On 20 June, Art and Design students of all levels, showcased the projects they have been working on this academic year at their end of year exhibition.
On the 4th floor was a display featuring work from, level 1 art, design and media, level 3 extended in art, design and communication, A Level, Architecture, Graphic design and Fine art as well as work from HNC/HND Graphic design students.
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 potential students.
In June, as one of their final projects for the year, Level 2 and 3 Travel and Tourism students held a cultural day event in the college’s auditorium.
The aim of the event was to celebrate the differences in both culture and heritage of all the staff and students in the college.
The event, although planned and ran by Travel and Tourism students, welcomed everyone at the college whether staff or student, to represent a culture they either were from, or a culture they love and want to share with others.
Students from other areas, including science and sport, also got involved with the event through hosting and offering a helping hand on the day.
The event both gave an opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of the students and staff at RuTC and successfully promoted cultural diversity, by showcasing the many different types of cultural expressions that are inclusive, equitable and vibrant.
Cultural day was another outstanding event hosted by Travel and Tourism students and teacher, Hannah Talabany.
Joanne Little, Head of Business and Service Industries at RuTC was delighted by how well-received the event was, saying “RuTC is a proudly diverse college, and we are always looking for ways to celebrate this, from our staff to our students, we all got involved and it was wonderful to see how everyone wanted to learn or try something new.
“The Travel and Tourism students did a fantastic job of organising and hosting the event, as well as creating boards filled with information on their chosen country.
“The day was a great success and I look forward to next year’s cultural day. Thank-you also to Hannah Talabany for helping organise the event, you all did a fantastic job."
The event was a huge success with a large turnout of guests, tables of freshly made food, beautiful decorations and more.
Learn more about studying Travel and Tourism at RuTC here
This term, Level 3 Catering and Hospitality students, Alisha Mbala and Yasmin Gibbs have been working at the BAFTA 195 Piccadilly Kitchen twice a week as part of their course’s work experience module.
The BAFTA’s (British Academy Film Awards) society, use the phenomenal BAFTA 195 Piccadilly building in St James’ for their London headquarters.
Housed in an historic Grade II Listed building in the heart of the West End, the building contains multiple for hire event spaces including a cinema room, a couple of galleries, roof terrace, a theatre and café / restaurant.
Yasmin and Alisha are the second group of RuTC Catering and Hospitality students to achieve a work placement at BAFTA, with one of the students from the year prior, achieving a full-time position following this work experience opportunity.
Alisha and Yasmin are both really enjoying their work experience at the BAFTA, explaining that they have learnt a huge amount during their time there.
Alisha says, “Since starting my work experience placement at BAFTA I have learnt so much about working in hospitality and the skills that are needed to go far in it.
I’ve worked some amazing events at BAFTA and the really enjoy my time there, I also know it will look great on my CV, so I am grateful to the college for providing me with the opportunity.
Yasmin also is enjoying her time at BAFTA and hope’s that after she completes their work experience, there may be a chance for her to work their full time.
She says, “I love working at BAFTA and it makes it even better that Alisha and I work together, it’s a fun yet serious environment and we are given real responsibility during our shifts. I enjoy the responsibility and since that my skills and confidence in the kitchen have improved significantly since I started.
“My hope is that after this placement finishes, I can get myself a full-time role at BAFTA because I really do enjoy working there.”
Catering and Hospitality teacher, Daniele Giraud, is proud of the girls’ progress and determination to make the best of their experience, explaining, “Both Alisha and Yasmin are hardworking students who do their best in and outside of the classroom.
"They are growing in confidence each week and I am certain they will both thrive in the hospitality industry.”
TCV have been carrying out conservation work along the river to prepare the riverbanks for the reintroduction of water voles.
One way of preparing the banks for the voles is by removing Himalayan Balsam, an invasive plant which was first introduced in the UK during the Victorian era thanks to its pretty flowers.
However, the plants grow vigorously, especially close to water courses smothering native species. This means the voles and other small mammals, especially water voles, are vulnerable to predation through lack of native plant cover and reduced food sources.
Arif is proud of his student's hard work and motivation to help the conservation team, saying, “The students really enjoyed being out in the forest and riverside removing the Himalayan balsam.
“They got a great sense of achievement from clearing a large area of the riverside and from using the tools to clear pathways of briar and other intrusive weeds. All the students found this to be a peaceful release from the stresses of the classroom especially as the weather was fantastic.
“We have attended 2 of 3 sessions at Crane Park and am in discussions with TVC to explore further opportunities volunteering at an additional site as well as to progress one of our students to a bootcamp with TVC, aimed at training them for a career in parks and countryside maintenance.
“TVC are keen to receive volunteers to work over the summer at Avenue Park in Cranford on a similar project.”
The team have one more week of conservation work until the area is ready for the vole's release.
TVC works with people across the UK to curate healthier, cleaner and healthier communities.
Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is really proud to celebrate an accomplishment of one of our Alumni students, Debi Schofield nee Chaudhuri, for publishing her very first book!
Debi studied her A Levels at RuTC from 1986 – 1989 and after this, studied an undergraduate and postgraduate degree at Stirling University in marketing and public relations respectively.
Following her time at university, Debi went on to have an interesting and varied career, having spent the last 15 years working as part of teaching support staff for primary schools in south-west London.
Before this, she spent nine years working at a dating agency and working for a television company.
Most recently and to great excitement, Debi has published her first children’s book for 6–12-year-olds, titled ‘Tommy and the Golden Apple’. The book centres around young Tommy and the bad choices he makes which affect everyone around him.
Debi will be giving part of her royalties from the book to the CBM (Christian Blind Mission) charity who do an extraordinary amount of amazing work for people with disabilities.
Debi looks back on her time at RuTC very fondly, professing her praise for the college, “I visited the college with my son a few months back and remembered fondly the old building where I spent many happy times ... the new building is fantastic!
“When I was 16 I went to Lady Margaret School in Fulham. In those days, it was easier to stay at your school to do A levels, but I was one of the only girls to decide to go elsewhere.
“Deciding to go to Richmond upon Thames College helped to lay the foundation for everything that followed and broadened my mind and experience, it was a great decision!”
Click here to buy Tommy and the Golden Apple.
See below for some illustrations from the book.
We will be joined by AFC in an effort to promote our fantastic joint course, RuTC & AFC's Elite Football Academy, Mens and Womens Football Development programme!
The Dons will have a stand at the event, in which staff will be on hand to discuss AFC Wimbledon and HRUC Men’s Football Development programme and Women’s Football Academy.
They shall also be running an exclusive competition that gives entrants the chance to win a shirt signed by our first-team squad. Simply enter by filling out one of the forms provided at our stand!
Students enlisting for this course will benefit from our elite coaching and games programme, utilising the expertise of AFC Wimbledon Academy and our successful Women’s team and staff.
In addition to this course, the Club will work closely with the college to develop work placement opportunities for those seeking careers in the industry to do with marketing, media, event management, commercial business, retail and catering and hospitality.
On 21 April 2023, 12 students and 3 members of staff from various Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) flew to Tanzania to meet the team from Challenges Abroad.
Challenges Abroad is a programme which is part of the Future Sense Foundation, a registered charity that supports community development in some of the poorest regions of the world.
Aligned with the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, it is committed to implementing long-term programmes with a specific focus on education, health, and livelihood support.
Upon arrival at the Arusha airport the students met with the Challenges Abroad team who took them around the local area showing them the nearby sites of interest.
Over the next fortnight, as well as discovering Tanzania, the RuTC students developed and delivered workshops for the local school children, of Arusha River primary school.
Arusha River primary school has over 1000 students and only 15 teachers so the arrival of RuTC students to lend a hand was very welcome.
The RuTC students worked hard during their two-week placement at Arusha River primary school, teaching English to students, as well as playing games, delivering various lessons, and supporting teaching staff with their classes.
On the weekends, the students visited cultural centres, libraries, coffee plantations, local markets and more.
Overall, they had a well-rounded experience in Tanzania, balancing work and leisure to ensure a great time was had.
Learn more about studying at RuTC here