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The Financial Times fDi magazine has recently ranked Newbury amongst Europe's top cities and regions of the future for 2020/21, alongside Paris, Munich and Moscow. The fDi rankings consider the infrastructure, incentives and capabilities of cities and regions for attracting future inward investment.

With many large, multi-national companies and organisations headquartered in West Berkshire and the surrounding area, the development of higher education provision is considered to be a crucial part of Newbury's vision for the future.

University Centre Newbury (UCN) is a partnership between Newbury College, local universities and employers that will provide high-quality education and training that meets business-critical needs and delivers economic growth in the region.

For more information on UCN visit or visit the Open Event at Newbury College 15:30 - 19:30 on 19 May 2020.


Inspired by a visit to the West Berkshire Museum, Foundation Diploma students studying Art & Design at Newbury College have developed a portfolio of work which has been commissioned by the Museum and transformed into an exhibition called ‘A Time and A Place’. The exhibition will be open at the Museum until 26 April 2020.

The students were delighted to have the rare opportunity to explore and handle the museum artefacts, under the expert supervision and direction of Clare Bromley, Learning & Participation Officer at West Berkshire Museum. Clare also visited the College to give the students feedback and guidance on the development of their artwork.

Clare Bromley, said “It has been wonderful to work with Newbury College staff and students on this project. The superb exhibition is a reflection of all their hard work. We hope that the exhibition will encourage new audiences to visit and in particular, the young people, their family and friends.”

The students have been preparing the displays through sampling and exploring a wide range of 2D and 3D materials, technique and processes including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting and Sarah Gordon, Art & Design Lecturer commented, “This opportunity has been invaluable for the students, giving them insight into the practicalities, constraints and creative potential of producing work for a client which is of a professional standard. The opportunity to display work in the public domain is integral to supporting their progression onto a career in the creative sector.”

You can visit ‘A Time and A Place’ at the West Berkshire Museum, Wednesday – Sunday between 10:00 – 16:00, until 26 April 2020, visit for more information.




You’ve been on Instagram and found out which Disney character you are, but what about your dream career? The current trend in online “head quizzes” has inspired us to create our own interactive, augmented reality, face filter for Instagram that randomly selects one of the many career pathways available to study at the College.

While the filter is just for fun, it forms part of the College’s recent change in direction, to focus more on careers, not courses, and aims to increase awareness of the wide range of employer-led programmes and apprenticeship opportunities we provide.

Marketing Officer and developer of the AR filter, Shaun Daubney, said: “We are always looking at new and innovative ways to engage with potential students. We want them to get excited about their future careers and know that we can support them in achieving their goals.”

The filter has already produced some surprising results for students and staff who have been testing it since it launched on Friday, with career predictions including accountant, beauty therapist, firefighter, personal trainer and web developer.

To get real advice on careers, apprenticeships and education opportunities, we suggest attending our Career Discover Event from 16:00 – 20:00 on Thursday 06 February. Our experienced tutors and local employers will be available to discuss the options available and provide guidance on getting your dream career.

Try the filter for yourself by visiting on your smartphone and don’t forget to tag @newburycollege with the result. To find out more about the Career Discovery Event and register for free online, visit

Former Newbury College Performing Arts student Nick Strong and his band mate Stephen Millyard are hoping for Christmas success with the launch of their new holiday hit “The Big Red Guy”.

The duo, who go by the band name Juliette, usually perform cover songs at local gigs but wrote The Big Red Guy a few years ago as part of a competition for former local radio station, Newbury Sound.

“I had this Christmas song for a couple of years, but never really did anything with it” said Nick, a former Newbury College student who now runs the popular Air Hair Co salon in Newbury town centre.

All of the money made from the sale of the single will go to Friends of PICU in Southampton, a charity that supports children and their families by providing vital equipment and services that are not always provided by the statutory authorities at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton University Hospital. The charity is close to Nick’s heart after they provided care for the son of a close friend and the band has previously raised about £70,000 for the cause.

“Every year we said ‘we will put it out this year’, but this year we said we’ll go for it with this charity in mind.”

The Big Red Guy was recorded by Sam Winfield and engineered by Tom Millar at Studio 91 and it features local singer songwriter Joe Hicks on guitar. The album can be downloaded on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music.

To find out more about Juliette, visit their Facebook page and for more information on Performing Arts courses at Newbury College, a joint venture with Kingsclere Performing Arts College, visit


A-Level and GSCE Design and Technology students from Trinity School have been visiting Newbury College over the past few weeks to explore the exciting world of engineering.

The Engineering Workshops and Solutions Lab at Newbury College forms part of the development of the University Centre (UCN) which launches in September 2020 and will focus on inspiring new generations of engineers through higher education programmes and degrees.

Mr Carl Thompson, Design & Technology Technician (D&T), Trinity School, commented “This is an incredible opportunity for our students to see the choices of learning available to them. Hearing about current Newbury College students that are applying their learning while achieving their Degree for well known companies is really aspirational.”

Led by the College’s highly-skilled and experienced tutors, the Trinity students were enthralled and engaged in the exciting range of hands-on activities that form the practical basis of vocational education programmes. Proudly producing machined pieces and stamped nameplates, the students left Newbury College with more than just memories and aspirations for their future careers.

Lily Canning, Year 8 D&T Student, said “We learnt how to use the machines and there were lots of new and different things for us to see and learn. It was really fun!”

Newbury College has been providing engineering courses for over 70 years, including a wide range of apprenticeship programmes that support local employers to develop new talent and more recently a degree programme in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University. The College is working with its university partners, local employers and local schools to increase the career opportunities available in engineering and other subject areas through the launch of UCN (University Centre Newbury).

Jo Houghton, Director of Business and Partnerships, said “We are delighted to be welcoming Trinity School and their students to explore the technical and professional options available to them. It is fantastic to be able to work together at every level of education, ensuring that all students get to explore the career pathways available to them.”

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Engineering Apprentices, studying for their degree at Newbury College, in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University, have scooped outstanding results with six attaining first-class honours and four attaining upper second-class Degrees.

This is the second year that the College has been offering Degree level qualification and the second year of 100% achievement. The outstanding achievement is a great reflection of the hard work and dedication of the students and staff and provides a strong foundation for the degree standard provision available within the University Centre Newbury (UCN) from September 2020.

Tim Coole, Course Leader, commented "This year has shown the second cohort of students who have achieved outstanding results and shows the quality and the range of projects completed by the students throughout the year and excellent dedication they have to their studies" he continued “This success follows on from the very successful first year of the degree run at Newbury College and is encouraging the development of the University Centre opening in September 2020. This year has seen a significant increase in the student numbers in the final year of the Engineering degree programme and adds to the success of this programme moving forward."

Jo Houghton, Director of Business and Partnerships, added “We are delighted with the standard of work reflected in these excellent results for the degree students. As UCN progresses, we are confident that this standard will continue to provide the community with highly skilled, highly qualified professionals”.

The University Centre Newbury will provide degrees and higher-level qualifications in the key sectors of digital technology, business & finance, engineering, health & social care and construction.

The first students of the University Centre will begin their studies in dedicated facilities within the College building in September 2020, before moving into the iconic new building once it is completed.

To find out more about higher-level study options, visit

The Newbury College professional catering team are due to welcome 15 students from the Julius Wegeler School, Koblenz, Germany, for the week on the 4th November, to share experiences and dazzle dishes, as the Restaurant lunch service themes its menu to reflect the German inspiration on hand.

This is the third year that the school has visited, and the College will escort the visitors throughout the week. On Monday the group will visit Havant & South Downs College and then take a trip to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, Tuesday students will be exchanging experiences and ideas as they prep for Wednesday’s lunch service, which is already fully booked! Wednesday will be a shared day of cooking and hospitality. On Thursday the students will be escorted to The Vineyard for a perfectly British, afternoon tea.

Malcolm Baggot, Course Leader, Professional Catering, commented “This is a great opportunity for our students to experience working with chefs from other countries and preparing a themed menu with new and exciting ingredients. We are delighted to be able to support the Julius Wegeler School and look forward to the exchange visit.”

The Restaurant at Newbury College provides a lunch service on Wednesday and Friday between 12:30 – 1:30 during term time, throughout the year, allowing the professional catering students to hone their preparation, cooking and hospitality skills in a real working environment, overseen by Malcolm Baggot and Anthony Millon.

There are still spaces available for the German-themed menu of Friday 8th November to book for this event or a future lunch, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

German Themed Menu

Newbury College is challenging the approach to full-time, further education with a ground-breaking new programme that facilitates a link between school and work by creating an environment for undecided students to discover their potential.
The Achieve Programme is part of the College’s “Careers, not courses” initiative, an evolution of their sixth-form provision that provides young people with a career-focused education. It has been designed and developed in partnership with local employers, and one of the first programmes of its kind to be launched in the country.
Students enrolling on the Achieve Programme are being given the opportunity to combine valuable qualifications with meaningful work placement and the added support of a college job coach to enable them to progress to an apprenticeship or career in their chosen field.
The new programme complements the college’s already comprehensive range of full-time study programmes that cover a variety of technical subjects from carpentry, plumbing, and electrical installation to child care, hairdressing and music technology.
Vice Principal, Lee Hunt MBE, said: “At Newbury College, we have been building some fantastic relationships with local employers to shape our curriculum offer. We are delighted that so many employers are supporting this innovative programme and can see the value that it can bring to their businesses and the young people who have taken this opportunity to improve their employment prospects with us.”
Enrolment for the 2019/2020 academic year has already started, but the College wants young people to know that it is not too late to enrol. Special advice and guidance clinics have been set up at the College’s Monks Lane campus to provide support for anyone who still undecided or unsure about their options.
Lead Careers Adviser, Karen Taylor, said: “Making a decision about what you are going to do in the future can be a daunting experience at any time, least of all when you still studying for your GCSEs. We appreciate that some young people may have been reconsidering their year 12 options over the summer holidays and we want them to know that it is not too late to change their minds. We are happy to meet with any young person to discuss their options and help them to decide on the right path to the career they want.”
There is still time to enrol on a full-time study programme at Newbury College, the innovative new Achieve Programme or enquire about an apprenticeship with one of the College’s many industry partners.

Plans to establish the University Centre Newbury (UCN) took a significant step forward with the recent granting of planning permission for the multi-million pound new development. The Centre will provide degrees and other higher level qualifications in the key sectors of digital technology, business & finance, engineering, health & social care and construction.
The first students of the University Centre will begin their studies in dedicated facilities within the College building in September 2020, before moving into the iconic new building once it is completed. Images of the new building at the front of the College campus show how the UCN will work as a key part of the learning campus for Newbury and West Berkshire. The original timescales for the completion of the building have been extended to focus on the development of the state-of-the-art digital facilities and achieve the demanding zero-carbon standard; constructing the first public building in West Berkshire to achieve this new level in sustainability.
College Principal, Iain Wolloff said:
‘We are delighted at the fantastic progress with establishing the Centre and look forward to welcoming the first UCN students in September 2020 to study in the dedicated space within the existing College facilities, before moving into the exciting new building. We have been amazed at the enormous support for the Centre from employers and organisations throughout the community and will launch a range of new degrees and other HE courses as planned’. 
Geoff Knappett, Chair of Corporation, said:
‘The enthusiasm for the University Centre was been overwhelming and I am thrilled at both the approval of the fantastic new building and the plans for the University Centre project to get underway in specialist accommodation. I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard in the College, in our University partners and across West Berkshire, to turn the long-held dream of a University Centre into a reality’.
You can listen to the Principal talking about UCN on BBC Radio Berkshire here or find out more about higher-level study options, visit our higher education page 

Newbury College opened its doors to over a hundred young school leavers on Monday, providing a taste of college life and their future careers.

The annual event has become increasingly more popular, as the College embraces a new career-focussed curriculum, which is being led by local employers and aims to provide young people with the skills they need to succeed in their future employment.

Vice Principal, Lee Hunt MBE, said: “At Newbury College we believe in careers, not courses, and we have been building some fantastic relationships with local employers to shape our curriculum offer. We are delighted that so many young people share in our vision and have taken this opportunity to choose Newbury College to improve their employment prospects.”

The school leavers visiting this year’s event took part in a range of hands-on, career-related exercises, including graphic design workshops, electrical installation projects, performance car demonstrations from Think Ford and some innovative team building activities, before enjoying some fun in the summer sun with an inflatable bungee-run and a live performance by LongDayLateNight.

Newbury College has been laying the groundwork for the launch of new T Level qualifications, a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience that will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These new qualifications will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

While the official launch date for T Level qualifications is set for 2020, Newbury College is already making many of the changes ahead of time, allow students enrolling in September 2019 to benefit from studying a subject that is both engaging and worthwhile.

There is still time to apply for a full-time study programme at Newbury College or enquire about an apprenticeship with one of the College’s many industry partners.

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