Ruislip Residents' Association

Further and Higher Education

This section provides information for Ruislip residents on Further and Higher Education.   Although at post-16 Ruislip residents may attend other FE & HE institutions outside the Hillingdon area, this section covers the local further education colleges and the most local universities for Ruislip residents and will include contributions and articles from local institutions.

Further Education in and around Ruislip

A sponsored cycle and row from the Eiffel Tower to Trafalgar Square has raised a massive £4,300 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) - although the action took place at Uxbridge College on static bikes and rowing machines. The gruelling 266km from Paris to Calais, 34km across the English Channel and the remaining 120km from Dover to London was completed by teams of eighty sporty students and staff - with a bit of help from not-quite-so-fit "guest" riders and rowers- who took turns with 15 minute bike sprints and 10 minute rows in an attempt to complete the equivalent distance.

The first team to hit the target - at which point everyone else gratefully gave up - was the Pink Team who completed the journey in 13hrs 21mins 44secs. The teams started at 4.45am.

The fundraising was also supported by a themed raffle with prizes including a signed Arsenal Ladies' shirt, a QPR men's signed shirt, a signed photo of rower Sir Steve Redgrave, a golf day for four at The Shire London, a £50 voucher from the intu shopping centre in Uxbridge and skin care products and cosmetics from Rodial and Benefit. A cake stall offering "good versus evil cakes" - sugary and creamy cakes up against healthy options such as low sugar flapjacks - also helped to keep everyone going and raised money towards the cause.

The event was co-ordinated by Sport Lecturer Richard Johnson whose own experiences of cardiac problems inspired the choice of charity and was the second in aid of CRY held at the College. Richard spent the first two months of his life in hospital after being born with a hole in the heart and related issues. Richard said : It was extremely challenging and harder than anyone imagined - people had cramp and were in tears. It was a real test of character to have to keep going on when you've already given all you've got. It was a massive success with great energy and so much positivity. There was also some awesome leadership from students with lots of focus on raising and collecting money.

Standout participants included sports lecturer Stuart Clapson who completed the fastest cycle with 11km in 15 minutes. The top individual fundraiser was student Matt Severn who raised £380.

Next year's event is already being planned with suggestions including persuading a group of students and staff to climb Mount Kilmanjaro (the real one)!!
Published on 22 June 2017

Boris Johnson speaks to the studentsBoris Johnson met Uxbridge College Students to discuss subjects including Brexit, plans for a third runway at Heathrow, the huge potential for Global Britain and our strong presence on the world stage. These and numerous other matters were covered during a lively visit by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, who gave a talk and answered questions from the AS and A2 Politics and History students.

During the Question and Answer session questions covered subjects including how much time Mr. Johnson spent in his constituency, whether he still opposed a third runway at Heathrow and if he supported the controversial rail link HS2 which will run through Hillingdon borough. Student views on a state visit by President Trump were answered with his point about the importance of the United Kingdom's good relations with the United States, one of our closest allies.

Politics student, Marcus Davenport, said: It was a great experience to have Boris Johnson here and he gave some really interesting answers to our questions. I am also glad that he restated his opposition to the Third Runway at Heathrow as this is such an important local issue.

Amanda Washbrook, Head of the Academy, the department at Uxbridge College which teaches A Levels, GCSEs and Vocational Science, said: It was very generous of Boris Johnson to give up his time to speak to our students today. It's a big deal if you're an A Level Politics or History student to have a visit from the Foreign Secretary, and it's great for them to hear from someone with such a long-standing political experience, including as Mayor of London.

Published on 29 March 2017

Team GB diver and former Uxbridge College student Georgia Ward recently inspired young women with a talk and skills demonstration at the recent event This Girl Can at Uxbridge College.

Georgia, 21, who is aiming to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, talked about training and competing as a platform diver and about her time at Uxbridge College as a student on the BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. Georgia has trained with the Olympic medalist, Tom Daley, has won a series of medals in both junior and senior events in World and European championships.

She also demonstrated diving techniques on a trampoline in the College Sports Hall to the group of girls from West London schools, Bishopshalt and Haydon in Hillingdon borough and Nower Hill and Whitmore High in Harrow. The event also included presentations by gymnastic coach Kerrie Hodges and tennis coach Sophie Conway. There was also a chance for the students to try out rugby, korfball and lacrosse. Outstanding participation awards were presented at the end of the day.

Students Who Took Part in "This Girl Can"Uxbridge College Sports Lecturer, Eloise Newman, who organised the event, one of a series which took place across the country, said : It was a real honour to have Georgia Ward back at Uxbridge College and hear about her challenges, successes and her hopes for Tokyo 2020 - she was a real inspiration to all our visiting students. The talks by Kerrie Hodges and Sophie Conway and the sports and educational tasters also provided a great way forward into new sporting experiences and opportunities.

This Girl Can
, which is funded by the National Lottery and developed by Sport England, is a national campaign to encourage women to take part in group and individual sport and physical activity.

Published on 25 March 2017

Good Deeds Day Group in The PavilionsSome 150 students from Uxbridge College and Brunel University took part in this year's Good Deeds Day, performing voluntary activities - from bag packing to entertainment - across Uxbridge and the surrounding area.

This February event was a huge success, attracting huge crowds of shoppers with vibrant and energetic dance displays provided by Uxbridge College dancers and soulful performances from music students. Brunel students entertained with a Mannequin Challenge and flash mob performance.

Numerous Good Deeds Day activities were on offer, from free tea, coffee and cakes to exercise information offered by More Energy, craft activities, board games, Digi Drop-in at Uxbridge Library and volunteering at Thames Valley Hospice charity shop.

Students also served lunch at St. Margaret's Church and Christchurch Uxbridge, held an activities afternoon at Pield Heath House School, a tea dance at Yiewsley Community Centre, packed bags in local supermarkets, litter-picked in the town centre and fundraised for the Mayor of Hillingdon's Charitable Trust.

The theme for 2017 was Thirty Years of Pavilions Uxbridge and event attendees were encouraged to share their memories of Uxbridge over the last thirty years.

Events such as Good Deeds Day, which began in 2013, are extremely important as they help to promote and encourage student volunteering in Hillingdon, raise awareness of the positive impact that students have in the local community and develop important community relationships.

This event was jointly organised by Uxbridge College, Brunel University, The Pavilions, Uxbridge, Uxbridge Forward and INTU Uxbridge.

Published on 12 March 2017

I have been able to publish articles about the College's activities for residents' information due to regular communications from Liz Driscoll, the College's Public Relations Consultant. Recently I was delighted to receive an invitation from Liz to visit the College so I could see for myself the excellent facilities and learn more about the wide range of courses offered to local young people.

The College has celebrated its fiftieth anniversary : Creating Success Since 1965. Around 8000 full and part time students study at the two campuses ( Uxbridge and Hayes) and the College employs over 500 staff, some who come from industry and the professions to whom the college offers teacher training courses.

As expected the College offers the traditional subject courses i.e. GCSEs, A Levels and subject resits but I should like to make residents and local young people aware of some of the innovative apprenticeships and study programmes that the College offers.

The new IT and Media Block was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex in 2011. Skilled  professionals are in demand in this age of the ever-growing technology industry. Students can train in the software being used in the industry. Courses cover a range of skills including : Computing & IT Systems & Networks, Cybercrime and Security to Games Development with design or programming routes plus developing Digital Technologies and Mobile Apps.

The College has great sporting facilities including Hall, Gym, MUGA ( facility for use by several sports) and 3G pitches outside and the use of Hillingdon Athletic Stadium close by. Students can combine their practical sports aptitude with theoretical study skills to gain a highly recognised vocational qualification. Lecturers have worked in the sport, health and fitness industry as coaches, personal trainers, sport rehabilitators and professional sports people. Having gained a Level 3 In Sports Science, students may progress to a university course.

The Technical Institute for Engineering was officially opened by Sir Digby Jones, Director of the General Confederation of British Industry and has useful links with industry and external agencies such as Transport for London. The workshops are very well equipped and students can prepare for a career in the Engineering industry and from learning the engineering basics they can take their study through to university-level qualifications.

Young people can apply for a variety of apprenticeships including : Building Services, Plumbing & Electrical, Motor Mechanics and other courses in Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism, Catering & Hospitality, Art, Design & Fashion, Performing Arts & Dance, Childcare and Beauty Therapy.

The Public Services courses develop practical and theoretical skills students require to prepare them for a career in the Armed Forces, Police, Fire and Ambulance or other Public Services. Students have progressed to university courses studying policing and criminology, forensic science and government and politics.

The College is all inclusive as they also offer Essential Skills & Supported Learning which provide courses for students with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities, who have few or no formal qualifications and who require support to help them to work towards a specific goal or gain a qualification.

This article by no means covers every course offered by the College, so if parents and young people think that studying at Uxbridge College could be an option for them I would encourage them to send for the College's excellent Prospectus or visit the College on one of their Open Days (see below).

Uxbridge College Open Days

Saturday, March 4th. 2017; 11.00am - 2.00pm at Uxbridge Campus

Wednesday, March 15th. 2017; 3.00pm - 7.00pm at Hayes Campus

Wednesday, June 14th. 2017; 3.00pm - 7.00pm at Uxbridge Campus

Susan Midgley

Published on 22 November 2016

Uxbridge College is working with Barnet and Southgate College to deliver a project to residents of West London Boroughs.
GOLDD Project - Great Opportunities: Learning Difficulties and Disabilities - is funded by the European Union Social Fund to support young people aged 16-24 years who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to find a way back into education, employment or training through information, advice and guidance from a named Caseworker.

The education and training will be delivered by Uxbridge College if there is a suitable pathway available. Other providers may be used where other appropriate training is available on a case by case basis. Each young person will have an Individual Learning Plan where Actions will be agreed and reviewed at least every three months by their Caseworker who can be contacted any time from 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday.

Anyone who might be interested in this project and would like further details* should contact : Giles Strachan at Uxbridge College, Hayes Campus, College Way, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 3BB. Telephone : 01895 853653 / 07956 358630
Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

* Please note that places on the course are subject to eligibility being met and spaces being available.

Published on 20 November 2016

Uxbridge College students have entered the final year at university or boosted their employment prospects thanks to their HNC and HND successes.The graduates received their BTEC HNC Level 4 and BTEC HND Level 5 Diplomas from Uxbridge College Governor, Mike Crane.

Students Celebrate Their SuccessAt the ceremony at Brunel University the students wore traditional gowns and mortar boards to officially graduate in their qualifications. HNCs and HNDs are Higher Education Courses taught at university level at Uxbridge College. HNDs can offer access to a "top-up degree" where students enter an honours degree course in the final year.

During the ceremony awards were presented to graduates in Business, Computing & Games Development, Computing & Systems Development, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Health & Social Care,Travel & Tourism Management and Sport (Coaching & Development).

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: Congratulations to all our HNC and HND graduates on achieving their qualifications.It was wonderful to see everyone in their gowns and mortar boards, and during our celebrations afterwards to hear more about where their successes are taking them; whether to a top-up degree or straight into employment. These qualifications are where university level education, professional skills and a cost-effective route to completing a degree all come together, making them a brilliant option whatever your plans for the future.

Over fifty percent of the College's HND graduates each year go on to top-up degrees at universities around the UK.
Published on 16 November 2016

Hillingdon Council welcomed four new college apprentices to their Repairs team on Monday October 17th. These students are the first of many who will be taking up the council's offer of employment and learning over the coming years.

Jason Clark, Elmi Lluigiqi, Bradley Ranger and Alfie Wilson all come from Hillingdon. They will spend four days working at the council and one day a week at college, learning a mixture of theory and practical skills. The council will help these four young men to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their chosen trade apprenticeship qualifications and set them on their way to a bright future career.

Bradley, 16, who comes from West Drayton,is the youngest of the group. He attended Stockley Academy and is embarking on a Level Three Electrical Installations Apprenticeship. Bradley says he was inspired by an electrician who came to fix something in his home when he was younger and he found out about Hillingdon Council's Apprenticeship Programme through a council worker who came to install a window some years later. In his first week Bradley said that he learned how to turn off the power and has assisted with fixing a storage heater,light fittings and power sockets. When he completes his course he hopes to continue working for the council.

Barry Cooper, Apprentice Manager at Uxbridge College, said : Uxbridge College is delighted to join Hillingdon Council in supporting its commitment to create opportunities for young people, through its work with schools and colleges. Our recent involvement in recruiting and training four of the Council's apprentices is a great example of the successful partnership work which both our organisations value so highly.

Councillor Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: It's important for the council to nurture young, local talent but there is also the need to keep traditional skills alive. By taking on these apprentices, we are ensuring young people are coming through to continue providing important services. Hillingdon's Repair teams have assigned Mentors to the apprentices, experienced Hillingdon employees, who will teach and support them throughout their journey, as they visit council-owned properties to learn their new trades. I would like to welcome them to the council and wish them the best of luck.

Published on 13 November 2016
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