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ISSUE ONE - SUMMER 2013

KeepinginTouch THE WAKEFIELD COLLEGE STAFF NEWSLETTER

Welcome back! A warm welcome to the new look Keeping in Touch. It’s been a while since the desks of the College were graced with our own staff newsletter but it was obviously missed, as feedback at the Communication Champions’ Group meetings showed an overwhelming need for it to return.

A night at the Museum Craig Lomas tells of the late nights, early starts and endless hours to ensure that the show went on...

So here it is! Each term, KIT will feature news from around the College; news written by the staff FOR the staff. If you have stories or other items of interest you’d like to put forward for future issues, then please email them to the address below. KIT relies on news contributions from staff, so get involved and let everyone know what’s been happening around the College and outside in the big wide world. We hope you enjoy the first issue and look forward to receiving your comments, and stories of course, at KIT@wakefield.ac.uk.

Love Your College and win a prize

Images showing the interior of the building. The grand staircase leading up to the main performance space and the two dance studios.

Brand new T-Shirts have been provided for staff to wear on Community Day and will be available to pick up from each campus reception. We have ordered a variety of sizes but these are strictly on a first come first serve basis so be quick! If you fancy winning yourself a prize while on holiday this summer, send us a photo of you in your T-Shirt somewhere unusual, interesting or exotic! Photos will be judged by the Communication Champions Group and a winner announced in the autumn issue. Send entries to KIT@wakefield.ac.uk.

From September 2013 Performing Arts will take up residence in the heart of the City’s cultural quarter in the building formerly known as Wakefield Museum. The new state of the art facilities include fully equipped dance and drama studios, as well as Wakefield’s newest performance venue The Mechanics’ Theatre; a 160 seat professional spec theatre which will be used for a range of performances, internal events and shows as well as events for and by the wider community. The project has been two years in the planning and at times has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Early on we developed a vision for how we wanted the building to look and feel. We wanted to remain true to the building’s heritage whilst also ensuring that it would be an attractive and dynamic place for our students to be. We wanted to show off the potential of the building by launching the 2013 Festival in the

Mechanics’ Theatre which involved a lot hard work from all concerned including many of our industry contacts and friends who gave up their time to help us realise the vision. On the day of the launch our students did us proud and everyone’s reactions to the building and performance was overwhelming, which made the 4am finishes all worthwhile. Two years on from the initial meeting, we are really proud of the finished product. The staff and students are really looking forward to working in the new building and the feedback so far has been fantastic. It was really important for us to continue the building’s legacy as a place of education and entertainment and we feel that what we now have will secure our place as THE place to be for performing arts in Wakefield. Finally a huge thank you to the Estates team for all their hard work and liaison with the various contractors, Council, English Heritage and many others.


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A Day in the Life... Ian Wainwright, Assistant Principal Commercial Development and External Relations puts pen to paper to give us an overview of who he is. What is your job? Assistant Principal – Commercial Development and External Relations. I am part of the Principalship team and take the overall lead for the College on apprenticeships, relationships with employers and other external stakeholders, as well as having overall responsibility for marketing and the adult skills budget.

Ian Wainwright, Assistant Principal Commercial Development and External Relations

How do you typically spend your days? It varies but could typically include a couple of meetings, computer based work in my office and making lots of phone calls as I like to talk rather than email. I like working with people rather than on my own so I spend much of my time working with those I line manage, sometimes with their teams, other managers around college, colleagues in Principalship and a variety of people from other organisations. That all may sound a bit dull (it isn’t) but I also am very fortunate as I occasionally get to go college events like the recent Children’s University Graduation and the Festival launch performance, both of which were fantastic!

What do you do when you aren’t at work? Mainly spend time with my wife and kids (Molly, almost 5 and Arthur, 3) or putting myself through the pain of learning to play golf. Favourite Food / Drink? Italian food / Red wine Is there something unusual about you or that you’ve done? I’ve probably done more than my fair share of bungee jumps having done 3 different ones in New Zealand (when I was much younger I might add). I ended up doing 4 jumps in total as I had to repeat the first one. I was the first person to go that day and jumped before they had set up the cameras. I can tell you from experience that ‘wait’ isn’t a word you want shouted at you as you jump off a bridge!

Unusual Hobbies and Peculiar Pastimes Samantha Holt, Graphic Designer tell us how she became a member of the Barnsley Black Heart Rollers. Last July, whilst scanning through a local magazine I noticed a recruitment advert for a new Roller Derby team to be set up within Barnsley. Roller Derby is a full contact sport played by two teams of five skating (on quad skates) in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short “jams” in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer whilst hindering the opposing jammer. I had previously heard of Roller Derby through a friend who skated with her local team in Falmouth, Cornwall. It sounded fantastic, so when I saw the advert I jumped at the chance to be part of Barnsley’s first team.

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The Barnsley Black Heart Rollers team was formed and we immediately started training, and essentially learning a new sport from scratch. Most new teams are formed as offshoots from bigger city clubs (such as Sheffield Steel Rollergirls and Leeds Roller Dolls) which all have “fresh meat”

programmes for new recruits. We were going it alone, taking advice and guidance from guest coaches from around the region. Almost a year on, having almost passed our minimum skills test (a comprehensive set of tests to ensure our competency on the track), the team is almost bout ready! We have just had our 2nd intake of new recruits, and were inundated with people wanting to join us! Being a full contact sport there are strict rules on kit and protection (mouth guard, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow guards and helmet must all be worn at all times). It can be daunting starting out and also expensive to buy a start-up kit, but it’s a great sport to get into. It has a fantastic social side, with all local teams helping each other out, and training sessions are always fun, competitive and brilliant for keeping you fit! If there is anyone in the Barnsley area who wants to give it a go then search for us on Facebook (Barnsley Black Heart Rollers) or email me at s.holt@wakefield.ac.uk.

Above (top to bottom): Samantha with some of the team and a typical Roller derby competition.


Wedding bells Curtis Abbot, HR Officer is due to get married on 13/07/13 to Kayleigh Brown. They have been together for over 10 years and for their honeymoon they have planned a Fly drive in California / Nevada, stopping off in San Francisco, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Los Angeles. We wish them all the best for their big day and are looking forward to seeing a few pics in the next issue. Steph Watkins, HR Adviser (was Cheeseman) on her wedding day from 19/10/2012.

Bouncing babies Meet baby Brocklesby. Payroll Officer Julia Brocklesby gave birth to Noah on the 14th February 2013; a Valentines baby, weighing in at 8lbs 11oz. Noah’s arrival means their daughter Chloe now has a bouncing baby brother.

ISSUE ONE - SUMMER 2013

Getting to Know You

KeepinginTouch

Good Morning Vietnam

Gill Barker, Marketing Officer tells KIT about her trip to Vietnam. Vietnam has always been on our list of travels. So when our friends (who were out there teaching) invited my sister and I to go over to visit them, it was an opportunity we just couldn’t resist. Just over two weeks travelling around Vietnam awaited us and we had to pack hand luggage! It was a struggle but also very liberating; no hairdryer, straighteners and next to no makeup! We landed in Ho Chi Minh City and the next morning flew to the Con Dao Islands (an island south of Southern Vietnam). It was paradise…From there we flew to the North and visited Ha Noi where we became acquainted with the odd Beer Hoi – (30 pence locally brewed beer). We then travelled to Ninh Binh which was a world away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi. Ninh Binh was so basic but I will never forget the Hostel Manager there…the people were so friendly and welcoming and couldn’t do enough for you. It was a great contrast to the more affluent areas we had seen and were to see in Hoi An. To get to Hoi An we embarked on a 16 hour train journey (on hard seats!) but it was worth it when we got there. We fell in love with all the lanterns. It was a great sight at night time with the lanterns reflecting off the river. From Hoi An we flew back to Ho Chi Minh City and went to visit Uncle Ho which was a great experience. The food was great, even the Com Tam (street food) the Vietnamese coffee, (which I still crave now) and obviously the whole set up and atmosphere around the Beer Hoi. I loved the culture and learning more about the history. We really did get into the spirit of the trip and even learnt some Vietnamese (it really is a tough language to learn!) The trip was such an eye opener and I think it’s fair to say I’ve definitely got the travelling bug!

Pictured top to bottom: A typical beer hoi, the lanterns in Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.

Wakefield College Book Group Our book group is now in its second year and a lot has been read and discussed in that time. We’ve covered authors as diverse as Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary) and Nick Hornby (How to be good). The group scores every book out of 10 – with Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham topping the list at the moment. Some of us borrow a copy from the Public Library whilst others download a copy to their Kindle. Personal copies get handed round. We meet up after work every couple of months and the location has moved to the pub (The Hop in Wakefield) ….

We do have members based at all campuses and would particularly love some new members at Castleford so that staff could more easily contribute to a face-to-face discussion. You do have to get used to being stopped in the corridor/car park/street to be asked the question ‘What do you think of…..?’ but it’s a great way of meeting people that you don’t normally work with. If you are interested in joining in please email h.sherwood@wakefield.ac.uk (Thornes and Wakefield) or j.delve@wakefield.ac.uk (Castleford). Helen Sherwood (on behalf of the Book Group) Use #read_wakey to join in the discussion.

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All for Charity

At Wakefield College we have some very determined and committed staff that spend their spare time doing some amazing things to raise money for charity, read on to find out more.

Karen Town tells KIT why she’s all set to run her 14th Race for Life. Research as I lost my brother to cancer in 1986 and am doing these races in his memory. The first one that I did was in response to an article I saw on the internet to say what you would like to achieve in the year 2000 and I put that “I would like to complete my first 5K Race for Life”. I actually managed to run it in a reasonable time of 38 minutes. Since then I have slowed down and now walk it. This year will probably be my slowest as I had an operation on my toe earlier this year and I am still getting over the after effects but will definitely finish and, again, raise as much as I can for Cancer Research. I’ve been doing the Cancer Research Race for Life now since 2000. On 7 July I will be doing my 14th race (although I wouldn’t call it a race now it’s more of a power walk!). Over the years I have raised over £3650 thanks to the generosity of a lot of staff at Wakefield College and friends. I like to raise as much money as I can for Cancer

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

I have done the race at many venues over the years; Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, Temple Newsam, Thornes Park and now at Leeds Road Playing Fields in Huddersfield which is my favourite venue as it is flat! The Race for Life is a fantastic experience. There are women who have beaten cancer and are going through treatment for cancer

and who have lost family or friends to cancer. The atmosphere is amazing and everyone has a good time. Quite a few of the ladies/girls dress up in all things pink and when the race starts everyone cheers and set off at their own pace. Some ladies even take their children in buggies and walk the course. They may take quite a while to finish but it is the finishing that is important not the speed that you do it in. There is usually a local radio station playing music and numerous husbands, boyfriends, sons, friends etc. encouraging everyone. If you are in two minds as to whether to do one of these Race for Life events I would thoroughly recommend it. If anyone would like to sponsor me for this year’s event my sponsorship page is http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/ karentown8

Pennies make pounds

Nick Young and six other members of staff from across the College have just completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks for MacMillan Cancer Relief; they did this in conjunction with 5 staff from Interserve, a company that provides expertise, experience and work-based placements to our construction students. The College has been working in partnership with Interserve over the past year on a variety of employer engagement initiatives and they have facilitated numerous work placements, site visits, guest speakers and mentors to construction students in a variety of trades. This has formed part of their Corporate Social Responsibility commitment in being awarded three major building projects for West Yorkshire Police. The team, including staff from Sport, IT Services, Estates, Security and Public Services, were successful in getting round the 25 mile route within the 12 hour target, which was an amazing achievement, given the scorching temperatures on the day. And, as a result, they helped to raise over £1000 for the charity. Next year this will hopefully take place as part of the College’s Community Day, so you have plenty of time to get fit to join us next time!” Pictured bottom right: Nick Young having completed the 25 mile route.

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Cleaning Officer Joan Wood, along with the cleaners and kitchen staff at the Castleford Campus turned pennies into pounds for a local children’s charity. When I first joined Wakefield College as a cleaning supervisor, I noticed that many students would leave pennies around on the floor. The cleaners often picked them up and put them on my desk where I started filling a tub. My second job was working in the kitchen at Whitwood where once again pennies were found and students were telling kitchen staff to put change in the charity box. This was handed to me to put in the tub, so at this point I contacted Candlelighter’s, a children’s cancer charity. Since then we have sent over £1,000. I also found a money bag containing £40 when I was sweeping up in the refectory at Whitwood. I handed it in to Reception, but weeks went by and it wasn’t claimed so this also was donated to Candlelighter’s.


KeepinginTouch Up close and personal with A Level and Access tutor, David Green.

Q6: What is the best piece of advice ever given to you?

Nine Years

Respect for the learner and their own ability is the starting point of your preparation. Bob Unwin (Historian).

Q2: What subject areas do you teach in? History and Politics Q3: What is the best thing about teaching your subject? I often get emails from former students thanking me for 2 years of “punishing study” as it has prepared them for Higher Education. Q4: Describe a typical day. I usually start my day early with reading contemporary publications relating to my speciality of American politics, such as the Washington Post. I then edit my blogs relative to the day’s news stories and their relation to teaching matters. Then I commence my teaching/workshop programme.

Q7: How do you relax outside work? I play football, read a lot, spend days out with my wife and granddaughter and I follow Huddersfield town (not very relaxing!!)

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My College

Q1: How long have you been at Wakefield College?

Q8: Who is your ideal dinner guest? Tony Benn. Q9: What is your favourite TV show? The Wire or Person of Interest. Q10: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope to complete my PhD in political history.

Q5: How do you motivate your students? My use of up to date source materials to supplement and reinforce the curriculum brings the subject to life for the learners. This assists the learners in their path towards self-motivation.

Regular Features Go Green News from Shane O’Donnell

It’s that time of the year again where I ask that you take a moment out of your busy schedules and complete a short but very important survey on behalf of the ‘West Yorkshire Travel Plan’. The survey is directly linked to your particular campus and how you travel to and from work. The information gained is very important to the plan so please take the time to complete the form; all you need to do is click on the hyperlink for your campus below and follow the instructions. City Centre Campus https://westyorkshire.itrace.org.uk/ S645LD2.survey Castleford Campus https://westyorkshire.itrace.org.uk/ S641NS2.survey Thornes Park Campus https://westyorkshire.itrace.org.uk/ S894IT4.survey We intend to run the survey for the first 2 weeks of July and posters will be appearing in the near future to advertise this. If you should have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me, Shane O’Donnell directly on Ext: 4748.

Top tips from IT; Helen Hammond tells us how to stay safe on Facebook. To turn on secure browsing (https): 1. Go to your Security Settings page ( > Account Settings > Security) In recent years, social networking sites such as Facebook have become hugely popular, providing users with various features to facilitate social connectivity, information sharing and relationship development. However, the highly interactive nature of communication and data exchange on those sites has led to an increasing number of privacy concerns by users. Facebook provides Security and privacy settings but it isn’t always easy to figure out, or to keep up with the changes that Facebook makes on a regular basis.

2. Click on the Secure Browsing section 3. Check the box provided and save your changes Also Important is to check and ensure only ‘Friends’ can see your posts. Every time you post on Facebook there is an icon on the right hand side which will allow you to see who will see your post. You can choose to edit and change the settings there:

Because of this, many users think they’re only sharing information and photos on Facebook with close friends or family—only to find out they have pretty much opened their lives to the world. Privacy settings Important - Turn on secure browsing! Secure browsing (https) is an extra security feature. When you turn this feature on, all of your activity on Facebook becomes encrypted, making it harder for anyone else to access your Facebook information without your permission.

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What does that department do? In this issue, to get the ball rolling, the spotlight is on the Marketing and Design Departments So, what exactly do these departments do? Let’s meet the teams and find out… Marketing Manager Stuart Parton MCIM

I’ve worked at the College for just over a year now and starting to get used to having three calendars: Academic year, Financial year and Calendar year! It’s a bit like coming home as I completed my Professional Diploma in Marketing here a few years ago! My role is to manage the Marketing and Publicity for the College and I look after the Course Information, Marketing, Design and Reprographics teams. The thing I love about the job is no two days, or even two hours, are the same. I can be working on budget planning, staffing schedules, software for marketing intelligence, through to manning the stand at Nostell Priory for Armed Forces Day! It’s great to see the process from start to finish where things we’ve planned over a period of weeks or even months come to fruition; such as this year’s summer recruitment campaign – “Love Your College”. Hobbies include chasing round trying to keep up with my daughters and mountain biking; including the daily commute, which is much more enjoyable in the summer!

Marketing Officers

Amir Illyas BSc, ACIM I have worked at the College for over 8 years and have responsibility for cross college PR and the marketing of the full-time provision. My day-to-day activities involve speaking to local and regional media outlets, writing press releases, keeping an eye on our social media activity, taking photographs, buying media space and campaign planning. I have also involved myself with events planning, prospectus production and research too.

Gill Barker BA (Hons), IDM I have been working in the Marketing Department for over 5 years. I have sole responsibility for organising over thirty cross college events each year. Some of these events include the Graduation and Awards Ceremonies, external exhibitions, open days, building launches and careers events. This involves speaking to suppliers, risk assessments, organising venues and managing resources. I also have responsibility for supporting the 14-16 provision at the college. This involves liaising with key feeder schools promoting college courses.

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Stuart Parton

On a personal note, I have raised nearly £4,000 for charity to date including a skydive, 2 Great North Run’s and a 260 mile bike ride cycling from Yeovil to Huddersfield. I am a keen runner and am currently training for the London Marathon 2014. I also plan to cycle the Stelvio Pass, Italy in 2014. It is the second highest road in Europe at just over 9,000ft.

Alex Hanna BA (Hons) Just over two years has passed since I joined the Marketing team. I am currently responsible for marketing our HE and Sixth Form provision as well as co-ordinating the production of the prospectuses and sourcing and producing case studies that are used across our marketing materials. When we have events on I am on hand to support the rest of the team. We are a great team that works really well together and although things can get very hectic we all enjoy it. In my spare time I love walking my dog, and since receiving a fabulous camera for Christmas I have taken up photography (very amateur may I add).

Amir Ilyas

Gill Barker

Design

Samantha Holt BA (Hons), ACIM I’m a Graphic Designer working alongside the Junior Designer, Web Designer and Marketing Officers. I produce all printed literature for the College (such as prospectuses, course guides, flyers, exhibition graphics, signage, the list goes on!). I also assist on video work such as the prospectus launch DVD and other promotional films. I have been at College for over seven years now and have honestly enjoyed being part of a great (and ever-changing) Marketing Team for all of this time.

Alex Hanna

Outside College I have recently taken up Roller Derby and also joined a running club in an attempt to up my fitness level! Aside from hobbies my 4 year old son takes up any surplus spare time I have.

Samantha Holt

Nicola Jeffrey BA (Hons) I very recently joined the College as a Junior Designer. Working with the Graphic Designer and Web Designer I assist in production of all printed literature. Having accepted the post of Junior Designer in April this year I relocated from my Hometown of Middlesbrough to Headingly, Leeds, in order to make the commute a little more manageable! In my spare time I enjoy going to various music gigs and festivals.

Nicola Jeffrey

Dean Yoxall HND I’m the Web Designer at Wakefield College. I design, build and maintain the College website, and have done for 12 years now. During this time the College won a Gold Heist award for its website. My role was merged into the Marketing department in 2006 when I joined them from my place within the IT department. Alongside the Web Design I also assist with the graphic design jobs and other multimedia jobs such as video work. In my spare time I enjoy a round of golf and watching a good movie.

Dean Yoxall


KeepinginTouch ISSUE ONE - SUMMER 2013

Just For Fun

Favourite Recipes

Our very own Deputy Principal John Foster shares one of his favourite bread recipes. There’s something very captivating about making bread, especially if you can resist the urge to use a bread making machine. Whether it’s the simplicity of combining four basic ingredients and seeing them emerge into something quite beautiful, or the therapeutic benefit of rolling up your sleeves, getting your hands into that sticky, squidgy dough and kneading it until you have turned it into that soft, smooth, spongy mass which takes on a life of its own. Perhaps it’s something as simple as the smell which begins to pervades the whole house, or maybe it’s the satisfaction of creating something which you can share and enjoy with others. I have three bread heroes: Jamie Oliver’s early books have some basic recipes to which various twists can be added. Richard Bertinet is a Frenchman running a bread making school in Bath. Check out his book, Dough. He has a less physical but equally effective way of kneading dough so that you don’t feel as though you’ve gone ten rounds with Lennox Lewis. And of course, the man of the moment is Paul Hollywood. You can pick his focaccia recipe off the BBC Food website. I’ve tried several focaccia recipes over the years but this is my favourite and, as far as I can tell, the most authentic. A word of warning: This is one of the wettest dough’s you’ll ever use which will come good with plenty of kneading. If you’ve not made bread before, try a basic recipe first and you’ll see what I mean.

Ingredients 500g/1lb 2oz strong white bread flour 2 tsp salt 2 sachets dried easy blend yeast 2 tbsp olive oil 400ml/14fl oz cold water olive oil, for drizzling fine sea salt Method Place the flour, salt, yeast, olive oil and 300ml/10½fl oz. of the water into a large bowl. Gently stir with your hand or a wooden spoon to form a dough then knead the dough in the bowl for five minutes, gradually adding the remaining water. Stretch the dough by hand in the bowl, tuck the sides into the centre, turn the bowl 180 degrees and repeat the process for about five minutes. Tip the dough onto an oiled work surface and continue kneading for five more minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled in size. Line two large baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Tip the dough out of the bowl and divide into two portions. Flatten each portion onto a baking sheet, pushing to the corners, then leave to prove for one hour. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Drizzle the loaves with oil, sprinkle with fine sea salt then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. When cooked, drizzle with a little more olive oil and serve hot or warm.

Claim to Fame…

Alex Hanna, Marketing Officer I am proud to say that my claim to fame involves my younger sister Philippa. Philippa is a singer/songwriter and last year she was chosen to be the support act on the UK leg of Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee Tour. It was amazing to go and watch her perform at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield to a sell-out crowd of over 13,000 people. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see her play at the 02 in London where she played to over 20,000 people for three consecutive nights. For me it was amazing to see my little sister standing up there giving an amazing performance. My Mum and Dad were actually invited backstage to meet Lionel and spent half an hour chatting to him; sadly I didn’t get to meet him but just seeing my sister on that stage was enough for me!

What would you put in Room 101? Janet Delve, Co-ordinator, Flex Partnership, tells us a few of her pet hates. 1. F  irst of all the modern trousers lads wear with the saggy crotch that hangs around their knees showing all their underwear. Best make sure you put on a clean pair of underwear every day boys! I just want to pull them up like you have to with toddlers!! 2. T  he next thing I would put into Room 101 is the new supposedly quick serve yourself aisles in supermarkets; especially the voice that keeps telling me to ‘please put the item in the bag’ when I am trying to. By the time you have had your alcohol vetted (are you old enough?) tried to ‘blip’ a reduced item that doesn’t want to be recognised and waited five minutes for the card reader to work before realising it wants you to say ‘No’ to cash-back before it will move on then it is definitely not a quick service! 3. A  nd finally the ‘silent caller’ companies who ring at the most inconvenient times, eventually notice that some poor soul has actually answered the phone and then get your name wrong and behave as if they have known you for years! I have bought a blocker and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to press the button once I know it’s not anyone I want to talk to!! Doesn’t always work though; they ring back on another number – sneaky!! Just so you know, Room 101 is the room designated to the Flex Partnership Office over at Castleford so I hope it doesn’t get too crowded with everyone’s pet hates.

Nearly everyone has a claim to fame or a tenuous link to some celebrity or another. What’s yours? Send it to KIT@wakefield. ac.uk to appear in the autumn issue.

I hope you all take the opportunity to have a good-humoured rant and give your colleagues something to either laugh at or nod knowingly at in agreement!! Send your own Room 101 to KIT@wakefield.ac.uk

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Competition Have a look at this photo of our Director of Estates, Jon Howard and his partner in crime, Shane O’Donnell, Energy Officer and add your own caption. The best caption will receive a prize, so get your thinking caps on and send in your captions to KIT@wakefield.ac.uk or fill in the bubbles and send via the internal post to Alex Hanna in the Marketing Department. The winner will be announced in the autumn issue.

Blast from the past

College News

Does anyone remember the branded Wakefield College double decker bus? We came across these fantastic pictures in the Marketing archive recently. We believe them to be from August 1994 but tell us if you know different! Let us know if you have a blast from the past for the Autumn issue of KIT.

Giving Back to the Community Day As you all know, CPD Day is taking place on Monday 8th July, when College staff will venture out into the community to take part in a variety of activities to benefit those that need it. In the next issue we will be bringing you lots of photos and reports on what people did and where they went. So don’t forget to take your cameras and T-shirts with you and take lots of snaps. Send any photos you have from the day to KIT@wakefield.ac.uk.

Staff BBQ

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How times change; since 1994 things have certainly moved on a bit and as we prepare to roll out the 2013 summer campaign. This year’s campaign will see the College message sent our far and wide through a variety of media including phone kiosks, bus sides and rears, 48 and 96 sheet poster sites, local newspapers, radio stations, digital screens and social media. This year’s theme will feature the ‘Love your College’ strapline so keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks to see where you can spot us. Send us a piccie of you standing next to one of our messages and you could feature in the next edition of KIT.

The hog roast returns Friday 5th July as we all prepare to fill up on tasty food washed down with a beverage or two and if you’ve got any room left, you might want some ice-cream or some delicious popcorn. This year it will take place at the Castleford Campus from 3.30pm and for those that have booked it, transport is being provided. The staff recognition awards will be announced at the BBQ too so don’t miss out on a great afternoon!

Autumn KIT

LoveYour College

We would love you to contribute to the next issue of KIT. Please email us at KIT@wakefield.ac.uk if you have any ideas for content.

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