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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: www.nulc.ac.uk/sport-academy.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College's Art and Design tutor, Joyce Iwaszko, is the opening artist at the first exhibition at a new gallery.

The Smalt Blue exhibition and residency is the first exhibition to be held in the new space at The Gallery in the Prince of Wales Studios at Middleport Pottery and runs 10am – 4pm daily from 16th May – 10th July. There is a preview evening at 6pm on Friday 15th May.

The solo exhibition includes painting, installation and video, showing inspiration taken from the rich heritage of Middleport Pottery, including the making of the café Wall Paintings from conception to realisation. It will also feature previously inspired paintings that include the use of unconventional materials such as pigments, smalt, Burleigh transfer prints and paint.

Said Joyce, Lecturer in Visual Studies at the College: "I am delighted to be the first artist to exhibit in The Gallery in the Prince of Wales Studios, Middleport Pottery, as it will give me the opportunity to show the process of creating the café wall paintings, as well as previous work inspired by the patterns on the ware and new pieces made on site, during the residency."

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'.

The College is 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.

For more information about art and creative courses at the College please visit our website at www.nulc.ac.uk, call the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:55

Woollen win for NULC’s textile teacher

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College lecturer Sharon Porteous Parton has taken first place in a top national textile design competition. Sharon Parton wins textile prize web

Sharon took The Woolmark Company Award in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition this week and as the prize she earned a one week placement in the Holly Fulton studio in London, with £600 to cover expenses. Holly Fulton is an award-winning womenswear and accessories designer.

Sharon has worked at Newcastle-under-Lyme College since 2001 and is subject leader of A Level Textiles. She is also completing a Master's Degree in Fashion and textiles at the University of Derby.

The award challenged competitors to make a woven or knitted fabric for fashion which had to contain at least 60% Merino wool. Sharon's entry was a treble cloth with a bold zigzag pattern softened by the subtle colours used. The fabric was woven on a jacquard loom combining soft white cotton warp ends and hand dyed merino weft
picks. Once off the loom the fashion fabric was hand finished to create soft felted and layered textures.

The award ceremony took place at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire for the competition which attracted over 900 entries for 17 categories and a total prize fund of £11,000.

Said Sharon: "I'm absolutely delighted to have won and am really looking forward to my work placement as it's important for teaching staff to be able to pass on real
industry experience to students. Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain and so the design competition is recognised as the most prestigious of its kind in the UK."

NULC offers a range of fashion and textile courses including A/AS Textiles, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion Extended Diploma in Fashion and is planning a degree level course in fashion and textiles in the near future.

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As part of the 2015 Festival of Learning, Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is inviting local residents to take part in taster sessions in some of its most popular part-time courses.DSC 0003

The taster sessions will take place each Friday afternoon throughout May and June and the subject areas will include art and creative studies, accounting, Higher Education (HE), hair and beauty, computing and engineering, languages, and sport and wellbeing.

At the sessions visitors will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations in practical subject areas such as nails, hair and crafts. There will be course information and the opportunity to speak to lecturers more in-depth about what each course has 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 taster sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 8th May – accounting and professional courses
  • Friday 15th May – Higher Education (HE) courses and Access to HE
  • Thursday 21st May – hair and beauty
  • 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. The Festival culminates in Adult Learners' Week 2015, which takes place from 13 to 19 June, and recognises the inspiring achievement of adult learners nationwide with a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

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."

NULC's full range of adult courses for September onwards will be published on www.nulc.ac.uk from 14th May.

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NULC students from across seven academic and creative faculties have raised more than £500 for charity.

Students were required to pitch their fundraising ideas to the College’s Vice Principal in order to receive £10 to fund their projects.

Each team was then required to turn their ideas into reality so that they could sell their products or services to staff and other students during two market days at College.

Students who took part in the £10 Challenge raised a total of £587.37 for their chosen charities.

There were a number of ideas from the teams such as selling homemade cakes, sweets and popcorn; selling Mothers’ Day gift bags and homemade cards; Easter Basket raffles; guess the weight of the cake and having a You Tube Game site whereby the charity was promoted and people could donate via the Just Giving website.

Adele Richards, assistant faculty head, said: “All of the students that took part were very enthusiastic and worked very hard for their respective charities.

“They gained valuable knowledge about how to manage money, how to make a profit when selling and about reinvesting their money. It also helped them to develop team work skills and to develop their confidence to enable them to sell their products.

“These entrepreneurial skills are essential in life and are skills that students can build upon in their A level year and also when they progress either to the workplace or into university.”

The charities that were chosen by the teams were Comic Relief, Cancer Research, Breast Cancer UK, the RSPCA, Ronald McDonald House and CRY.

The team that raised the most money was Brittain House where they raised £174 which was shared between the Ronald McDonald House and CRY.

The team that won the most enterprising award was Lodge House because of how they managed their money and reinvested what they raised on the first market day to sell more products on the second market day. They were also commended for the way that they presented their pitch to the Vice Principal. The money they raised went to the RSPCA.

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bball204Newcastle-under-Lyme College men’s basketball team has been crowned National Cup Champions.

The victory marks an historic double as the team has already won the West Midlands Regional Championship and still has the chance to win the regional league.

The team took the championship in the finals against All Saints Academy of Cheltenham in London last week. Today (29th April) they play Gloucester College at home in the first of three games to decide the Association of Colleges West Midlands League Championship.

NULC beat Barking and Dagenham College in the national semi finals 80-74 and then won the finals by 87-83.

Basketball coach Shawn Jamison, former Harlem Globetrotter, said: "I'm very proud of the guys in what they were able to achieve this year. Earlier this season they were crowned West Midland Regional Champions and to follow that up by winning the National Cup is pretty amazing."

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.

“And it’s not over yet as we are still in a number of other competitions including the national Ability Counts football finals. 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, 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: www.nulc.ac.uk/sport-academy.

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NULC students plan to make their votes count in the election.

A poll taken after the College political debate showed that those intending to abstain from voting had fallen from 26 per cent to four per cent in the latest NULC activity designed to encourage students to vote.

Staff and students at NULC were treated to a live political debate thanks to a team of BTEC Extended Diploma in Business students.

Paul Farrelly from the Labour Party, Sam Gibbons from the Green Party and Edward Sumner from UKIP were given the floor at the College’s auditorium last Friday where they were invited to debate a number of topics chosen by the students.

The debate, which was organised by business students as part of their coursework, was attended by over 200 staff and students and was set up to help encourage more young people to take an interest in politics.

Jack Dale, one of the students who organised the event last week, said: “The debate has been a huge success because we met our main objective which was to get more young people engaging in political topics.

“We wanted to try and get as many students as possible who will be of voting age this time to actually register and cast their vote.

“It’s extremely important because we are the voice of the future and what happens in these elections now could have a massive influence on us.”

Before the debate started students were asked to cast their political vote in a ballot box and were then asked to re-vote after the debate.

David Matthews, director of learner engagement and partnerships, said: “It’s been very interesting to see how the debate has influenced the young people, specifically when deciding which political party to vote for in the forthcoming elections.

“The ballots suggested that the Green Party gained supporters, while UKIP supporters reduced. Interestingly the Labour Party kept the same number of supporters before and after the debate.

“What’s even more important was to see how well the young people engaged with the politicians and we are extremely proud of the students who organised the event.”

Questions asked during the debate included ‘should the voting age be lowered to 16’ and ‘how do the parties plan to raise the profile of vocational qualifications?”

One question which was asked by 16-year-old Public Services student, Oliver Everill, was particularly close to his heart. He said: “I wanted to ask whether each of the parties plan to cut the defence budget as I plan to have a career in the military.

“I think that each of the parties answered my question and it has put my mind at rest in some parts as to how secure my future may be.

“Overall I thought that the experience was well worth it and it has encouraged me to think about who I vote for and more importantly that I cast a vote when I am able to in the near future.”

NULC offers a range of business and politics courses ranging from A Levels to BTEC’s with levels to suit all abilities

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Annual report

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College today launched its annual report for 2014-15.

Read about our latest investments, such as The Performing Arts Centre and Gradbach, find out about our financial performance and be amazed by our many student and staff successes.

With a keen eye on cost and the environment, only electronic interactive versions of the report are available.

Please click on the pic to view or download. Front cover shot for website

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