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Newbury College was excited to welcome producer and lecturer in electronic music at the University of West London Nino Auricchio on Wed 2nd March. During his visit he gave a guest lecture to the College’s Music Technology students and provided them with information about progression routes with the University.

Alongside working at the University of West London Nino is a musician, composer and producer. His professional credits include performing at international festivals, the Jazz Café in Camden, playing and engineering on the BBC for live sessions, arranging for Song Music and writing/producing for films and Red Bull events. Nino is also currently studying a PhD in electronic music composition.

His particular expertise is in synthesis and his guest lecture focused on analogue synthesis using his analogue modular synthesis system. Unlike a digital synthesiser, a modular system contains individual components such as oscillators (which create the initial sound), filters (which change certain characteristics of the sound) and effects (such as delay and reverb) which can be connected together in an infinite number of creative ways.

Matt Foster, Music Technology lecturer at Newbury College said, “We are very grateful to Nino for coming to talk to our students. His talk explored areas of Music Technology that are new to this student group and they really enjoyed the opportunity to create some of their own sounds using Nino’s modular synthesiser”.

Newbury College hair and beauty students recently took part in locally run event ‘Prom Day’ at Donnington Grove Hotel. An event specialising in Prom and Wedding suppliers including dresses, hair and make-up and transport.

Hair and Beauty students attending the event were involved in providing the hair and make-up to the catwalk models and also offered hair-ups, make-up and nails to visitors at the event.

Curriculum Manager for Services, Rachael Elsey said, “The event was a fantastic opportunity for our Hair and Beauty students to demonstrate their skills. With a constant stream of models it provided great work experience for the students and enlightened them into what could be expected of them in the industry. The students all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

As part of their skills project Newbury College Art students set up an exhibition at The Green Park Conference Centre, Reading,
where employers are voting for the pieces they would like to see displayed permanently on site.

Each year students at Newbury College carry out a skills project that meets the needs of a local organisation. The project is aimed to build students’ knowledge and skills and develop their confidence in leadership, communication and teamwork. Students had been asked to produce art work on the theme of ‘Spring’ to refresh the corridors of the conference centre, Reading.

Art Lecturer Jackie Heggs said, “This creative project has given students an amazing opportunity to showcase their work whilst gaining invaluable employability skills in working to a real brief. Students have really grown in confidence as a result of the experience and we hope that this project will become part of a cycle of opportunities to produce art work for the site”.

Newbury College hosted the West Berkshire heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition on Saturday 16 January in the College’s excellent teaching kitchens.

A number of local schools in West Berkshire took part in the contest in which entrants, between the ages of 11 to 17, were required to prepare a healthy three course meal for two people costing no more than £15.

Curriculum Manager for Services at Newbury College Rachael Elsey said, “We were delighted to host the West Berkshire round of the nationally run Young Chef of the Year Competition. There was a real buzz amongst the young competitors who enjoyed the chance to test their skills in a commercial kitchen”.

The winner of the local heat was Newbury College student Martin Fisher who will go on to compete at the Regional Final in February.

Newbury College students were given the opportunity to take part in a writing competition with almost 70 students taking part from a variety of different courses. Students were invited to submit either a short story, poem, review of a book or film, or a play.

The annual writing competition provides real benefits to student. For some it develops their confidence in writing, while others use the competition as an extension of their curriculum work. Taking part in the competition also encourages students from different course areas to socialise with each other and become better acquainted with the College library.

Library Manager Fiona Lees who organised the competition said, “We were very impressed with the standard of work submitted. As well as our outstanding winning entries, we had a large number of ‘very highly commended’ certificates to give out this year”.

The pieces of writing were judged on originality, content and style. There were winners from a range of different courses and abilities who were; Eleanor Read, Lucia Miralles Valdivia, Chloe Goulding, Olga Helyar and Robert Marcinek.

Newbury College is running a series of events to de-mystify apprenticeships, and help employers, prospective apprentices and their parents better understand the benefits of this type of training.

On 20th January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Newbury College is holding one of its monthly ‘Apprenticeship Information Sessions’ for young people to hear about Apprenticeship programmes and the job vacancies available. Parents are welcome to attend. Places can be booked by calling 01635 845299 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sue Garmonsway, Workplace Learning Manager at the College said “The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training to 18. Young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16 which includes, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, full-time study in a school or College or full-time work of volunteering combined with part-time education or training”.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over, whether they are just leaving school, have been working for several years, or are seeking to start a new career.

In the following month on Tuesday 23rd February, the College is offering a free breakfast briefing for organisations who might be interested in
employing apprentices. Entitled ‘Apprenticeships Explained: what’s in it for the employer’, the session will look at the myths and realities of recruiting apprentices and will include success stories from local employers. To request a place call 01635 845229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Martin Russell, Senior Business Executive at Newbury College said: “We work with leading national employers through to local businesses to support apprenticeships from Accounting to Childcare and Engineering to Motor Vehicle. An apprenticeship is a comprehensive training programme of huge benefit to employer and employee”.

There will be an ‘Apprenticeship Information Session’ for young people held the following day, Wednesday 24th February 4.30pm – 5.30pm and at the College’s February Open Evening on Wednesday 10th February at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.

Newbury College students have been participating in the Sport England campaign ‘This Girl Can’ throughout the autumn term with a variety of sessions including; pilates, boxing, and a favourite of the stars such a Kelly Brook, hula hooping.

During this term there has been a 50% increase in sports participation in comparison with this time last year. Sports Maker Aimee Kaur who works with Sport England to provide sporting opportunities for young people said, “I am delighted with the increase in participation. Sports provides students with skills for life including team work, decision making and confidence which are all needed in the workplace”.

Newbury College has a range of part time professional courses starting in January 2016 including Principles and Practices of Coaching Sport Level 2 Certificate which starts on 5th January, and runs on Tuesday evenings for 24 weeks 5.30pm – 9pm. For more information about courses starting in January call 01635 845000.

Newbury College students recently became the champions of the West Berkshire Finals of Champions of Enterprise. A programme run in partnership with the Education Business Partnership.

Champions of Enterprise enabled the student teams to compete against one another in a two day programme which saw them reviewing and analysing possible business ventures with the support of local entrepreneurs before judges decided which business to invest in. The winning team made up of Business Students Ollie Hicks and Joshua Carter, IT student Daniel Hicks and Art & Design student Ashleigh Cook went on to compete against schools at the local finals at The Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday 8 December.

Course Leader for Business Studies Peter Doyle who helped organise the programme said, “Thank you to the Education Business Partnership for organising the event. It’s been a fantastic way to introduce the students to the business world, which they have all learnt a lot during the programme. The students put a lot of time and effort into their business idea and are delighted to have won”.

At the end of the night Amanda Richards, CEO of EPB West Berkshire said, “One of the students here this afternoon not only felt she had learnt so much more about presenting creative ideas and team work but as a 2nd year art student, she also found herself learning about the language of business”.

The event was hosted in order to enhance students’ enterprise skills and give them an insight into how a business is set up and run, and the factors that makes businesses successful.

Newbury College students catered for Porsche Reading’s recent showcase event in which they invited past and present owners of their vehicles to take part in a fun and interactive evening, which included a question and answer session with Porsche racing drivers and 'a question of sport' game.

The catering students created a variety of canapes which they served along with drinks to staff and guests at the event.

Newbury College offers full and part time courses and apprenticeships in catering. Jobs in this area range from those preparing food, cooking, serving food and drink, welcoming guests and housekeeping behind the scenes.

Curriculum Manager for Services Rachael Elsey said, “Thank you to Porsche for inviting us to cater their prestigious event. The students thoroughly enjoyed catering the evening. Opportunities like this provide our students with valuable experience within the catering industry.”

For members of the public who would like to try the catering students’ food, the College Training Restaurant is open for general bookings, providing diners with the opportunity to sample the excellent dishes created. With menus varying throughout the year, there is always something new and exciting being served, from hearty soups to decadent desserts. Enjoy a two course meal for £7.95 or a three course meal including coffee for £10.95.

Alternatively for businesses needing catering for events, the College catering students are always looking for new ventures to take part in. For more information call the College on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newbury College held its annual Higher Education Graduation and Further Education Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 8 December to celebrate the success of its students. The College was delighted that former Newbury College student, and Chief Executive Officer of insurance market Lloyd’s of London, Inga Beale, attended as the guest speaker.

Inga Beale talked about how her career has progressed since studying Business Studies at the old Newbury College site in the 1980s. The evening was a celebration of students who have achieved Higher Education qualifications, Level 4 and above, and Further Education learners who received awards to recognise their hard work and dedication to their courses.

The Graduation Ceremony was attended by governors and VIPS guests including: the Mayor of Newbury Councillor Howard Bairstow; the Mayoress of Newbury Councillor Jo Day; the Mayor of Thatcham Councillor Shelia Ellison; and West Berkshire Council Chairman Peter Argyle.

Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, Newbury College Principal said “The Newbury College HE Graduation and FE Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the achievements of our hardworking students and staff and an opportunity for their family and friends to recognise the successes of individuals. We a grateful to all employers who sponsored the FE awards for their commitment to supporting the College and for their generous
donations. This year was particularly special as we welcomed back Inga Beale, former Newbury College student and CEO of Lloyd’s as our guest speaker who presented certificates and awards to Graduates”.

Higher Education students from courses including Computing, Engineering and Teacher Training graduated this year. The Further Education Awards are sponsored by local employers including, Apple Print & Creative, City Motor Holdings, David Lloyd Leisure, David Wilson Homes Euro Car Parts, Fiona Crutchley, Hogan Music, Kaizen Systems, M&B Beauty and Hair Supplies, Priory Thornford Park Hospital, Roc Technologies, Salon Services, The Breeze, The Castle School, The Corn Exchange, The Vineyard Group, West Berkshire Council and Wickes Newbury.

After the retirement of long-standing governor Tony Allen, this year the College name the Newbury College Learner of the Year Award in his name. The ‘Tony Allen Award for High Achievement’ was awarded to Luke Admans.

Following the ceremony, graduates, award winners and guests were treated to a drinks reception and canapé refreshments handmade by the College’s catering students.