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Richmond upon Thames College Students Crowned Champions in Tough Debating Challenge

Friday 2 February 2018


Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is delighted to have won this year’s Debating Matters London South Championship held at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on 24 January 2018. The RuTC team comprised of eight students studying a range of A level subjects and this year was the first time that the college had won the prestigious trophy.

Kasim Agpak, Politics Lecturer said, “Richmond upon Thames College became involved with Debating Matters as it provides an excellent platform for students to improve a wide range of skills including public speaking and leadership. The competition allows students to engage about current issues with the ultimate aim for individual personal development and growth.”

RuTC’s team debated on a number of issues including whether controversial historical monuments should remain and whether a universal basic income is a possible solution to the UK’s problems. The final round involved RuTC debating with Godalming College on the topic of populism and after some deliberation, the judges returned announced Richmond upon Thames College the winners and were awarded the trophy, £500 worth of books or resources from the current Hodder Education Catalogue, a special Debating Matters Champion mug and a ‘Lost in Thought’ notebook for each student.

Student Isaac Skye studying Sociology, Psychology and Religious Studies A-Levels said, “Although at times the competition was stressful and difficult, overall, I found it challenging and engaging and am grateful for the experience it gave me – it was definitely worth being involved.”

Other teams that participated in the event were from Ravensbourne School, Harris Westminster Sixth Form, Invicta Grammar School, Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, Putney High School, DLD College, Godalming College, Stationer’s Crown Woods Academy, Riddlesdown Collegiate, Ursuline High School and St John’s School.

Debating Matters is a competition organised and run by the Academy of Ideas to establish and create a public space where ideas can be ‘contested without constraint’. The competition provides a platform for sixth formers and college students throughout the UK to engage in rigorous, well researched and well thought through public debate.

Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO of RuTC (third from left), Helen Upfield, Kasim Agpak with some students from the winning team


Students win BFI Academy Awards

Friday 9 February 2018


Two media students from Richmond upon Thames College have received special commendations for their films at the annual Eastside BFI Film Academy Screening Awards, which took place in Bethnal Green in London at the Rich Mix Theatre and Community Arts Hub on Sunday 28th January 2018.

Chanelle Henry-Edwards received a Special Commendation for her editing on short film 'Greta’ and the film also received an Audience Award for Best Film. Jake Lizcano received a Special Commendation for directing 'Ready, Fight!’ Both students will receive a Silver Arts Level 2 Award.

Chanelle and Jake, both second year Level 3 Creative Media Production students, took part in the BFI Film Academy programme with the Eastside Educational Trust. The programme is designed for 16-19 year-old aspiring filmmakers and provides the opportunity to develop hands-on filmmaking experience while working alongside respected industry professionals.

Out of 80 applicants 24 students from colleges across London were selected to take part in the programme, which ran from 14 October 2017- 10 February 2018.

Chanelle said: “I’m still in shock about the whole thing and being chosen out of all of those applicants is amazing. I’m just feeling really proud of myself. Our media teacher, David Radcliffe, recommended that we enter as some past students have done it and really benefited from the experience.”

Click here to find out more about studying Media and Film at RuTC

You can watch the films on YouTube here:

Greta by Chanelle Henry-Edwards

Ready, Fight! by Jake Lizcano

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