North Shropshire College Wins Big at Dyslexia Awards


Left to right: Sarah Probert and Erin Bainbridge

North Shropshire College (NSC) had huge reason to celebrate on Saturday night 2016 Dyslexia Awards. Business Lecturer Sarah Probert won the best teacher award and student Erin Bainbridge won the further education shining star award.

The award winners were nominated by people from their community, students and peers and came against fierce competition. Student Erin Bainbridge was named a ‘role model and inspiration to other young people. Tutor Sarah Probert commented that ‘there should be no barriers in education’ and that ‘everybody should be offered the opportunity to learn and progress in an educational environment.’

Sarah went on to say, “I am grateful and humbled to have won this award and to all those who took the time to nominate me. I am extremely proud of Erin she is an inspirational young woman, I would also like to thank Elizabeth for establishing these awards to promote positivity, which they certainly do.”

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Walsall College Ranked as One of the Best in the Country


Picture by Edward Moss Photography All rights reserved. Walsall College Ofsted

Walsall College has been rated joint third in a league table of colleges published by FE Week, an industry leading publication focused on delivering the latest further education and skills news.

The table was compiled using a points based system, with points awarded against a number of key criteria published by the Department of Education. Over 200 colleges were scored out of a possible 16.

Walsall College scored 14 out of 16 including top marks for learner satisfaction, with 88 per cent of students rating their experience as outstanding. The college also received the maximum marks for a high number of students progressing to employment after successful completion of their studies.


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People affected by homelessness and poverty got smart new haircuts courtesy of hairdressing tutors from City of Wolverhampton College.

Around 12 local men and women who are supported by the Good Shepherd Ministry, based at Darlington Street Methodist Church, were treated to free trims by three staff from the college’s hair training academy.

The session was organised as part of Project ICE – run by West Midlands Police to address issues that affect people in the city – after a number of homeless people involved with the scheme said that they looked and felt unkempt. Continue reading

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College Ceremony Sees Students Graduate with First Class Degrees


Computing Graduate Tim Walker who graduated with a first and was also awarded with the HI:ED Student of the Year award at the college’s 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Walsall College higher education students paraded to Walsall Town Hall in their caps and gowns on Friday 24th November, to officially open their formal Graduation Ceremony. Including some of the first cohort of students who have completed the college’s new Level 6 BSc Computing course and celebrated graduating with a first class honours degrees.

The college, which has offered a range of Access to HE, HNC and HND courses for a number of years, started offering full degree level courses, in Fashion, Photography and Graphic Design for the first time in its history in 2014, after forming a partnership with Birmingham City University (BCU). Business and Computing programmes were introduced last year.

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L-R: BBC deputy political editor, John Pienaar, Rachel Coburn, Kim Fletcher, NCTJ chairman

A roving reporter from City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after scooping a national award for her skills as a journalist.

Rachel Coburn, a BBC digital journalist apprentice, was named Apprentice of the Year at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence ceremony at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on Thursday evening.

The 24-year-old was chosen for the high quality of her professional conduct and the standard of her skills and ability in the newsroom.

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L-R: Jason Mumford, Learning and Development Manager for Alton Towers (award sponsor), Team Leader Karl Broadhurst, students Jordan Evans and Kyle Lock

Students from City of Wolverhampton College have picked up a royal award for their community work.

The group of 10 young people, who were all on the Prince’s Trust self development programme’s Team 300, scooped the Community Impact Award at the trust’s Celebrate Success Awards at Aston Villa Football Club on November 22.

The youngsters were awarded the accolade after going above and beyond while on a two week community project at Blakenhall Resource Centre.

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Former Apprentice Named 2016 Young Chef of the Year


L-R shows: Frances Attwood receiving the David Bache trophy from Matt Davies, chairman of the BCF and Anthea Bache on behalf of her late husband

A former Walsall College Hospitality and Catering apprentice Frances Attwood, who now works as a demi chef de partie at the Michelin starred restaurant, Simpsons in Birmingham, has been named Young Chef of the Year by the 2016 British Culinary Federation Awards.

The British Culinary Federation is one of the largest associations in the United Kingdom and aims to promote culinary skills throughout the industry and support highly skilled professionals within the catering industry.

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