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Items filtered by date: January 2022

On Saturday 22 January, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) first and second year Dance students performed at the annual IGNITE dance show held in the College’s new 160 seater auditorium.

Alongside RuTC’s own students, thirteen other local and diverse dance groups performed to a sold-out audience - Kdyoga Dance Studio and Procorda, Marble Hill Dance Studio, Kew Dance Arts, Shuffle Dance Company, Studio K, Boundless Arts Company, Kristi's Dance Academy, VIVA - The Combination Adult Dance Company, Shift Dance Company, The Jenny Thomas Jazzettes Camberley, Tiffin Dance Company, Dillon Dance Youth and finally, Centre Stage Dance and Drama.

Over the past nine years, IGNITE celebrates local dancers of all ages and abilities. The dancing styles this year varied as much as the dancers themselves, from contemporary to urban dance and upbeat jazz to tap dance. RuTC’s dance students inspired the audience with dancer’s donning boxing gloves and performing the dance ‘Born Ready.’

Charlotte Woods, RuTC Performing Arts teacher, said: “We really missed IGNITE last year, so we were determined to make this year's performance one of the best yet. It has always been a fabulous event and we are especially honoured to host it for the ninth year. It not only gives a range of dance groups and organisations the chance to perform in a fully equipped theatre, but also gives our RuTC Dance students the chance to network with other performing arts professionals too.”

Find out more here about studying Performing Arts at RuTC. 

Check out some photos from the event in the Gallery below.

On Wednesday 19 January, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Level 3 performing arts students performed their rendition of the profoundly thought-provoking play, ‘Parliament Square’ written by James Fritz.

The play, which had won the Judges' Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for best Playwriting, was a resounding success at both the afternoon and evening performance in the College’s new 160 seater auditorium.

‘Parliament Square’ presents the story of Kat, a young woman who tests how far she is willing to go for what she believes in. She wakes up one morning and travels to London, in order to carry out an act of self-immolation. The play questions the extent to which, if any one individual can effect

Jane Swift, performing arts teacher at RuTC, explains “This play was really quite hard-hitting for me, I found the act of self-immolation just unimaginable... my students however relished the opportunity to get involved with something so delicate.

I am absolutely thrilled at the turnout for both performances, it was great for the students to perform to such an engaged audience – we cannot wait for our next performance.”

There were two performances of the play that took place on the 18 January, both showings boasted a full and enthralled audience who greatly enjoyed the play.

Find out more about studying Performing Arts at RuTC 

Check out the Gallery below for some photos of the production. 

On 29 June 2021, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) announced a delay to the completion of the merger between HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College) and RuTC.

The original merger date had been planned for 30 July 2021 and both colleges had been working together towards this date with excellent progress made.

However, a set of circumstances arose in May 2021 which led to the decision to delay the date of merger completion. The issues relate to planning in respect of the second phase of the RuTC capital development project – the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Centre.

At that time, these issues presented unresolved financial challenges for both HCUC and RuTC. RuTC and HCUC remain committed to the merger, and it is the intention that merger will go ahead with as brief a delay as possible.

In the months that have followed, RuTC has been working closely with all parties involved to resolve the planning issues as quickly as possible. Good progress is being made and RuTC and HCUC are optimistic that a resolution to these issues will be reached by the summer of 2022. Throughout this period of delay, leaders and governors at RuTC and HCUC have continued to work together to progress the proposed merger and it is intended that a new merger completion date will be set for as soon as possible after the expected positive outcome of the town planning matters.

Ian Valvona, Chair of Governors at RuTC, said, “RuTC will continue to work closely with HCUC this year towards the creation of Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge College (HRUC), a newly-enlarged London College that will offer outstanding education and training to students across a large part of the capital.”

Nick Davies, Chair of Governors at HCUC added, “We at HCUC continue to work closely with RuTC colleagues, to assist in moving forward with the proposed merger that will be of benefit to HCUC and RuTC learners, staff and stakeholders. We are hopeful that the planning matters can be resolved in time for a summer 2022 merger date.”

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC), a leading, London-based further education provider has been accredited to the matrix Standard, demonstrating the high quality of their Information Advice and Guidance services they provide to students, teachers, and support staff.

Richmond upon Thames College is a general further education institute based in Twickenham, which employs over 140 members of staff and welcomes over 2,000 students each year.

The College recently moved into a brand-new £80 million campus building with a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) building coming soon.

The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.

Roger Chapman, Head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company said: “This is a fantastic achievement for RuTC, and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available. The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practices in these areas. With their accreditation success, RuTC is working to provide the best possible support to their clients.”

Commenting on the award, Sheila Fraser-Whyte, Executive Director of Business Development and Innovation at RuTC, said: “I’m thrilled that we have once again been accredited to the matrix Standard. This is a great accomplishment for the College and an even better start to 2022. All staff assessed do an excellent job in providing impartial information, advice and guidance to prospective and current students and it’s good to know that we meet the international quality standard.”

For more information about the matrix Standard please visit www.matrixStandard.com

Creative Media Production and Technology Level 2 students were tasked with creating a media campaign promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) community. The brief was set by College Principal and CEO, Jason Jones.

Within the brief the students were asked to create a logo, short film and complementary poster campaign, which included original photographs and graphics, for display in the notice boards around the College building.

Creating the short film was a group project, focussing on and making sure each student's voice was heard through the campaign. The winning film was produced by, Shawayne Taylor, Sunal Fernando, Luca Horton and Ergys Mataj.

The film shows how much equality and diversity is valued at RuTC by students and highlights the benefits of having an equal and diverse space for everyone.

Group project winner, Sunal Fernando explains the inspiration behind the logo design, “The whole College community was our inspiration, the logo is a collage of various different skin tone, which come together as a large circle to show that even though we’re different, we come together at RuTC.”

“Equality and diversity are really important now, especially after the Black Lives Matter movement – we know that even in College, we have disadvantaged groups, from ethnic groups to class and income.”

“The College is a really diverse place; we have students of all ages coming from all over London – it was just a matter of illustrating that in a video.”

The EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) campaign will run throughout this term and will be promoted via the College’s social media channels.

Take a look at the wonderful video below. 

On Wednesday 15 December, Art and Design UAL Foundation Diploma students exhibited the work they have produced over the last term.

The exhibition's theme ‘Collect and Create’ offered students the opportunity to explore agendas and issues important to them. Developing their skills and exploring their specialist art and design area, while reflecting on their personal diversity and range of outlooks.

Melissa Nesbitt, whose work was on display at the exhibition explained what she enjoyed the most about the project: “One of my favourite parts of the project was trying to find the right words for my poetry - it can be really difficult to sum up what you mean, but it felt great when I finally found the right words - it’s really fun when it all comes together.”

Alumni Art and Design students, Sivney Reynos, Amber Gordon and Tenzin Sherap came back to visit the exhibition, showing support for current students and staff.

Sivney explains “I have regularly kept in touch with [my teacher] Caroline since leaving College, she is really supportive and has a genuine interest in how I’ve been getting on. It’s nice coming back to visit, I enjoy supporting other artists and seeing Caroline - this exhibition is great, I’m glad I came!”

Art and Design teacher, Caroline King explained about the exhibition “It is important for the students to be aware of sustainability and aware of the impact art and design can have on the world. They are encouraged to be imaginative and consider what can be used as media to enable them to focus on the spirit of play and imagination.”

Have a look at the students’ amazing artwork below and find out more about studying Art and Design at RuTC.

12 days of Kindness

Friday 7 January 2022

On 1 December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) launched its ‘12 Days of Kindness college-wide campaign, inspired by the famous carol ‘12 Days of Christmas.’

The aim of the campaign, was to inspire and encourage various acts of kindness amongst students and staff, spreading Christmas cheer within the College and local Community.

During the ‘12 days’ RuTC collected clothing, and money donations for various charities and groups, these included MIND Richmond, METRO, Centrepoint, Cancer Research, Save the Children and the Afghanistan Red Cross.

In addition, staff and students donated food to a local food bank, volunteered their time at a local soup kitchen and litter-picked within the community.

On the 12th and final day of kindness, Supported Learning Students amazed staff and students with their rendition of ‘Cinderella’ in the College’s new purpose-built theatre. Staff were also treated to a ‘mince pies and music’ end of term get together, to celebrate their hard work throughout the autumn term.

Following ‘12 days of Kindness’ the College donated seven large bags of dried, tinned and long-life food to a local foodbank, 10 large bags full of winter clothing for the Afghanistan Red Cross, 1 sleeping bag made from donated crisp packets for the homeless and two large bags full of feminine hygiene products to a local women’s refuge.

In addition, RuTC raised £130 for Centrepoint via cake and decoration sales at the Supported Learning Christmas Fair, £86 for Save the Children through Christmas Jumper Day and £58 for Cancer Research through the sale of Christmas cards made and sold by Art students.

The impact of RuTC’s ‘12 Days of Kindness’ campaign within both the College and the Community will have made a significant difference to the lives of many adults and children during the Christmas period who will benefit from RuTC’s donations and the support from the various charities involved.

Inspired by the success of the ‘12 Days of Kindness’ campaign, the College will be continuing this objective into January with the launch of its ‘Mindfulness Month’ campaign where students will be invited to participate in various activities promoting a positive mindset and wellbeing, including Zumba sessions, art therapy, low mood tutorials and mindfulness lessons.

Check out what they got up to in the Gallery below! 


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