College, said, “I am delighted that we have exchanged on the sale of the land and I would like to congratulate Clarion on acquiring such a great site for much needed affordable housing in the area”.

“I would also thank Montagu Evans LLP, property partnership planning and development specialists, which represented Richmond upon Thames College throughout the process”.

“The sale of land to Clarion ensures that Richmond upon Thames College is now in a strong financial position to realise its plans and develop a state of the art new college campus as part of the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus”.

“This innovative campus will comprise new high tech college buildings, a new secondary school (the Richmond upon Thames School), purpose-built accommodation for Clarendon School and a new ‘tech hub’ and digital media incubator for Haymarket Media Group. The campus will benefit people in the local and regional area by offering first class education and training along with a wide range of excellent facilities that will be available to the wider community”.

“The new campus will help establish Richmond upon Thames College as a leading college for careers, with an outstanding reputation for services to learners and employers. Alongside learners and businesses, the wider community will benefit from this development and be able to take advantage of many new facilities including a spa, wellness centre and fitness studio, theatre, art gallery, business incubation spaces and a fine dining restaurant with views over Twickenham.

“Clarion specialises in providing affordable housing and the new homes on the Twickenham site will help contribute to London’s growing demand for affordable housing. At the end of 2019, the college will move out of its existing buildings into the new college campus at which time demolition work will begin on the old college buildings to make way for a new high quality housing development”.

Philip Browne, New Business and Partnerships Director for Clarion Housing, said, “We are pleased to have exchanged contracts on these two sites which will enable us to deliver a total of 180 much-needed affordable homes. “We are working collaboratively with Richmond upon Thames College and are playing a key role in enabling the redevelopment of the college campus.”


Year 11 students Thea Morales and Renee Williams-Genas from The Norwood School in Lambeth have won the final of the annual Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Young Chef of the Year Competition, which took place on Thursday 15 March 2018.

Teams from Orleans Park and Hampton High School in Richmond, Acton High School in Ealing and Heston Community School in Hounslow all made it through to the final. Last year’s winners, Orleans Park came in second and Acton High School were third.

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Anton Manganaro, Head Chef for BAFTA, volunteered as a judge, along with RuTC’s Sharon Cousins, Director of Student Services, Barbara Gilgallon, Chair of Governors and Grant Martindale, Curriculum Director.

This year 46 teams entered the competition from 15 schools across 10 boroughs including Ealing, Southwark, Lambeth, Sutton, Camden and Kingston. 21 teams from 10 of these schools went through to the semi-finals, which took place between 21 February and 9 March.

RuTC Chef and teacher, Neal Hook, who organised this year’s competition through our Catering and Hospitality department said: “The quality of the entries this year has been superb, which made it tough to select teams to go through to the final. Thankfully the judges were able to reach a decision; if it were down to me, I would have chosen them all to win the competition!”

Thea Morales, competition winner says: “This is the first time our school has entered this completion and neither of us have entered a cooking competition before but we thought that it would be a great experience so decided to have a go. There were several other teams we were up against and many of them were food tech students with more experience cooking, especially under a stricter time limit, so we didn’t think we would stand a chance.  Despite this we were able to proceed to the finals and even win – a result that surprised us greatly especially with the great meals the other teams had prepared! We are really proud to have won the competition this year especially as we were able to use a passion of our productively.”

Discover your opportunties to study catering and hospitality at RuTC.

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Nick Simmonds, freelance Assistant Director on many big screen blockbusters, including Star Wars Episode 3 The Revenge of the Sith and Harry Potter the Order of the Phoenix, as well as popular TV series Misfits, spoke to Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Media students about his job and what it’s like to work in the TV and Film industry.

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The talk provided Creative Media Production (TV and Film) UAL Level 3 students with an insight into what it is like to work on such high profile films and television series, including the hard work and organisation that goes into the job.

Nick’s niece, Izzy Simmonds is a Media student on the course at RuTC and arranged for him to come and speak to her classmates. Izzy says: “My uncle has been my inspiration for studying media, so it was great that he was up for coming in and speaking to my classmates about his work. It was surreal to see him speaking to my friends at college, but I am proud of what he does and I hope my classmates got a lot out of it. When I finish at RuTC, I would like to follow in my uncle’s footsteps.”

Find out more about studying Media at RuTC.


During National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (Monday 5 - Friday 9 March), current and prospective students attended a range of activities and events at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) to find out more about apprenticeships.

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week theme focussed on ‘apprenticeships work’. As part of this, RuTC’s dedicated employer engagement and apprenticeships team, Training Solutions, organised tutorial group sessions for current students. Members of the local community who were interested in finding out more about apprenticeships were also invited to attend one of four drop-in sessions running throughout the week.

In addition, RuTC hosted an apprenticeships workshop on Wednesday 7 March. Open to aspiring apprentices, the workshop included a range of activities and specialist information from employers, current apprentices and college staff. Susan Pieterse, Head of Employer Engagement at RuTC, said, “My team works closely with a wide range of local and national employers who all appreciate the value and benefits of apprenticeships in their organisation”.

Susan added, “It is great having a week that celebrates the success of apprenticeships nationally. RuTC offers a great apprenticeships provision, so it is important for us to reach out to our current students, and young people in schools across London, Surrey and the local community with our diverse offering.”

“We had a great week. Over 200 people expressed their interest in our apprenticeships. We hosted several events during the week, all of which were well attended by prospective apprentices of all ages from across London and Surrey.”

Recently BTEC Level 3 IT and A Level Maths and Computer Science students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) visited Barings Asset Management based in Liverpool Street, London, as part of a student mentoring programme organised by Barings’ Director and Global Head of Compliance, Rob Knight.

Students were taken to Barings’ conference room and attended several talks with key managers within the organisation. They were able to learn about asset management and how IT plays an integral role in the effective running of international organisations and how this links with project management topics related to their studies. Managers spoke to the students about their roles and experiences on the careers ladder. RuTC students were also given the opportunity to ask questions after every session.

Jay Towers, BTEC Level 3 IT Extended Diploma student, said, “It was great to hear from people at the top of the company and hear about their roles.”

Students who attended the trip are now looking into work experience with Barings. Sam Martin, BTEC Level 3 IT Diploma Student, added “I loved how professional the meeting was. The people I met were very friendly and interesting and it made me want to work experience at a prestigious city company.”

If you would like to find out more about IT courses and apprenticeships at Richmond upon Thames College, click here.

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