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WELCOME Page 2/3 Welcome from the Student President Page 4/5 Meet our Students’ Association Page 6/7 The Learner Engagement Team Page 8-11 Meet our Students Page 12/13 2016/17 Key Events Page 14 Semester 1 – Key Dates for your Diary Page 15 Student Funding/Care Experienced Page 16 Halls of Residence Page 17 Student Discounts Page 18 Social Media


Daniel Moore, Student President “I would like to welcome you to New College Lanarkshire. During your time here, you will have access to all our support services across the College. As your Student President, my job is to represent you, support you, and feedback your ideas and opinions at college committees and to the Board of Management. This ensures that your voice is being heard, and that you take the lead on making a positive change to your learning experience. There are many ways you can get involved with the Students Association. You can get involved with our brand new award-winning student engagement programme, Be Engaged, become a class rep or even become a student officer. This magazine will give you all the information you need. NCLanarkshire


Students’ Association Daniel Moore

Student President As President, Daniel aims to prioritise student poverty, a revamped class rep system, fairer funding and better transport, free hot water, and he plans to lobby the Scottish Government on improving childcare, housing issues and summer support.

Jemma Crossan Vice-President In her role as Vice-President, Jemma’s priorities include campaigning for an ATM in Cumbernauld Campus, setting up more clubs and working in partnership with staff and students. 3


BECOME A VOLUNTARY OFFICER You can become a voluntary officer, from LGBT, to clubs and communities officer. Last year the Students Association introduced their first ever “SAINTs” Students’ Association in Support Team member dedicated to supported learning students.

them through their Facebook and Twitter pages. You don’t have to take an active role to be involved in the activities run by the Students’ Association. Various events and clubs are run throughout the year for you to get involved in and meet new people.

If you fancy joining the blue hoodie team and enhancing your CV, stop by the Students’ Association offices at Motherwell, Coatbridge or Cumbernauld Campuses to find out how. You can also contact

Most importantly, the Students’ Association is there to have a say on major issues, policies, procedures and other big decisions that impact your student experience at the College.

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LEARNER ENGAGEMENT The Learner Engagement team supports your participation in key decision-making processes at course, campus and college levels to ensure your

views are taken in to account. They also work in partnership with the Students’ Association, listen to and use feedback in order to improve all areas of the College for the

student experience and encourage participation with events and community projects, including through the Be Engaged programme.


ENGAGED Be Engaged is a brand new awards-based student engagement programme, designed to get you involved in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, but still within the College. Learn new skills and meet new people, while achieving

additional awards and recognition from the College. The programme is split into six different categories and by getting involved you can claim a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.






“I enjoyed the course because it was set at a great pace, and had a good mixture of young and mature students. The teachers really keep you engaged and are passionate about photography. I have now created images that I would have only dreamed about before.


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I have many highlights, including photographing The X Factor

I have many highlights, including photographing The X Factor tour and race cars at Knockhill, but my biggest achievement was winning HNC Student of the Year and then winning Loxley Colour HND Image of the Year, which were both great honours to pick up. Anything that

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I have now created images that I would have only dreamed about before. is worth doing isn’t always easy to do. I have learned that anything is possible if you work hard enough. The lecturers at New College Lanarkshire made me feel like one of their own family, and you can’t say that for many other places.”

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Rachel McPheat, a former pupil of St Margaret’s High in Airdrie, is currently the youngest in her class at New College Lanarkshire’s Cumbernauld Campus studying HNC Computing.



“I love being at college – the space, the freedom, calling lecturers by their first names, and being able to learn about something that I am interested in. I even love doing extra work at home.When I first started, it was

really nerve-racking as not only was I the youngest in the class but I was also the only female. However, this just made me more determined to succeed – girl power! And it hasn’t been hard to get good results when I am enjoying the course so much. Since starting college I’ve even been able to build my own computer. My dream is to one day work for a big company like Google – and I’ll keep working hard until I get there!”

it hasn’t been hard to get good results when I am enjoying the course so much. Check out Rachel’s skills here


Gabriella Jagger was one of the first students to use the £2.3million HGV Training Centre at our Motherwell Campus – and recently featured in our ‘Turning a Like’ campaign.

GABRIELLA JAGGER VRQ in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles

“I chose to study Heavy Vehicle Maintenance because it was something different and unexpected, I guess because I’m very girly looking. The most important lesson I’ve learned is not to be afraid to ask a question, even if you think it’s stupid, because in the end you get your answer


In ten years’ time I like to think that I’ll be building my own tank.” and you’ve learned something new.” One of my favourite parts about being a student was when we were in the workshop and I had to climb under a truck because I was the only one small enough. It definitely made me feel appreciated!” In ten years’ time I like to think that I’ll be building my own tank.”


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HND COMPUTER AIDED DRAUGHTING & DESIGN (CADD) Calum took home a bronze medal in Mechanical Engineering: CAD from the WorldSkills UK contest in Birmingham

in November 2015. A graduate of HND Computer Aided Draughting & Design (CADD), he is now employed full-time with a Glasgow-based structural engineering consultancy, David Narro Associates. “I chose to study CADD at the Motherwell Campus because I enjoyed graphic communication in high school and wanted to further my studies in the topic.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to compete in WorldSkills, as it allowed me to further my training and test my skills against the best in the UK. The high quality facilities at the College were also brilliant as I could try the most cuttingedge equipment, such as the 3D printer.

If you enjoy engineering at school, or want to better yourself as a professional, there is no better place to do it than New College Lanarkshire. It has really helpful staff and brilliant facilities. My advice to other students would be that if your course takes part in any competitions, then take part – it will most likely make your time at College easier by furthering your skills.”

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WORLDSKILLS UK WINNERS We hope you’re looking forward to starting your course with us. If your friends or family ask you about New College Lanarkshire, you can casually tell them “it’s the Number One College in the UK.” New College Lanarkshire competes annually in the WorldSkills UK competition - a partnership between governments, employers and education that organises careers events and skills competitions to help accelerate young people’s career development.

In November 2016, New College Lanarkshire was named ‘Best in the UK’ for a third time in four years after finishing top of the leaderboard at the National Finals, in Birmingham’s NEC. The medal haul included four gold, two silver, four bronze and two highly commended awards across eight different disciplines. The Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK recently visited the College to officially crown it the ‘Number One College in the UK’. Will you be one of our next medal winners?

Here is a snap shot of some of our biggest stories from 2016/17. Maybe you’ll feature in some of our biggest stories next? 11

Engaged students recognised for extra - curricular achievements

Students were awarded certificates after taking on activities outside of the classroom through the Be Engaged programme. Over 600 awards were presented across eight categories including ‘Be Skilled’, ‘Be Heard’ and ‘Be Healthy’.

to building on this success by providing further opportunities for learners and for us to recognise and reward their achievements outside the classroom.”

The Be Engaged initiative was also recognised at the sparqs Student Ross Brand, Learner Engagement Officer, Engagement Awards for the impact it has said: “We are delighted at the level of had on the enhancement of the student interaction with our programme in its experience. first year and are are looking forward

STUDENTS’ SUCCESSES RECOGNISED AT FIRST CELEBRATION OF ACHIEVEMENT DAY More than 120 students from the Faculty of Supported Learning were joined by family, friends and supporters at our Coatbridge Campus to attend the first Celebration of Achievement event to recognise their successes in completing their courses. On the day there were four ceremonies dedicated to showcasing the accomplishments of students and the different

routes that they are taking to achieve their potential. New College Lanarkshire offers a number of programmes for students with additional support needs, which build confidence, independence and employability skills. It was recently recognised as a Centre of Excellence by curriculum development organisation ASDAN. 12

Semester 1: Dates for your diary! Student enrolment week 14-18 August

01 Full-time classes commence 28 August

02 fresher’s 29-30 August

03 Evening classes commence 4 September

04 September weekend (college closed) 22-25 September

05 October week 16-20 october

06 Festive break

07 College re-opens



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25 December 5 January

End of semester 1 15 January

STUDENT FUNDING CONTACT US WHERE TO FIND US? Coatbridge Campus | Room G98C Cumbernauld Campus | Room NB002 Motherwell Campus | Room 0019

Information for care Experienced students

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Are you a looked-after young person or classed as a care-leaver up to 26 years of age, including if you are in kinship, foster care, residential care or being supported through a continuing care package or aftercare package. We can help you with: •

Pre Entry / Transition / Application / Enrolment

On course / During your time studying at New College Lanarkshire

Monitoring and Evaluation

Post Course / After you leave New College Lanarkshire


Halls of Residence Motherwell Campus

Our Motherwell Campus has a modern, fullyequipped Halls of Residence with 49 single en-suite rooms offering a very high standard of student living. Awarded a 3 star rating by Visit Scotland, our state-of-the-art building has secure entry and is staffed 24 hours a day. Each bedroom has everything you need during your time at college and is fitted with a PC, internet access and Freeview TV as standard. We also provide bed linen, and all bedrooms are serviced weekly by our housekeeping staff. On each of the six floors, there is a fully fitted kitchen with utensils, microwave and fridge freezer. There’s no excuse not to do your washing, either! We’ve got a dedicated laundry room with washing, drying and ironing facilities. If you want to get together with friends, there’s also a communal lounge with a large screen TV. For disabled students, there are two bedrooms and a kitchen which have been specially adapted for wheelchair users on the ground floor.

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t n e d u t S s t n u o c s i D One of the best perks of being a student is the discounts! All you need is your college email address.

10% OFF

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UP TO 52% OFF at Alton Towers and Thorpe Park

10% OFF

15% OFF


35% OFF *when you spend £25

50% OFF Spotify Premium

15% OFF *when you spend £5

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