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cakes for webNewcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is hosting a DigniTEA on Friday 13th February in support of National Dignity Day.

The DigniTEA afternoon tea event will welcome around 50 guests from local health and social care sector employers and the individuals they support and will help promote the positive aspects of care for National Dignity Day which is on Saturday.

The invitation only event is taking place in NULC's Starbucks café from 2 - 4:30pm and will include performances from NULC's Level 1 Performing Arts group and poetry recitals from Little Meadows Primary School pupils. NULC's Foundation Studies students are making cakes, Health and Social Care learners are meeting and greeting the guests and Beauty students will be offering hand massages. There will also be a raffle to support two local charities: The Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Donna Louise Trust.

Jane Tunnicliff, Business Development Manager at NULC, who is running the event, said: "The event was held last year, and the turn out and reception was great. This DigniTEA event is a chance for everybody to stand up and show their support for dignity in care, to show the positives of care and not the negatives."

All of the Health at Social Care team at NULC are dignity champions and are promoting the 10 Dignity Do's, a list of values and actions that high quality services should follow to ensure people in care are treated with respect. The Dignity Do's can be found at

NULC offers courses and qualifications in Health and Social Care ranging from entry to university level as well as adult part-time courses and apprenticeships for all ages. Depending on the level, learners will study topics including communication, equality, diversity and rights, care planning, duty of care, safeguarding, and health and safety.

Health and Social Care qualifications are recognised by both universities and employers; leading to careers in nursing, social work, and a variety of roles within the Health and Social Care Sector.

For more information on NULC courses in health and social care please visit our website.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is hosting a ‘Magic of Marketing’ schools event on Wednesday 28 January in support of local company KMF’s Young Engineer of the Year Project 2015.

Pupils will be attending from 17 local schools along with sponsors from 18 different local, national and international companies including Costa Coffee, Michelin and Staffordshire University.

On the day Year 10 pupils will gain experience in key marketing principles including sales pitching, promotion and networking. This will help towards this year’s KMF Project where pupils are challenged to design, print and pitch a gadget which provides a business solution, using 3D laser printers to bring their gadgets to life

Organiser Lucy Hancock, Schools Relationship Manager at NULC, said: “We are delighted to be supporting KMF’s Young Engineer of the Year Project again as it is a great way for pupils to work with employers and the College supports this with the use of our fantastic facilities.”

Employers will be on hand to help prepare the Young Engineer competitors for the semi-final on Thursday 12 March at Britannia Stadium before they advance to the final round with Jason Bradbury from the Gadget Show judging the entries in June.

Val Tomlinson, Assistant Principal at NULC said: “Here at NULC we embrace technology of all types and this event creates a fantastic platform for the sponsor companies to mix with pupils and gain fresh insight by working with young people, enabling the sharing of ideas and business practice.”

For information about NULC and the courses we offer, visit the website:

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Visitors to Newcastle-under-Lyme College's next open day will get the opportunity to tour the brand new Performing Arts Centre, which opens its doors to students at the end of this month.

The open day will welcome year 11 pupils, as well as adults, on Saturday 24th January from 10am till noon.

The £5.5 million Performing Arts Centre is Newcastle-under-Lyme College's (NULC) latest innovation to benefit students and features state-of-the-art dance and rehearsal studios, a café and a 200-seat performance theatre.

The open day is a chance for prospective students and adult learners to find out more about the wide range of courses the College has to offer including new courses in performing arts. Visitors can talk to tutors and current students to gain a real insight into College life.

Expert staff will provide advice and guidance about the range of support on offer, from financial help to additional learner support, and on student opportunities to play sport, gain work experience and enjoy enrichment activities alongside their studies.

The open day is predominantly aimed at year 11 pupils who will join the College in September to study for A-levels or vocational qualifications or apprenticeships. This time adults are also being encouraged to come and find out about higher education programmes, professional qualifications and apprenticeships.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive said: "With a 99% pass rate in vocational subjects and 98% pass rate for A-Levels, NULC provides great opportunities to succeed and progress for young people and adults alike."

The College was rated 'good' by Ofsted with many 'outstanding' features, which put NULC among the country's top 10 colleges inspected in 2013.

There are over 36 different A-Level subjects on offer, plus vocational qualifications and apprenticeships in subjects like media, business and computing, care and child care, construction and engineering, hair and beauty, floristry, music and performing arts, public services, sport and exercise, science, travel and tourism.

To pre-register for the event visit

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

College introduces Bubble Football

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Gordon Banks Sports Centre has today announced a brand new partnership with Bubble Footie, fast becoming a popular activity for corporate events, hen and stag do’s as well as fund raising events, with the centre providing the space and venue for this exciting and unusual sport.

Louise Ziemann, Sports Centre Manager said: “This is a unique football experience, and we are currently the only venue to offer the service in the area. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Sports Centre to give its customers even more diverse sporting options and help cater to even more members of the public.

“Even if football isn’t usually your thing, Bubble Football offers something entirely new, not only providing you with a great workout but also a fun and engaging experience.

“We offer state of the art facilities including 3G pitches as well as a fully equipped Sports Hall for indoor use, meaning customers can come and play rain or shine.”

Bubble Football is suitable for teams with a minimum of ten people and ages 10+ and all events are supervised and co-ordinated by fully trained Bubble Footie staff ensuring the safety of all participants.

The Gordon Banks Sports Centre also offers a variety of other sports, activities and classes including gym membership, facility hire, Slimming World meetings, personal training sessions and other fitness classes.

Anyone who wishes to organise a bubble football match at the Sports Centre will need to contact Andy Lea on 07841395301 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to make a booking. Further information about the Gordon Banks Sports Centre is available at

You can take a look at the sport of Bubble Football in action in this video:

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NULC’s Gordon Banks Sports Centre is launching the ‘Biggest Losers 2015’ following members’ success in losing 300 stones in 2015.

Participants of the of the Slimming World programme lost almost 300 stone since following the weight loss and exercise plan with the help of the Sports Centre since January 2014.

After the festive excesses the public are being encouraged to take part in the 2015 challenge but this time it’s with a twist.

Louise Ziemann, Sports Centre Manager, said: “I am personally really proud of all of our members who have taken part in the challenge and their commitment to achieving their own weight loss goals is evident to everyone.

“With determination and support from the Sports Centre fitness team, you can improve your confidence as well as being fitter and healthier for the future.”

This year’s challenge will see members of the public invited to take part in as pairs as oppose to individuals and will be following the Slimming World Food Optimising and Body Sculpting programme as well as following a fitness plan at the Centre. The pair that lose the most weight will be crowned the winners and will receive a voucher to spend in the Intu Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley.

All participants will be weighed and measured between 5th January and 11th January and will then be re-weighed and re-measured between 2nd February and 8th February.

James Mountjoy, personal trainer at the Sports Centre, said: “We are here to help our members reach their targets and, with the help of Slimming World’s Food Optimising and Body Sculpting programmes, we are confident that people will see themselves transformed.

“There are people from all backgrounds and ability levels who took part in last year’s challenge, so I want to encourage everyone who wants help to lose weight in the New Year to come along and get involved this year.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the New Year Challenge should contact the Sports Centre Reception on 01782 254300 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is today celebrating the nomination of its Vice Principal for a prestigious national award.

Craig Hodgson has been shortlisted as FE Leader of the Year in the TES FE Awards.TES, formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, is a leading world-wide teaching publication which was launched in the UK over 100 years ago.

Karen Dobson, NULC Principal and Chief Executive, who nominated Craig for the award, said: "NULC is a highly successful college which is judged to have Outstanding Financial Health and Financial Management and Control by the Skills Funding Agency due in a large part to Craig's drive and commitment. Craig is simply the best finance director in the sector."

The nomination also praised Craig for his contribution to the student experience as he project-managed the building of the £60 million Knutton Lane College which offers students top facilities in which to study and prepare for a career.

Students will also benefit from two of Craig's current projects: the newly built on-campus Performing Arts Centre and the refurbishment of Gradbach Outdoor Education Centre in the Peak District which is due to complete later in 2015.

Craig's nomination was supported by a variety of experts.

Vici Cadwallader-Webb, director of independent education consultants Icca Education Training and Skills Limited, said: "A review, commissioned by LSIS, identified the top performing colleges in the sector. Unsurprisingly Newcastle-under-Lyme College was in the top ten. This performance doesn't come through luck but through the hard work and determination of the senior leadership team. Craig also enjoys interacting with students and uses his skills to help the College drive forward their 'student first' agenda."

College governor Gareth Jones, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee at NULC, said: "The College is currently recognised as being one of the strongest FE colleges academically and financially. The growth and success of the College in the past few years have been extremely impressive and there is no doubt in my mind that Craig Hodgson's contribution to this has been a key factor."

Said George Trow, Principal and Chief Executive of Doncaster College,: "Craig has played a crucial role in the success of Newcastle-under-Lyme College, leading the new build and development of student facilities over the years. He is a wise counsel who understands that the curriculum and student experience are paramount to shaping life-changing activities for the local community."

NULC enjoyed record results in 2014 with a 98% pass rate for A Level students, a 99% pass rate for vocational students, and with 94% of all students progressing on to either university, apprenticeships or employment.

The TES FE awards are open to all further education providers: colleges, work-based learning providers, adult and community learning providers, offender learning establishments and specialist designated institutions. An independent panel of judges will select the winners who will be announced on 27 February at a 600 guest gala dinner in London's Gosvenor House Hotel.

The College will hold its next open event for prospective students on Saturday 24th January 2015 between 10:00 and noon. The event is open to current year 11 students as well as adults who are looking to re-start their education. Visitors can beat the queues by pre-registering online at

Monday, 01 December 2014 10:12

Musical Extravaganza in aid of Dougie Mac

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Music technology students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College are holding a night of music in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice on Wednesday 10th December.

The musicians will also be competing for the chance to be the first artists to record in the new Performing Arts Centre studios, which are due to open in 2015.

Extravaganza tickets are open to members of the public and are priced at £2 each, with all proceeds going towards the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Blurton.

Simone Bratt, curriculum leader in music technology, said: "We've had a huge number of musicians put themselves forward to be the first artists to record in the new studios, so we thought that we would turn the competition heats into a musical treat for the local community at the same time as raising vital funds for the Hospice.

"There will be a variety of musicians performing throughout the evening so there will be
something for everyone."

Tickets are on sale now by contacting the College on 01782 254 198 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Doors open at 5.45pm with the first act due on stage in the College auditorium from 6 pm.

The College's £5.5 million Performing Arts Centre will open in 2015 and will be home to a 200-seater theatre, an industry standard music technology suite and two air
conditioned dance studios.

Students can study a wide range of performing arts courses from entry level to higher qualifications including extended diplomas and foundation degrees and the
Performing Arts Centre will also be used by the local community.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 16:04

Basketball teams make NULC history

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NULC ladies’ and men’s basketball teams have made College history after both groups won the AoC Sport West Midlands Regional Basketball Competition.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:06

NULC Apprentice Shortlisted for Inspiration Award

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Abbie Jackson2NULC sports apprentice Abbie Jackson has been named Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s inspirational student of the year by the Association of Colleges.

Eighteen-year-old Abbie, who was nominated by the College’s Academy of Sport, will now be put forward with five other regional finalists to compete to be crowned AoC West Midlands Inspirational Sports Student of the Year 2014.

The winner will receive their trophy from BBC Midlands Today presenters, Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes at Villa Park on Thursday 27th November. The event will be attended by other local sports personalities.

Trevor Humphries, Academy of Sport Manager at NULC, said: “I’m personally delighted that Abbie has won the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area award and I hope that she goes on to win the overall award.

“She is a truly inspirational person and think that she wholeheartedly deserves this recognition because of the hard work and commitment she shows every time she is in College. She plays a crucial role in the Academy of Sport office through supporting the organisation of seven performance Academy sport squads involving over 300 students on a weekly basis.

The enthusiasm and passion shown by Abbie has also resulted in external recognition as she was selected to attend national coach training camps for England Basketball and the Football Association.

“We wish her all the best in the awards and as a College we are proud of her achievements so far and are sure that she will go on to great things in the future.”

The awards aim to recognise individual achievements within sports and also to help highlight the importance of sport within education.

Abbie, a former St John Fisher High School pupil, said: “I’m truly honoured to have been nominated in the first place but to win the Staffordshire award and now to be put forward to the overall regional award is unbelievable. I honestly never thought I was doing anything special other than what was expected of me when I started my apprenticeship.

“NULC has been a great support to me and I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had since being a part of the Sports Academy here. I’m looking forward to the awards later this month and I wish all the finalists luck and think that whoever wins will deserve it completely.”

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Outreach Award SmallNewcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) has been awarded this year’s Keele Outreach Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Raising Aspirations in Further Education’.

The award for the College’s ‘determination to provide a wide variety of opportunities to young people’, was presented by former student Jamie Littlejohn who attended NULC between 2008 and 2010 where he achieved A*AB in Biology, Chemistry and Maths with Statistics.   Jamie went on to study an Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Science at Keele and became a student Ambassador in 2011. Since then he has been involved in giving back to the local area through his Outreach work and so won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Curriculum Outreach for 2013/14. He is currently undertaking a PhD on The Crystal Structure in Proteins at Keele.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at the College said: “Last year NULC became one of the region’s top three colleges for university progression, sending more than 800 students to higher education. This year 90 of our students went on to Keele which is a good university and right on our doorstep. So we are delighted to work with them and to receive this award. It recognises the hard work and dedication from all the staff involved in supporting our learners’ progression.”

Over the past year, the College has worked with the University to provide the opportunities for young people to engage in work experience, e-mentoring, and master classes led by Keele academics in subject areas such as social work and politics.

NULC has also supported young people to attend residential summer schools at Keele and engaged in projects to help those students interested in competitive subjects such as law and medicine.

Ant Sutcliffe, Outreach Officer at Keele University said: “At Keele we are passionate about encouraging young people to aim high and have the confidence to go to University. NULC’s activity has been most impressive, with the college engaging with our Outreach Programme on more occasions that any other Further Education College. We congratulate all the schools and colleges, like NULC, that have been exceptional in helping us achieve these goals.”

Representatives from Keele have also been invited to upcoming College events such as parents’ evenings and careers fairs to ensure young people receive the most up-to-date advice and guidance when applying for university places.





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