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A welcome from St Patrick’s Principal

A welcome from St Patrick’s Director for Student Experience & International, Amol Gurung

A welcome from Student Support Officer & President of Student Council, Aigboje Imoukhuede

St Patrick’s business showcase ‘Enterprise Extravaganza!’

Student offer: Lycamobile

Loyalty Programme

Dear Students, I welcome this fantastic initiative to start a St Patrick’s student newsletter. It is a new idea which we should do our utmost to establish, nurture and develop into a lively forum through which students and staff can express and exchange views on current and contemporary issues as well as longer term projects and aspirations. We need your ideas and articles, and we welcome all contributions. Please contact Sophelia Gentles in Student Experience Department in the first instance if you have something to say, or email newsletter@st-patricks.ac.uk.

Interview with Prof Daniel Khan

Microsoft & St Patrick’s

St Patrick’s hosts motivational speakers

The student newsletter is your chance to have your say and to bring your ideas and initiatives to the attention of the whole student body. I have spoken to many of you individually in recent weeks and I know that many of you have strong views about how you wish your college to develop in the future. Help us to help you.

Student offer: Telegraph

St Patrick’s students at the Bank of England

Chobani yoghurts — a tasty treat for students!

Share your views and ideas with us on paper or in an email. Help us make the Student Newsletter centre stage for debate and exchange of views!

Merry Christmas to everyone at St Patrick’s!


A welcome from St Patrick’s Director for Student Experience & International, Amol Gurung

Hello everyone, We very much hope that you will be closely involved in the writing and production of this newsletter. It is a chance for you to express your views and produce content that you think will be of interest to your fellow students, and a platform to celebrate your talents and successes. We also need a name for the newsletter, so please send in your ideas. The winning name will recieve a fantastic prize!

A welcome from Student Support Officer & President of Student Council, Aigboje Imoukhuede

Hello to all my fellow students! My name is Aig Imoukhuede and I work in the Student Services Department on the 3rd floor of New Court building. Many of you have met me during your induction. I am pleased to announce St Patricks is setting up a Student Council so that all students have the opportunity to be involved with making positive improvements to our learning and social environment. After I finished my degree at St Patricks in July 2010 I was proud to be elected as the first ever Student Officer at the College.

As 2014 approaches we have many new goals and exciting things on the horizon! Our final event of this year was the Business Showcase held last week. It was a great success and wonderful to see so many of you involved. We are planning many more events like this one in the near future - a visit to the London Stock Exchange should have taken place by the time you read this! We are holding an Indoor Games Evening early next term, and an Open Mic Evening for anyone interested in the Spoken Word. A St. Patrick’s Alumni day is planned too, so you can meet ex-students who now have careers in industry and ask them for advice. We are also signing up new players

for the college Football and Netball teams.

My role was to ensure that the views and concerns of the student body were brought to the attention of the senior management team and the resulting action passed back to the students through formal and informal channels as appropriate. My other responsibilities include organising social, cultural and sporting events for students. Since then the College has really been moving forward, student and staff numbers have increased and we have established a system of class representatives to act as a channel of communication between staff and students.

Department to develop the social, cultural and sporting side of things.

The College has also just set up a Student Experience


Please let Sophelia Gentles know if you are interested in joining or attending any of these events. More importantly, please let me know what other activities and events you would like to see at the College. The more ideas you have the better. As they say – don’t be backwards in coming forward! I’d like to wish you all happy holidays, and look forward to seeing you all next year!

With all these changes we need to establish effective channels of communication between staff and students, and as the first President of the new St Patricks Student Council, it will be my job to work closely with the Student Experience Team to make things happen for you! I need your ideas and I need you to participate! I want to hear your views, your concerns and your priorities. Come and talk to me in Room 360 or email me on aigboje@st-patricks.ac.uk. Together we can make things happen! As Barack Obama once said – “Yes, we can!”



Promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise, the very first ‘Business Showcase’ at St-Patricks was a great success! The event was filled with staff and student attendees supporting their industry-savvy business students who came with professionalism, creativity and outstanding exhibits. The event, held last Wednesday afternoon, was organised by the business department and the Student Experience team.

Head of the School of Business Management, Muhammad Azam, conceptualised the idea to create an event that would give students the opportunity to demonstrate their business ventures and entrepreneurship skills. The students proved that they are no longer beginners in the business industry with their knowledgeable pitches and marketing. From books to online, fashion to food, the event hosted a variety


of businesses under one roof. It was the first event of its kind at the college but certainly won’t be the last -there is plenty more in store for the students of St Patricks!

STUDENT OFFER WIN A SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 COURTESY OF LYCAMOBILE Join our competition and WIN A SAMSUNG GALAXY S4! Brought to you by the LSBF Loyalty Programme and Lycamobile! Existing Lycamobile customers: 1. Visit the SA Office* and provide your name, Lycamobile # and email address to one of the SA team. 2. Top up your SIM card before 31st Jan 2014 to be in with a chance of winning** New customers: 1. Visit the SA Office* and pick up your FREE International SIM card with £1 free credit. 2. Provide your name, Lycamobile # and email address to one of the SA team. 3. Activate your SIM card and top up before 31st January 2014**

One lucky Winner will be picked from the SIM cards topped up. The draw will take place on 31st January 2014. The Winner will collect the Samsung S4 prize from the Lycatel Office in London. *Student Association Office location: New Court Campus, Ground Floor, behind the library. **To top up your credit, please visit http://www.lycamobile. co.uk/en/register_and_topup

ENTER NOW! For more information, please contact: studentloyaltyprogramme@ LSBF.org.uk Terms and Conditions: • Offer valid until 31st January 2014 • Offer cannot be applied to existing bookings or used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion • Visit www.lycamobile.co.uk* for full terms and conditions

LOYALTY PROGRAMME We are proud to launch the St Patrick’s Loyalty programme, which consists of a number of exciting discounts, all displayed on the dedicated website http://loyalty.st-patricks.ac.uk. This follows the successful launch of the Student Loyalty Programme at LSBF.


Discounts have been negotiated with some of the most popular student brands such as Waterstones, Fitness First and Pizza Hut and include discounted tickets on club nights every Friday and discounts at attractions such as The London Dungeons.


Prof Khan, welcome to St Patrick’s. I believe you have just joined our College after a successful time as Principal at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education and after serving as Chief Executive of the Open College Network in London. Please tell us more about your career to date. I started my career as a Chartered Certified Accountant working in public practice and then moved into industry. I have also lectured in taxation at the University of Westminster. I held a variety of jobs in financial management, culminating in a period as Financial Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). After this I decided to broaden my managerial experience and accepted a post as Deputy Principal of York College. I then became Principal at Grimsby.

You have been at St Patrick’s for 7 months now. Could you share your impressions of St Patrick’s and the GUS Group so far with us? I have been extremely impressed by the phenomenal rate of growth at St Patrick’s during the past twelve months. That growth is likely to continue this year, according to our projected enrolment figures. I have also been impressed at how the staff

at St Patrick’s have coped with such rapid change, including relocation to new premises in New Court. Providing opportunities for students from such a wide range of backgrounds is both challenging and at the same time very rewarding. Being part of the GUS group is beneficial to us in terms of the economies of scale which the Group brings to its associated colleges.

St Patrick’s has recently experienced a period of rapid growth. As the new Principal, what are your aspirations and ambitions for the College in the next few years? My aim is to ensure that St Patrick’s provides a high quality learning experience for our students so that they can achieve success in their academic programmes. I would like the College to be able to offer the full range of academic programmes, from HNDs to Master’s degrees. I hope we can develop a significant body of international students at the College, establish some key international partnerships, and undertake joint research projects with other colleges both in the UK and overseas. I hope we can increase the numbers of international students in tandem with our continued drive to meet the needs of our local students.


And how do you visualise St Patrick’s College in 5 years’ time? I expect St Patrick’s to have been granted taught degree awarding powers within 5 years, and to have a cohort of alumni, making a significant contribution to their local and national communities, and taking pride in having studied at St Patrick’s College. I also expect the College to be contributing to debates and discourses about education policy both in the UK and overseas. Within the same timeframe I hope St Patrick’s will be respected by students and employers alike as offering high quality programmes leading to employability and an improvement in the quality of life of our graduates. I shall endeavour to raise our profile in London through sponsorship of events and building close links with our local communities and interest groups.

MICROSOFT & ST PATRICK’S Over the last few months St Patrick’s has distributed hundreds of Microsoft Tablets to HND students. Recently a team from Microsoft were on site at St Patrick’s College to make a short film about the Microsoft Surface Tablets given to second year HND students by the college. They filmed a new group of students being handed out their tablets and also spoke to several of them about the tablet and how it will

help their coursework and homework. Interviews were held with St Patrick’s Principal, Prof Daniel Khan OBE, Chief Information Officer, Vicente Fraser and Head of the School of Technology, Malcolm Thompson who all did a brilliant job on camera too. Thank you to all those who took part, we look forward to seeing you on camera soon! The final video will be shared across Microsoft’s Social Media platforms as well as ours!

ST PATRICK’S HOSTS MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS In November, as part of Global enterprise week, St Patrick’s College hosted a successful and stimulating careers entrepreneur event. The seminar organised by Theresia Vughoso was held on Monday 11th November at St. Patricks College and attended by over 160 students studying health and social care. The aim of the seminar was for the students to listen to experienced business and career professionals and learn some of the techniques, skills and processes needed to progress in the world of business and employment.

The speakers were Mrs Yuliana Seymour, a Career and Entrepreneurial Professional, Dr Chelliah Chandrarajan, Medical Expert and Entrepreneur and Mr.Steven Owurani Business consultant and Network Marketer. St Patrick’s Principal Prof Daniel Khan OBE says: “The speakers shared their journey on building sustainable businesses and there was a lively question and answer


session as students raised concerns around start-up, Finance, marketing and sales strategies and business logistics. This is just the start of more seminars on this topic as St.Patrick’s is developing an Enterprise mindset and Entrepreneurial culture among its students.” Following the success of the event another one is planned for the New Year. For further information please contact Shirley Yearsly.

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Earlier this year a group of St Patrick’s HND Business students attended a presentation at the Bank of England’s Education section. The students enjoyed learning about the Bank of England’s history and functions including

how the bank sets monetary policy and interest rates and works to ensure financial stability. They found the visit very useful and relevant to the course they are following in their HND programme at St Patrick’s.


A TASTY TREAT FOR STUDENTS! In September, St Patrick’s welcomed 5,000 students, both new and returning, to the New Court campus for the start of the autumn intake. The students, who are starting or continuing programmes such as HNDs and Undergraduate degrees, were greeted by promotional staff from Chobani who were handing out pots of their low fat, high protein yoghurts



in cherry and passion fruit flavours! Their CHObikes were ready and waiting to greet the students and staff at the Serle Street entrance and on the fourth floor. St Patrick’s Principal Prof Daniel Khan was on hand to welcome the students and answer any questions they had. Did you try a Chobani yoghurt that day? What did you think?

We hope that you enjoy the holidays and come back feeling refreshed and energised for the New Year. We look forward to hearing what you all get up to, please feel free to send us your fun holiday pictures and stories to newsletter@st-patricks.ac.uk.

ST PATRICK’S newsletter@st-patricks.ac.uk

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St Patrick's Newsletter, Issue 0  

Introducing St Patrick's Newsletter - a new student publication to keep you up to date on everything that happens at St Patrick's!

St Patrick's Newsletter, Issue 0  

Introducing St Patrick's Newsletter - a new student publication to keep you up to date on everything that happens at St Patrick's!