Business Students go Head to Head for Charity

Business Students go Head to Head for Charity Business Students go Head to Head for Charity1Heart of Worcestershire College is proud of a particular group of Business students, as they managed to raise more than £5,700 for charity.

As part of their course, students were tasked to raise money for a charity of their choice. Working in two groups, the students went head to head to raise the most money through a variety of fundraisers and events, all co-ordinated by themselves.

Business student, Nick Conway explained,

“Our group raised £2,537 in total for Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. Even though the other group raised more, we all still feel proud of ourselves as our target was £1,500 originally. As a group we did voluntary bag packing in local supermarkets, we organised a gig with a band we knew and took part in a Wolf Run, which was tough!”

The Wolf Run is a 10k off road run, which takes runners through lakes, obstacles, woods and fields. Clearly having a healthy competitive streak in both teams, the other team raised a huge £3,220 for their charity Cancer Research UK.

From hosting a charity meal at the on campus College restaurant ‘The Archers’ to organising an ‘It’s a Knockout’ inspired community fun filled day for the public, business student Hayley Claridge explained,

“I think we’ve all done so well! It was tough at times, but to think we’ve made over £3,000 for our chosen charity makes it all worth it. Especially as the course is only 1 day each week, we had to do a lot of the organising around our jobs and normal routines. This project has put our learning in the classroom into practice.”

As the course is part time, students usually have to juggle a full time job while completing the course. This also means they can use the skills they learn on the course within their work environment.

Business Management Course Leader at the College, Bridget Bennett, explains the advantages of this project for her students,

“This assignment has been designed so that the students experience and develop a variety of skills for them to use in real life and in the work place, such as; teamwork, communication skills, leadership qualities and also dealing with conflict. It gives them opportunities that they probably won’t have and it also gives something back to the community.”

One student in particular who has seen the benefits of the course is also one of the Colleges employees, Sal Friel who works in the Student Services Department commented on how the course has worked for her,

“For me I enrolled on this course for my own personal development within the College, which they’ve really supported. This course has been really relevant to our jobs and offers transferable skills, as we’re able to put the theory into practice. This project was something you could really sink your teeth into and have fun with. From choosing our charity, Cancer Research to actually planning each event and coming up with ideas as a group was a good challenge. When we reached £2,000 that’s when our competitive sides really kicked in and we really pushed for the extra £1,220!”

Both groups from the Business course started fundraising in April and finished in August, all donations will be made to their chosen charities; Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

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Image by Timothy Allen, taken during his work with the BBC’s Human Planet series

Image by Timothy Allen, taken during his work with the BBC’s Human Planet series

Communities are the focus of the second Hereford Photography Month, which runs from 27th October until 28th November and is hosted by Hereford College of Arts, The Courtyard, Apple Store Gallery and Hereford Library.

The festival welcomes a variety of events, celebrating local and international photography from a number of world-renowned photographers, including BBC Human Planet photographer Timothy Allen, HCA Fellow John Bulmer, Ken Grant, Elisabeth Blanchet and many more, including staff and students from HCA.

Hereford College of Arts hosts events at both campuses for the first time. College Road – the home to the College’s University-level courses, including Foundation and BA (Hons) Degrees in Photography – is host to Ken Grant’s ‘Flock’, selected images from John Bulmer’s latest book, ‘Winds of Change’, and HCA Lecturer Dan Haworth-Salter’s images documenting the Old Market Development. There will also be a Symposium Day and Book Launch at the Campus on 20th November, offering attendees the opportunity to meet many of the exhibiting photographers, listen to talks about their projects and buy two new major publications.

At HCA’s Folly Lane, Timothy Allen’s work with communities in underdeveloped countries is documented in the Arts Space. Allen is well-known for his work with the BBC’s Human Planet series, which has taken him to over 40 countries and to some of the world’s most remote communities. Also at Folly Lane, The Young Photographer of the Year Exhibition showcases the next generation of photographers, including the winners and highly commended entries to the recent competition.

The Courtyard hosts A Portrait of Ross-on-Wye, an exhibition by HCA students, as well as a number of exhibitions presented by Rural Media focusing on travelling communities. Photographers featured include Elisabeth Blanchet and Sophie Brock, and there will also be three films; ‘Borderland’, ‘Travellers Remember’ and Martin Parry’s ‘Romany Life’.

Alex Thimm, BA (Hons) Photography Course Leader at HCA, also presents a fascinating project showcasing photographs from his time with an established ‘eco-community’, Crabapple Community near Shrewsbury.

The Apple Store Gallery showcases work focusing on responses to local landscapes and communities. Participating Artists include Ian Gorton, Chris Hall, Nick Helme, Brian Holley, Alex Powell and Sam Hughes. They are joined by selected graduates from Hereford College of Arts.

Finally, Hereford Library presents ‘Outrider’, a series of artists’ commissions exploring Hereford’s photographic pioneer Alfred Watkins’ collection of photographs and books about beekeeping. Jane Tudge, Ron Haselden, Cath Keay, Megan Powell, Sally Payen, Anneka French, Jaime Jackson, Elisabeth Bond and Becca Harris will all be showcasing their work.

Full details of the events, private views and opening times can be found on the Hereford College of Arts website,, or by calling 01432 273359.

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Professional Tuition for Budding College Chefs

Students Luke Mason, 19, Diane Perry, 41, and Karl Davies, 18, who are all studying Level 3 VRQ Kitchen and Larder, proudly show off some of their creations

Students Luke Mason, 19, Diane Perry, 41, and Karl Davies, 18, who are all studying Level 3 VRQ Kitchen and Larder, proudly show off some of their creations

Talented Hospitality students have been improving their industry knowledge by working with the best in the business after Walsall College teamed up with a top local hotel and spa company.

The group of Level 3 students honed their skills in the kitchen during a morning workshop following expert guidance from Paul Ingleby, Head Chef at Fairlawns Hotel and Spa, and Commis Chef Joe Graham. During the session they learned how to create three new dishes including homemade Scotch egg and spiced pickle salad, pan fried turbot with salsify and red wine Beurre Blanc and beef fillet with textures of onion, carrot puree, shitake mushrooms and a red wine sauce.

The workshop was held in Walsall College’s training kitchens at Wisemore Campus and is the first Suppliers Masterclass of the new academic year. In October the students will get a taste of India when staff from Walsall’s Five Rivers Indian Restaurant delivers the next instalment of industry training.

Steve Biggs, Commercial Chef and Trainer Assessor in Hospitality & Catering at Walsall College, said: “The new Level 3 students gained an awful lot from watching professional chefs at work and some of them will actually join Paul and Joe later on this year in their work experience placements at Fairlawns.

“These sessions are a great opportunity for our talented students to learn tips and modern techniques used in the industry as they tend to introduce new methods every day so cooking is very much about keeping up with the times and inventing new and exciting dishes by experimenting with flavours and textures.”

Mr Biggs added: “It is fantastic that our students are so involved with an increasing number of employer partnerships because it really does expand their skill sets and prepare them for employment after their course.”

There will be a total of six Masterclasses held at Jerome’s Restaurant over the course of the academic year.

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College partnership with Francesco Group scoops Hairdressing Training Award

(L-R): Stephen Mulhern - ITV Television Presenter, Craig Davies -Training Manager of Francesco Group, Andrea Owen - Administration Manager of Francesco Group Sheila Jackson - Wella Education and Events Manager, Jayne Lewis-Orr - Hairdressers Journal's Publishing Director

(L-R): Stephen Mulhern – ITV Television Presenter, Craig Davies -Training Manager of Francesco Group, Andrea Owen – Administration Manager of Francesco Group Sheila Jackson – Wella Education and Events Manager, Jayne Lewis-Orr – Hairdressers Journal’s Publishing Director

Stafford College’s partnership with Francesco Group has won a Training Award at the recent British Hairdressing Business Awards.

Stafford College works with the Francesco Group to provide students with the opportunity to train directly with the group’s stylists in the purpose-built Francesco Training Academy at Woodings Yard in Stafford.

Sally Western, Curriculum Area Manager for Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing at Stafford College, comments: “We pride ourselves in delivering cutting edge training for all our students. Unlike other colleges, where students are trained by lecturers, our unique partnership allows students to train directly under highly experienced Francesco Group stylists, so they are gaining the very latest industry skills from a prestigious, award-winning hair group.”

The awards ceremony, which took place at The Lancaster Hotel in London, celebrated forward-thinking businesses within the hair industry. Individuals, major salon groups and independents were all recognised for their outstanding business acumen.

Craig Davies, Training Manager at the Francesco Group, said: “The fact that we were recognised for our high quality at the British Hairdressing Business Awards is testament to our fantastic training teams, whose hard work and dedication ensures that Francesco Group’s education is the best in the industry.”

For more information on the unique partnership between Stafford College and Francesco Group Exclusive Skills Academies, you can contact the college by calling 01785 223800 or email 

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Hair and Beauty Learners to Compete in National Final

Josie Pajor (20), Nicola Sharratt (19) and Danielle Slattery (18) outside BSDC’s Innovations hair and beauty salon

Josie Pajor (20), Nicola Sharratt (19) and Danielle Slattery (18) outside BSDC’s Innovations hair and beauty salon

Three hairdressing and beauty therapy learners at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) are currently honing their advanced skills after being selected to compete in the WorldSkills national finals.

Beauty learners Danielle Slattery and Josie Pajor will compete in the Advanced Beauty category after coming first and second in the regional heats, while Hairdressing Apprentice, Nicola Sharratt, will compete in the Advanced Hairdressing category after achieving second place in the regional heats.

During the finals, which are set to take place during The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham, 13th–15th November, competitors will be asked to demonstrate their ability to carry out modern and traditional hairdressing and beauty therapy treatments, all judged by beauty industry experts and professionals.

Both beauty learners have gone on to secure employment in the industry since successfully completing their courses in the summer, with Danielle working at Sublime Beauty Salons in Ashby and Josie gaining employment as a Therapist with Steiner cruise ships. Meanwhile, hairdressing competitor, Nicola Sharratt is currently undertaking a hairdressing Apprenticeship in the Burton and South Derbyshire College’s Innovations Salon.

Nicola commented: “Taking part in competitions is a great experience; I love the atmosphere and the adrenaline rush. It’s a great achievement to have got through to the final.” Daneille added: “I’m really pleased to have come first in the regional finals and am looking forward to competing in the national final in November.”

Beauty Lecturer, Jackie Heaton said: “Congratulations to our learners for their success! The WorldSkills competitions give learners the opportunity to take their skills to the next level and to test their performance against the best of the best from across the country. Taking part in competitions is a great way for learners to gain experience in working to a professional standard and with creative flair in a high pressure situation.”

Hairdressing Lecturer, Debbie Deacon added: “We are all very proud of the achievements of our WorldSkills competitors. Competitions like this provide learners with an excellent platform to showcase their flair and passion for the hair and beauty industry”.

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Young Photographer Of The Year 2014 Winners Announced

Winners of the Hereford College of Arts’ Young Photographer of the Year Competition – sponsored by Herefordshire companies IA Technology and Certainly Wood – have been announced and will have their work on show at an exhibition as part of Hereford Photography Month.

Talented photographers aged between 9 and 19 were asked to submit their entries, interpreting this year’s theme, energy. They will be presented with their prizes at the launch night of the exhibition showcasing all of the entries at HCA’s Folly Lane Campus on Tuesday 21st October from 6pm.

The winners are:

Category 1: 16-19 years

1st Prize – £150 and half day one-to-one workshop with a professional photographer

Yehya Al-Hafidh, aged 18, a student at Falmouth University

2nd Prize – £75 and a portfolio box for the winner’s work

Jonathan Miseroy, aged 18, a student at University of South Wales

3rd Prize – £25 and a sketch book

Michael Bashir White, aged 18, a student at Hereford Sixth Form College

Highly Commended: Rosie Driscoll, aged 17 and a student at Pershore High School, and Brigitta Falcini, aged 19 and a student at Hereford Sixth Form College.

Category 2: 12-15 years

1st Prize – £125 and a free place on the 3 Day Spring School Photography course at HCA

Hannah Thimm, aged 15, from Whitecross High School

2nd Prize – £50 and a portfolio box for the winner’s work

Cerys Lacy, aged 13, from Lady Hawkins School

3rd Prize – £25 and a sketch book

Josh Nikitik, aged 14, from Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School.

Highly Commended: Izzy Farkas, aged 13 from Lucton School and Kieran Roberts, 13 from Weobley High School.

Category 3: 9-11 years

1st Prize – £100 and the winning entry professionally framed

Hannah Rusling, aged 9 from Longtown Primary School

2nd Prize – £50 and a portfolio box for the winner’s work

William Gladson, aged 9 from Usk Primary School

3rd Prize – £25 and a sketch book

Alex Quinn, aged 9 from Hampton Dene Primary School.

Highly Commended: Jake Pollard, aged 11 from Tudor Grange Academy and Hannah Rusling. The winning entries can be seen at

The exhibition runs at Folly Lane from Tuesday 21st October and throughout Hereford Photography Month, a multi-venue celebration of photography led by HCA, which ends on 28th November. For more information, visit

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Students Offer Massages At Mystery Charity Race

Sports massage students from City of Wolverhampton College will be soothing the aching limbs of adventurers taking part in a mystery charity race this Sunday, September 28.

Fourteen students who are studying for the Level 3 certificate in sports massage at the college’s Metro One campus will be providing leg and back massages to participants in the Run for Home event organised by local radio stations Heart FM, Smooth FM and Capital FM.

In the event teams are dropped at a mystery location up to 100 miles away from Birmingham and have to make their way back to Edgbaston Stadium as quickly as possible, without spending any money on transport.

On arrival at the stadium participants can take a well earned rest whilst enjoying a relaxing massage provided by the students which will enable them to use the skills and techniques they have learnt on the course and gain experience of providing treatments to members of the public.

Run for Home will raise money for the Make Some Noise charity which helps youngsters in the West Midlands and across the UK who are affected by illness, disability, bereavement or lack of opportunity.

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