Tuesday, 02 July 2019 10:10

Aiming Higher at Newbury College

On Tuesday 25 June, engineering students studying at Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) levels, presented their end of year projects to a panel of expert judges and dignitaries including the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe, Cllr Graham Pask and Cllr Mike Cole. 
 
Almost 90 students, many of whom are in paid employment as higher-level apprentices, competed with their peers for the Best Project in their relevant categories. Students were able to gain vital feedback on their project design and development and practice their presentation skills throughout the exhibition. Many of the projects have been created for and applied to the businesses in which the students are employed.
 
Newbury College was delighted to welcome back former Degree student and IED award winner, George Collins, to speak about his journey into a career in Engineering, and introduce the awards.
 
The winners are:
HNC Electrical & Electronics (Level 4) 
Runner-up - Megan Purchas, AWE
Best Project - Liam Mundy, STFC
HND Electrical & Electronics (Level 5)
Runner-up - Joe Thompson, Thames Water
Best Project - James Lavington, Thames Water
HNC Mechanical Engineering (Level 4) 
Runner-up - Andrew Male, Diamond Light Source
Best Design Unit - Oliver Hensberg, MSA – The Safety Company
Best Project - Calan Kenward, LG Motion
HND Mechanical Engineering (Level 5)
Runner-up – Adam Churchman, STFC
Best Project – Callum Brown, Reeling Systems Ltd
 
Iain Wolloff, Principal and Chief Executive, Newbury College said, “We were particularly delighted to see the outstanding quality of the work on display. Our annual Engineering Exhibition is a fantastic model of our degree level programmes and sets the standard for the expansion of our higher-level provision with the development of University Centre Newbury (UCN).”
 
If you want to find out more about a career in Engineering or Apprenticeships contact our business team on 01635 845229.
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In an exclusive interview with the Newbury Weekly News, new Principal and CEO Iain Wolloff sets out a vision for the development of Newbury College.

During the interview, Iain talks about the future ambitions for the College that include opening a university centre to improve the higher education opportunities in Newbury and the surrounding areas. Newbury College already offers a Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering but would like to expand this offering to attract more degree-level students.

To read the full article, visit Newbury Weekly News website here.  

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Today’s publication of the Higher Education funding Council’s (HEFCE) Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awarded Newbury College its ‘Provisional Status’. The award is given to higher education providers that meet ‘rigorous national quality requirements but which do not yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed’.

In the autumn term of 2016, Newbury College submitted its Annual Provider Review to HEFCE and a review of this confirmed that the College ‘fully meets HEFCE’s requirements for quality and standards’. 

This means that:

  • Qualification standards are reliable and reasonably comparable to those across the UK
  • The student academic experience is of a high quality
  • Student outcomes are generally good or excellent and the provider has demonstrated continuous improvement in relation to them.

Newbury College continues to grow its higher education provision with programmes available in Art and Design, Business*, Engineering, Graphic Design, Health and Social Care*, Public Services and Sport.

Newbury College is excited to be developing a new B.Eng. (Hons) degree apprenticeship* with Buckinghamshire New University and is accepting enquiries from those interested in studying on this programme from September 2017. Call 01635 845000 for details.

For more details on the TEF outcomes, visit: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/tefoutcomes/

*Note: Some HE courses are subject to awarding body approval.

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Bryony

Consumer group Which? has published survey results which suggest that further guidance is needed for students when deciding on what subjects to study after GCSEs.

The poll of 1,020 UK teenagers revealed that 30% felt inadequately informed about how their subject options would affect their university and degree courses, with 29% agreeing they would have appreciated more advice.

The survey also revealed that over half of the students polled picked their sixth form or college subjects without considering their future prospects.

“This, coupled with the news reported recently by The Guardian that one in four UK graduates remain low earners ten years after leaving university, makes it even more important for young people to consider what they want to do in the future and seek advice from a range of different sources prior to choosing what subjects to study after GCSEs,” commented Dr Anne Murdoch, Principal at Newbury College.

Which? also advises students to consider vocational qualifications as a route to university.

“The traditional route to university isn’t ‘one-size-fits all’,” continued Murdoch. “BTEC diplomas (HNCs and HNDs) and apprenticeships offer an alternative to higher education, and include practical experience relevant to the subject choice.”

Newbury College student, Bryony Petersen, recently completed BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services, and has a place at University of Northampton to study paramedic science in September. “The BTEC course taught me the self-discipline to develop leadership and teamwork skills, expedition training, command, control and much more. My results have earnt me a place at university in a subject that will ultimately lead to me to my dream career as a paramedic,” said Bryony.

Newbury College is holding an open enrolment event on Saturday 3 September between 10am to 1pm. Curriculum subject leaders will be on hand to discuss the various options available to students, who can also seek advice from members of the College’s Information, Advice and Guidance team.

 

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