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On Friday 28 June, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Sports students took part in an annual Mixed O2 Beach Rugby Tournament at West Wittering Beach in West Sussex.

The college’s team competed in the tournament for the second time and will register again for next year. The event was organsied by Chichester College in association with RFU Colleges and AoC Sport. The students competed against 15 other teams who entered the tournament, some of them coming from as far as Birmingham.

Mark Brough, Commercial Facilities Manager at RuTC, said, “The Beach Rugby Tournament had a good natured and friendly atmosphere, but teams were still very eager to compete against each other. The location was again fantastic, it was a great experience for our students and they were extraordinary ambassadors for our college.”

If you are interested in joining the team next year, please contact the sports centre.

Over last year, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) supported the bid to launch the brand new collaborative project, StoryFutures.

StoryFutures is a project based in the Gateway Cluster, which comprises several universities, colleges and businesses based in west London, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The project is led by Royal Holloway University of London and the National Film and Television School and focuses on research and development in the creative industry. Partners of StoryFutures include Brunel University, University for the Creative Arts, BBC Studios, The National Gallery and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Contributors are promoting and working on immersive storytelling with the newest technology to support the growth of the UK’s creative sector to be the most skilled in the use of virtual, augmented, mixed and cross reality.

RuTC is committed to support StoryFutures to expose Art, Media and IT students to the newest technologies in the sector and show them the creative career possibilities on offer. For the college’s internal Progression Days, Royal Holloway University of London came in to host creative workshops for our students and invited them to take part in virtual reality sessions. Students were able to experience the wide range of virtual reality themselves and develop an understanding of the project.

The first StoryFutures project involved a collaboration with The National Gallery, tackling the challenges of immersive art. Through the use of virtual reality, visitors experienced ‘Virtual Veronese’. Instead of looking at paintings, original lighting conditions, soundscape and music of the real-life setting are added through technology. The next StoryFutures project will be set up at Costa Coffee Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Arrivals Hall and will explore new ways to support sustainability and recycling of coffee cups.

The National Gallery immersive art experience is located in Room 9 until 5 August 2019.

On Monday 8 July, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) members of staff were offered various activities, talks and workshops for their wellbeing.

There were a number of talks, including healthy eating, prostate cancer and presentations on staff pensions. Some of RuTC’s own staff offered workshops, for example construction crafts teacher Simon Walker held two mindfulness and meditation sessions. 5-minute posture and spinal checks were offered in the college’s sports hall, where staff could also play badminton, wheelchair basketball, trampolining, circuit training and tag rugby throughout the day. Everyone enjoyed getting away from their desks and being active.

To round up this academic term, a staff awards ceremony with a BBQ took place the following day. Awards included the Teacher, Business Support Staff Member, Team of the Year and Leadership Award.

On Wednesday 10 July, our Plumbing apprentices were offered the opportunity to spend the day with experts from Vaillant, one of the largest companies in the heating and energy sector in Europe.

Vaillant invited students to spend the day at their state of the art Farnborough Centre of Excellence and learn about the latest innovations in heating technologies. Apprentices were able to train and get hands on experience carrying out diagnostic tests on boilers and smart accessories. One of Vaillant’s key trainers gave professional advice and guidance throughout the entire day.

Raj Johal, RuTC Construction Crafts teacher, said, “All apprentices unanimously agreed that the day was excellent and they all benefitted from this event. We are looking forward to future collaborations between Richmond upon Thames College and Vaillant.”

In June, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) construction partner for the new campus, ISG, offered a careers workshop for students.

Since getting involved in the new campus project, ISG have not only made great progress on the Richmond Building, but have also been getting more involved with students. Recently, the construction company offered a CV and interview workshop. Training included writing an effective CV and holding mock interviews. ISG staff, including their Social Value Manager and Assistant Surveyor, used their professional experiences to prepare RuTC students for good first job applications and the start of their careers.

In addition to workshops, ISG also collaborates with RuTC and the Awarding Organisation WJEC to run the UK’s first Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice (PCP) course. Through the course, students will be able to become familiar with the industry, understand key skills and gain transferable skills for entering a career in architecture, engineering, construction and many other areas. Paul Cossell, ISG’s CEO, said, “The PCP qualification is our response to engaging the brightest and most talented young people at an earlier age, with a Level 3 qualification that can sit alongside and complement existing STEM subjects. This is a real game-changer.”

On Saturday 29 June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) student Elizabeth Orji-Smith attended the BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) award ceremony, where she won the Game Concept Award for 15-18 year olds.

The ninth annual YGD competition celebrates and acknowledges the creativity that is required when designing games. It gives young people an understanding how rewarding a career within this industry can be.

Dr. Jo Twist OBE, Chair of Games Committee at BAFTA, said, “It is fantastic to see such a high calibre of games from upcoming creative talent being rewarded. It’s been another great year for the competition, and with previous winners having gone on to be BAFTA nominated, I can’t wait to see this year’s winners go out and make their own mark on the industry.”

Elizabeth studies A Levels in Computer Science, Graphic Design and Maths at RuTC and commented earlier this year how these courses have helped her to achieve her goal of becoming a game designer. Her submitted concept ‘Creatively Bankrupt’ is a role player game about a small, Robin Hood like heist group, who tries to unlock a vault that holds a creative treasure.

About her win Elizabeth said, “It is exciting, surprising, and I’m ecstatic to be a BAFTA Young Game Designers winner. My game concept came from a lot of different sources including friends and podcasts and I had had the idea of a heist game in my mind for a while. Three days before the competition deadline I saw an advert for YGD and decided to go for it! For anyone who wants to enter next year I’d say come at it from the heart, understand what you love about games and spring ideas off other people as they can bring out the best in you. Just submitting an entry is so valuable. The whole experience has been such fun, making new friends, meeting amazing people from the industry and seeing what you can aim towards.”

In a written message to attendees and the young finalists, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and President of BAFTA, said: “This year the entries have an overwhelming social purpose to them, focusing on issues including mental health, climate change, conservation, disability, bereavement, and transgender rights. Many of the game ideas strive to educate players of all ages on the social issues they address, hoping to prompt real change in people’s lives. I think it is fantastic to see young people using games to express themselves and purposes that they identify with.”

Photo credit: BAFTA

On Tuesday 25 June, Richmond upon Thames College's (RuTC) annual end of year Creative Art and Media Exhibition took place.

Students from all Art courses and levels displayed their artwork they created over the academic year. The exhibition coincided with RuTC's final open event of the year, so potential students were provided with the opportunity to see the fantastic range of creative opportunities on offer. Other visitors included RuTC alumni, students' families and The Friends of Turner's House.

Have a look at the gallery below to see some of our students' amazing artwork and find out more about studying Art and Design at RuTC.

From Wednesday 26 June to Tuesday 2 July, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) students had the opportunity to meet many universities, employers and alumni to receive information for their future careers.

Talks from guest universities included St Mary’s University, who spoke about student life, University of West London, talking to Health & Social Care and Science students, University of Portsmouth, informing IT students about course and career options, The Open University, giving information about Degree Apprenticeships. Royal Holloway University of London, who is part of the project StoryFutures together with RuTC and other training providers and employers, hosted interactive virtual reality sessions with the students.

Employers, including The British Army, Financial Times, chef Malcolm John, Orange Tree Theatre, Barclays and SupaNetwork, gave RuTC students an insight into their companies, recruiting processes and offered practical workshops. Austin Sharp, RuTC alumnus and founder of boiler, bathroom and kitchen specialist company WeFix, talked to Business and Construction students about how his experiences at RuTC shaped his career and what it takes to start your own business.

Other RuTC alumni offered practical catering workshops and training with Health & Social Care students. Livvy Jones, alumnus and former Student Award winner at RuTC, talked about her journey from college to studying at Oxford University and now doing a Psychology PhD programme at King’s College London.

In addition to external speakers, RuTC’s internal services, including Training Solutions, Student Services and the Learning Resource Centre, informed students about ways to progress to university or their next step at RuTC.

On Wednesday 5 June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) UAL Performing and Production Arts Drama Level 3 students performed Sarah Kane’s play ‘4.48 Psychosis’. It was the last show and final major project of this academic year.

Kane battled with depression and her play, which reads like a poem, could be a journey through one person’s mind, or an interview between a doctor and his patient. Jane Swift, Performing Arts teacher at RuTC, commented on how the play could either be interpreted as a suicide note or how society handles mental health issues.

About the students’ involvement Jane Swift said, “This performance was a creative team work project; students performed, made the sound effects, designed the sets and costumes and marketed the play. I am very proud of the students’ extraordinary work.”

Find out more about studying Performing Arts at RuTC.

On Wednesday 26 June, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Engineering students were celebrated at the annual Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Awards.

Every year, this special award ceremony takes place to recognise the accomplishments of engineering apprentices during their first year. Major regional and national employers attended the event, held in the college’s training restaurant ‘Merits’, including Worley, Jacobs, Saipem, KBR and Tyco.

Students who participated in SmartPlant Training, in order to be able to design in the oil and gas industry, received certificates for their achievements. In addition to the certificates, two awards were presented: the Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by Worley and the Higher National Certificate (HNC) Student of the Year Award, sponsored by KBR. James Lockhart was celebrated as Apprentice of the Year, while Spencer Boyce received the HNC Student of the Year Award.

Dawn Thompson, ECITB Senior Account Manager, said, “Another successful cohort has completed their first year of their respective apprenticeship programmes. Once again Richmond upon Thames College, and in particular Curriculum Manager Mark Rogers, have worked closely with employers and students to ensure that all students complete and are able to commence and deliver on projects upon their return to work. We look forward to September when a new cohort of apprentices will start at Richmond upon Thames College marking the 8th year of this successful partnership.”

Diane Gregory, Curriculum Director at RuTC, said, “This event is a celebration of student success in the Engineering department. The college thanks all employers who have given their support and our engineering teachers who have worked with our students to achieve such fantastic results.”

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