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Latest events at Weston College
Latest news and developments at Weston College
Last Thursday, we welcomed over 350 enthusiastic Key Stage Four school learners and their guests to our highly anticipated 'What Next?' Careers Showcase!
This dynamic event provided a unique platform for school leavers to explore a multitude of exciting career opportunities, with participation from more than 50 local and national employers including Wessex Water, Ministry of Defence, Ashton Gate Stadium, Boeing, Jet2, and Thatchers Cider!
The 'What Next?' Careers Showcase was a resounding success, empowering young individuals to make informed decisions about their future careers.
Attendees had the opportunity to engage with representatives from a diverse range of industries, gaining valuable insights into the various career paths available to them. This immersive experience allowed students to envision their future possibilities and connect with potential employers who are actively seeking new talent.
James Shakespeare, Founder of EVO Agency commented: “There were so many people the queue went out of the door, and down the road! We’ve been exhibiting at these fairs for years and this was the busiest one we’ve seen. We hope to have inspired young people that a career in tech and digital has so much more to offer than ‘just coding’, and that there are alternative training routes, such as apprenticeships, available with further education providers such as Weston College.”
One of the highlights of the evening was the insightful talks on what Weston College can offer school leavers and the varied study options we offer including the new T Level qualifications, as well as our award-winning apprenticeship offer, having just been named the 2023 best apprenticeship provider in the whole of the South West!
Furthermore, the event facilitated one-on-one interactions between attendees and Weston College staff, enabling school leavers to receive personalised guidance on choosing the right courses that align with their career aspirations.
Our dedicated team of educators and advisors were on hand to provide valuable insights and assistance, ensuring that every student was equipped with the information they needed to embark on their chosen career path.
Ben Knocks, Vice Principal at Weston College, said: “Our ‘What Next?’ event was a resounding success, and it was great to welcome and inspire so many young people from across the region on their next steps.
“The energy in the room was electric, I couldn't be prouder of our college community and the opportunities we provide to inspire, educate, and empower our future leaders.
“At Weston College we are passionate about careers, not courses, and I think this event is the perfect example of putting that into action.
“A big thank you to all of the employers that attended as well, they play a critical role in our Career Excellence Hubs, which are having such a positive impact on our learners.”
Find out more about our Programmes for School Leavers starting next September here.
Come along to our October Open Evening and visit our campuses, see our facilities, meet our amazing staff and learn more more about the courses we have available to start in 2024. Register your place here.
It’s official, University Centre Weston (UCW) is among the best places to study at university level in the UK, according to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) published on September 28th 2023.
The TEF panel considered the overall rating for UCW to be Gold, placing it among the country’s best university and college higher education providers. This recognition by the TEF Panel reflects UCW’s unwavering dedication to providing outstanding education to a diverse student body and places it within the top 20% in the UK and one of only six colleges nationally to achieve the status.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.
The TEF does this by assessing and rating universities and colleges for excellence above a set of minimum requirements for quality and standards.
Providers that take part in the TEF receive an overall rating as well as two underpinning ratings – one for the student experience and one for student outcomes.
The ratings reflect the extent to which a provider delivers an excellent experience and outcomes for its mix of undergraduate students and across the range of its undergraduate courses and subjects.
Hundreds of higher education institutions in England, Wales and Scotland have had their teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcome data assessed by the TEF Panel and rated as either Gold, Silver, Bronze or Requires Improvement.
The TEF Panel judged that UCW delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, which is of the highest quality found in Britain.
Jacqui Ford, Interim Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group expressed her delight, saying,
“This achievement represents a significant milestone for our region, confirming the excellence of our institution for higher education. Furthermore, it underscores the Weston College Group’s positive impact on learners both locally and nationally. Attaining Gold status also validates UCW’s approach of seamlessly blending high-quality academic learning with practical, career-oriented education, providing our students and university partners with confidence in our offerings.”
Ford extended her gratitude to the dedicated staff at UCW, Weston College, and partner universities, recognising their instrumental role in achieving this remarkable status. She noted:
"Our journey to this point would not have been possible without the invaluable support of my predecessor Sir Paul Phillips who led the Weston College Group since 2001 until his retirement in August 2023, our partner universities, the University of the West of England, Bath Spa University, and Hartpury University, as well as UCW’s Vice Principal for Higher Education, Sadie Skellon. The dedication of our staff, and governors, and the collaborative efforts with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and North Somerset Council have also been essential in reaching this remarkable achievement.”
UCW’s Vice Principal for Higher Education, Sadie Skellon added:
“The TEF Panel has recognised the efforts of the talented and dedicated students and staff that we have at UCW and across the Weston College Group, and the value of the outstanding support we provide.
“UCW is committed to being an inclusive institution, promoting participation from students from all backgrounds and supporting students to ensuring positive outcomes for all. We have strategic aims to articulate this and are pleased the OfS has acknowledged that UCW ‘tailors provision and succeeds in its aim of supporting underrepresented groups of students from its region to achieve in their studies’.
In addition to praise for the student experience, UCW was praised for its supportive learning environment, offering students access to a wide range of high-quality academic support tailored to their needs. The institution has also demonstrated a commitment to embedding employability and entrepreneurship into its course content, preparing students for successful futures.
UCW’s dedication to research, innovation, scholarship, professional practice, and employer engagement further enhances the academic experience, contributing to the institution’s outstanding standing in the TEF.
This Gold rating in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework solidifies UCW’s status as a leading institution committed to excellence in higher education.
At Weston College, we celebrate Black History year-round, and in October, we amplify voices in celebration of Black History Month (BHM). This year, the official theme is “Saluting Our Sisters”.
Throughout October, we invite our students and staff to join us for enlightening events and talks featuring influential speakers, educators and artists as we pay tribute to women of colour who paved the way for progress and explore how their legacy shapes our future. All events will be held at the Health and Active Living Skills Centre, Loxton Road, and all staff and students are encouraged to attend any of the below events, please book your place here.
Korede Adedoyin – Founder & Operations Director at the Vemoye Foundation | Raising Africa’s Future Workforce
October 6th, 11am – 108
Korede discusses the Black British experience, linking it to education in Africa, sharing her story, and offering insights on the diaspora’s future in health and education.
Adaku Onuegbu BSc – Psychology graduate who completed her Level 3 in Health & Social Care with Weston College
October 6th, 11am – Communal Space
Adaku offers a personal narrative, guiding us through her journey as a learner at Weston College. She illuminates fresh avenues to realise your aspirations within the field of health & social care.
Louise Hill-Davis Ma, Ba, BSc – Lecturer and Assessor in Health and Social Care – Independent Creative Facilitator – Performance Artist
October 11th, 11am – 206
Louise dives into the compelling topic of maternal mortality rates in the UK. She'll weave her personal experience into the narrative. Join us for a session that explores disparities and factors and calls for policy reform.
Yemmy’s Kitchen - a caterer who specialises in baking. You are invited to come and taste some traditional West African dishes with a twist
October 6th, 12-1pm – 119
Nigerian Jollof Rice (vegan), Chicken Gizzards (Halal) and puff puff for dessert. Served as a West African canape.
Sheriden Akintayo BSc – Social Worker for South Gloucestershire Council and Psychology graduate
October 6th, 11am – 117
Sheriden shares her personal journey and opens a conversation on the future of social care, delving into the Care Act and Intersectionality. Join her as she navigates the present landscape and charts our course toward a more inclusive future in health and social care.
Bongai Mutema LLB, MA – Solicitor in Local Government. Local Authority Solicitor, Court of Protection and Adult Social Care Law
October 10th, 11am- 119
Introducing Bongai Mutema, a local government Solicitor with a unique background in Health & Social Care. She’ll discuss the legal framework for adult health and social cate, drawing from her personal experiences and insights.
Weston College's "Saluting Our Sisters" theme not only celebrates the achievements of black women now and throughout history but also underscores the importance of diversity and inclusion in education. By highlighting the stories of these incredible women, the College aims to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for all students, regardless of their background. By honouring the past, our aim is to help shape a more inclusive and equitable future.
We look forward to seeing you there!