We are proud of all students who finished their course in the academic year 2018-2019. 66% of eligible students are continuing their higher education at university. This includes 37 students who gained places at 14 different Russell Group universities.
The top ten universities RuTC’s students chose for their studies are Brunel University, University of Westminster, Kingston University, Coventry University, University of Roehampton, Middlesex University, St Mary’s University, King’s College London, Royal Holloway University and University of Kent.
Rufus Irvine, former vice president of RuTC’s Students’ Union, achieved the grades AAA* in his A Levels in English Language, Politics and Sociology and will be studying English Language and Linguistics at the University of Kent on an Academic Excellence Scholarship. He commented, “I would attribute much of my success to the incredible teaching staff who pushed me to my fullest, but also offered unconditional support.”
Diana Award winner Bethannie York achieved
the grades AAB in her A Levels in English Language and Literature, History and Photography and will be studying English and History at Royal Holloway University. She said, “When I received my great A Level results, I was amazed at how successful I was. These results mean that I can go to my first choice of university and also believe in myself more. The support of all of the academic and pastoral staff within Richmond upon Thames College really helped me to push myself to achieve my potential.”
Ian Canlas, who previously won a Best Learner Award, achieved a distinction in his Art & Design Level 3 Extended Diploma UAL course and will study Architecture at the University of Kent with a £2000 scholarship. He said, “The distinction grade reflects my hard work, good practice and consistency in a subject I am passionate about. Richmond upon Thames College helped me from my first year to my last year, the teachers supported me to do what I wanted to do and pushed me by inspiring and giving me a lot of ideas.”
Sharna Davison got the outstanding grades D*D*D* in Sport & Exercise Science Level 3 Extended Diploma BTEC. She is going to study Sports Coaching Science at St Mary’s University and commented, “Throughout my Sport course I could always monitor my grades which motivated me to stay on track and push myself further. Richmond upon Thames College’s staff were very supportive; I could always ask for help and guidance and they consistently pushed me to achieve my very best.”
We wish all alumni the best for their higher education.
During the week commencing 23 September, new and returning students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) were welcomed into the new academic year at the annual Freshers’ Fair. In the canteen, students met many different organisations, participated in activities and signed enrichment programmes.
RuTC’s Students’ Union informed students about their work, how to get involved and gave information on how to sign up for the NUS Totum card. Other RuTC stands included Welfare and Support, Careers advice and the Student Ambassador Scheme.
Exhibiting organisations included RuTC’s partner charity Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Metro Bank spoiled our students with freebies, NCS The Challenge signed people up for their activities and the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation gave out anti drink spiking devices.
Students enjoyed free food and smoothies and had the opportunity to participate in glow in the dark table tennis. During this term, the college is planning to offer many more glow in the dark sports activities.
Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer at RuTC, said: “This year’s Freshers’ Fair has been one of the greatest ones so far. It has been fantastic to welcome all students at RuTC, show them what the local community can offer them and what activities they can take part in to enjoy college life also outside of the classroom. A huge thank you to all organisations who made this Freshers’ Fair such a great event.”
Other organisations that attended RuTC’s Freshers’ Fair included Anthony Nolan Trust, British Transport Police, Citizens Advice Richmond, GP Service, Heatham House, Police Cadets, Refuge, Richmond Carers Centre, Richmond Green Party and Richmond MIND.
Every year, the University of the Arts London (UAL) selects the most exciting work from students across the country who have completed their UAL courses. Art & Design Level 2 UAL Diploma students Jack Blanks and Emily Gachette as well as Art & Design Level 3 Extended Diploma UAL students Daniel Velosa and Faith Pedroso had their work included in the exhibition.
Jack made a 12-panel painting exploring various religious symbols and iconography using acrylic paint and ink. Emily made a series of lino prints on cotton, using a range of overlapping, dream-like colours to explore the theme of connectivity and spirituality.
Daniel’s project consisted of a variety of textile patterns that can be used for interior surface décor such as wallpaper, curtains, bedlinen, upholstery and tablecloths. It used organic forms alongside geometric shapes, tessellated layers and colour patterns, attended to appeal to all genders. Faith designed her own stationery brand targeting young audiences, taking a minimalistic approach in contrast to the trend of loud designs in current existing brands.
Toby Rye, Art & Design teacher at RuTC, said, “The whole group made an exciting and diverse range of work for their final project in response to the theme of ‘Journeys’. We started the project by going on a research visit to Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum. All the students independently researched and developed their own ideas and exhibited their final work in the end of year show. A number of our students were selected for the prestigious Origins exhibition, which showcases the most interesting and challenging work from courses across the country and did Richmond upon Thames College proud with their paintings and prints respectively.”