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Exeter College Celebrate Exceptional Apprentices and Employers at Awards Ceremony

Fri, 2017-03-03 16:20

Exeter College has held its Annual Awards celebrating apprentices and honouring the employers that support the work of the college’s award winning apprenticeship programme

More than 150 Apprentices, employers from around the region, key business leaders, friends and family attended the glittered awards ceremony held at Sandy Park.  

Foot Anstey kindly sponsored the awards ceremony hosted at the home of Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park, Exeter. The evening saw the achievements of 12 apprentice award winners and six employer winners celebrated. 

International and Premiership rugby referee Luke Pearce, who is an Exeter College alumnus, was the guest speaker at the awards. He spoke fondly about his time at the College and his experiences officiating at the top flight of the game of rugby and the benefits of apprenticeships for employers and young people. 

Exeter Chiefs players Don Armand and Kai Horstmann gave out the awards to the winners on the evening.  The event was compared by Exeter College apprentices Hannah Thorne and Tobias Cowan.

This year’s event marks an outstanding year for the college having achieved record apprenticeship success rates, engaging the highest number of apprentices and being the winners of a National Apprenticeship Award.  

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “These awards mark a truly outstanding year for apprentices at Exeter College, but for me, the true mark of success is the partnership between apprentices, employers and the college, which sits at the heart of our apprenticeship provision.  

“I would like to thank the employers, apprentices and college staff for their collective talent, commitment and support, which has made the last year an 'exceptional year' for our apprenticeship work.”

Karen Bates, Partner at Foot Anstey said: "We are delighted to sponsor the Exeter College Apprentice and Employer Awards. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with the college in recognising the work they do in providing a wide range of exceptional apprenticeship programmes, working together with businesses and, most importantly, focusing on the success of the apprentices and their achievements.”

Overall winner of the Exeter College Apprentice of the Year, Phoebe Craven, was delighted to pick up her accolade. She said: “This award has capped a brilliant year for me.  I love my job and having the ability to study for my qualifications and work, gaining the practical experience I need, is fantastic for me.  

“I’m looking forward to continuing my learning and would recommend an Apprenticeship to anyone considering starting work for the first time.  The support from everybody has been fantastic.”

The event also recognised the contribution of employers from across the South West including Passmore Care Services, Combe Pafford Business and Enterprise School, Plymouth City Council, Living Space Architects and HepcoMotion.   Exeter College have a substantial network of employers that support apprenticeships and this number is growing. 

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Exeter College said:  “Our recognised success as a provider is down to the hard work and dedication of our employers and their Apprentices. 

“It’s an honour to be able to celebrate their achievements. The event focuses on our winners but it also recognises the success of our 1,500 Apprentices and the efforts of our exceptional business network which now numbers 850. We are exceptionally fortunate in this area to have some of the most supportive and forward thinking businesses in the country.” 

Other notable recognitions were made to the Exeter Chiefs AASE winning rugby team with the award being accepted on their behalf by Tony Rowe and Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships was awarded to Fiona Parsons from South West Water and South West Apprenticeship Ambassador. 
   

 

The Apprenticeship winners were

★ Chelsea Northcott from Darnell’s Chartered Accountants - Accountancy Apprentice of the Year
★ Harry Goode from AB Special Projects - Construction Apprentice of the Year
★ Kelsie Catlin​ from Echoes Nursery - Education Apprentice of the Year
★ Michael Rea from SPENCO Engineering - Engineering Apprentice of the Year
★ Sophie Martin from Quinns Hair Salon -​ Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year
★ Alice Long from Life Dental and Wellbeing - Healthcare Apprentice of the Year
★ Mickala Tuvey​ from Angela’s Restaurant - Hospitality Apprentice of the Year
★ Lloyd Duckworth from St. Peters Church of England Aided School -​ IT Apprentice of the Year
★ Ben Pearson from Ottery Motor Services -​ Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year
★ Chelsea Stamp​ from LED Leisure - Sports and Leisure Apprentice of the Year
★ Phoebe Craven from Foot Anstey - Business and Overall Apprentice of the Year
★ Exeter Chiefs AASE - Apprenticeship Achievement of the Year

The Employer award winners were: 

★ Small Business of the Year – Passmore Care Services
★ Medium Business of the Year – Combe Pafford Business and Enterprise School
★ Large Business of the Year – Plymouth City Council
★ Highly Commended New Business of the Year – Living Space Architects
★ New Business of the Year – HepcoMotion
★ Contribution to Apprenticeships – Fiona Parsons

New Performing Arts Academy Launched

Thu, 2017-03-02 14:09

Exeter College has launched a new Performing Arts Academy to support exceptional talent in the performing arts. 

The new academy is being launched by the College in partnership with the Exeter Northcott Theatre and will be supported by the University of Exeter

Applicants will soon be able to apply for entry in September 2017. The mission of the new academy is to nurture talent in the performing arts by enabling access to industry expertise in drama and theatre. 

The academy will provide a range of opportunities including acting, singing and dance master classes with industry professionals. There will also be a range of additional classes, review and analysis of professional performance work as well as work experience, and shadowing opportunities. 

The new academy was formally launched on the first night of Roald Dahl’s The Twits at the Exeter Northcott theatre on Monday February 27th. The show starred Academy ambassador and Exeter College alumnus Alex Chang, who studied for a BTEC in Performing Arts and is now touring with Roald Dahl’s The Twits. 

The launch of the academy builds on Exeter College’s reputation for excellence in the performing arts. 

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we are launching a performing arts academy. The range of partners involved and their commitment to this project aligns fully with our ethos and our continued pursuit of excellence.  

“As a College we have a vision to be an exceptional college and this new academy means that we will be able to offer something special to students, alongside our outstanding curriculum.  The fact that an Exeter College alumnus is staring in Roald Dahl’s The Twits to launch this academy shows the potential of what, collectively, we can achieve.”

Paul Jepson, Exeter Northcott Theatre Executive Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Exeter College, and to be supported by the University of Exeter, on the new Performing Arts Academy. Supporting the next generations of young performers is at the heart of what we do at the Northcott and we are thrilled to be working alongside the College and University in this exciting new initiative.” 

Actor and Academy Ambassador Alex Chang said: “My time at Exeter College undertaking the BTEC in Performing Arts provided the crucial foundation I needed as an introduction to performing. Ultimately, undertaking the course made me realise my passion for the craft and art of performance, and I owe a great deal to those strong, core foundations. 

“If I was a student again I would be applying to the academy in a heartbeat and I actively encourage students to do so. It's a promising time to be beginning the foundations of training in the performing arts in Devon, and all budding performers should definitely go for it.”

Professor Stephen Hodge, Head of Drama at the University of Exeter, said: "We congratulate Exeter College on the launch of its new academy, and are happy to share with its participants the surprising range of career opportunities that a degree in drama opens up."

Exeter Northcott Theatre is Exeter’s flagship professional theatre. The theatre is passionate about live performance and delights in presenting a varied programme of the highest quality dram, opera, music, dance, comedy and family theatre.

New York Media and Film Trip

Thu, 2017-03-02 11:36

Every year we offer our level 3 Film and Media learners the chance to take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple; soaking up the hustle and bustle of Times Square, seeing the awe-inspiring and world famous Empire State Building and the majestic Statue of Liberty, as well as experiencing the food and culture of a city that never sleeps.

Our annual Media-focused New York trip is something our students look forward to with places filling very quickly. It provides an enriching and often, once in a lifetime experience for our students.  Our Media and Film students are always spoilt with subject-specialist highlights packed in to each day of the four night, five day tour inclusive of the trip price.

Every year we take the subway into Queens where we visit The Museum of the Moving Image where our students can interact with sound studios, animation stations and see costumes and props from their favourite movies; including Mrs Doubtfire, The Mask and many more. The museum also has special exhibitions, which change each year. This year featured an excellent exhibition from director Martin Scorsese, a must for film fans.

Our students are also able to tour NBC Studios, the birth place of hit shows such as Saturday Night Live, where they learn about sets and editing and even have the chance to be involved in a studio filming experience. This year our students were lucky enough to get standby tickets for a rehearsal with NBC star, Seth Meyers. 

But one of the key highlights for the trip this year, was the opportunity for our students to be in the audience for a recording of Good Morning America: a US breakfast show broadcast live from Times Square five days a week. Students experienced what it was like to be a part of a live studio broadcast and this was especially enriching for our film and TV students, many of whom had been working on their own studio projects back in the UK. They also saw guests including Leslie Mann and the legendary Robert De Niro. 

 

Also packed into the international trip is a TV and film coach tour, including a stop-off at the famous Friend’s apartment building and Ghostbuster’s fire station, as well as an optional evening performance to award-winning Broadway hit show, Aladdin. 

Every year, the trip just gets better and better and the team are already planning new and exciting excursions for New York 2018… watch this space! 

Exeter College and Dame Hannah Rogers brings to you Hannah's World Book Day!

Mon, 2017-02-27 14:45

Exeter College and Dame Hannah Rogers brings to you: Hannah’s World Book Day!

In the beautiful secluded grounds of Dame Hannah Roger’s at Seale-Hayne, Hannah’s World Book Day is an enjoyable day out for the whole family. Jump into the adventure and explore your love for books.

You can take part in arts and crafts, face painting and see your favourite characters come alive in our exciting story book trail with the Exeter College team. There will also be relaxing live music showcasing local artists throughout the day, carefully picked by Exeter College students. 

Fancy dress for all ages is encouraged and your favourite characters, Harry Potter, Alice In Wonderland and more, will be there to share the fun with you. Collect your story book selfie stickers from each character!

Tickets are £3 per child and adults go free (plus a small fee for some activities). Donations are welcome and all profits go to the Dame Hannah Rogers trust for new transportation!

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hannahs-world-book-day-tickets-31202869623

College Named Among the Best Places to Work in the UK

Thu, 2017-02-23 16:28

Exeter College has been named as one of the best places to work in the UK, according to The Sunday Times. 

The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies is an annual ranking of the best workplaces measuring workforce motivation, happiness and engagement. Exeter College has been ranked as a Top 100 employer in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017.  

The College is one of only six organisations with more than 1,000 employees to be ranked in the Top 100 list. The award citation for the College highlighted that ‘staff say there is a strong sense of family’. Overall, the College is ranked in 77th place in the league table, which showcases the very best in workplace engagement across the whole of the country. 

The accolade demonstrates Exeter College’s focus on people, with the College’s outstanding results a consequence of great people working with talented students, great employers and great partner schools. The College puts listening to staff and students at the heart of its mission and is a key part of its success. 
The College has also been awarded a 1 Star accreditation from Best Companies, the employee engagement specialists. The accreditation is awarded to a select group of organisations that show ‘very good’ levels of workplace engagement. The double recognition is due to Exeter College achieving a high score on the Best Companies’ survey, which examined the ins-and-outs of workplace life at the College and how staff really perceive their work environment.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said “It is a real accolade for the College to be listed in the Times Best Companies to Work for 2017.  This recognition is the outcome of almost 600 individuals giving their confidential views of working at Exeter College.  

“We realise that our staff are our greatest asset and our ambition is to be a Times Best Companies top 50 employer, so with a great team of staff supporting us we will continue to work towards this goal.  I’d like to thank each and every member of staff for their contribution to making Exeter College one of the very best colleges in our nation.”

The coveted award comes at an exceptional time for Exeter College, an Ofsted Outstanding College, during the last 12 months. Recent accolades include the College being placed in the top spot in a league table of colleges published by FE Week, an industry leading publication. The College was also awarded the City & Guilds ‘UK Centre of the Year’ award, and Exeter College’s exceptional Apprenticeship programme was recognised after winning the national Times Educational Supplement Apprenticeship Provision of the Year 2016 award. 

New MOT qualifications at Exeter College welcomes its first cohort of 2017

Tue, 2017-02-21 16:48

After a successful year for Exeter College's new MOT offer, where the Automotive Faculty welcomed 40 new Level 2 and Level 3 students, we have now received our first cohort for 2017.

The MOT training process which had previously been conducted by the DVSA moved over to independent training providers from September 2016, as a result the way in which accreditation was achieved also changed. The new process involves theory sessions and 8 hours of practical training followed by one online assessment and one practical assessment. This can be daunting to many potential candidates who have not experienced training for some time, however with the support and blended learning that is offered at Exeter College our first cohort of 2017 all passed, with high grades on the online assessment and outstanding demonstrations of competence and ability during the practical test.

What was particularly pleasing for the faculty was the return of three full time and apprenticeship students who had studied in the faculty some five to ten years previously. Matthew Sparks who had last attended the college in 2007 spent time catching up with his previous tutors and lecturers whilst admiring the new state of the art facilities available to new apprentices and full time students alike.

The popularity of the new courses are having a far reaching effect with one candidate travelling from Gloucester to attend. Peter Bird was so impressed by what fellow technicians from other garages had said about the course, he decided to try it for himself.

I was told about the quality of the training from other technicians in Gloucester who had attended in November, but what is also great is how competitive the price is. I have booked a hotel locally, stayed for four nights and still saved money compared to what is on offer elsewhere.”

Darren Smyth, one of three course lecturers and the driving force behind the new provision wholeheartedly agreed:

We have priced the course to be accessible without cutting on quality. This is our aim to ensure that anyone who would like to train to be either an MOT tester or Manager can do so without breaking the bank.”

With courses running twice monthly for the Level 2 Award in MOT testing there is no waiting time to book on and with the current price of £520 (soon to rise in March to £675) why go anywhere else? With continuous professional development (CPD) courses running every three weeks, Darren believes that the training has every base covered:

We are now servicing entire MOT teams within garages. With the access to qualified and vocationally competent staff we can train up to 60 candidates during our twilight sessions running from 6pm to 9pm. During February and March we are going to be offering access to CPD during the days too from 9am to 1pm and from 1pm to 5pm as there is a backlog on testers completing the requirements before the March deadline.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Level 2 award in MOT testing, the Level 3 award in MOT managers or CPD please contact the team, we will be happy to talk through the booking process or pass you onto the MOT training team for advice and guidance.

Phone us on: 01392 400380

Email: TrainingEAA@exe-coll.ac.uk

Or check out the Exeter College website here.

Don’t forget… CPD for 2017 is due to expire in March, failure to complete the 3 hours of updating could lead to the freezing of access to test. Contact the team for information and to ensure you stay live.

Biology Olympiads win Gold

Tue, 2017-02-21 16:31

Following on from our recent success in the Physics Olympiad, students have also gone on to win big in the Biology Olympiad.

The Biology Olympiad is a chance for students who are passionate about biology to build on what they have learned in lessons and to study topics not covered by their syllabus and extend their knowledge. The competition is run by the Institute for Biology on behalf of the International Biology Olympiad. The challenge enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded and publicly recognised by the award of medals, certificates and other prizes. It is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage students already interested in this valuable, wide-ranging and rewarding subject to continue their study beyond A Level.

Lecturer, Susan Day said:

This year, we had our biggest entry with 18 students participating in the final competition, with 10 of these being awarded medals (1 Gold, 6 Silver and 3 Bronze). Their fantastic results reflect the commitment they have to learning biology. To take part, students attend 6 seminars, where we cover diverse topics from classification to plant reproduction to inheritance. Their knowledge of biology is tested in 2 multiple choice online papers. Medal winners are invited to a presentation ceremony in London and all participants get a free 1 year subscription to BioNet and an electronic subscription to The Biologist, a journal about the most exciting recent developments in biology.”


Big congratulations are due to Jack Hepper for achieving gold. It was a great achievement by all who took part. All students who were awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold are now eligible to attend the awards ceremony in July. This will take place at the prestigious Institute for Engineering and Technology in London.

Exeter College celebrates Double Award Nomination for coveted NHS Star Awards

Tue, 2017-02-21 14:01

Exeter College is celebrating after landing a double award nomination in two categories of a coveted awards celebrating excellence in health and care services for NHS patients. 

The Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Team have been nominated for an award for Health Education England’s Star Awards programme in the South West.  The team has been named as a finalist in the Education and Training Team of the Year award category. 

Meanwhile, Exeter College Apprentice Chelsea Crossman, who lives in Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, has been named as a finalist in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year award. 

The Star Awards recognise the very best in education and training across the health and care sector in the South West. The awards celebrate individuals and teams providing healthcare or public health services for NHS patients and service users. The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on March 1st at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton. 

Mike Blakeley, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement, Exeter College, said:

"I'm delighted our work with the NHS has been recognised by these awards. Strong partnerships are the foundation of our success. With the advent of Apprenticeship reforms these partnerships will only continue to grow. This creates huge opportunities for young people to get training and support right up to degree level and add significant value to our health service. Done well, such as the relationships we are being recognised for at the awards, the benefits are there for everyone.”

Sam Hillman, Head of the Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services, added:

“We pride ourselves in the delivery of high quality Apprenticeships in partnership with our employers. We are delighted to be shortlisted for two awards. Chelsea is a shining example of an exceptional Apprentice and a deserving finalist of the Advanced Apprentice category and to be recognised by the NHS for the quality of our education and training is brilliant.”

Celebrating Awards Nomination at Exeter College: Celebrating being named Award Finalists in the Health Education England’s Star Awards programme in the South West are the Health and Social Care Work-Based Learning Team at Exeter College. 

Inspired to become an Apprentice? Exeter College is a leading provider of a range of exceptional Apprenticeship programmes.

Why not come along to the largest free Apprenticeship Careers Expo in the South West of England on Thursday, 9th March 2017, 2pm-7pm, and discover how an Apprenticeship will benefit your progression into an incredible career. Click here for more information. 

Next Generation of Construction Specialists Visit Innovative Development

Mon, 2017-02-20 11:05

The next generation of construction specialists studying at Exeter College had a behind-the-scenes tour of an innovative low energy building project. 

Seventeen first-year students studying for their Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma visited the development next to Rennes House, Whipton, in Exeter. The project is being built on behalf of Exeter City Council. 

Contractors C G Fry and Son Ltd and architects Gale & Snowden Architects gave a tour of the project and gave insights into its modern Passivhaus or ‘Passive House’ design and construction.

The Passivhaus design will mean that the properties will require very little heating due to their design, helping to reduce energy use and bills.

David Gifford, Construction Programme Leader, Exeter College, said: “We are very grateful to CG Fry & Son Builders for hosting the visit by our students to see this innovative new development. 

“The students had a fantastic time having a behind-the-scenes look at the development and finding out how it the design will create low energy homes.” 

Passivhaus or ‘Passive House’ Standard, is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, developed in Germany in the early 1990s.

Are you thinking about a future in Construction

Thinking of training to be a painter, decorator, bricklayer, carpenter, plumber, or electrician or looking for a role that may lead to a career in site management, building surveying or architecture? Exeter College offers a broad range of employer led construction programmes to enable our students to get the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. 

For more about our range of programmes and to apply, see:  http://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/1618/Subjects/Construction 

 

College Nominated for Two Categories in the Prestigious Exeter Living Awards

Fri, 2017-02-17 14:53

Exeter College is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for two categories in the prestigious Exeter Living Awards. The college has been told it is up for the education award and the business services award for the highly successful Think Apprenticeship team.

According to Exeter Living, this year has seen record entries, beating last year’s stupendous effort. 2016 was the first year of the awards but they are are fast becoming a business highlight of Exeter. Nominees will now face a panel of independent judges and winners will be announced in April at a glamorous awards ceremony taking place in The Great Hall at the University of Exeter.

Principal, John Laramy said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for an Exeter Living Award for Education, Exeter College is a tertiary college and this 'Exeter' based award recognises the positive part we aim to play within our community.”

Music Academy Showcase Evening

Wed, 2017-02-15 11:32

Music Academy Showcase Evening

The annual Exeter College Music Academy Showcase will be held at the Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday 15th March from 6pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to show off their musical talents and for prospective music students to experience the full range of what we have to offer. This year will see performances from our large ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra and Big Band alongside offerings from a range of course based ensembles including our new flagship Degree level course, the HND in Creative Musicianship.

Please contact Roz Harding on 01392 400250 or Rozharding@exe-coll.ac.uk for your free tickets.

This term in Music...

Each year the music faculty hosts a range of workshops and talks from visiting music industry professionals and we are pleased to yet again provide our Music and Music Technology students with another series of Mixing and Mastering workshops by leading music producer Lee Fletcher. 

As ever we strive to find world class performances for our students to attend and this year the faculty have arranged some real treats! For our A level students particularly (but not exclusive to) we have a fantastic trip to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform a series of works by Mozart, Berlioz and Strauss at the Exeter University Great Hall on the 2nd February – tickets only cost £1!  We also have a trip organised to see the incredible progressive rock group Dream Theatre at Birmingham Symphony Hall on the 18th April. We have 25 tickets for this gig and are able to offer them on a first come first served basis at a subsidised cost (inc travel) of £60 through the Music Academy. Enquiries for all tickets can be made on 01392 400250.

Enrichment and the Student Representative Committee

Wed, 2017-02-15 11:25

At Exeter College we know that part of our student’s happiness depends on the activities that they get involved in out of the classroom. This is why we are committed to providing excellent enrichment opportunities. We also put our students feedback at the heart of what we do, hence our Learner Voice programme. You can read all about recent developments below, along with an update on money raised for the college charity of the year.

Student Representative Committee and the college charity

The Student Representative Committee (SRC) continues to work tirelessly to promote the voice of the students, through representation on the Board of Governors, SRC Team meetings, the Learner Voice and student clubs and groups such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group.

In addition, they are excellent ambassadors at various college events. They have run and been heavily involved with various national and college awareness events. These have included World Mental Health day and offering free healthy lunch choices and sustainable water bottles as part of Health and Wellbeing awareness throughout January. They have also organised their own student SRC Carol Service, hosted information, advice and guidance talks for (LGBT) history month, and have led fundraising for the college charity.

The college charity this year is Devon Air Ambulance and so far we have raised a fantastic £6,838. Students across the college have been coming up with inventive fundraising schemes such as fairs, cake sales, spinning challenges, fancy dress, bake off competitions, as well as Christmas Jumper Day and the annual Festival of Carols.

The SRC will be working closely with the college over the next couple of months to put on a range of events and activities. Events will include a Health and Wellbeing Fair, the Jailbreak charity event, anti-bullying awareness and events and activities to help students build their emotional resilience.

Enrichment at Exeter College

The cross college enrichment programme continues to develop with new projects being introduced. Enrichment gives students at Exeter College aged 16-19 the opportunity to test out new hobbies, get a skill or qualification and to make new friends. Enrichment enhances the core programme of learning at the college and helps students enjoy and achieve and make a positive contribution.

Exeter College Volunteers (ECV) is one of the enrichment activities offered, which supports students with finding local volunteering placements that are right for them, and supporting them throughout their placement. A range of volunteering placements are available with a host of organisations such as; charity shop work, soup kitchen, activity groups, after school clubs, and student ambassador roles.

We encourage students to record their successes and achievements while at college using their Student Record of Achievement. This document is accessed through the student’s eILP and includes data such as courses and qualifications and allows students to input information such as; employment history, volunteering hours, enrichment activities, successes, and work experience. Students can then use this information to write CV’s and applications.

Exeter College really listens to its students

The Learner Voice is a vital process for the college, as it provides students with an opportunity to discuss and generate ideas on teaching and learning, which will have a direct impact on quality improvement. John Laramy, Principal chaired the Learner Voice Conference in November which was attended by over 200 students from all faculties. Feedback encompassed all areas of the college, with comments including:

Teaching is outstanding”

 The college is positive, supportive and welcoming”

 Teachers are experienced in their fields”

 The college is always kept clean”

 Great support with progression advice”

 Resources in college are brilliant”

 The wide range of enrichment means there is something for everyone”

 

The following developments have been made in response to learner feedback:

  • Card payment option is being trialled at college cafes
  • More water fountains and free sustainable water bottles for students
  • A food survey has been developed for students to give specific feedback on food choices

Faculty issues are addressed through regular Faculty Learner Voice meetings and the college gains further feedback through student surveys, the student portal and the SRC.

To keep students updated, the SRC have also launched their fortnightly Student E-Bulletin which is now sent to over 6,500 students. This Student Bulletin gathers information from across the college to provide students with opportunities, advice and guidance. The Bulletin includes information such as; cross-college events, charity updates, bursary and travel information, tutoring updates, enrichment opportunities, Learner Voice feedback and responses, NUS student discount card offers, and progression and employability updates.

News from the Progression and Employability Team

Wed, 2017-02-15 11:16

Our Progression and Employability team are here to provide students with advice and guidance on their next steps after college. Whether that is the world of work, an apprenticeship or university they will ensure students have a plan for their next steps. Students can visit our Progression and Employability Hub in the Tower Building foyer on our Hele Road site.

Supporting Students with Their Next Steps

Our team of experienced advisers can help support all students with planning their next steps after college; whether this is applying for university, gap years, apprenticeships, full time work or another college course.

If your son/daughter/young person needs help deciding what to do at the end of this year please ask them to come along to a drop in session. Starting after half term, these are based in our Progression Hub in the Ground Floor of the Tower Building from 12:30 – 14:30 on Monday to Friday so please encourage them to come along and see us.

We can also offer one to one appointments for careers advice. To find out about this service you can contact us on 01392 4000330 or progressionteam@exe-coll.ac.uk

Parents and students can also keep up to date with UCAS news, jobs and volunteering opportunities by following us on twitter @ExeCollPandE

Has your son/ daughter applied for university to start this autumn?

If so, they need to apply for Student Finance by 31st May 2017.

You can support your son/daughter/young person to complete their application for student finance. Students may need help with this and they need to apply now, even before they have had all their offers and made a decision about where they are studying. Sometimes the process can take a few months to collect and process your household income details. It is worth doing the application together and you will receive an email from Student Finance to complete your income information, so they can assess the application.

Please note - If the application is received after 31st May then your son/daughter/young person may not have the finance in place to be able start university in the autumn. To start the application process, please click here.

Need extra support at college? Apply for Disabled Students Allowance [DSA].

If your son/daughter/young person has had extra support with learning or exams or getting to or around college they could be entitled to extra help at university. However, they need to apply before they go to get this organised. Check eligibility and apply for Disabled Students Allowance here.

Budgeting for University

It is also useful to have a conversation with your son/daughter/young person about budgeting and finance for university, before they accept their offers or organise accommodation to make sure that they can afford to go to their first choice university.

Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert offers a lot of support to students and parents with explaining student finance and budgeting for university. Read more here.

 

UCAS: What happens next?

Replying to Offers

Second year students who applied by 15th January 2017 should have received offers from their choices via UCAS Track. They need to select their preferred choices by 6th May 2017, using the UCAS Track system. Students opt for a CF (Conditional Firm) - their first choice institution - and a CI (Conditional Insurance) - a lower grade offer as a back-up if they don’t get the required grades for their CF choice.

If students do not reply to UCAS by 6th May 2017 all offers will be cancelled.

If students haven’t received any offers, or want to change their subject choice they can do this by using UCAS Extra in February.

Late Applications

Students can still make a late application to UCAS until 30th June 2017. Don’t forget, Exeter College also offers an exciting variety of university level options. You can read more about our options here.

Students who are yet to make an application but wish to defer do not need to apply until Spring 2018.

Applying for University in 2018?

How you can support your son/daughter/young person with making choices about courses and institutions >>>

Encourage your son/daughter/young person to sign up and book a free ticket for the UCAS Fair at WestPoint Arena in Exeter on 21st or 22nd March. Students are permitted to attend outside of timetabled lessons and parents are also invited. There will be over 150 universities at the event as well as companies offering degree apprenticeships and GAP year programmes. You will be able to attend seminars on subjects like; how to choose your course and how to write an effective personal statement. Students will need to make their own way to Westpoint using the Stagecoach 52A or 52B service which runs from Exeter bus station regularly and stops outside Westpoint. If you intend to travel to Westpoint by car there is plenty of free parking. Find out more here.

Make sure to book to attend some university open days or subject specific taster days. This is very important as these events get booked up quickly - most of these will be in June or July. Check out dates at www.opendays.com or check university websites.

Following exams in the summer the Progression and Employability team will arrange talks on personal statement writing and choosing courses in preparation for university. We will also hold a Parents Higher Education Information session which will explain more about the UCAS process in college and student finance – more information on dates to follow.

Registration for UCAS will happen at the beginning of September and the Progression and Employability team will support tutors and students with the application process.

Did you know that Exeter College also offers university level courses in partnership with local universities? These can give you access to high quality teaching and resources and with lower fees too. Find out more here or contact us on 01392 400909 to speak to our dedicated Higher Education adviser.

Advance your Career with an Adult Course

Wed, 2017-02-15 09:45

Exeter College is proud to recruit a wide range of students onto adult leisure and professional courses each year (3788 for 2015/16). We believe the reason we are so successful at running courses for the community and professionals alike is that we provide a variety of courses and levels to choose from, a high level of support and outstanding teaching.

Adult learning opportunities at Exeter College can help you to:

  • Change career, or embark on a new career
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications
  • Unlock untapped skills and talents
  • Develop interests and enjoy hobbies
  • Make new friends

Studying at Exeter College also gives you access to a whole host of learning resources. We have seven award winning Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) to help you with your studies. WiFi is accessible college wide and each centre is equipped with books, PCs, study desks, journals, DVDs and much, much more!

Our friendly and supportive staff are always ready to help with enquiries, they have an extensive knowledge of the resources held and can offer one to one support.

We spoke to some students who undertook leisure and professional adult courses and this is what they had to say:

My classes have been invaluable in helping me gain self esteem and confidence on a personal level and have also allowed me to meet new friends...without these classes and the encouragement of my tutor and friends I would never have had the confidence to embark on my degree course and hopefully, one day, fulfil my dream of being a writer.”

Sarah, Creative Writing - Beginners and Intermediate

I’ve gained some real experience of teaching and overcome nerves and worries about doing that. The tutors have been excellent, always giving lots of advice and support. Exeter College is a fantastic place!”

Karen, CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)

I have enjoyed learning something I never thought I was good at, and finding that with encouragement, time and a positive attitude I am able to gain an understanding of a subject I thought was beyond my capability.”

Nikki, GCSE Maths

The teaching and tuition on all of my courses has been excellent and well above my expectations. The times spent at college have been very enjoyable giving me the opportunity to mix and converse with people of all ages…The challenges the course presented, not only in class but in home study, is something I actually enjoy.”

John, GCSE English and French Beginners

Whatever your talent or interest we are sure we can find the right course for you. You can search through available courses here. We will be holding our next adult open evening on 20th June from 5pm-7pm. We hope to see you there.

Need advice on choosing the right course?
We have a dedicated adult adviser who can be reached on 01392 400500 or adultadvice@exe-coll.ac.uk or why not pop along to one of our advice sessions?

These will be taking place on the following dates:

Thursday 23rd February – 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm

Monday 27th February – 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm

Tuesday 7th March – 5pm-7pm

James Cracknell OBE to speak at Devon Sports Awards

Wed, 2017-02-15 09:12

Exeter College are proud partners of the Devon Sports Awards 2017 and are excited to announce that inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer James Cracknell OBE has been confirmed as guest speaker for this year’s awards.

The ceremony will take place at Exeter’s Sandy Park on June 30th 2017, celebrating contribution to sport throughout Devon.

Former rower Cracknell won two Olympic Gold medals and six World Championship titles in an illustrious career, before turning his focus to other challenges including marathons, cross-Atlantic rowing and South Pole races. 

It was during a race to cycle, run, row and swim from LA to New York in record time that Cracknell suffered a near fatal accident after being struck by a truck while cycling through Arizona, which left him with permanent brain damage. 

However, this has not stopped him completing challenges and when not crossing oceans and continents, James is a broadcaster, advocate and charity patron, plus an entertaining and motivational speaker.

Chairman of the Exeter Foundation, Tony Rowe OBE, said:

“We’re delighted to have secured James Cracknell as the guest speaker for this year’s Devon Sports Awards. He is a highly sought after speaker who is guaranteed to inspire the audience to build on their achievements.”
 

“Each year the Devon Sports Awards gets better and it is a fantastic way to celebrate all levels of sport across the county.”

The Devon Sports Awards, held in association with Active Devon and partnership with Exeter College, celebrates all aspects of sport throughout Devon with awards such as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and ‘Community Sports Performer of the Year’.

“We are thrilled that James Cracknell OBE will be our special guest speaker for this year's Devon Sports Awards. 2017 marks twenty years that the Awards have been celebrating community sport in Devon so to have an athlete and sportsman of James' stature joining really is the icing on the cake,"

said Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon. 

"There is no doubt that he will be inspirational to all those across Devon who contributes to our vibrant community sport scene. Can I urge everyone to get nominating and make this a record year for entries - let's really inspire James with the stories of Devon's unsung sporting heroes and heroines in Devon!”

Rob Bosworth, Vice-Principal (Schools, Partnerships and Curriculum), said:

“It is fantastic news that James Cracknell OBE is the guest speaker at the Devon Sports Awards 2017. 
 

“James is an inspiring sportsman, adventurer and athlete, as proven by his two Olympic Gold Medals, six World Champion titles, and his many gruelling adventures. 
 

“We are delighted to be a partner again in this year’s awards – and we can’t wait to welcome James to celebrate the sporting achievements of our local communities across Devon with him at this year’s awards.” 

Nominations for the 2017 Devon Sports Awards are open until Friday, 31st March, including for the award categories that recognise the role and impact of businesses in helping their local community and their staff to get fit and active. 

Haven Banks Student Smashes ITV's Ninja Warrior UK

Wed, 2017-02-15 08:32

Exeter College student, Ed Scott, has won the semi-final of ITV’s smash show, Ninja Warrior UK. Ed completed the course in a jaw dropping 2 minutes 9 seconds and smashed his way to the top of the leaderboard earning a place in the final. Hailed as the toughest obstacle course on television and a hit across the globe, the Ninja Warrior series is said to be the ultimate test of strength, speed and stamina. 

The show features people from all walks of life competing to successfully complete the obstacle course in the fastest possible time. ITV describe the show as “laden with jaw-dropping challenges, heart-stopping excitement and adrenaline-fuelled action as the contestants attempt to complete three punishing and potentially hilarious stages.”  

To get on the show Ed was required to submit a video of himself using skills that could help him on the show such as climbing, free running and strength work. He was then asked to audition and put through various tests such as sprints and was delighted to receive a place on the show.

Talking of his experience on the show, Ed said: “On the day I was really nervous because I hadn't been in a situation like this before. I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was, I really didn't think that I would be good enough to get past the heats, let alone do it in the fastest time by 20 seconds. It was such a fantastic experience, and a completely new one. Meeting all the other contestants was awesome, but putting my skills to the test was the best part.”

Ed from Exmouth, Devon came to Exeter College in September 2014 to study a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) and is now studying for an Foundation degree on our Outdoor Adventure Programme. He is popular in the centre and will always go out of his way to help and coach others which has led to his employment at Haven Banks as an instructor during his summer holidays. In term time Ed works outside of college to perfect his skills in gymnastics and free running and has a solid following on YouTube (@EdScottProductions). Ed instructs gymnastics outside of college in order to fund his outdoor activities, travel and expenses, juggling his college work and work commitments. On top of this Ed has done volunteer work with the armed forces doing rehabilitation work with wounded soldiers.

Lecturer, Mike Tomlinson said: 

“Ed came to us with a background in free running and gymnastics but quickly developed excellent skills in all practical sessions. He displays an aptitude for activities involving balance and stamina like climbing, mountain biking and has subsequently become a keen kayak paddler showing huge improvements in his white water paddling. 

You can see Ed in the final of Ninja Warrior UK which airs on Saturday 18 February at 7pm on ITV1.  

Women's Rugby Academy Players Chosen for South West Squad

Fri, 2017-02-10 15:45

Jess Thomas and Ebony Jefferies have been selected for the RFU U18 South West Squad. Currently both players in the Exeter College Women’s Rugby Academy in partnership with Exeter Chiefs, the pair made the 28 strong squad after it was whittled down from 76 hopefuls from all around the southwest of England. Any players who are aged 16-17 can then progress for selection for TDG (England's National Talent Development Group) squads, South West 7s team or for an England U20s trail which both Jess and Ebony hope to be progress to. Both girls  currently study BTEC sports courses at the college.

The Exeter College Women’s Rugby Academy in partnership with Exeter Chiefs started in September 2016 and has made outstanding progress in its first year. This academic year the squad have entered the RFU AASE League, AoC Sport Cup, AoC Sport Regional 7’s Competition and Rosslyn Park 7’s. The girls are also encouraged to maintain playing for their local teams at the weekends.

The partnership with Exeter Chiefs has given the programme real credibility with the girls benefitting from wearing Chiefs kit for fixtures, Academy Manager Robin Cowling delivering front row specific sessions and David Kimberley gaining CPD sessions and coaching support.The current squad also have the opportunity to access up to 8 hours of coaching, Strength & Conditioning, video analysis and individual skills support, timetable permitting.

In addition to the College programme there are opportunities for aspiring players to gain additional sessions through our partnership with The University of Exeter. Jo Yapp, ex-England international player, current England U20 coach and head coach at the university provide the girls with extra training sessions along with Poppy Leitch, an ex-student of Exeter College who has played for England in the Six Nations championship, as well as guest coaching sessions and positional specific support. 

Early recruitment signs from College Open events and our Open Session on Wednesday 25th January at Exeter Chiefs for September 2017 are very encouraging and we hope to have a squad of around 25 players. Click Here for more information on the Exeter Chiefs Academy at Exeter College.

AoC Sport National Championship Finals

Thu, 2017-02-09 15:20

Last year Exeter College sent the second largest team in the country to the AoC Sport National Championships in Newcastle with an outstanding 82 students and 12 staff. This academic year, after various regional tournaments, the Sports Faculty is exceptionally proud that an unprecedented 87 students and 14 staff will be travelling to Nottingham after gaining selection from various regional tournaments. This amazing number of students could mean that Exeter College has the largest contingent of students this year.

The competition takes place on the weekend of 21st -23rd April and we will be taking competitors for men’s football, men’s basketball, netball, women’s hockey, women’s rugby, cricket, golf, cross country running, badminton and tennis, all who won their respective regional competitions.

The championships are one of the largest annual sporting events in England, involving over 1,800 college students and 200 staff. This is a wonderful opportunity and great experience for our students to compete at the highest level in college sport and to meet other sports people from all over the country. British colleges from England, Scotland and Wales compete over three days in over 20 sports, each sport accumulating points for their region, which in turn contributes towards the ultimate prize of being the best overall region, and being awarded the Wilkinson Sword; which the South West are the current holders.

The college and the faculty are exceptionally proud of the students, their achievements and feel this is an excellent opportunity.

You can keep track of the latest news on here.

Model United Nations (MUN) Success

Wed, 2017-02-08 13:04

MUNCH is one of the largest MUN (Model United Nations) conferences, with around 600 students from more than thirty schools across the UK taking part. This week our students travelled to Bristol Grammar Schools’ MUN Conference. There were 14 schools present from around the South and South West, the large majority of which are independent. 

With over 200 delegates representing over 40 countries our students won the following awards:

  • Security Council
  • Best Delegate - Senegal
  • Human Rights Committee
  • Best Delegate – Senegal
  • Economic Committee
  • Best Delegate – Senegal

OVERALL DELEGATION AWARDS

  • Best Delegation – Senegal

Lecturer, Martin Gilbert said:

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of the team. They are true diplomats – they are respectful of all the other delegates and were a delight to take yesterday. We took 15 students and 9 of them came back with individual awards – this is by far the most successful MUN conference that I have been to. With five best delegate awards, our Senegal team retained our title for another year (that is now 4 on the trot).”

The team hope to continue their success in the competition and are off to Germany in February and then Bath in March.

Employers advised not to miss out on essential briefing by Exeter College

Tue, 2017-02-07 09:56

Employers are being reminded not to miss out on a free vital briefing being offered by Exeter College about important government changes in Apprenticeships. 

Exeter College is running an Apprenticeship Levy Technical Briefing to bring clarity to the future of apprenticeships. The briefing is taking place at Exeter City Football Club on Tuesday 14th February between 9am – 12pm.

It comes as the date draws nearer changes to Apprenticeships and as the level of interest continues to grow in the new era of Apprenticeship funding and delivery.

The briefing is the second in a series of events delivered by Exeter College to share its expertise with the business community of Devon and beyond. The event comes after the college’s successful conference in November, attended by more than 220 delegates. 

The half-day event will be led by the College and will consist of an overview of funding, the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS), curriculum and the latest key dates relating to the reforms, supported by a session led by Foot Anstey on hiring an Apprentice, plus an in depth Question and Answer session with industry experts. The event will be held at Exeter City Football Club in their new Heritage suite.

Mike Blakely, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement at Exeter College said:

 “We understand this can be a stressful time for employers. Our conference in November was hugely successful and as a result we have seen an increase in the number of enquiries regarding the upcoming changes.

“In order to address these questions and concerns, we have arranged this seminar to further inform and update on the reforms and changes, plus giving employers the opportunity to get further guidance specific to their business.”

He added

"We have seen a 68% rise in apprenticeships here in Exeter and across Devon over the past four years and the opportunities open to the young are better than ever before, but to maintain these we will need to support our network of existing and new businesses significantly to ensure the benefits for all parties continue to grow.”

The seminar is on Tuesday 14th February between 9am – 12pm. Spaces for the seminar are limited, To book your space at this event, or for more information, please call 01392 400800 or book online here 

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