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Newcastle-under-Lyme College A-level students, Jathusan Naguleswaran and Jamie Harland have won Nuffield Foundation Gold CREST Awards for their research at Staffordshire and Keele Universities.Jathusan Naguleswaran webJamie Harland web

Jathusan and Jamie completed four week placements at the local universities during the summer. Jathusan centred his research on Electrostatic Precipitation (ESP) while Jamie researched Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

The Nuffield Foundation gives Bronze, Silver and Gold awards to participating students based on the standard of their work. This means that Jathusan and Jamie produced work and research of the highest standard.

Each week they were faced with a different aspect of research. For example, Jathusan's first week entailed computer research into the basics of ESP, its current problems and its effects on the planet through pollution. However, it wasn't long before he was using experiments to discover how other factors like air velocity effect their efficiency. He concluded his research with a 16 page report on his findings which earned him this prestigious award.

The Nuffield Foundation organises placements where students can immerse themselves into the world of science in the workplace. Jathusan, an aspiring aeronautical engineer said: "It helped me to see what research is really about. It isn't just the practical side of science as you have to be able to work independently.

"At first, I looked at it and thought, I won't be able to do this but I quickly got used to it. It was a good opportunity that gave me brilliant research experience and it has helped me to further develop skills
like independent working."

For Jamie, an aspiring researcher, this was a chance for an insight into a career in chemistry. He said: "I experienced what I could be doing in the future. I found that the work that I took on was interesting as I was contributing to a topic as big as how we generate power."

Not only do these placements offer work experience but they also offer university-life experience as Jamie and Jathusan were in regular contact with the students that were studying and living there.

Jamie explained:" I learnt a lot about university life after speaking to students working and living there. It also helped me to develop skills such as planning, independent work, general laboratory skills and confidence in myself and my work."

The CREST Awards were presented by renowned physicist Farzana Aslam at a celebration evening held at Coventry University.

NULC offers A-levels in 36 subjects as well as a wide range of vocational qualifications. Students are supported to gain work experience, career insights or mentoring. To find out more, attend an open
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Monday, 13 October 2014 16:53

NULC duo get England Volleyball call-up

Two Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) students are competing for the England national junior men and women volleyball squads in Denmark this week.RosieRich

NULC pair Rosie Barley and Rich James are in Denmark for the 2014 Northern European Volleyball Zonal Association (NEVZA) U19 championships. The competition is taking place in Billund, Denmark from 14th – 16th October.

Rosie, aged 16, and Rich, aged 18, are both former pupils of Madeley High School and are studying for Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Sport and Exercise Sciences. They are also both members of the England Volleyball National Academy, based at NULC.

NEVZA is a competition for northern European nations, which consists of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, England and Greenland.

This year's competition sees England men and women squads take on sides from: Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Norway & Iceland.

The England Junior women are drawn in Pool B of the women's competition, where they will face Norway and Sweden, England's men are drawn in Pool A of the men's competition and will take on Norway and Iceland.

Both squads are returning to Billund after competing in the competition last year, the men's squad finishing 4th in 2013 and the women finishing 6th.

The England Volleyball National Academy is recruiting now for 2015/16, so if you are interested please contact Trevor Humphries on 01782 254269.

For further information on how NULC sport, please visit

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 16:18

Phones4U jobs event wins employer support

Web-size job seeker Jo and Michael Lloyd of KindertonsL-R: Michael from Kindertons of Crewe with jobseeker Jo from Chesterton

A major employment initiative to help ex-employees of Phones4u has won the support of local employers.

The first event organised by the new Staffordshire based taskforce was a jobs fair, at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, which today attracted 166 former Phones4u employees and almost 40 employers offering around 200 vacancies. Taskforce organisations were also on hand to offer with workshops and employment, finance and skills advice.

The taskforce was created in response to Phones4u going into administration with the loss of hundreds of jobs in Newcastle and Stoke and thousands more nationally.

Said Michael Lloyd, HR Manager of Crewe-based Kindertons: "This is a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to be involved. Due to expansion, we have 40 vacancies that we are keen to fill. We are particularly interested in customer service and debt recovery staff and will be interviewing next week. We've met people today who are of interest to us and would plan to continue working with Newcastle-under-Lyme College."

Jo Davies of Chesterton had worked for Phones4u's head office for 15 years and has been made redundant as a revenue recovery officer. Jo is now looking for finance or administrative roles. She said: "I am really glad I came along today. I am very determined so I've seen as many employers as possible and I've left my CV with quite a few."

The taskforce includes the Local Enterprise Partnership, Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle Borough Council, Stoke City Council, the Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Citizens Advice Bureau. They are working closely with the administrator to offer direct and indirect help, and, as part of a larger strategy, to support local people looking for employment.

Any other employers who may have suitable vacancies should contact Newcastle Borough Council on 01782 717717. The taskforce would particularly like to hear from employers who have vacancies in the following areas:

  • Telesales
  • Customer services
  • Finance
  • Administrative roles

For further information on how NULC supports employers, please visit

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:24

New Prospectus

The College's new 2015-16 prospectus for year 11s and their parents is available now. 2015 prospectus cover 1

It takes you through all the support we offer, why you should chose NULC, and gives you details on a huge range of post-16 options including A Levels, apprenticeships and vocational courses.

You can download a low resolution copy here,

make your own personal version here

or get one sent through the post here.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme (NULC) swept the boards in The Warrior Keele Cup that finished yesterday.

The under 16’s Boys A team beat Audley in the final to win the Warrior Keele Cup whilst the under 18’s Men’s team came runners up and the under 18’s Ladies team won the Keele Warrior Plate competition.

The manager of NULC’s Gordon Banks Sport Centre, Louise Ziemann, said “This is the fourth year NULC have hosted this sporting event and I am delighted the NULC teams have done so well on home ground. The visiting teams were baled over by our state-of-the-art facilities. We’ve got a full size floodlit 3G football pitch and a gym that is also open to the public.”

NULC’s superb sporting facilities and teaching is reflected in the 2013 Ofsted Report, which describes the sport, leisure and recreation facility as ‘Outstanding’.

The under 16’s Boys team played brilliantly in the tournament kicking off the first match with a phenomenal 22-1 win against Brookhurst School from Kenya.

Luke Birkinshaw, Academy of Sport Apprentice, said “NULC’s under 16’s Boys team have done brilliantly. This is all down to their dedication and the use of the great facilities we have here at NULC, the coaching staff have a lot of experience which they pass onto the players, and the facilities allow them to practise like a professional would.”

The under 18’s Men’s team have been coached by former Stoke City captain Andy Griffin who at the peak of his career won Stoke’s player of the year award.

If you are interested in studying at NULC and want to join our Academy of Sport programme, call 01782 254254, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


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Thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK's biggest companies will be competing in the region next year - some of them at Newcastle-under-Lyme College. Corp games logo 

Between 4,000 and 6,000 competitors are expected for the 2015 UK Corporate Games being held in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for three days in June.

Venues include Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens.

Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said the games presented an opportunity to showcase the region's economic opportunities.

He said: "Very senior figures will be here from some of the country's biggest and brightest companies and there will be a business enterprise day to showcase Staffordshire and its inward investment opportunities.

Analysis of the 2010 games in Liverpool calculated 4,460 participants spent approximately £2,490,911 on accommodation, food and drink; £390,663 on shopping and visiting attractions; and £136,578 on travel and other expenses.

Mohammed Pervez, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the games represent the opportunity to stimulate job opportunities and to showcase the area to major employers, to help generate income now and in the future.

He said: "Stoke-on-Trent is a vibrant and rapidly regenerating city and thousands of people from across the country will be staying, eating and drinking here and across the county, spending money and seeing for themselves what we have to offer for future visits."

Companies taking part in previous years include IBM, Coca-Cola, KPMG, PWC, and GSK.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the games organisers ahead of several other bids.

Competitors will play a range of sports, including hockey, cricket, rugby sevens, netball, football, squash, volleyball, tennis, basketball, running and Dragon boat racing.

Philip Atkins said: "Not only will the games be a great deal of fun, showcase the county and provide investment opportunities, a healthy workforce benefits everyone and ties in with our aim of an active

Games Director Ben Sedgemore said: "From the first moment that we set foot in the area, our Venue Inspection Committee started to believe that it is the perfect destination for the UK Corporate Games in 2015.

"We have no doubt that the thousands of visiting participants will be blown away by what the region has to offer. I even think some local entrants will be unfamiliar with some of these terrific facilities.

"We have been fortunate enough to stage Games all around the world in great cities like Moscow, Zagreb and Bilbao and right across the UK, but if you consider the tremendous grass facilities at Keele, the massive indoor capacity at Fenton Manor, the impressive facilities at Newcastle College and the beauty of Trentham Gardens, in addition to the central location, we genuinely have confidence that this is a match for any

"We are really excited to start work on developing the Games and two of our biggest teams have already committed to enter, with CSC bringing 300 participants and Ernst and Young, in their 20th consecutive Games signed up for 200 and we have not even launched yet! That said, we will be welcoming all local businesses big or small to participate and everyone is treated equally in the Games. The Games is the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism and we really can't wait."

Notes to editors

For more details and information on the Games programme and venues visit

The UK Corporate Games provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness, whilst increasing company brand exposure and creating networking and business opportunities. It is an expression in real terms of many themes of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its social side, parades, prizes and celebrations.

Competition is inclusive and accessible to all, with institutions, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams may include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards.

The UK Corporate Games is open to everyone.

For more information about the UK Corporate Games please contact

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director, 01733 380888

Doug White, Global Partnerships Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Loretta Grout, Help Office
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 Newcastle-under-Lyme College film student Elly-Louise has been nominated to receive Best Short Film at this year’s Moving Image Awards 2014 at the BFI (British Film Institution) in September.

18-year-old Elly-Louise, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, who picked up a B in her film studies A Level earlier this month has been shortlisted for her short film called ‘A Bottle of Innocence’ after being nominated by the College.

Former Ormiston Horizon Academy student Elly-Louise now plans to study film, radio and television with digital media at Canterbury Christ Church University and then to fulfil her dreams of becoming a film director.

My short film was titled ‘A Bottle of Innocence’ where I used a combination of live action and animation to create a beautiful story centring upon the innocence of childhood.

“I am very proud of my work and am overwhelmed by the nomination for this award as it is only given to students with the best image production and film work in the country

“When I found out that I had been shortlisted for the BFI short film award I was thrilled and I can’t wait to attend the BFI Film celebration event in September.”

Jeremy Points, subject officer at WJEC, said: “First of all, I should say that the judges compiling the long list were impressed by the work of NULC as a whole.  

“A lot of creative work with a real mark of individuality was seen and this is obviously a reflection of the teaching as well as the students themselves.”

Along with her B grade in film studies Elly-Louise also received A Levels in art and design and graphic design.

Verica Travar, curriculum leader in film and media at NULC, said: “Elly-Louise’s hard work has paid off and we are extremely proud that her short film has been shortlisted.

“It’s a great reflection on not only us as a College but in particular the film and media courses here.

“We are certain that Elly-Louise will go on to great things within the film industry and we wish her well on her new journey at Canterbury Christ Church University and for her bright future that lies ahead.”

The BFI received around 600 nominations for the Awards and only three entries in each of the five categories were shortlisted, which are: Best Short Film, Best Film Sequence, Best Music Video, Best TV Sequence and Best Under-16 Award.

Winners will be announced at the event taking place between 1pm and 5pm at the BFI in London on September 19.

For more information on NULC’s film and media courses visit or call Information Services on 01782 254254.


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Notes to editors: Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Newcastle-under-Lyme College is a highly successful college in North Staffordshire, with pass rates and student success levels amongst the best in the country.

The College has grown significantly over the past 10 years and is currently home to a population of over 3,600 full-time students and around 350 students on higher education programmes. We have over 3,800 part-time or adult learners and 1400 apprentices where we work with around 800 individual employers.

In January 2010 we opened the doors to our new £60 million campus which we believe offers members of staff, students and the public amongst the best college facilities available anywhere in the country. Work has started on a new £5 million theatre to house the College’s performing arts centre which is planned to open in late 2014 and we plan to open a 60 bed outdoor learning centre at Gradbach in the Peak District in 2015.

To find out more about NULC visit


Media enquires:

Lauren Corbishley

Marketing and PR Officer

Newcastle-under-Lyme College

T: 01782 254379

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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:58

Adults invited advice and enrolment event

Local adults who are thinking of returning to education are being invited to an advice and enrolment event at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

Prospective students are being advised to visit the College’s main campus on Knutton Lane on Thursday August 28th between 2pm and 8pm to talk to expert careers staff and tutors about the options available.

The College is offering a wide range of courses from September at its main campus and offers a 24+ loan to provide financial help for those who are considering returning to study.

From August 2013 anyone studying a Level 3 course or above is entitled to apply for a loan to help cover costs.

The loans are not subject to household income and applicants are not credit checked. Applicants only start to make repayments on the loan if they earn £21,000 per year after gaining employment once the course has been completed.

Carol Thomas, Director of Curriculum and Performance, said: “Returning to education for many adults can seem like a daunting thing to do, especially if they have not enjoyed education the first time around.

“We want to give adults the opportunity to come and informally experience the College, get a feel for our welcoming environment and talk to tutors directly to get more information about courses they are interested in and also so that they can see how welcoming we are.

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

“Regardless of your academic level, there is a course for you here at the College and the open event will hopefully help people see that education is for everyone regardless of age.”

Courses are available in areas such as accounting, art and design, hairdressing, beauty and holistic therapies, computing, teaching, first aid, construction, sport and fitness, electrical installation, languages, music, maths, English and management plus many more.

Adults who are already in employment who may want to gain qualifications in their chosen careers can also consider our apprenticeship schemes including subjects such as business, retail, health and social care and warehousing.

The College also runs a highly successful Access to Higher Education course which provides a pathway for adults who wish to study a university-level qualification but don’t have the necessary entry requirements.

Anyone who applies for a 24+ loan is to cover the cost of an Access to Higher Education course and continues onto a degree programme and completes it, will not be required to repay the loan.

To pre-register for the enrolment and advice event visit

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L-R Bethany with Principal Karen Dobson, Emma and Alice

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is bucking the trend with outstanding results in both A level and vocational qualifications proving there are many routes to career success.

This year NULC's student pass rate hit 99 per cent on level 3 vocational programmes while the A level pass rate was a record 98 per cent when nationally it dropped for the first time in three decades. Furthermore its 16-18 apprenticeship success rate stands at 85 per cent, compared with a national rate of 71.5 per cent.

Almost 40 per cent of students studying a level 3 vocational qualification achieved the top triple distinction grade or higher, with 71 students achieving the highest triple distinction star grade, which is the equivalent to three A*s at A level.

On GCSE results day, the College is keen to assure prospective students and their parents that A levels are not the only route to higher education and career success.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NULC, said: "I'm delighted with this year's success. The College has seen 64 per cent of vocational students achieve higher grades compared with 58 per cent nationally so no wonder we are the college of first choice for local youngsters.

"The figures speak for themselves and prove that vocational courses are a good alternative to A levels. This year 363 students are progressing to university having completed their vocational course. And overall an amazing 94 per cent of our students are going on to university, an apprenticeship or employment.

"The College has a strong reputation for the quality of its vocational courses, with staff working hard to provide young people with the essential employability skills needed for their chosen career paths."

Exceptional success was achieved across the board with 24 A level subjects achieving a 100 per cent pass rate. In level 3 vocational qualifications, with 13 out of 16 subjects scoring 100 per cent pass rates. Among these, 36 per cent of students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care achieved triple distinction star grades and just under 30 per cent of students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science achieved triple distinction star grades. Both these areas were described as outstanding by this year's Ofsted report.

Bethany Wragg, 19, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, who previously attended Chesterton Community Sports College, gained a triple distinction star in her Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. She will now study Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science at the University of Birmingham.

Said Bethany: "I had a great time at NULC. I had plenty of support and got lots out of playing sport, being Student Union President and also a student governor. And I got the results I needed to get into a top university."

Matt Fox, 19, of Adderley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, gained a DDM on his Extended Diploma in Engineering. He will now go on to study Computer Systems Engineering at Lancaster University.

Said Matt: "I really enjoyed my course and my time at NULC. The facilities and support are terrific and I am going to study the course of my choice at university."

Alice Bailey, 19, of Tittensor, who previously attended Alleynes High School, scored triple distinction star grades in her Extended Diploma in Art and Design and, having been accepted at all five university degree courses in textiles, has chosen to study at Huddersfield.

Said Alice: "I chose Newcastle-under-Lyme College because the facilities are excellent for my course and it was the best course for what I wanted to do. I have received a lot of support from my tutor as the deadlines are very tough. I particularly enjoyed my course and having the freedom to explore what I was good at."

Alexandra Dempsey, 19, of Lyme Valley, Newcastle-under-Lyme, who attended Biddulph High School, gained a D*DD in her Extended Diploma in Engineering and has accepted a place at Cardiff University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Said Alexandra: "The engineering course at NULC taught me a lot in both terms of knowledge and skills which are needed to become an engineer. In addition the lecturers were very supportive and had real life experience in industry. I am really looking forward to studying Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University."

Emma Cork, 17, of Westlands, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is the niece of international cricket star Dominic Cork and she chose to study an Extended Diploma in Sport at NULC after being at Newcastle-under-Lyme School. Her grades were D*DD and now she is heading for Leeds Metropolitan University to study sports business management.

Said Emma: "At NULC you get more freedom than in school to study and if I needed any support, they were always there to help. After university I would like to work for a big company like Nike."

Karen Dobson added: "NULC offers the broadest choice of post-16 options and we're committed to championing the quality of vocational courses. Many people have misconceptions about the progression routes available to young people once completing their vocational courses. You can be confident that if you choose to study a vocational qualification at Newcastle-under-Lyme College we will equip you with the essential skills needed for you to succeed."

The College is further enhancing its vocational curriculum with a new Extended Diploma in Theatre Production launching in September in time for the opening of the College's new Performing Arts Centre at the end of the year.

Places are still available for a range of full-time courses starting in September. For more information contact the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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Newcastle-under-Lyme College has launched a new training scheme to help employers beat the predicted skills crisis.

The College’s Traineeship scheme is aimed at young people to give them a stepping stone into their chosen career when they have little or no previous work experience.

Those who undertake a Traineeship will spend the majority of their training with an employer, learning as they work, and when the Traineeship is over, trainees will be guaranteed an interview upon successful completion.

According to a recent survey of 616 UK business leaders by The Prince’s Trust and HSBC, 73 per cent of UK businesses believe that there will be a skills crisis within the next three years.

Aimee Colgan, Employment and Training Centre Manager at NULC, said: “Our Traineeship scheme provides young people with a real opportunity to experience working life in their chosen careers.

“Not only do traineeships help employers attract more young people to their businesses, they also give the younger generation a chance at achieving their own career goals at the same time as improving their employability skills.

“Traineeships are a stepping stone into an apprenticeship or other sustainable work and could even help someone discover a passion for a career not previously considered.”

In addition to a high quality work placement, trainee’s will get the opportunity improve their functional skills and develop in areas such as team building, communication and interview techniques.

The research carried out during the survey also found that two-fifths of businesses are already experiencing skills gaps within their companies and over half have difficulties filling vacancies.

Businesses also believe that recruiting young people into the workforce now will help to ensure that there is not a skills shortage in the coming years.

Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “The current economic recovery is encouraging, but in order to sustain this growth, UK plc needs to invest in the next generation to avoid a skills vacuum in the future, which threatens to hamper economic growth.

“We are urging businesses to take action now to up-skill the workforce of the future to prevent the bubbling skills crisis from boiling over.”

Since the economic recovery around 71 per cent of businesses have seen a rise in demand of their services with 63 per cent saying that they are growing at a significantly higher rate than the same time last year. Over half of these businesses say that the increase in demand is, they believe, the reason for the current UK skills gap.

Anyone aged between 16 and 24 years old can take part in a Traineeship and will receive a three-monthly travel pass, free breakfast on College days, three days per week and also a training allowance paid directly onto their student cards of £20 per week to help with purchasing other meals and stationery.

For more information on NULC’s Traineeship scheme visit


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