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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

School pupils invited to college open event

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is holding an Open Event for Year 9 & 10 school pupils. The College will be opening its doors this weekend to give prospective students the chance to find out more about the wide range of courses on offer.

The College's Open Event will take place on Saturday 20 June from 10am to 12 noon at its Knutton Lane campus.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive, said: "The aim of this open event is to provide school pupils with information on the full range of options available so that they can make an informed choice about their future studies once they leave school. We'll have expert staff on hand throughout the day to advise young people on the course that's right for them."

Visitors will also be able to attend a number of informative talks including a welcome presentation by Karen Dobson, an overview of the range of enrichment activities students can get involved in to make the most out of their time at NULC and a clear explanation of the different post-16 course routes on offer.

There will also be advice and guidance about the range of support on offer, from financial help and additional learner support to activities and enrichment opportunities.

Subject demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the morning at the College's brand new state-of-the-art £5.5 million Performing Arts Centre and in the new £60,000 LEGO® Innovation Suite, which provides an exciting and inclusive learning environment where students can experience a 'hands-on' and 'minds-on' learning approach to help inspire tomorrow's scientists, engineers and computer programmers.

NULC is one of the largest providers of 16-18 education in Staffordshire and offers every type of post-16 course, including AS/A Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships.

Courses are available in a wide range of subjects including Art, Design and Media, Beauty Therapy, Business and Accounting, Childcare and Early Years, Computing and IT, Construction, Engineering, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Make-up Artistry, Music, Performing Arts, Public Services, Sport and Travel and Tourism.

To register your attendance at the Open Event on Saturday 20 June, please visit

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Learning Advanced Partner status for its CIMA accounting courses.

The prestigious status is only awarded to institutions that hold a track record for success with a commitment to provide high quality teaching for students.

CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants and is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards.

To be awarded the Global Learning Advanced Partner Status, training providers have to demonstrate they have a strong teaching team that supports students to deliver fantastic results.

Sarah Champ, NULC ACCA/CIMA Co-ordinator said: “This status reflects the top quality teaching we provide and our excellent range of support we provide to our students.

“We believe our combination of small class sizes and experienced teachers help students to achieve fantastic results.”

NULC has a string of success with accounting awards and was awarded ACCA Gold approval in 2013, which also recognises the quality of teaching and support for students.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification is a popular choice for those looking to work in practice, audit or tax whereas the CIMA qualification is often studied by those looking to work in business and industry.

To find out more about our range of professional accounting courses, click here: or have a look at all our professional courses starting in September:

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The UK Corporate Games come to Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) this week with over 600 competitors and spectators from major companies competing between 25-28 June.

With over 4,000 people expected to attend the games at several Staffordshire venues, it has been estimated that the competition could bring up to £2.5million to the county’s economy.

NULC will host the Soccer & Soccer Sevens and Volleyball competitions while a wide array of sports and activities are set to take place across Staffordshire. Other venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens.

The college will also be entering teams in dragon boat racing, basketball, soccer sevens, volleyball and open water swimming.

Said Louise Ziemann, manager of the NULC Gordon Banks Sport Centre: “As the number one sports college in the West Midlands, we are delighted to be both a host and competitor in the UK Corporate Games. Not only is this a brilliant opportunity to welcome visitors to our fabulous facilities, we are also looking forward to a great competition for our teams, some of whom are just back from the national college championships with a clutch of medals.”

NULC Sports Academy programmes include football, basketball, netball, rugby, volleyball and the Golf Academy which are based at NULC’s Gordon Banks Sports Centre. The college was West Midlands Sports College of the year in 2012 and 2014 and was rated by Ofsted as “outstanding” for sports, leisure and recreation.

To find out more about sport at NULC, please visit

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 00:00

‘POP’ in to College Art Exhibition

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Members of the public are invited to POP into a visual extravaganza as talented students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) showcase their creative designs.

The annual end-of-year exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 20 June to Friday 26 June and is hosted at the College’s £60 million campus at Knutton Lane.

The annual event has risen in popularity over the years and welcomes hundreds of visitors, who are keen to discover the work of some of the most talented, creative students in Staffordshire.

The exhibition, called POP, encompasses all creative subjects from the College’s art faculties, which includes fashion, film, illustration, 3D design, painting, ceramics, graphic design, media, music technology, photography, and textiles.

Mike Kelly, assistant head of faculty, academic and creative studies at the College, said “We chose the name ‘POP’ this year to reflect the fact that our student’s work is fresh, urgent and bursting with confidence.

“There are highlights in every course area across three floors, including work by A Level Art students Elli Fox and Hazel Mason whose work has been selected for exhibition in the Mall Galleries in London. We also have Extended Diploma in Graphics student, Patryk Czajkowski’s work, whose illustrations have been used for the Art Exhibition poster, which are witty, vibrant and above all great fun.

“Our foundation degree students have produced an exciting themed exhibit to showcase their talents as they move towards their top-up year at university or begin careers in the industry.

“Much of the work in the show is for sale, so this is a great chance to buy work from artists and designers who are moving on to top universities or great careers.”

This year’s show also includes work by butterfly illustrations by mouth painter Chloe Wilkes in our Level 1 and 2 exhibition.

The College has a national reputation for the quality of its art and creative courses and its many successful former students, including Oscar winning special effects director Pete Bebb, Esme Talbot who designs her own Potteries slogan based products and photographer Veronique de Viguerie who has travelled the world as a photo journalist for publications including ‘Paris Match’.

In addition, it’s also the only one in Staffordshire to launch its own town centre enterprise in the form of the M.A.D.E Here shop. The shop provides students past and present with an opportunity to sell their products whilst gaining business and employability skills.

Exhibition opening times are available by visiting

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to the College’s Open Day on Saturday 20 June to view the exhibition from 10am – 12 noon.

For more details call 01782 254254, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Thursday, 02 July 2015 14:02

New adult courses at NULC from September

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Adults who want to find out more about the range of brand new courses at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) can now pick-up the newly designed NULC Courses.

From September there will be a selection of new courses aimed at adults including a Foundation Degree in Children, Young People and Communities and also a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts.

The new term will also see the addition of a new, part-time CILEx (The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) accredited law course aimed at those wishing to pursue a career as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.

Adults who are not looking to change careers but are interested in learning something new could choose from a range of creative art-based subjects such as photography or try learning a new language such as French or Spanish.

Carol Thomas, Director of Curriculum and Performance at the College, said: “We are pleased to be offering a selection of brand new courses this September, including the new Level 3 law course which offers potential students an alternative route into becoming a practising lawyer, rather than choosing the traditional university pathway.

“Regardless of your age or academic level, there is a course for you here at the College and we have a range of financial support packages available to help.

“The state-of-the-art campus has a wide range of facilities especially designed for adults including a dedicated University Centre and areas to relax in including a Starbucks coffee shop and Transform Hair and Beauty Salon.

Those who want to find out more about the different courses on offer or want to talk to someone about returning to education can come along to the College’s Adult Advice Event on Saturday 5th September between 10am and 12pm.

Here potential students can find out more about funding and speak directly to experienced tutors about their chosen course. Those who already know which course they want to start in September will also be able to enrol at the event.

The new A4 colour NULC Courses magazine, formally known as NULC News, has changed from a newspaper into a glossy magazine and is available to pick-up from supermarkets across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Anyone considering learning a new skill or changing career paths can find out more information such as what financial support is available, how to apply and when courses start.

To see the full list of new courses starting from September 2015 please visit

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Parents looking for ways to keep their children entertained during summer can sign up to a holiday club at The Gordon Banks Sports Centre.

The Sports Centre, based at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), has partnered with Macron Sports Academy to offer boys and girls aged from four to 12 the opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities including indoor and outdoor sports such as football, tennis, rounders, athletics, dance and fizzy totz games for children in early years or key stage 1.

During the six week club, participants will also be able to take a trip to Manchester City Football Club to receive a tour of the stadium, including the press room, pitch and the players changing rooms.

Louise Ziemann, Manager of The Gordon Banks Sports Centre, said: “The club will provide a relaxed and safe environment for children to enjoy a range of activities, helping them to make new friends, stay fit and healthy and hopefully learn some new skills at the same time.”

The holiday club will cost £10 per day or £6 per for a half day per child and will run every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm and will start on 22 July and run through to 28 August.

Louise added: “Places are limited so I’d urge anyone interested in registering to get in touch with our holiday club partner, Macron Sports Academy, as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

Macron Sports Academy has been established since 2001 and provides high quality sports coaching in both schools and the community. They actively promote healthy lifestyle programmes for the NHS which cover a complete age range and provide school holiday clubs throughout Staffordshire. Also, they have recently opened a sportswear and leisurewear shop on Lower Street in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

For more details and to register your child, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 01782 616227/07920162048 or drop into the Macron store in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Respect Event socialTwenty Level 1 Foundation Studies students have been celebrating the completion of another successful Active Citizen FE project at Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC).

The students many of whom live with autism or are challenged by a learning disability or difficulty, hosted an event for learners, staff, parents/carers and professionals from the local area.

As the third project NULC students had taken part in over the last four years, ‘Let’s talk about Respect’ enhanced the learners’ ability to develop the skills necessary to address issues which may affect them in the future.

Self-respect, respect of each other and respect within our community were the main themes of the event and were presented via poetry, films, personal stories, audience participation and music. Students gave up their own time in order to participate in extra sessions for the project.

Student Jack Stokes said: “I attended the lessons about respect because I wanted to, not because I had to. Everyone has their own opinion about respect and what it means to them. It is not just about people, it is also about community.”

Lecturer and co-ordinator of the project Lorraine Myers said: “Very much a current part of community and political agendas; the ‘Respect’ event was informative and entertaining. Learners were given a platform from which they could share community concerns. The feedback following the event has been overwhelming. It was though, absolutely fantastic, and it was clear to see just how much effort every individual had put in. The learners have been an absolute pleasure and inspiration to work with, demonstrating commitment, understanding and enthusiasm throughout.”

NULC offers foundation studies courses across a number of subject with additional support available for all learners. If you would like to find out more about the range of courses at NULC, visit:

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As part of the 2015 Festival of Learning, Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is inviting local adults to watch the latest hair styles being demonstrated.

Current NULC students will be at the MADE Here shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme, on Thursday 21st May between 12noon and 3pm, showcasing the latest hair styling techniques. Visitors are invited to come and watch and learn more about hairdressing and the courses available to adults.

The session is part of a number of taster sessions taking place each week throughout May and June as part of the national Festival of Learning. Adults will have the opportunity to find out more about part-time courses at the College. There will be course information available and the opportunity to speak to lectures more in-depth about what the courses have to offer.

The sessions will take place every Friday throughout May and June at 12noon until 3pm at the College's MADE Here shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre. The following taster sessions will take place on the following dates:

Friday 29th May – computing and engineering

Friday 5th June – languages

Friday 12th June – sport/well-being

Friday 19th June – general advice and guidance if you're unsure of which subject area to study

Friday 26th June – maths and English

The Festival of Learning, led by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), invites organisations and communities to take part in adult learning activities
to showcase the wide range of opportunities and resources available to adults hoping to continue or resume their education.

Carol Thomas, Director of Curriculum and Performance at NULC said: "We are very excited to be part of the Festival of Learning this year by showcasing what NULC has to offer. Adult learning is an important part of what we do and we look forward to opening our doors to anyone who is interested in continuing or returning to education and helping them to kick-start their learning journey."

David Hughes, CEO of NIACE, commented: "The Festival of Learning helps people to learn and to discover the wide range of opportunities there are to gain new skills, expand their abilities and transform their lives. I hope that people take advantage of these exciting events at NULC and recognise that you're never too old to learn."

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College has won volleyball's national knock-out cup, beating Middlesbrough College in the final.

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NULC's mixed team of men and women started with a strong serve and built up a small lead that left Middlesbrough chasing the score throughout the game which finished 3-0.

The team comprised of captain Will Richardson, internationalists Rich James and Rosie Barley, Olivia Burton, Pieter Drijfhout, Evan Morris, Zara Lovatt, Kate Jones, Zakk Hadgett and Georgina Reah. The Most Valuable Player trophy was split between both Zakk Hadgett and Olivia Burton.

Said coach Ross Cope, Sport Lecturer Volleyball and Football Coach: "It was a deserving trophy to pick up for the team, who have trained well all year and Will Richardson who captained the team in his last opportunity."

Said NULC Academy of Sport manager Trevor Humphreys: "This has been a remarkable season for NULC sport. Not only is our mixed volleyball team top in the country, our men's basketball and volleyball teams and the women's cross country team are all national champions. And we have won several regional titles too. So, if you like sport, no matter what level, then our fantastic facilities and dedicated staff mean NULC is your college of first choice."

NULC Sports Academy programmes include football, basketball, netball, athletics/ endurance, rugby, volleyball and the Ian Woosnam Golf Academy which are centred at NULC's Gordon Banks Sports Centre. The college was West Midlands Sports College of the year in 2012 and 2014 and was rated by Ofsted as "outstanding" for sports, leisure and recreation.

To find out more about sport at NULC, please visit: this page.

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bball 4Newcastle-under-Lyme College men's basketball team have been crowned league champions.

The victory is a hat trick for the team as they won West Midlands Regional Championship, National Cup and their win on Friday makes them league champions.

NULC beat Barking and Dagenham College in the national semi finals 80-74, then won the finals by 87-83 and on Friday beat Sandwell Academy 102-70. The victory put
NULC in first place in the AoC Sport Basketball West Midlands conference resulting in a league win. The team have also made history by winning three league titles in the last four years.

The men's team aren't the only winners, as success has shifted to the NULC women's team too who have also been crowned AoC Sport Basketball West Midlands champions. In the two years of competing the team have managed to win back to back league titles.

Former Harlem Globetrotter and head basketball academy coach Shawn Jamison said: "The men and women's teams have worked very hard this year to achieve success. Their dedication and hard work has definitely paid off. I'm very proud of both teams."

Said NULC Academy of Sport manager Trevor Humphreys: "This has been a remarkable season for NULC sport. Not only is our basketball team top in the country, our men's volleyball team and the women's cross country team are also national champions.

"If you like sport, no matter what level, then our fantastic facilities and dedicated staff mean NULC is the college of first choice."

NULC Sports Academy programmes include football, basketball, netball, athletics/ endurance, rugby and volleyball which are centred at NULC's Gordon Banks Sports Centre. The college was West Midlands Sports College of the year in 2012 and 2014 and was rated by Ofsted as "outstanding" for sports, leisure and recreation.

To find out more about sport at NULC, please visit:

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