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 teacherhead.com 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.”