City of Wolverhampton College students film BBC music video

Talented students from City of Wolverhampton College are putting their creative skills to good use by producing a music video for the BBC.

The students – who are studying for qualifications in live sound and events, media and photography – have been asked to film a promotional video for Sugathief, a four-piece band, as part of the BBC Introducing scheme.

The gig comes after students on the same courses last year were asked to produce films for local bands Kioko and Venkman.

Students studying for a diploma in live sound and events will take charge of the lighting design, staging, live sound and audio recording of the Sugarthief performance, media students will film the music video, and those studying for photography qualifications will capture still images of the event.

Filming will take place at The Slade Rooms, in Wolverhampton City Centre, today, Tuesday 5 December, and footage will then be mixed and edited by the students and sent to the BBC to be uploaded and viewed through the iPlayer platform.

Jo Slater, Curriculum Manager for music at the college, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to put their technical skills to the test and work with a real band on such a prestigious scheme as BBC Introducing.

“They should be very proud to be involved in the project and the experience will look great on their CVs when they are applying for jobs in the industry in the future.

Sugarthief, formed in 2015, are well-known in local music circles for the tracks New Ends, Crowing Youth, Joy Affair, When Did It All Go So Wrong? and Provide.  The have had regular stints on BBC WM Introducing and Amazing Radio and have performed at the Sunflower Lounge, Mailbox and Beyond the Tracks Festival in Birmingham.

BBC Introducing was created in 2007 to support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians with the aim of giving exposure to the freshest artists across the UK, with music played on local and national BBC Radio shows, broadcast throughout the UK every week.

The film students produced for Kioko can be viewed at


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Popular Market Drayton Spanish classes return to NSC for New Year

Popular Market Drayton Spanish Classes return to NSC for New Year

Yolanda Griffiths, Spanish Tutor at NSC who is running the 10 week Spanish course at the Festival Drayton Centre.

North Shropshire College (NSC) will be reintroducing the popular Spanish Classes for anybody wishing to take up a new language or refresh existing skills in the new year.  The course is being delivered from January for 10 weeks, every Friday, 10-11:30am at the Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton. The aim is to introduce learners to important conversation skills, from introducing yourself, ordering food and drink at restaurants and shops, through to asking for directions and learning about Spanish culture.

Yolanda Griffiths, Spanish Tutor at NSC, comments “The course provides an excellent opportunity for learners to experience a new language in a fun and relaxing environment. This allows them to learn at a comfortable pace and the course has proved to be extremely popular with those who have attended in the past. We hope to continue the success of last year’s course, and we look forward to meeting our new students when the course commences in the New Year.”

For more information about Spanish Courses at NSC, please visit the website at or call 01691 688000 for more information.


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North Shropshire College Christmas Fayre is a festive hit

North Shropshire College Christmas Fayre is a festive hit

Santa’s Grotto at NSC’s Walford Christmas Fayre

North Shropshire College (NSC) is celebrating the success of the first Christmas Fayre, which was held at the Walford Campus near Baschurch. The event saw a variety of stall holders exhibit their Christmas crafts and gifts, as well as a number of exciting festive activities including Santa’s Grotto, photos with Elsa from Frozen, a raffle with a ‘Be a Keeper for a Day’ Animal Experience prize, and festive Music from Mark ‘Macca’ Jones which proved popular with visitors.

A large selection of festive treats were also on offer to attendees, including mulled wine, mince pies, crêpes, as well as a selection of tasty refreshments from the Vintage Horse Box catering company available for sampling.

Penny Hardy, who organised the Fayre says ‘We are delighted with the success of the Christmas Fayre and would like to thank all those who attended. We would also like to say thank you to our stall holders and our Christmas events team, who helped to make the Fayre a very festive, fun and exciting experience for everyone. We hope to build on the success of the first ever Fayre next Christmas”.

For more information about the College and all upcoming events, visit the website at or call 01691 688000.

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City of Wolverhampton College maintains Fairtrade status

City of Wolverhampton College’s ongoing commitment to helping farmers in poorer countries get a better deal has led to it being awarded Fairtrade Status for a further two years.

The college was first awarded the status in November 2015 and, following a recent review, the accolade has been extended until 2019 in recognition of the work it does to promote Fairtrade products across it campuses.

In order to achieve Fairtrade Status, the college had to show that it meets five goals – selling its products in on-site canteens and shops, providing Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar at meetings, and running campaigns to increase the understanding and consumption of products, as well as developing a Fairtrade policy and steering group.

Rose Urkovskis, Head of Student Services at the college, said: “We are committed to providing Fairtrade products at our sites and are delighted that we have been awarded Fairtrade Status for a further two year.”

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Sci-fi takes centre stage at Christmas show

Sci-fi fans are in for a treat when talented students from City of Wolverhampton College take to the stage for their annual Christmas showcase.

Around 30 students who are studying for diplomas in performing arts will be stunning the audience in ‘Sci-Fi and Beyond’ at the Paget Road campus on December 13 and 14.

The family variety show will feature songs, dances and sketches based on Star Trek, The Matrix, Men in Black and Dr Who.

Tutor Tanya Long said: “The students have worked extremely hard to put together the show which promises to be a real treat for sci-fi fans and others alike, and will really kick-off Christmas with a bang!”

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets, costing £5 each or £3 for concessions, are available on the door.

The college is currently auditioning for next year’s performing arts courses. For more information call 01902 834273 or apply online at

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City of Wolverhampton College students spruce up women’s refuge

Accommodation for women affected by domestic violence has recently been given a spruce-up by construction students at City of Wolverhampton College.

A group of 18 students who are doing qualifications in painting and decorating, plumbing, carpentry and electrical, spent three days doing maintenance work at a refuge in the city run by The Haven, a charity that supports women and children who are vulnerable to domestic violence, homelessness and abuse.

The team re-painted walls, put up shelves and carried out other ‘odd-jobs’ at the premises as part of the city-wide Orange Wolverhampton campaign, linked to the United Nations’ international 16 days of action to end violence against women and girls (25 November – 10 December).

Joel Dalhouse, Curriculum Manager for Construction at the college, said: “The construction industry is a traditionally male dominated environment and by participating in this campaign we want to show that we are firmly against domestic violence.

“Carrying out the work in the refuge will make improvements that will benefit the women and children who live there, as well as give our students the chance to put the skills they are learning on their courses to good use.”

Marta Rios, Volunteer Engagement Lead at The Haven, added: “It has been a wonderful initiative to help young people gain an insight into the reality of domestic violence and make a positive impact in their community by putting their skills into practice.

“The students have been absolutely fantastic and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved – it is thanks to the support of organisations like these that we can continue running vital services for women and children and make the stay in our hostels much easier.”

The students worked on the project alongside staff from Wolverhampton Homes and Bouygues, which also provided the materials required for the work.

For details of construction courses offered by the college go to

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Autism Centre opens at City of Wolverhampton College

A new centre for students with autism will be officially opened at City of Wolverhampton College on Friday (December 1).

The self-contained unit – at the Wellington Road campus in Bilston – will enable students to study in a secure environment designed with their specific needs in mind.

The centre, which caters for up to 12 students aged 16-25, features a sensory room, interactive technology and breakaway spaces, as well as adapted lighting and a range of equipment suitable for students with high dependency needs including height adjustable tables and changing facilities.

The students attending the centre are all on a Futures programme which focuses on developing skills required for everyday life such as communication, social interaction and creativity, as well as the use of English, maths and IT.

Paula Van Ommeren, Provision Manager for High Needs, said: “Through discussions with parents and the city council, we identified a need for a local centre for students with complex learning needs and disabilities which would provide an alternative to out-of-area specialist colleges.

“The new centre has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students with autism and will enable them to learn in a safe and secure environment and develop skills in line with their individual goals, be it independent living, progressing to further learning or moving into employment.

Guests attending the launch will be served refreshments in the Futures café, run by students, before being given a tour of the centre.

For details of the Futures programme go to

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