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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


  • 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 

Exeter Chiefs Try Out Haven Banks

Fri, 2017-02-03 11:01

Players from the Exeter Chiefs rugby team visited the Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre this week for a well-deserved break in their rigorous training routine. 

The team came to the centre to enjoy themselves and try out the many activities on offer in the water and out of it.

Centre Manager Ben Hedden said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Exeter Chiefs to Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre. During their visit the Chiefs squad participated in just a few of the many great activities we provide and they were able to see the extensive facilities we have available. Haven Banks is a Beacon Award winning partnership between Exeter College and Devon County Council and promotes community engagement and activity as well as facilitating full-time outdoor adventure courses and apprenticeships.”  

It wasn’t all play however as the players were accompanied by strength and conditioning coaches encouraging the Chiefs players to tackle each pursuit which included rock climbing and kayaking. 

Mark Twiggs, Head of Strength & Conditioning at Exeter Chiefs, said “Ben and all the team at Haven Banks put a lot of time and effort into running a great package for the players, which came through with all the positive comments from the day.”

The players were given the choice of several activities on the day including; Cycling, Artificial Caving, Climbing Wall, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and the Power Fan “free fall” Descent. 

Exeter Chiefs and Australian international, Dave Dennis, said: “As a group we had an enjoyable time on all the activities, even though the weather wasn't great on the day. I would definitely go back again in the future, especially on a beautiful summer’s day with family and friends.”

The clear favourite of the day was the power fan free fall descent which saw the chiefs leaping from the prominent 22 metre tower at the canal basin. The Powerfan is a highly engineered machine that is able to provide a free fall experience in complete safety. Each member of the team made their way up the tower. Cheered on by their team mates from below, they put their trust in the staff and equipment and stepped off of the high tower to “free fall” to the ground.

To learn more about activities available please visit the Haven Banks Outdoor Activity Centre website.

Student selected for Rugby Canada U19 Men's National Team

Wed, 2017-02-01 11:04

An Exeter College student has been selected for the Rugby Canada U19 Men's National team to play in Wales in April of this year. Pete Ingoldsby is currently studying the Foundation Degree in Coaching and Fitness. Pete plays for the College and the Teignmouth Rugby Club 1st XV.

Rob Gibson, Assistant Academy Manager said:

Pete is a top lad with a fantastic attitude and thirst for work and improvement. He a very strong young man and an excellent ball carrier. Pete displays terrific upper body strength, is strong on the ground and regularly turns the opposition over but also displays the understanding of when to leave alone and when to counter ruck. Pete is a player I came to meet relatively late in terms of identification. I have had Pete in the programme since May of this year. I can only say I wished I had seen him earlier!"

Named the International Series, Canada will play three games over eight days in Cardiff. Canada will open the tournament on April 8th against England before facing Wales on April 12th. They’ll conclude their tournament on April 16th against Italy. Ireland and Scotland are the other two teams competing in the competition.

Kickoff and streaming details have yet to be announced but will be confirmed in the coming weeks leading into the tournament.

For further information on this story, please click here.


Local Schools Art Exhibition

Wed, 2017-02-01 10:50

The Art and Design faculty runs an annual competition for schools to showcase the best work produced by their young talented art students in our gallery space. This year it will include Tiverton High School, Blundell’s School, Torquay Academy, St James School and the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education. We are looking forward to see what they come up with.

This project was established to celebrate the artistic talent within schools in Devon. Selected pupils representing their school have the opportunity to exhibit in the Yard Gallery, meet existing art students at the college and get a feel for what it would be like to study Art. Students will be invited to a private view along with their friends and family to celebrate their inclusion in the exhibition. There will be a prize for the best piece of art on display.  

Helen Burak, Deputy Head of Art and Design said:

The aim of this project is to inspire and engage school pupils to aspire to the creative arts as a possible progression choice; to help bridge the gap between School and College and to reward the fantastic creative talents we have in our local schools.”   

Exhibition Dates:

Thursday 2nd Feb - Thursday 9th February: Open to the public 10am-6pm

You can find us at: The Yard Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design, Exeter College, Centre for Creative Industries, Victoria Yard, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3SR.

Exeter City Futures Helps Students Create Change for a More Sustainable Future

Mon, 2017-01-30 11:30

Exeter City Futures is working with students to help them to create lasting change and a sustainable future. 

Starting in January, Exeter City Futures is working with Exeter College, analysing data with students based at the Maths and Science Centre. 

The 15-week data analytics pilot programme is aimed at A Level Maths, Computer Science and BTEC Enterprise students. It is one of two education challenges that Exeter City Futures is currently running.

The aim is for students to learn how to engage with real problems and build their analytical skills. In doing this they will show that young people are capable of creating change in the Exeter region. 

Students will be using data to work on projects within the college and will solve real-world problems for students within the Exeter region. Improving the college and the students’ experience is just beginning. Exeter City Futures is also helping students to upskill and gain enhanced knowledge in data analysis, so that they can identify problems and create change for all.

Exeter City Futures was founded in November 2015 with the aim of making Exeter and the surrounding region sustainable for the future. Its vision is to make Exeter and the region congestion free and energy independent by 2025. 

The 15-week course at the Maths and Science Centre is the first in a series of education programmes that Exeter City Futures is delivering throughout 2017.

To find out more about Exeter City Futures, click here.

Young Chef Competes in Major Series Final

Wed, 2017-01-25 12:45

Young chefs from all over the country recently travelled to Birmingham NEC to the Great Hospitality Show 2017 to take part in the finals of the Major Series competition.

Finalists took to the stage in front of over 50 people to battle it out for the trophy. After competing in the regional heats and winning gold, Megan Mccarron from Cullompton and a student at Exeter College made her way to Birmingham for the finals.

“It was quite a high pressured environment, competing alongside seven other students and on a stage. It was nice to see everyone’s dishes and learn from what everyone else was doing, I really enjoyed representing the college too.”

Megan presented a Pistachio Crusted Chicken Boudin, stuffed with a Moroccan Fast and served with an Israeli cous cous, asparagus and coriander and pistachio oil dressing, using Major Moroccan Mari Base and Major Applewood and Hickory Smoke. Megan walked away with a plate and certificate for overall ‘Best in Class’, a trophy for competing, a silver medal for her chicken dish and a £500 voucher to spend in a catering catalogue. 

As part of the competition, they provided feedback which Megan was eager to hear. They said:

“It is always a pleasure to work with students who are receptive to constructive criticism and eager to improve. To take the example of Megan’s winning dish, it was well executed, very modern, very current, especially the Israeli couscous which had a wonderful flavour, it was only lacking a bit of sauce.”

Delighted with her results, Megan assured Major that she will be taking on board the top tips and would most certainly like to be part of the competition arena moving forward.

“I can’t quite believe it. I was a little nervous beforehand but knowing what was expected of me, helped me achieve my goal.”

She added:

“I’ve never been a chef, I’ve always been a baker, that's what I love. I was practicing for the final for over a month, I knew straight away what I wanted to cook but I developed the look and the flavours.I feel more confident now and have come to realise that I know more than I thought I did. It’s a massive boost being on stage and being watched, it was really hard but once I got up there I was in the zone.”

Meet the Exeter College Students with offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge

Tue, 2017-01-24 13:19

Thirteen Exeter College students are celebrating after being offered places at the world-leading universities of Cambridge and Oxford. 

Seven students studying at Exeter College have won places at Cambridge and six at Oxford. The offers cover a range of subjects including Biochemistry, Maths, Engineering Sciences, History, Law, Philosophy, Spanish and Arabic, and Architecture. 

Exeter College is a state funded, non-selective provider that places student ambition at the heart of its mission. Students at the college are supported with personalised support and guidance with their university applications. Exeter College has very close and historic links with the universities of Cambridge and Oxford (Oxbridge). 

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said:

"In the year that Oxford University has been rated as the number one university in the world, it is a truly exceptional achievement for 13 Exeter College students to receive firm offers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. 

“As a College, we have great students and great staff, but our dedicated specialist support for University applicants, alongside our extensive enrichment programme is clearly helping our students to stand out from the crowd. I would like to congratulate the students, their tutors and our specialist team on this achievement.”

Of the thirteen students who have secured offers to study at Cambridge and Oxford, nine are members of the Exeter College Reach Academy, a programme providing opportunities to stretch and challenge their most gifted academic students and access their first choice university.

Students Given Exciting Preview of Michael Caines' Lympstone Manor

Wed, 2017-01-18 12:19

On Friday 13th January, students from the prestigious Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College, were invited to a very special behind the scenes tour of Lympstone Manor, opening on the 3rd April this year. 

Students joined Michael for a tour of the outside of the estate, the manor – including bedroom suites and the kitchen, and took part in a question and answer session.

They also had the opportunity to speak with Executive Head Chef, Tom Hine and General Manager, Scott Andrews. They talked about Michael’s vision and ethos for the business as well as the operational aspects of running an enterprise like this.
Students described the experience as ‘inspirational’ and said Michael’s enthusiasm for the project was ‘infectious’. 
Michael said, ‘Welcoming academy students to Lympstone Manor was a real pleasure for me and the whole team here. We are all advocates of this exhilarating industry, and I’m proud to show the students my vision of a country house hotel for the 21st century. I hope my story inspires them to follow their dreams by working hard, graduate from college and succeed in the industry.”

Exeter College Programme Lead, Matthew Pickett said: “Teaching students is just one aspect of what we do here, we also have a duty to inspire our students to succeed. Having the chance to spend quality time with Michael and learn about Lympstone Manor is an amazing opportunity. Students got a rare insight in to the amount of work that goes in to this sort of operation. Students were awed by Michael’s attention to detail and the amount of decisions he is making. It certainly inspired them to think about their futures and what they can achieve.”

John Wheeler, Head of Faculty added: “Students and staff will never forget this experience. Michael Caines is a big inspiration, not just locally but nationally, and he continues to give students time, commitment and support. It’s this kind of one to one time that will inspire them to succeed.”

You can learn more about the Michael Caines Academy at our Open Evening on Monday 23rd January. Click here for more information and to book your place.

How to Get the Most Out of an Open Event

Fri, 2017-01-13 16:07

So the time has come. Exams are approaching and it’s time to think about your next steps. By coming to an Exeter College Open Event, you will not only get to see our fantastic specialist facilities but you will also have the chance to talk to our staff about what’s on offer and how we can make sure your next step is the right one for you.

Here are our top tips for making sure you get the most out of your visit.

  1. TALK to us - if you are unsure about what subjects to take then we are the best people to ask. Our lecturers will be able to inspire you and tell you about what you will learn from their course. We also have specialist advisers who can help you make informed decisions about your choices.
  2. Step out of your comfort zone - you might have always know which subjects to take next but maybe you should see what else is on offer, you never know - we might surprise you.
  3. Cover all your options - talk to our experts about A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships, that way you have all the information you need and you can make those all important decisions.
  4. Visit our facilities - whether you want to study construction, hospitality or art, it’s worth visiting the buildings where these subjects are based. You will have the chance to see the equipment you will be using on an everyday basis and speak to students who currently take those subjects.
  5. If you have a extra - curricular activity that you are interested in then make sure you take a look at the academies that are on offer with us. We have a wide range of academies covering subjects such as music, journalism, performing arts, sports and even academies aimed at getting you into world class universities. 
  6. Have a chat with our current students - there is no better way to find out about college life. There will be student representatives based in all our city centre sites so if there is anything you’re worried about, just ask!
  7. Grab a free tea and coffee and just sit down and think it all through, that way if you have any more questions, we're here to help.
  8. Go to a Principal's talk - this is a great way of finding out about the college, our staff and students and how we can help you on your next steps. Check out a programme for times and locations. You can download one here.

Our next open event is on January 17th from 5-8pm, come along and see what we have to offer. Click Here for more details on the Open Event.