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Michelin star reviewer talks all things food with aspiring chefs

Fri, 2018-02-23 11:27

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Richard Bagnold, of the restaurant review website, Major Foodie, into college to talk to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Michael Caines Academy Students.

Richard Bagnold is the only person to have dined in and reviewed every Michelin starred restaurant for 2018 in the UK. His website is dedicated to good food and all dining experiences, paid for by him, and are shared to compare all notable venues.

Richard spoke to students about who he is and what he does, as well as a little about the amazing food journey he has been on. He also gave a background to the Michelin guide itself, including why people are fascinated with it and what it takes to get a star - something our young chefs will be aiming for in their career. Richard has been doing this for 10 years but has been able to dedicate more time to it in the last 5 years. His passion certainly shines through when he is talking about his experiences. About his first Michelin starred meal he says:

I still remember the strawberry soup with chocolate truffles at Arzak, San Sebastian in 2007 with huge fondness.”

So what are his plans for the future?

Frankly it’s only just begun, it's nice to have some form of uniqueness - I believe I’m the only one to have done it. There are loads of places out there that don’t have a star which are really good that I would like to get to grips with, and there are more three star places that I am really looking forward to.” Richard is planning a trip to Japan in April, Thailand and Hong Kong in June and Napa Valley and New York in July and is excited to try the very best these areas have to offer.

Matt Pickett, Programme Leader said:

Days like today are what sets Exeter College apart when it comes to our links with Industry. Having guests like Richard share his unique experiences with over 75 students is vital to inspiring the next generation of professionals we’re nurturing here at College. Richards talk was fantastic and we hope to hear more about his journey through the UK's restaurant scene when we invite him back to meet more students in the future.”

We asked Richard what his advice was for students and above all he said you need to love what you do.

Doing it for the sake of it is different from doing it because you actually really love it. So it's not just to gain a label. Getting all the ones done in the country just seemed logical because it was just a lovely little extra thing to do but I was enjoying every single step of the way. If there was one thing I would say it’s explore the field you want to explore. It has to be something you're passionate about and I look forward to continuing my food exploration globally in the coming years”. 

If you would like to read more about Richard then please visit his website here.

If you are interested in one of our hospitality courses then please look through what we have to offer here.

You can find out more about the Michael Caines Academy here.

Exeter College win coveted United Nations contest title for 4th year in a row

Fri, 2018-02-23 10:28

Exeter College students have won the prestigious Bristol Grammar School Model United Nations (MUN) best delegation title for the fourth year in a row, cementing the college’s reputation as one of the leading debating and diplomacy teams in the South West.

More than 150 students representing a range of schools took part in the 10th annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference, held at Bristol Grammar School, on Sunday, 4th Feb.

The conference is a simulation of the United Nations, with student teams allocated a specific country which they represent in a variety of committees, such as the United Nations Security Council and Human Rights.

At the end of the day, all of the students come together for the General Assembly to find a resolution to a crisis scenario. The teams are tasked with debating resolutions to overcome specific, current political issues. A large majority of the students present were from independent schools from around the South West.

Exeter College took thirteen students to the conference, with ten of the students winning individual awards. The Exeter College team which represented Japan won the prize for the Best Delegation – the coveted top prize at the conference. This was for the fourth year running. The Japan delegation won two best delegate awards, two Highly Commended awards and one Commended award.

Exeter College teacher Martin Gilbert, who organised the trip to the prestigious conference at Bristol Grammar School, said: “Yet again, the students were fantastic diplomats in every sense of the word. I am very proud of their achievements.”

Meanwhile, the previous day, twelve Exeter College students, including an Exeter Maths School student took part in a local Model United Nations (MUN) hosted by Exeter School, with students again competing against independent schools from around the South West.

Overall, the Exeter College team ‘won’ the conference with the Best Delegation award going to the college delegation representing the USA. The Exeter College students representing Poland also were awarded the Highly Commended prize.

Exeter College International Baccalaureate student Ben Pike, from Umberleigh, North Devon, who was a member of the winning delegations at both events, said: “The feeling of accomplishment I experienced after winning an award rounded off an already tremendous conference. 

“Likewise, winning the Best Delegation awards at both conferences was hugely fulfilling; it was fantastic to have the opportunity to represent the college at something we all enjoy so much. I believe these achievements are a testament to the hard work of our teams and the sheer enthusiasm of both the students and supporting staff."

Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive John Laramy said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the students and I’d like to congratulate the students on their remarkable success which demonstrates exceptional academic, debating and diplomacy skills of our students.”

Emma Fielding, Assistant Principal, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the success of our students on this competitive and prestigious circuit. The dedication and professionalism with which they prepare for these competitions is exceptional and their talent and dedication gives us great confidence in the politics and diplomacy of the future.”


Winning Delegates at the Model United Nations

Japan Delegation (Best Delegation)

  • Marceli Potocki
  • Tara McKenna
  • Tom Burrows
  • Emma Hardes-Butler
  • Ben Pike
  • Michael Grant

Winning Delegates at the Model United Nations at Bristol Grammar School, representing Japan. Pictured are (back), left to right, Marceli Potocki, Tara McKenna, Michael Grant, Tara McKenna, (front) Emma Hardes-Butler, and Ben Pike.

Celebrating success at the Model United Nations (MUN) hosted by Exeter School, winning USA delegation. Pictured are (from left to right), Tara McKenna, Charlie Lees (Exeter Mathematics School), Tom Burrows, Ben Pike. 

Students Take a Trip back in Time with Chief Culture Writer of the Guardian

Thu, 2018-02-15 13:13

Fifteen A Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) students at Exeter College took a trip back in time to Ancient Greece and Rome at the University of Exeter, with the chief culture writer of the Guardian Charlotte Higgins.

The group of students recently took part in day-long workshop featuring the leading national newspaper writer Charlotte Higgins, and academics at the world class University of Exeter, a leading Russell group university.

The event was organised by Advocating Classics Education, an AHRC funded research project designed to promote the study of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in secondary schools.

The day featured a talk from Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer of the Guardian and a member of its editorial board.

The workshop at the university is one of a number of similar events taking place at leading universities across the UK. Students from Exeter College and other local schools from the South West took part in a range of workshops, including sessions on Roman architecture and Greek tragedy.

Second year Classics students from Exeter College performed an outstanding presentation on the Battle of Thermopylae.

Dr Mike Beer, Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Classics Programme Leader, who is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, said: “The students who took part in the day’s activities did so with enthusiasm and drive, and were excellent ambassadors for the subject. Lecturers from the Department of Classis and Ancient History were impressed by their subject knowledge and their presentation was warmly greeted.”

Meanwhile, former Exeter College student and alumnus Liam Preston, who was taught by Mike Beer in 2010, also attended the day. Liam is now completing his MA in Classics at the University of Exeter and is looking to do his PhD.

On March 12th, Exeter College students will be taking part in a national ‘live’ event linked to the project, featuring classicist Mary Beard, from the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge.

Inspired? Fascinated with Graeco-Roman antiquity and its impact upon the modern world? Did you know that Exeter College offers an A Level in Classical Civilisation and you can apply now for September 2018. Click here to find out more.

Pioneering Initiative to develop Next Generation of Exeter's Data Scientists

Mon, 2018-02-12 11:42

Launch of Pioneering Initiative to develop the Next Generation of Exeter’s Data Scientists, as city named among top 10 hubs for tech jobs.

The official launch has taken place of a pioneering alliance among leading partners to develop Exeter’s next generation of data scientists, as Exeter recently named among the top 10 cities for future tech hubs.

The new Exeter Data Information Science Collaborative (E-DISC) brings together leading city organisations to develop the city’s technical data analytical skills for the future.

Under the collaboration, organisations such as the Met Office, Exeter College, Exeter City Futures, Exeter City Council, University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in a new Data Analytics Apprenticeship scheme.

Each partner is passionate about the use of data analytics and information science and committed to developing essential technical skills and talent to meet priority skills gaps.

The new Data Analytics Apprenticeship offers a unique training opportunity in the Greater Exeter area where apprentices will not only follow the new standards in Data Analytics, but they will also come together as a group and collaborate to use their skills to address city-wide challenges at the Exeter City Futures Hub.

Glenn Woodcock, Exeter City Futures CEO and Founder, said “This innovative venture is another fantastic achievement for Exeter, and demonstrates its commitment to establishing itself as an analytical city.

“E-DISC will help to boost the analytical skills of our young citizens and provide them with the essential tools that unlock their capability for making change locally.”

Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal, Exeter College, said: “This is part of a much broader skills escalator scheme, where the University and the College is driving the digital and data skills agenda and creating an ecosystem of technically trained information scientists.

The recent tech hubs analysis shows that Exeter is identified as being one of the top 10 cities for tech vacancies, with one in five vacancies in Devon being tech based over the last year.”

There are already three Data Analyst Apprenticeship vacancies live under the innovative project for data analysts at the Met Office, Exeter College, and Exeter City Futures.

The launch of this ground-breaking initiative took place at the home of Exeter City Futures, Southernhay West, on Wednesday, February 7th.

Launch of Pioneering Initiative to Build Exeter’s Next Generation of Data Scientists, pictured (from left), Steve Mariadas, Data Digital Lead, Exeter College, Kathryn White, Innovation Manager, University of Exeter, Charlie Ewen, Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Met Office, John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive, Exeter College, Ella Fielding, Apprentice Ambassador, Exeter College, Chris Tidman, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Karime Hassan, Chief Executive and Growth Director, Exeter City Council, and Glenn Woodcock, Exeter City Futures CEO and Founder. 


Playback Exhibition at the Yard Gallery

Thu, 2018-02-08 15:52

Playback exhibition is now open at the Yard Gallery in the CCI building.

This exhibition, a joint initiative between the Arts Council England and Channel 4 Random Acts, gives you the chance to view over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers using the interactive displays. There are a broad range of award-winning films on offer, from dance and comedy to animation.

The exhibition is on tour around England until March 2018 and will be at the Yard Gallery until Friday 16th February and open from 10am-4pm, weekdays only.

Creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds is the focus of this project which supports the development of 360 high quality short films over three years until 2018.”

To find out more about this project, please click here.

If you are aged between 16-24 and interested in making a short film then please click here to find out about more opportunities in your area.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Playback

Netball Team Crowned Regional Champions

Fri, 2018-02-02 11:34

This year has seen huge success for our netball teams. Not only were the girls crowned Regional Champions at the National Schools Regional competition this weekend (and will now progress to the National Finals) but a number of players have also been selected for the Bath U19 squad.

Hannah Barnes was recently selected for the Bath U19 short squad, accompanied by Charlie Plumridge, and in addition to this Jade Richards and Sophie Orchard were selected for the Bath long squad.


We are also proud to announce that Charlie Plumridge, Jade Richards and Imogen Plumridge have all been selected for the AoC Sports National representative Team.




To qualify for Bath U19's Hannah had to do an initial trial to get into the long squad (about 20 people). She then had to attend training sessions before being chosen for the short squad (14 people). We spoke to Hannah to find out how she is feeling about playing for the team. She said:

I am very excited and happy to be selected, very excited to play at this high standard.” Hannah is looking forward to playing in an upcoming fixture this Saturday as it will be the first game for the squad and she is excited to see how the team gel together.

We also spoke to Sophie who went for the U19 trial and made the long squad and was then offered a place in the U17 squad. She said:

I am really pleased with being offered a place in this squad as it is really challenging. The teams we will be playing when the season starts will be tough but it will be a great opportunity for the team to play against them. I am really looking forward to going to these games with the team and playing together for the first time.”

Sophie says she is hoping to progress in netball after college and will look at trialling for the u19 and possibly the u21 squads.

We wish the whole squad good luck with their upcoming fixtures.

Game Making at RAMM

Thu, 2018-02-01 14:52

This weekend five IT students took part in a game-making workshop. Students were organised into teams to plan, design, and create an original videogame inspired by the Seaton Down Hoard and other objects in RAMM’s Roman collection.  Students also had the opportunity to listen to various guests who work in the games industry, such as Jo Morrison (Programme Director of Digital Innovation at Calvium) and Lizzie Mee (Seaton Down Hoard Project Officer for RAMM).

The aim of this project is to encourage young people to be inspired by the museum’s Roman collection in order to create games, making them not just players, but also creators of gameful content. For the participants, this will be a unique opportunity to develop their game thinking and design skills in the specific context of a museum, as well as gain exposure for their work, both from the museum’s website, and during the event when their games will be available for visitors to play in the museum’s galleries.”

This weekend was the first stage of the project with a Gamerama Day happening in April. During the Gamerama Day, visitors will be invited to play the games within the galleries. There is also the possibility of making the games available through the museum’s website.

Feedback from students has been great and they are looking forward to the next stage of this exciting project.

The talks were informative and were about how to develop games and how to keep players involved." Lewis, studying BTEC Extended Diploma IT Practitioners

The talks that were given have helped me understand more of the game development world and how games can reach all people." Alex, studying BTEC Extended Diploma IT Practitioners

If you are interested in studying an IT course with us then please search through our courses here or come along to our next open event.

An interview with Creative Writing alumni Tom Dawn

Fri, 2018-01-26 10:08

Local Exeter College alumni, Tom Dawn, has recently published his first novel. Tom completed a series of adult Creative Writing courses with the college. We caught up with him to find out more about the novel and how the classes helped him finish it.

Why did you enrol on the creative writing course and what did you hope to gain from doing it?

Since I had the idea when I was twenty, I’ve meant to write a book. I thought the course would give me some added oomph, which it did. Also I do enjoy the social aspect of evening classes, and it turned out to be a very friendly and talented group of people. We still meet up on alternate weeks.

How did the course help you write the book?

I think we all have it in us to write, and we just need to practice. The course makes you do that, and it added some formal ideas on top of what I already knew instinctively. That was very helpful.

Where did the ideas for the book come from?

There are lots of ideas in the book and it evolved a lot as I went along. When you’re writing a book you puzzle over the how and the why a lot, and some of my best ideas are solutions to the problems that I was tussling with in the evening as I went to bed. I’d often wake up in the middle of the night with the answer. So a short answer to your question is: sleepless nights.

The thing that surprised me is how the characters came to life. Sometimes they ‘did’ things which I wouldn’t have thought of. That might sound a bit weird, but they have become real to me now!

Tell us a bit about the plot.

A guy called Marc is the main character. He loves diving until he’s involved in a tragic accident. Then he loses it completely. I mean he loses his job and his best buddy and his confidence. He has a kind of a mental meltdown and, as the saying goes, the Devil makes work for idle hands. He begins a relationship with just the wrong person and before he knows it, he’s been sucked into a life-or-death intrigue and has to find the will and the means to survive.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m writing a sequel to the first book. It’s code-named The Lonely Island, but it will probably have a different name by the time it comes out. Will there be a third? One thing at a time, please!

How did you go about getting the book published?

I self-published, which is relatively easy to do nowadays. There’s still a learning curve, but I enjoyed the challenge. People are sometimes a bit rude about self-published authors, but read the book first and then make your judgement! I will look for a publisher for my next book though, even though everyone says it’s tough.

If you would like to buy Tom’s book then it is available for purchase on Amazon or from Crediton Community Bookshop.

We offer a wide range of adult leisure and professional courses. Please take a look at our course search here or come along to our next open event.

Record Breaking 24 Oxford and Cambridge Offers for Exeter College Students

Mon, 2018-01-22 10:15

Exeter College today announced that a record breaking 24 students are holding offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge starting in 2018.

A total of 17 students have been offered places at Oxford and seven at Cambridge in a diverse range of subjects from Medicine to Law.

An outstanding five students were offered places to study Medicine at either Oxford or Cambridge, two of the most sought after medical programmes in the country.

The successful students are from all corners of Devon and beyond, from a variety of schools. A remarkable 71% of students from Exeter College who were invited to interview were successful in being offered a place, far above the national average.

Jona Metcalf, formally of West Exe School, Exeter said: “It's a privilege to be offered a place at such a brilliant university. To have the chance to study at Cambridge is a great opportunity - receiving an offer is so rewarding.

“It's clear that the lecturers and staff at Exeter College work hard to support the students here. There are plenty of ways to get help with your studies if you need it. My lecturers and the staff have done so much to help me secure an offer; they genuinely want me to do well.”

One student, Andrew Foal, from Cullompton is an adult learner who joined the college last September as a mature student on an Access to Higher Education course. He has been offered a place to Oxford to study Law.

John Laramy, Principal and CEO of Exeter College said:  “I would like to congratulate the students who have received offers from Oxbridge, some of the most hotly contested university places in the country.  The 24 student offers include five for Medicine which is remarkable. 

“This is a new record for Exeter College and shows the academic pedigree of the college and the calibre of students who choose to continue their studies at Exeter College from right across the region, with some students travelling up to two hours each way to attend the college.

“This exceptional outcome shows the combined impact of great students, working with excellent staff in an outstanding college.  Across the college, students’ progression to university, further study and employment demonstrates the effectiveness of both our dedicated Oxbridge support and wider progression advice.

In the current environment, when social mobility is at the top of the education agenda, I think as a state funded, non-selective sixth form provider, we can confidently say that Exeter College is doing its best to support student ambition.”

As an Ofsted Outstanding college, Exeter College is focused on delivering exceptional teaching and learning to support learners to fulfil their potential.

My International Experience

Fri, 2018-01-19 10:29

On the 1st of December 2017, I hopped on a plane, energetic for the following 27 hour flight that would take me across to the other side of the world for the adventure of a lifetime. It was completely insane and absolutely amazing. I was about to do this, really leave everything and everyone I had ever known, to chase this life that was now laid out for me, on the other side of the world. I had no idea, knew nothing and no one, and yet in a way I had the world at my fingertips.

The actual flight was slightly painful, and boring, and long, very long. The airports were not as confusing as you would imagine. Arriving at Heathrow Airport was strange, I was met by the Select Studies programme manager, his wife and son, which was a really nice way to be introduced into the country. Fast forward and I arrived in Exeter late that same night, feeling good. I met my host mum, Hayley and her five year old daughter, Mia. One of the most nerve wracking things from my point of view, and many other exchange and international students, is the host family. I have to say that my host family have been absolutely amazing, they have been so kind and helpful in making this experience the best that it could be. The following day, I was feeling good, excited and full of energy at the fact that everything was unknown. I got a small tour of the Exeter high street before I wandered off and explored the stunning cathedral, taking enough pictures that I stood out as a tourist like a sore thumb.

The next day I was walking into Exeter college, looking up at the towering nine story building above, and extremely nervous. I was about to begin college as the new girl in a different country, who knew absolutely nobody and nothing about the way this school ran. I met up with Kyle, who is part of the International Team at Exeter college, who was incredibly kind and helpful in starting me at college. We went for a tour around the college, beginning with the buildings on the main site, before venturing into town to see all of the other buildings. If I thought Exeter College was massive before, imagine what it was like to see another seven large buildings. Comparing it to my school, with our 25 classrooms, did not make it terrifying, it was simply incredible, Exeter College was amazing. I had three subjects, ranging from having two or three classes a day. It was a bit different to my five subjects a day in New Zealand, but it gave me a lot of time to catch up on work that I was seriously behind on. Thankfully, my teachers were welcoming and understanding, easing me into the subjects. I have to say that the whole schooling system has been very different, and it has been an awakening experience going from getting the highest grade in English internals in New Zealand, to struggling to write a film essay in the UK. But it is an amazing learning experience and I have to say that I am making good progress.

The first week of meeting people was a bit slow, I was nervous and had no idea what I was doing. By the second week I was making friends, going out for hot chocolates and dinners. Sweets from my own country was definitely a good ice breaker!

In those initial days I saw as much as I could of Exeter; museums, gardens, Roman ruins, Roman walls, Exeter cathedral... so many places. I also visited Stonehenge, where I saw a Winter Solstice Festival and went on a tour of the town Salisbury. I visited stunning Exmouth, my first trip on a train. I would like to say that it went well and I was a natural, but pretty much I had a lot of trouble. However, that was to be expected and it gave me knowledge that has proved vital in other travels.

I was still attending college, enjoying the differences, although there was the factor that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. But with knowing nothing, also comes an opportunity to discover so much. I found the things that I was most confused about where those little mundane skills that those around me in England never would have thought of as difficult. In those first weeks everything was a bit confusing but Exeter College definitely grounded me. It gave me skills that I had never been able to acquire in New Zealand. These skills enabled me to tackle this huge, daunting task of navigating a foreign country.

Although I had been enjoying my time at Exeter College, as soon as Christmas break was here I went everywhere. Newquay, St Austell, Penzance, Mousehole, St. Ives, Falmouth, Newlyn, Bath, Dawlish, Dawlish Warren, Paignton, Dartmoor, Plymouth, to name those I can remember. Most were just day trips or quick visits between buses, but I loved it. I met amazing, kind people, saw incredible things, and experienced more than I thought I would ever get the chance to. One highlight was going on a tour bus to see the Mousehole christmas lights. I was the youngest person there by a few decades, but they were amazing people and made my night.

Although highs are not without lows, every low has taught me something. Be ready to get off the train when its stops (or you wont be getting off), double check opening times, always carry a visa card, google maps is life, don’t trust bus times, double check your train station, and so many more things that I am grateful for having learnt. Holidays came to a close, and it was time to start back at Exeter College, the last leg of my International student experience. My classmates where getting ready for their mock exams, so most of the revision work went right over my head. But I still kept my ears open, knowing that attempting the work was better than giving up all together. As mock exams came around, I was left with only one class a day.

So here I am, waiting for my only class of the day, before heading off to London this weekend. I have to say, so far, this has been an incredible experience. It’s been terrifying at moments, and unfamiliar, and unbelievable. But I have had the privilege of living a life on the other side of the world. I’ve attended one of the best colleges in the UK, which has taught me so many important skills about the world, different people and cultures. I have travelled far and wide, and accomplished more than you would believe. The people that I have met are often the centre of my favourite memories.

So, for those of you sitting on the edge of this incredible opportunity, it’s not as impossible as you would imagine because the world has so much more to offer.

By Megan Tikitiki


Two students awarded Highly Commended for short films

Fri, 2018-01-19 10:01

On January 12th two Exeter College students and their lecturers were invited to the WJEC Moving Image Awards held at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank. The Moving Image Awards, designed in partnership with the British Film Institute, recognises and rewards the UK's most talented young film-makers. Every year, students undertaking WJEC qualifications in Film and Media are invited to submit their work for consideration by their panel of judges.

A Level Media student Tobias Walters was awarded Highly Commended for his coursework film, "The Quality of Bees". The film is a poetic documentary featuring local beekeeper Pete Roberts and local artist Amy Shelton. Tobias is now a student at Art School in Denmark; he flew back to attend the ceremony with friends and family. You can watch the film online here.

Leah Yeger, studying AS Film and Video was awarded Highly Commended for her film 'Blue Velvet'. The film itself is a affectionate and sensitive investigation of transvestitism conveyed through a carefully crafted music video. Leah is now in her second year of A levels at Exeter College, and has just been offered a place at Cambridge University. You can view her film online here

This year the guest speaker was Kate Leys. Kate is a freelance script editor and former film commissioning editor at Channel Four. You can read more about the awards here

As the largest provider of A level and GCSE Film Studies, and one of the largest for A level and GCSE Media Studies we are delighted to work with over 1,000 schools and colleges here and abroad. With the BFI we are excited to applaud the dedicated work of our students.”
Rebecca Ellis, Subject Officer Film Studies, WJEC.

January Employer of the Month is LWS Interior Solutions

Thu, 2018-01-11 15:39

We are delighted to announce LWS Interior Solutions as our Employee of the Month this January.

LWSIS are an experienced interior supplier of Decorative products such as worktops, shower panels, kitchens, cubicles and solid surface products to the retail and trade industry. Based in Marsh Barton, Exeter; they offer a fast reliable delivery service throughout the south west area, delivering twice a week. They have now expanded and deliver their shower panel brand, Atlantis, nationwide. LWSIS pride themselves on their friendly and helpful team available to help their customers with any questions that they may have.

We spoke to Stuart Shaw, the Managing Director, and he told us that as a dynamic and expanding business, Exeter College Apprentices play a big part in his company.

Why do you employ apprentices in your company?

Apprentices add real value to us here at LWSIS. We have taken on two apprentices to date and are currently seeking a further two customer service apprentices. 

How do apprentices add value to your business?

Our apprentices have proved to be loyal, committed, open minded and eager to learn. As a business we have valued the opportunity to work with the apprentices to develop them in the ethos of our company. 

What do they bring to your team?

They have bought vitality to our team and their attendance at college means that they bring fresh ideas back into the business. The construction industry desperately needs skilled people and apprenticeships are a way of bringing these people into the industry and making sure that they have the skills to grow.  We give apprentices opportunities to gain real experience in the work place that they may not get on a standard college based qualification.

If you would be interested in joining the team at LWSIS and learning more about the interiors industry then why not look in to our apprenticeship opportunity here ht.ly/zsZe30gK0u5 


Exceptional Students Shine at Glittering Awards Ceremony

Tue, 2018-01-09 12:14

The exceptional achievements of students at Exeter College have been celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony.

A total of 27 winners were named from across Devon and beyond, highlighting the wider geographical reach of the college, at the Exeter College Annual Student Awards. The winners were joined by friends and family, together with sponsors, community and business leaders.

The award categories covered the college’s broad offer of programmes, from a range of full time and part time programmes to apprenticeships, and many, many more. The college was also delighted to welcome professional yachtsman Conrad Humphreys, who is an Exeter College alumnus, as the guest speaker at the gala dinner. 

The inspiring event, which was supported by a range of sponsors, took place at Exeter’s Mercure Rougemont Hotel on Thursday, 4th January 2018.

John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive of Exeter College, said:  “As a college we attract and work with great students and the class of 2017 have yet again raised the bar, with record breaking academic results and by raising the highest ever total for the chosen college charity. 

“This year’s award winners demonstrate exceptional achievements spanning each facet of the college’s operation and I would like to congratulate our great students, exemplified by the award winners. 

“I would like to thank our excellent staff for going the extra mile and I would also like to thank everyone connected to and with the college – your support is the key thing that makes our vision of becoming an ‘exceptional college’ a reality.”      

The college would like to thank all of the sponsors who supported this year’s event. They were: Arconic, City Community Trust, DevonLive, Exeter BID, Exeter City Council, Kislingbury Property Consultants, Pearson, Savills, City & Guilds, Devon County Council, Exeter Airport, Exeter Chamber of Commerce & Industry, FootAnstey, Mi-space, Santander, South West Communications Group (swcomms), Richard Westlake and Saxon Spence CBE. 

Award Winners

Access to Higher Education Student of the Year
Peter Henley

Adult Essential Skills Student of the Year
Gideon Lawrence

Aplus Student of the Year
Ben Absalom

Apprentice of the Year
Niccolas Marshall

Art and Design Student of the Year
Lauren Cheetham

Business and IT Student of the Year
Harry Evans

Construction Student of the Year
William Youngman

Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Student of the Year
Tobias Cowan

English, Language and IB Student of the Year
Harry Taunton

ESOL Student of the Year
Ziya Heydari

Flybe Academy Student of the Year
Oliver Barnard

Foundation Studies Student of the Year
Dakota Cureton Avery 

Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Student of the Year
Limunga Molindo

Hospitality , Hair and Beauty Student of the Year
Harrison Brockington

Humanities Student of the Year
Hugh Matthews

International Student of the Year
Rasbha-Orn Wansobhonchai

Jax Journalism Academy Student of the Year
Emma Blackmore

Maths and Science Student of the Year
Matthew Fry

Media and Performing Arts Student of the Year
Ella Cuss

Michael Caines Academy Student of the Year
Eleanor Thuell

Music Academy Student of the Year
Naomi Green

Reach Academy Student of the Year
Ellen Bradridge

School of Arts Student of the Year
Chloe McLachlan

Spencer Dale Economics Student of the Year
Alfie Fell

Sport, Leisure and Tourism Student of the Year
Caitlin Berry

Sports Academy Student of the Year
Marcus Street

University Level Student of the Year
Dalya Erdogen


Time to nominate your sporting heroes for a Devon Sports Award

Mon, 2018-01-08 10:48

Nominations have opened for the 2018 Devon Sports Awards and it is hoped that 2018 will be a bumper year. The organisers, Active Devon, The Exeter Foundation and Exeter College are urging people from all sports, at all levels, to make sure that they seize the opportunity to celebrate their clubs, coaches, volunteers and sports stars.

For clubs, businesses, coaches and community sports people alike, the Devon Sports Awards is a prestigious annual event which celebrate hard work and achievement across a number of different categories.

Now in their twenty-first year, the Awards celebrate the very best of community sport right across Devon and finalists will be invited to a glittering ceremony on June 22nd  2018 at which there will be a special sporting hero as guest speaker.

“It was a truly inspirational evening!” said Matthew Rhymer the winner of the 2017 Devon Young Coach of the Year award. “It was a privilege to be amongst all the incredible sports coaches, athletes and volunteers that shape the success of sport across Devon”.

“Over the last two decades the Devon Sports Awards has honoured in excess of six hundred people and clubs. They have helped countless thousands of people in Devon, of all ages and from all backgrounds, to get into sport, stay active or reach fantastic sporting heights.” said Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon.

Online nominations have now opened and if you’d like to see a coach, club, volunteer or businesses honoured at the event, nominations can be made online at www.activedevon.org/dsa2018. Anybody can nominate someone who inspires them and every nomination will be carefully considered by an expert judging panel who come from all backgrounds and bring vast experience to the judging process.

Once again the role of businesses that support their local communities and their staff welfare by encouraging them to get fit and active will be recognised. Two awards are on offer for Business Contribution to Sport in the Community and Business Contribution to Staff Well Being through Sporting Activity.

“Each year the Devon Sports Awards aim to recognise as many people as possible who contribute to all levels of sport throughout Devon” said Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman of the Exeter Foundation. “The county has a proud sporting history and it is a privilege of the Exeter Foundation to be able to celebrate this and the bright future of sport in Devon.”

John Laramy, Principal and Chief Executive of Exeter College, said: “As an Ofsted Outstanding college, we are committed to sport and physical activity. We’ve invested in new sports facilities and have recently completed a state of the art 3G pitch for the use of the wider local community as well as our own learners.  In the coming year, we have further plans for a new dance floor and gym.

“I’m also pleased to report that our sports academies, in partnership with Exeter’s leading sports clubs, are thriving.  I’m delighted that the college has the opportunity to support this event again in a 12 months that has seen Exeter become a Sport England local delivery pilot. I think this shows that, with the right ambition and the right leadership, Devon can be a national exemplar for staying active and sport.”

The 2018 categories are:

  • Devon Coach of the Year
  • Devon Young Coach of the Year
  • Devon Volunteer of the Year
  • Devon Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Contribution to Inclusive Sport
  • Devon Club of the Year
  • Business Contribution to Sport in the Community
  • Business Contribution to Staff Well Being through Sporting Activity
  • Performances in Community Sport

You can nominate right through to the end of March and nomination forms for both the business categories and the core sporting categories are online at www.activedevon.org/dsa2018

Apprentice Jordan the best young plumber in the country after winning 'Gold'

Thu, 2018-01-04 13:53

Exeter College apprentice Jordan Picot has been named as the best young plumber in the country after winning ‘Gold’ at the coveted WorkSkills UK final. 

Jordan, from Newton Abbot, won the coveted accolade at the National Final of SkillPLUMB at the WorldSkills UK competition at the NEC in Birmingham. He was awarded a Gold medal after wowing judges with his plumbing skills and professionalism against the very best young plumbers from across the country. 

Jordan has now been invited to join the WorldSkills UK Squad, which could see Jordan represent the UK at the 45th international WorldSkills competition being held in Russia during 2019 – the Olympics of skills. 

WorldSkills UK brings together apprentices and young people from across the UK to compete to be the best in their chosen vocation. The competition encourages students and apprentices to be ambitious in their pursuit for excellence, while equipping them with lifelong, world-class skills. 

Jordan, 20, who is a Level 3 Advanced Apprentice in Domestic Plumbing and Heating, and is employed by specialists in sustainable energy, Go Green Engineering, said: “I am over the moon to have won the gold medal. It is such an achievement. I would have never believed I would have won a competition like this if you had of told me two years ago. I’m especially delighted to be part of the UK squad for the international competition in Russia. 

“I’m really grateful to the support of my friends, family, the college, and my employer for making this happen.”

Jordan’s employer, Will Slatcher, from Go Green Engineering, said: “I’d like to congratulate Jordan on this awesome achievement in winning the WorldSkills UK competition. It is a testament to his hard work and ability to learn. A true apprentice with the right attitude. Well done to you!.”

Go Green Engineering are specialists in sustainable energy solutions, designing and installing energy efficient systems, ranging from solar thermal hot water systems, heat pumps and biomass systems. 

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, pointed out that for academic students many see progressing to a top Russell Group university as marker for how well they have done compared to their peers. He said that in vocational or technical subjects, the equivalent of Oxford or Cambridge, is success at WorldSkills.

He said: “I would like to congratulate Jordan on his stunning achievement, he is now simply the best young plumber in our nation!  

“As a result of winning a ‘gold’ medal Jordan has now been selected to form part of the world skills competition in Russia in 2019.  I would like to thank his employer Go Green Engineering and thank the staff who have trained and supported Jordan.” 

Chris Bennett, who is Jordan’s tutor at the college, said: “Personally, it has been a great to watch Jordan progress and develop his skills and experience over the past few years.  Jordan’s hard work at college, on site and in previous competitions have all contributed to the standard of work in the final, this will also stand him in good stead for the Team GB WorldSkills.” 

Come and see what Exeter College has to offer at our next whole college Open Event on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5-8pm. Register online today www.exe-coll.ac.uk 

Exeter College students launch Community Give Back initiative

Tue, 2018-01-02 11:53

Just before Christmas second year Health and Social Care students at Exeter College launched Community Give Back, an initiative aimed to give something back to the local community, through the power of goodwill.

The students highlighted key areas they would like to support and decided on three that they felt were the most beneficial to the local community. These include helping the homeless, the elderly and sick children.

To help the homeless in Exeter the students collected coats, sleeping bags and blankets from staff, students and family members at Exeter College. They were delivered to BCHA who provide supported accommodation for homeless people in the local area at Gabriel House. Angela Kingshott, Coordinator at Gabriel house said:

On behalf of BCHA Gabriel House, we would like to thank you and all those that supported you collecting all the donations. We appreciate all the hard work involved not only collecting but sorting too. This kind gesture has gone far into helping many people in need to keep warm this winter.”

A second group collected books to donate to Royal Devon and Exeter’s Bramble Ward, a children’s ward. The students wrote letters to local shops asking if they would kindly donate books. The response was overwhelming receiving donations from companies such as Boots, Waterstone’s, John Lewis and Books & More in Exmouth. These donations of brand new books were also supported by second hand books donated, which were checked and cleaned and have been split between Bramble Ward and the Children’s Hospice charity shop. They were delivered with sweet treats from Marks and Spencer.

Finally they focused on helping the elderly and devised the idea of ‘Mince Pies and Company’. The students approached local branches of supermarket chain Tesco and Sainsbury’s and they each donated 100 mince pies. The students delivered them by hand to various residential homes and spent time talking to the residents.

Grace Parker, Programme Leader said: This is just the start of what I hope will be a really lovely project for the year. The students recognise how important community give back is and are so excited and enthusiastic about each of the projects.”

Beat Those January Blues by Planning for Your Future

Wed, 2017-12-13 13:28

Summer might seem like a long way off. But soon revision and exams will be taking up most of your time, and you’ll be longing for the short days of winter. So get ahead, get excited and get into gear. The christmas break gives you a great opportunity to research what you’re going to do next year and an Exeter College open event gives you a unique insight into studying with us.

Maybe you have heard about us because a sibling or a friend has studied with us, however an open event is your opportunity to find out how we can help you with your next steps. Whether you are considering A Levels, a BTEC, an apprenticeship or the International Baccalaureate - we are confident we can find the right course for you. 

During the christmas break, spend some time looking at your School Leavers’ Course Guide, explore courses that are right for you and learn about the level of study you’re interested in. It’s the perfect chance to list any questions you have so you can bring them along to the open event in January. 

At the open event there will be lecturers from each subject area available to talk to. They can tell you more about the course and what you will be studying, what you can expect from the workload and how this subject could help with future career plans. There will also be students from various faculties available to talk to on the night. Don’t be shy, ask them why they love studying here - after all, they know best!

We are also excited to offer a wide range of academies and enrichment opportunities to supplement your studies. You can find out more about these in both the course guide, or on our website. If you are a sports superstar then you can join our Sports Academy, maybe you enjoy debating - no problem, our debating society regularly wins competitions. Whether you want to complete Ten Tors, perform in your community or represent your fellow students, we want you to indulge your passion and develop your skills outside of your studies.

We are very proud of what we have to offer. Don’t just take our word for it though, here is what our visitors said about our previous open event.

  • “Very helpful and efficient.”
  • “The classes were easy to find and everyone was really friendly. We were directed to rooms well and the students were easy to talk to.”
  • “Easy to find rooms and the staff expertise was excellent.”
  • “Very interesting and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the way that the subject introductions were presented.”
  • “All students on course were so eager to talk and give lots of information.”
  • “Teachers were very friendly and were always able to answer questions about the subjects.”

Plan for Success - spend some time over the christmas break to think about your future, away from the peer pressure of friends and your school work. Just spend a few hours really taking everything in and asking what will make you happy after school, and what you want to do.

Don’t forget - if you are unsure about what to do next then an open event is a great opportunity to explore your options and find out what you do and don’t like. You can talk to our staff to get advice and guidance too. 

Did you know? - All our college sites will be open on the night. This includes our Technology Centre and Falcon House, our Construction site. It is worth planning ahead and making sure you have time to visit these sites if you are interested in these subjects.

Before you go… - pop along to our event landing page and pre-register for the event. This means you will get emailed our programme for the event ahead of time, allowing you to better plan your time with us. 


Exeter College Christmas Closure

Tue, 2017-12-12 14:19

Exeter College buildings and services will be closed for the Christmas holidays from noon on Friday 15, December 2017 until Tuesday, 2 January 2018. If you require any support or help during this time there are a number of services available to you, for more information click here for useful links. Further details about our dedicated safeguarding team, information and our policies can also be found here.

Students plan epic climb in Africa to raise money for Mind

Fri, 2017-12-01 12:50

Two Exeter College students are planning on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next summer to raise money for the college’s chosen charity, Mind.

Isla and Emily, who are in their final year studying BTEC Sport Science, say this is something they have always wanted to do. Emily has recently undergone serious surgery on both her legs, making this challenge even tougher. She is having a lot of physio to strengthen her muscles and is confident that she will be back on top form next summer. They are currently doing a lot of walking to train and hope to get out on Dartmoor soon to continue their training.

The hike will take nine days, an estimated five on the way up and four on the way down. They will be walking between 2-8 km a day, depending on altitude. The summit on Mount Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak) stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet. They will have a guide with them and will be camping throughout the trek.

The girls say they are nervous and excited about it. Isla said:

Every now and then you get a little surge of panic because it's going to be really hard but afterwards we will get to say we have climbed a mountain so it will be worth it.”

Following college, Isla hopes to take a year out to travel before her next steps and Emily is currently applying to universities to study Sports Science.

When asked why they decided to do it and raise money for charity, Isla said:

It seemed like the right thing to do, it's good to have a cause other than yourself to do it for. Mental health is something that's been overlooked until recently so it's nice to help.” Emily added: “You never know when you might need it.”

If you would like to support Isla and Emily in their fundraising, please click this link to donate

Getting Our Students Involved

Wed, 2017-11-29 11:23

The international student Social Programme is in full swing. This year our international students have explored Exeter and the sights of London, taken part in cultural pumpkin carving and scaled the dizzy heights of Clip and Climb. We hope to visit Harry Potter Studios, Dartmoor, Bristol and more in 2018.

Around the college we have three international students participating in our prestigious Sports Academies competing with teams from colleges across the country. Over 40 of our international students are involved in college enrichment programmes and 24 students have taken advantage of our Extend opportunity, enabling them to gain more experiences and stand out in their university applications. Our 2nd year students are currently working hard with our Progression Team on their UCAS applications and we are delighted to announce that one student has already secured an offer to study medicine with two Russell Group Universities. We are excited to see whose next!

Finally, we will be inviting our students to join us for our annual Festival of Carols, giving the students a chance to experience some festive spirit and UK traditions. Find out more about this here.