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August 2018

Celebrate The termly newsletter of Richmond upon Thames College

Message from our Principal Welcome to Richmond upon Thames College Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is a vibrant, diverse and friendly community with outstanding students and staff. We have a wide range of subjects and courses at different levels, a strong support team plus a range of facilities and enrichment activities that allow our students to fulfill their potential and achieve their ambitions. I am incredibly proud of the successes and achievements of our students and in this edition of our termly Celebrate newsletter, you can read about the wonderful and inspiring stories from the past few months. Robin Ghurbhurun Chief Executive and Principal

Students Win Gold Medals at National Wessex Salon Culinaire In May, RuTC Catering students competed in the National Wessex Salon Culinaire competition at Brockenhurst College, New Forest. Five students - three adult Patisserie NVQ Level 3 and two 16-18 NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery students - attended the competition along with Catering Lecturer Neal Hook and Patisserie Lecturer Mitsie Butler, and were delighted to storm away with four gold medals and one silver medal. The Wessex Salon Culinaire is the largest live culinary competition in the UK and is organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs and offers participants the chance to showcase their skills and expertise in front of a live panel of expert judges.

Breaking Ground Ceremony Marks Beginning of New Campus for RuTC On Friday 15 June, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) and its construction partner, ISG, marked a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Twickenham site with a ground breaking ceremony. The ceremony celebrated the start of construction of the phase 1 building, a major part of RuTC’s new £80 million world class state of the art campus. Over 70 people attended the event which was hosted by Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO of RuTC and Richard White, Project Director for ISG. Will Whitmore, RuTC construction crafts apprentice, was given the responsibility to officially break ground and mark the start of the building project. Robin Ghurbhurun, said, “I’m delighted that we have now started the first phase of the new college campus. We’re working with regional and national employers and partners on this project.” He added, “I would like to thank everyone who has been on this journey with us and for your commitment and expertise in helping create, what will truly become, a world class post-16 centre of excellence”. Barbara Gilgallon, Chair of RuTC governing body, said, “It is the start of a journey that represents a physical manifestation of what we truly believe to be a truly groundbreaking exercise. The new building will provide a state of the art facility responsive to the demand of a new style of teaching and learning suited to the modern world”. The phase 1 building is due for completion at the end of 2019 and will provide an exciting and innovative new learning environment within the ground of the current college site. Whilst construction of the new building takes place, the college continues as business as usual with minimum disruption to our students who continue to receive excellent teaching and training in the original college buildings.

ECITB Engineering Apprenticeship Ceremony Each year Richmond upon Thames College’s Engineering department holds a special awards ceremony for apprentices on their first year of the Engineering Design and Draughtsperson Level 3 Apprenticeship. Dawn Thompson, Regional Account Manager for ECITB presented certificates to seven apprentices for successful completion of the ‘Smartplant 3D’ and ‘PDMS’ training. Student Cameron Bennett won the Mike Reynolds Apprentice of the Year Award, presented by Tim Smith, Mechanical Department Manager from Jacobs. The final award went to Lewis Cunningham for HNC Student of the Year, sponsored by KBR and presented by Chief Design Engineer for KBR, Terry Stone. Curriculum Manager for Engineering and Technology, Mark Rogers said: “The apprentices have worked extremely hard in completing all the various elements and have been a credit to themselves and the employers that they work for.”

Richmond Students Round Off Pride Month Celebrations with Pride in London Parade On Saturday 7 July 2018, a group of staff and students from Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) participated in the annual Pride in London Parade - London’s largest celebration of equality and diversity. The group’s participation marked the fourth time that RuTC has participated in Pride in London celebrations. RuTC’s annual participation is organised by SHOUT (the college’s LGBTQ+ society) but students and staff from all areas of the college attend, with participation increasing year on year. Earlier in the month, students attended a production of the London musical Kinky Boots at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Kinky Boots tells the story of a shoemaker trying to save his business with the help from a drag queen. Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer and Staff Governor at RuTC, said, “We are extremely committed to making sure our staff and students feel represented and fully support them in being themselves. Pride in London is just one of many events we participate in on an annual basis to help celebrate our diversity.”

Bench Joinery Student Receives the COSLP Best Learner Award In May, Carpentry and Bench Joinery student Will Whitmore received the Committee of South London Principals Best Learner Award at the House of Lords. Will started on the Bench Joinery Level 2 Diploma in 2016 and has since become a true ambassador for the college and student body, participating in both the Students’ Union and serving as a Student Governor on the college’s board of governors. After obtaining a Merit grade on his Level 2 course, Will progressed on to a Level 3 course and has now started his Level 3 Bench Joinery apprenticeship with a leading UK joinery employer. Outside of college, Will found part-time employment with a joinery company, which helped him to gain valuable work experience. In 2017, Will also entered the Carpenters Craft Competition, run by the Guild of Master Craftsmen, where he came 2nd place in the regional finals. Will commented, “I wasn’t expecting to win the Best Learner Award, so it was a nice surprise. I took my parents with me to the House of Lords and was also joined by my teacher Alan Rowley and Deputy Principal, John O’Shea. They were all very proud of my achievements.” After completing his apprenticeship, Will plans to stay on with his current employer before moving on to specialise in making bespoke staircases.

Third Place for First Time Beach Rugby Tournament for RuTC First-time participants, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) sports students, came third out of 28 teams who entered the annual beach touch rugby tournament at West Wittering Beach in Chichester on Friday 22 June, in association with RFU Colleges and AoC Sport.

You can view more of our Pride journeys using the hashtag #ProudToBeRuTC on Facebook and Twitter.

Mark Brough, Commercial Facilities Manager at RuTC, says: “Although the atmosphere at the event were extremely relaxed, there was still an element of competition amongst the teams, however, it was all good natured and friendly. The weather and the location were fantastic and the students had a great time and were exceptional ambassadors for Richmond upon Thames College.”

New Apprenticeships and Opportunities with Leading Employers

Actors celebrate LGBT with powerful performance

From this September, RuTC is expanding its wide range of apprenticeships by offering new apprenticeships in Early Years Education and Teaching and Learning. The college recently held an information event on behalf of leading employer NPL, which attracted interest from over 20 aspiring apprentices! If you would like to find out more about apprentices, contact Training Solutions at

Acting students from Richmond upon Thames College produced and performed a powerful performance for their end of year show with Bohemia, an adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s award winning musical, Rent, which focuses on themes and topics that have influenced the LGBT community and inspired the students to raise over £60 for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

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Celebrate Magazine issue 4 August 2018  

This issue includes stories about the breaking ground ceremony for our brand new building, the Wessex Salon Culinaire competition, the Engin...

Celebrate Magazine issue 4 August 2018  

This issue includes stories about the breaking ground ceremony for our brand new building, the Wessex Salon Culinaire competition, the Engin...