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

Three PrincipalsFifty years of history at Uxbridge College were celebrated by current and former staff and students at an event on October 22nd. The College's golden anniversary was marked with a celebratory reception and exhibition showing how it has grown since opening its doors as Uxbridge Technical College in 1965. Displays chartered the life of the College which opened in Park Road, Uxbridge with one £750,000 building, with the Hayes campus added in 1989 on the site of the old Townfield School off Coldharbour Lane. Newspaper cuttings, old prospectuses, photos, videos and other archive items were featured.

The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon, Councillor George and Councillor Judith Cooper. As part of the exhibition on loan was a miniature of the ceremonial mayoral mace which was made at the then Uxbridge Technical College. The mini mace, displayed alongside the full size version, was presented to RAF Uxbridge to mark the 25th. anniversary of the granting of the Freedom of the Borough.

Laraine Smith OBE, Uxbridge College Principal, said : Uxbridge College has changed and grown tremendously over its fifty years and it has been wonderful to see all that laid out in front of us. It really highlights how much has been achieved and how the College has also been kept fit for the challenges of the day. We have been delighted to welcome so many former staff and students, including one of the College's original staff members and two of my predecessor principals.

Initially the College offered courses in engineering, science, commerce and general studies to 1,386 students and today delivers an extensive range of programmes across every key academic and professional area to over 9,000 students. The College was graded Outstanding by Ofsted in May 2008 and remains such to this day.

Over its fifty years the College has had five principals including Laraine Smith (centre) who is pictured with her predecessors Noel Otley and Rachel Davies.
Published on 02 November 2015

Advice and enrolment opportunities are now on offer for A Levels, Vocational Courses, Higher Education and Apprenticeships at the college which was rated number one in London for both 16-18 year olds and students aged 19 and above in the academic year 2013-14 by the Skills Funding Agency - Education and Training national Success Rate Tables published in April 2015.

From Tuesday, September 1st. you can enrol at the Uxbridge Campus in Park Road during the following times:

Tuesday to Thursday : 9.00am - 6.00pm.
Friday: 9.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, September 5th: 10.00am - 3.00pm

If you would like some advice on what course to pursue the Information Centre on the Uxbridge campus is open
Monday - Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Whether you have any qualifications or not you could hear about the options available and receive advice to help with your future.

For any questions you may have about enrolment call the Information, Advice & Guidance Team on 01895 853333 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Published on 02 September 2015

Uxbridge College is the only college in London to launch the new Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills this September which is designed to address creative industry skills shortages. The Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels and can lead students onto higher education courses or into higher apprenticeships which offer a work-based learning programme, combining on the job training with studying for higher level qualifications. This allows employers to create a highly skilled workforce that is ready to meet the future demands of the business.

The games, animation and VFX industries are worth £6billion to the UK economy and 46% of companies in these sectors are looking for particular skills in new recruits. Sector staff's average pay is £38,000 per annum which is 43.39% higher than the national average. Opportunities in these industries are very real, highly professional and well rewarded.

Minimum entry requirements for the course are 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics.

NextGen Skills Academy, which developed the course, is a pioneering organisation supported by investment from both government and leading games, animation and VFX employers.

The new course was showcased recently on BBC London News. Footage was shot in the college's IT & Media Centre and featured interviews with students who will be taking the course.

For further information go to or telephone 01895 853333
Published on 02 September 2015

Apprentices' GraduationApprentices from across Hillingdon donned mortar boards and gowns to celebrate their successes at the first ever Hillingdon Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. The official ceremony, presented by Uxbridge College, was the first of its kind in Hillingdon borough and recognises the achievements of its Apprentices who learn on the job and complete further training and assessment either at college or in their own time.Their Level 3 qualifications - the equivalent to A Levels - were awarded in areas including Engineering, Hairdressing, Business Administration, Health and Social Care, Sport and Leisure.

The graduates, many of whom were accompanied by their employers, were presented with their Advanced Apprenticeship certificates in a range of professional areas at the event at Brunel University. Certificates were presented by The Worshipful the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor George Cooper.  Boris Johnson, The mayor of London and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip recorded a personal video message that was broadcast during the ceremony. Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice Chancellor and President of Brunel University, also welcomed the graduates and their guests.

The event honoured around sixty graduates who had completed their qualifications in the last year. Graduates had completed their training at Heathrow Academy, London Borough of Hillingdon, the JGA Group, Total Support and Uxbridge College. Dozens of employers and partners were involved in the event including Hillingdon Council, Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce and the National Apprenticeship Service.

Two special certificates were also presented to our Apprenticeship Ambassadors, Natalie Culhane from West London Motor Group and Lakjit Chand from Ultra Electronics. Both progressed from a Level 3 Apprenticeship to Higher Education supported by their employers and have been recognised with West London Business Apprenticeship Awards.

Laraine Smith OBE, Principal of Uxbridge College, said : Apprenticeships are now being recognised as a real alternative to full time education; you can now study all the way to degree level while still being employed. You might be surprised to know that there are apprenticeships in careers as diverse as Dental Nursing and Accounting as well as the more traditional Engineering and Customer Service; so,whatever the job, there is probably an apprenticeship to go with it. Uxbridge College is delighted to have presented this event, particularly as apprenticeships are a key part of our vocational and academic training, with around one thousand apprentices in training at any one time.

Uxbridge College's application for funding was kindly supported by Hillingdon Council, with Brunel University and Heathrow sponsoring the event.
Published on 24 July 2015

New York Times and best-selling author - former Uxbridge Colllege student - Tony Lee was the special guest at the College's Six Book Challenge celebrations. The Challenge was completed by 185 students which means that Uxbridge College will achieve the Gold award which is given to organisations where 150 or more readers read and review six books. The College's celebrations were held to coincide with World Book Night, when books donated by the Reading Agency which also runs the Six Book Challenge, are given away free to readers.

Tony spoke to a packed room about his two stints at Uxbridge College and his career as a graphic novelist and screenwriter.
He presented the certificates to the students who had won the top spots in the Six Book Challenge. The writer, who grew up in Hayes, also shared with his audience the surprising fact that he hated reading when he was at school!! Tony signed autographs for fans of his graphic novels which include Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and various comics for Marvel.

Suba Dickerson, Information and Learning Resources Manager, who co-ordinated the Six Book Challenge at Uxbridge College, said: I am really delighted that so many students have completed the Six Book Challenge this year. This is a great achievement for the students and to receive their certificates from Tony Lee made it even more special. Without doubt the extra reading and writing involved in the Challenge helps towards the exam success of our students.

Tony presented every student who completed the Challenge with a World Book Night title and the top performers and reviewers received special commendation.

Star performer of the Six Book Challenge 2014/15 was Sarah Ramnath-Budrun (pictured with Tony Lee), A2 student.Sarah Ramnath-Budrun with Tony Lee
ESOL review of the year: Sarla Malik, ESOL ( English as a second language) student.
Most riveting review of the year: Mohamed Hashi, GCSE English student.
Published on 31 May 2015

England Women's Rugby star Rochelle "Rocky" Clark MBE recently inspired a group of girls from three Hillingdon secondary schools to try out the sport at Uxbridge College.

Prop "Rocky", as she is known, worked with around forty girls during a day of skills sessions and educational workshops run as part of This Girl Can campaign. She talked about her career and ran a practical workshop involving ball-handling, attacking and scoring tries.
This Girl Can
The national
This Girl Can campaign is designed to encourage young women to become more involved in sport and Uxbridge College hosted a series of events including lacrosse, boxing, gymnastics, football, netball and rugby. There were also educational activities looking into nutrition and stereotyping in sport.

Rocky said: I'm really impressed by Uxbridge College and the facilities here and found it really rewarding working with the students. If I can motivate one or two girls to be more active I'll feel I have done my job - there's something for everyone. I think it is really great the way This Girl Can campaign has snowballed.

Eloise Newman, Sports Lecturer said: It was a great opportunity for both Uxbridge College and our visiting students to take part in the campaign. Rochelle Clark was a real inspiration, talking about how she got into rugby and sharing the challenges she faced along the way, which everyone could relate to. We hope the event will encourage the students to get more active - they certainly finished the day with a lot of enthusiasm to carry on."

This Girl Can builds on research commissioned by Sports England into why women are less likely than men to take part in sport, identifying fear of judgement as a unifying barrier to taking part. Specific barriers included feeling self-conscious and unfeminine, anxiety about activities being too competitive and not knowing the rules of team sports.

The aim of the events was to help the participants feel more confident about themselves, their bodies and their freedom to enjoy physical activity, no matter what their level of ability.
First published on 20 May 2015.  Last updated on 15 April 2016

Uxbridge College is once again ranked top out of thirty London colleges in the tables which cover success rates in classroom based qualifications including science, engineering, computing, business and the creative arts for both 16-18 year olds and students aged 19 and above. The college hit the top spot with an 84.1% success rate for 16-18 year olds and 90.3% for students of 19 and above. These figures which were published in April relate to the academic year 2013-14.
The college which celebrates its 50th. anniversary in the next academic is gearing up to celebrate by, once again, securing the number one place.

College Principal, Laraine Smith, OBE said: We are really excited to find ourselves top of these London rankings as we look forward to a year of celebrations for our Golden Anniversary.

These success rates should be of interest to any young people considering Further Education in September.

Congratulations Uxbridge College!

Published on 06 May 2015

1.     Details of Further and Higher Education -- and higher education)

2.     Details of local FE & HE institutions –

a.      Colleges

i) Uxbridge College of Further Education –

ii) Harrow College –


b.      Universities

i) Brunel University –

ii) Bucks New University –

iii) University of West London–

First published on 28 March 2011.  Last updated on 21 October 2016
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