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Line-up includes PRS for Music, PPL, The University of West London, Roland UK, The Musician’s Union, Vox Choir, JAMES and Berkshire Maestros

Newbury College today announced details of its first Music Technology Guest Lecture Series. Over the course of six days in May, the College will host a series of music industry talks, free for local students, musicians and members of the general public to attend.

The lectures are designed to give a greater understanding of the organisations and roles that make up the UK music industry and will help those working freelance to understand how different income strands can be access and maximised.

The full programme includes:

  • Wednesday 03 May, 11am, PRS for Music, Copyright, licencing and royalties.
  • Wednesday 03 May, 13:15pm, PPL, Sound recording and licencing within the UK music industry.
  • Thursday 04 May, 11am, Nino Auricchio (senior lecturer at The University of West London), Sound design and synthesis: exploring sound synthesis using the virtual analogue synthesisers found in Apple's Logic.
  • Thursday 04 May, 13:15pm, Roland UK, The development of digital drum technology.
  • Wednesday 10 May, 13:15pm, The Musician’s Union, The UK music industry.
  • Friday 12 May, 13:15pm, The Vox Choir, Music: benefits to your health and well-being.
  • Friday 19 May, 13:15pm, JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), How can creative industries support music and media education?
  • Friday 26 May, 13:15pm, Berkshire Maestros, Working as a peripatetic instrumental teacher in the music education sector.

Commenting on the Guest Lecture Series, Matthew Foster, Music Technology Course Leader at Newbury College, said: “We are really excited to be hosting this event. We’ve secured the support of some key organisations and are confident that their knowledge and experience will be of great benefit not only to our own students, but to local musicians, composers, producers and engineers working in the industry. We encourage them come along to augment their knowledge and make some new connections.”

The series is presented in partnership with Creative People, The Rock Academy and is sponsored by Hogan Music. The event takes place at Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, RG14 7TD.

Book early to avoid disappointment. All attendees will be placed into a prize draw; the winner will receive a special musical prize from Hogan Music. Places can be booked by visiting:

Group bookings welcome.

Newbury College offers full-time Music Technology courses at Level 2 and 3 and is taking enrolments for September 2017. For more information, speak to Matthew Foster on 01635 845000.

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As part of a new government funded project, small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) operating in Berkshire, can now access free training for members of staff over 16 years old to help upskill their workforce*.

The 'Skills for the Workforce' project is being delivered in partnership with East Berks College, Bracknell & Wokingham College, Newbury College, Reading College, TESS Group and West Berkshire Training Consortium.

For more information on how to access the free training, contact the Newbury College Business Team on 01635 845229.

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*Businesses must have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees. Employees must be aged 16 or over and resident in the UK/EU.

Adult students taking a Learning, Employability and Progression qualification at Newbury College, successfully took part in this year’s Reading Ahead challenge. Mike Brook, Head of West Berkshire Library, and Anne Murdoch, Principal and CEO, Newbury College, presented 12 students with completion certificates and prizes were awarded for first, second and third places.

Reading Ahead is a national scheme that takes place every year in libraries, colleges and workplaces. The challenge invites participants to improve their reading skills over a six-week period by reading, reviewing and rating six pieces and recording it in a diary. As well as books, participants can also read leaflets, instructions or magazines. The scheme encourages those who find reading difficult to explore the idea of reading for pleasure.

The winners were Karen Winter (1st place), Rebecca King (2nd place) and Daniel Evans (3rd place). A special achievement award was given to Lewis Darling.

Newbury College runs the Reading Ahead challenge in association with West Berkshire Library. Laura Lennox, Learning Resource Assistant, at Newbury College, said: “Daphne Deacon (from West Berks Library) and I were both impressed with the level of dedication shown by the participants and standard of the completed diaries. They were a pleasure to read and we felt that everyone deserved recognition for the improvements made to their reading skills.”

Newbury College recognised its apprentices and their supporters at an award ceremony held at the College last night. The event, organised during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), celebrated the achievements, hard work and commitment of both individual apprentices and employers. Guest speaker was UKAEA’s Chief Operating Officer, David Martin, who works at Culham Science Centre in Abingdon and was himself a former apprentice at Harwell in 1979.

Now in its tenth year, NAW is designed to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider community. According to the GOV.UK website, apprenticeship participation increased to 899,400 in the 2015/16 academic year, up 3.2% on 2014/2015 and the highest number on record. It also states that, on average, apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by £214 per week.*

Dr Anne Murdoch, Principal and Chief Executive of Newbury College, said: “Our annual awards ceremony offers our apprentices, their employers, families and friends the opportunity to celebrate their outstanding achievements. We are grateful to everyone who gave us their support on the night. Apprenticeships are a key focus for us here at Newbury College, and we work alongside many local businesses, including AWE, Hitachi Capital, Williams and Xtrac, who all run very successful apprenticeship programmes.”

“It was a real pleasure being guest of honour at the Newbury College Awards Ceremony,” said David Martin. “As an ex-apprentice myself and working for UKAEA, an employer whose business relies heavily on highly skilled individuals, I understand the importance of apprenticeships in supplying work ready, suitably skilled and motivated technicians and engineers. UKAEA relearned the importance of apprenticeships just in time, having stopped apprentice training in 1994 and restarted in 2005, we see the decade gap in our skills base moving through the business, ‘the lost generation’ as we call it.  

“I am now a director of UKAEA, not bad for an instrument maker whose performance was recorded as ‘very good’ on his apprenticeship indentures, indentures which are the only certificate of achievement I display in my office. The practical and problem solving skills that I learned during my apprenticeship served me well in my years in the workshops. After earning my degree, those skills made me an engineer who had ‘gut feel and intuition’ and in my current role as Chief Operating Officer (40 years later), I have credibility because of my technical background and understanding.

“I encourage all the apprentices with Newbury College to build on the solid platform their apprenticeship has provided and to continue to learn at any opportunity. You never know where it might take you!”

The winners on the night were:
Best apprentice in a small business – Hannah Benson, The Tally Ho
Best apprentice in a medium business – Peter Johnston, Snell Advanced Media
Best apprentice in a large business – Abigail Crawforth, Williams
Best engineering apprentice award – George Patey, Williams
Best assessor award – Yvonne Pomeroy, Newbury College
Best workplace mentor – Paula Woof, The Tally Ho
Outstanding contribution award – Isabel Edwards, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions

To help raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the local area, Newbury College has also announced details of a new engineering degree apprenticeship. From September 2017, engineering apprentices can progress all the way from a Level 2 apprenticeship up to a Level 6 degree apprenticeship. The new programme, in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University, is offered in three different pathways: manufacturing, mechanical or electrical/electronic and is ideal for those who are deterred from studying a traditional full-time programme by high tuition fees and student debt.

During term time, Newbury College holds monthly Apprenticeship Information Sessions, where candidates can find out more about the apprenticeship vacancies on offer. For more information and to register for an event, please visit:

For organisations looking to take on an apprentice, Newbury College also holds regular Business Breakfasts designed to equip businesses with the all the information they need. To find out more or to register for an event, visit:

* Figures taken from NAW2017 toolkit for schools colleges and training providers. Click here for more key facts.



Introducing the latest faces of Newbury College who are about to hit your online streaming this spring/summer as part of our brand new campaign.

The new campaign features students and apprentices from across Newbury College to showcase the diverse range of subjects and progression opportunities available for young people.

Marketing Manager, Rachel Woodford, said: "Our students are the best advocates for the College and it was a pleasure working with them on this video. Thank you to all those who took part."

The video will officially launch next month and will be shown across a number of online video streaming services.

Master chefs from the Newbury College catering course took part in the recent Country Range Student Chef Challenge, coming third in the regional semi-final heat against other colleges from across the country.

The Newbury College team of Level 2 Professional Cookery students - David Phillips, William Barker and John Rich - saw off competition from some very well-known and well respected colleges, only narrowly missing out on a top spot at the upcoming finals.

Catering student and semi-finalist, John Rich, said “I'm really proud of myself and the others, we all did really well and I enjoyed the experience. I'm glad that I managed to get the dessert out how I wanted and that the judges were pleased with it.”

Course leader, Malcolm Baggott, said “I am tremendously proud of everything these students have achieved in the competition. The dishes they produced showed an exceptional level of skill and creativity.”
Competition judges were equally as complimentary, giving the students plenty of constructive feedback and praise.

The students are now enjoying a well-earned half term break before returning to class next week when they will continue to practice their craft cooking for The Restaurant at Newbury College.

The Restaurant at Newbury College is open to the public for lunches and functions with set price menus from just £7.95. For bookings please visit

Students from our hair and beauty department were in demand at the annual Prom Day Prom Fair event at Donnington Grove Country Club on Sunday 5 February.

The event allows teenagers in West Berkshire to plan and gather ideas for their prom or special occasion and showcases many local businesses.

Students from Newbury College’s Academy Salons provided free hair styling, make up and nail demonstrations for the catwalk models and members of the public. They worked tirelessly throughout the event, which was very well attended, and produced some beautiful and complex styles.

Sarah Evans from Prom Day, said: “We were very impressed with the students and their standard of work on the day. The models looked fantastic on the catwalk.”

Rachael Elsey, Curriculum Manager of Service Industries, said: “The Prom Fair provides a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills whilst working to tight deadlines. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by each learner.”

Click here for more information about hair and beauty courses at Newbury College. Click here to visit the Prom Day website.

To see all of the photos from Sunday’s event, visit our Facebook page.

Newbury College has demonstrated its commitment to high performance through good people management by receiving a silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard. Only 10% of organisations who apply for the standard achieve the prestigious silver accreditation.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said; “Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Newbury College should be extremely proud of its achievement.”

Cathy Wright, Head of HR at Newbury College, said: “Since our bronze accreditation last time, we’ve worked really hard to address the areas of development needed for us to improve. We are thrilled with this result, which would not be possible without the continuing support of our dedicated and enthusiastic employees, who really make Newbury College a fantastic place to study and work.”

Click here for more information about Investors in People. Click here to find out more about what it’s like to work at Newbury College.

Newbury College today announced the launch of its new holiday club for students with high needs. Based in its well-equipped and specially adapted Ormande Centre, Newbury College is now extending its provision to provide activities over the holiday periods.

Newbury College Team Leader, Louise Campbell, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer holiday club places to both new and existing students. We realise how hard it is for our students to have such long gaps in-between terms and this can be very unsettling. We also understand how tricky it can be to find a suitable provision for young people during the holidays with staff who understand their needs and have a high level of knowledge and experience.”

The first holiday club will run over the February half term (13-15 February) and spaces are still available. The club will also run during Easter, May half term and the summer holidays. The cost for shared support is £55 per day per person, the cost for 1:1 or 2:1 support is £15 per hour per support person. Transport may be available for some students.

To discuss the holiday club in more detail or to book a place, please call Louise Campbell on 01635 845000 for more information.

Last term, students in our art department worked with renowned art suppliers, Daler-Rowney. The students were commissioned to create work based on a theme of ‘deconstruct/reconstruct’, working with subject matters relating to tools, music and collections.

The students attended a series of workshops and explored a variety of media, techniques and processes, producing a range of artwork and samples. These were sent off to Daler-Rowney for evaluation and three students were selected for awards.

The winners were Evelyn Pritchett (Level 2 student), Maddy Hunt (Subsidiary Diploma student) and Thomas Ebsworth (Extended Diploma student). All were awarded a collection of Daler-Rowney art materials.

Course leader, Sarah Whittam, said: “The students responded very well to the brief, creating some stunning artwork. All the students were commended by the Daler-Rowney team for their hard work, commenting that it was a hard decision to select the winners.”

Daler-Rowney will select a few winning pieces to feature on their 2017 promotional catalogue and this will be confirmed soon. Click here to see more photos.

For more information on the art courses at Newbury College visit: