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Our A Level Architecture students recently visited the Zaha Hadid Foundation (ZHF) in central London, to help enhance their course learning.

The ZHF is a charitable organisation founded by Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA, who was an Iraqi and British architect, artist and designer, recognized as a major architectural influencer. The Foundation opened in 2022 with the purpose of preserving and making Hadid’s works publicly available. It was also set up to help support young people and students (particularly from diverse and complex backgrounds) in their quest to become architects, designers, and scholars.

During the visit, students were given an introduction to ZHF and Zaha Hadid in a presentation from staff, followed by a tour of the building. The tour included seeing Hadid’s first design studio and the Foundation’s library, where they could explore books from Hadid’s personal collection, as well as learn more about the history of the building. The afternoon consisted of a model-making workshop, which involved sketching designs inspired by Hadid’s work to then turn into final paper models.

This trip was a fantastic opportunity to inspire our students and for them to learn outside of the classroom.

Interested in learning more about our Architecture A Level course and what else we have to offer at RuTC? Browse our courses here.

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Earlier this month, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) was proud to present a Jack Petchey award for excellence to BTEC, Level 2 Applied Science student, Wiktoria Jakuszyk.

Wiktoria won this award for being a respectful student who engages and participates well in class activities. She is recognised by her peers and tutors as being a bold student who takes the initiative to help and support classmates. She is also a lead voice in raising students' concerns and welfare in the class, something valued very highly at RuTC.

Along with this, Wiktoria’s communication skills are described as excellent and the lively spirit she brings to lessons creates a positive atmosphere and attitudes towards learning – she is praised as the heartbeat of her class! Academically, she is excelling in her science subjects and has committed to 100% attendance and punctuality.

Congratulations to Wiktoria, she is thoroughly deserving of this award!

Wiktoria commented on her achievement:

“Success is not just a destination, but a journey paved with determination, perseverance, and unwavering commitment. Winning this wouldn’t have been a possibility if it weren’t for my lovely group and my friends and family!”

Learn more about our Science courses and how to apply for 2024 entry here.


Last week Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) supported the annual charitable cause, Children in Need, through enrichment events organised by the Early Years department.

On Monday 13th November, there was a college wide pyjama day! For a £1 donation, students and staff could roll out of bed and straight into college to spend the day in their comfy pyjamas. A successful bake sale also ran through lunchtime in the main Atrium area on this day, which Early Years and Supported Learning students baked delicious cakes for.

On Wednesday 15th November, a talent show took place in our Auditorium, which featured student performers from a number of different departments. All staff and students were able to attend and support the performers and Children in Need with a £2 donation. The audience was thoroughly entertained by a range of performances, including Bollywood dancing, singing and guitar playing.

In total, RuTC raised over £300 throughout the week, which will go towards helping children all over the UK thrive and be the best that they can be.

Thank you so much to all that donated to this brilliant cause and to our Early Years department for all their hard work in organising the fundraising events!

Find out more about our Early Years courses and how to apply for 2024 entry here.


On Halloween day, all Travel and Tourism students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) took part in a fun and educational visit to the South Bank in London, as part of their course.

During the trip they visited the famous London Eye, and thoroughly enjoyed the ride filled with panoramic views of London. They then walked along the South Bank of the River Thames, enjoying the beautiful scenery, impressive landmarks of London and riverside attractions.

To round off the trip, students visited the bustling Borough Market, where they were able to buy lunch from various food stalls and observe the busy tourist attraction of central London.

Travel & Tourism lecturer, Hannah Talabany commented on the trip:

“As a travel and tourism lecturer, I believe that educational trips are very useful, as they enable students to visit different places and learn how tourist attractions operate, also how they appeal to different types of visitors. Educational trips enrich learners’ knowledge and broaden their outlook. We are lucky to have such an iconic, cultural city on our doorstep and this trip was a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn outside of the classroom.”

Learn more about our Travel & Tourism courses and how to apply for 2024 entry here.


Last week, 1st year, Level 2 and 3 Performing Arts students participated in in a 2-hour creative workshop with professional playwright, Martin Murphy, which was part of RuTC’s involvement in the New Views playwriting programme run by the National Theatre. This is a yearlong programme for students, where each school or college is paired with a professional playwright who supports them in writing their own original 30-minute play which then get entered into a nationwide competition.

RuTC has participated in the New Views programme for the past two years and has previously achieved great success. In 2021 student, Loresa Leka, came runner up in the competition and had her play, ‘Teapot Troubles’, performed at a rehearsed reading at the National Theatre and then turned into a radio play performed by professional actors. A fantastic achievement for the young writer and actress!

In the initial workshop with Martin, students learned about his work and experience in the performing industry, they then joined in with a variety of exercises and writing practices. They were also able to ask him questions and advice to help aid their playwriting. Martin will be coming back to coach the students 1-1 for the competition, before their plays get sent to a panel of professional playwrights for judging.

Feedback from our students concluded that the workshop went very well, one remarked that, “It was a very informative experience which enhanced our learning and gave us different channels to think about for our writing. Martin showed us how important details are and broadened our horizons about how to approach our writing task for the New Views competition.”

Tutor, Jane Swift, who organised the workshop commented,

“Students need to be entrepreneurial, which is why we expose them to different avenues within the industry, not just acting. This competition allows students a voice and to write about anything they want from the world they live in.”

Good luck to all of the students involved!

Learn more about our Performing Arts courses and how to apply for 2024 here.


Last week, eleven of our 1st and 2nd year Sociology and Politics students attended the Battle of Ideas Festival 2023, at Church House in Westminster. A conference put together to provide an opportunity to freely debate the big issues of our time, through a variety of voices and thinkers. Our college Debate Club also competed on the following motion, ‘Social egg freezing empowers women’ at the event.

Student, Kaychell Bertin-Maye, shared her thoughts on the experience:

“The Battle of Ideas Festival is an annual conference which focuses on ways to promote open and useful debates through panel discussions and talks on a wide range of topics including; the economy, family matters, culture and scientific ethics. The first debate I observed covered ‘The morality of surrogacy’, this captured my attention as it brought together experts and enthusiasts who passionately shared their views on a wide range of topics related to surrogacy. The exchanges between the two sides made for an insightful discussion and I realised that I agreed with points on both sides of the argument, which made it very engaging. It also made me aware of how little important topics like this are focused on in mainstream media.

I found all debates at the conference very interesting, however topics like the one mentioned felt especially significant as they highlighted the urgency in bringing these crucial conversations to the forefront. The Debate Club and I strongly believe that active engagement events like the ‘Battle of Ideas Festival’, where you can speak freely and learn from others' opinions and experiences, not only provide you with fresh perspectives on different subjects but are also incredibly educational on relevant societal issues.”

Lecturer Kasim Agpak added, “This was a perfect opportunity for our students to engage with current issues that have an impact on our daily lives. It has also provided a platform for diverse views to be heard which allows our students to form their own ideas.”

RuTC runs a Debate Club though the A Level Politics class, who actively participate in debating competitions, such as Debating Matters. If you are interested in being part of events like this, take a look at our A Level programmes and apply today.


During the week before October half term, our Art and Design UAL Level 3, 2nd year students put on a ‘Shoe Show’ for their first project of the year, as part of their coursework.

The brief set by tutor, Julia Hembrow, asked students to design a shoe concept based on their favourite artist. The idea behind the task was to “walk in the artist's shoes”. This involved exploring the work of their chosen artist, presenting the research behind their choice and then producing their final outcome, a ‘homage’ shoe, in a medium of their choice. Each student took their own unique and personal take on the brief.

Julia commented on the exhibition, “This object became the starting point to explore ideas of ‘walking in others’ shoes’ and resulted in personal work exploring fine art, graphics and illustration pathways.”

The exhibition was visited by other student groups from across college. Art students presented and discussed their ideas to the visitors resulting in some useful dialogue for all students about how art and business interconnect.

Art tutor, Toby Rye, who brought his class to view the exhibition said that it was “one of the best exhibitions he has seen at the college.”

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