December Trainline Disruption


Great Western Railway (GWR) has announced industrial strike action that will affect GWR and CrossCountry rail services on Thursday 7 December – Potentially impacting trains to Weston-super-Mare on this day. On Thursday 7 December, a reduced, revised timetable will operate across several train operators, including GWR. Many parts of the GWR network will have no service at all and trains that are running …

Stiles and Drewe Success for UCW

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Huge congratulations are in order for the writers and performers of new musical, The Circle which won the esteemed Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023 prize! The prize is awarded by Mercury Musical Developments. Held in a prestigious ceremony in London at the beautiful Other Palace theatre near Buckingham Palace.  Winning this prize is an incredible achievement. Each year, …

Former Detective Fascinates Students in Guest Lecture


In a gripping session, former detective for Gloucestershire Constabulary Tony Jay captivated BA Hons Uniformed and Public Services students with his firsthand account of the notorious Fred and Rose West serial killer case. Tony shared insights into the investigation, shedding light on the complexities of criminal profiling and forensic science. The students, engaged and intrigued, had the unique opportunity to …

Kam’s Inspirational Journey to HE Student of the Year

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University Centre Weston (UCW) student, Kam, was successfully named the Association of College’s (AoC) Higher Education Student of the Year winner this week, in front of a packed crowd at the ICC, Birmingham. The annual AoC Student of the Year Awards celebrate students who stand out from the crowd, and have gone above and beyond, whether in college or their …

Students Join Forces for a Frighteningly Good Time

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Following the success of last year’s ‘Phobia’ Halloween event collaboration at Puxton Park, Further and Higher Education learners from Weston College and University Centre Weston (UCW) have collaborated with the Park to design and apply makeup to the 40 learner actors per night! The event ran from 21st – 28th October 2023, and had many haunted attractions including a Haunted Tractor Ride, Dolls House, …

UCW Adopts the Halo Code!

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Our workplace champions the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles. We acknowledge that Afro-textured hair is an important part of our Black employees’ racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious identities, and requires specific styling for hair health and maintenance.  We celebrate Afro-textured hair worn in all styles including, but not limited to, afros, locs, twists, braids, cornrows, fades, hair straightened …

Dirigo Film Festival

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Dirigo is an International Student Film Festival directed and produced by BA (Hons) Film & Media Arts Production students from University Centre Weston. This festival aims to inspire and showcase the creativity of student filmmakers worldwide. It is an open festival with no set boundaries; we actively encourage new styles, voices and direction. We will be returning to the Arnolfini in Bristol …

Photography Student Zoe Wins Big Prize

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We’d like to offer a huge congratulations to photography student Zoe who recently won Silver in Analog Sparks Photobook awards! Zoe’s photobook ONISM was the silver winner in Zines and Photo Book/Street. ONISM explores complex themes, with Analog Sparks stating that the photobook “explores the ideas of disassociation and the realisation that we will only experience a small portion of …

UCW Students Offered Chance to Study in USA

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UCW students have just gained the opportunity to study in the United States in 2024! Thanks to the Government’s Turing Scheme, sixteen UCW learners will have the opportunity to study and complete a work placement in New York or Los Angeles for one month. The Turing Scheme is a programme by the UK Government which provides funding to higher education, …

Alumni Liz Wins Big Art Prize

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We’d like to offer a big congratulations to one of our UCW alumni Liz who recently won the Clifford Moss Memorial Prize! This award recognises the most important contribution to the technical element of MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking and is an incredible achievement. Liz started at Weston College back in 2016, studying part time on an Art Diploma. From there she …

Celebrating Excellence – Kam Makes AoC Student of the Year Shortlist

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In a remarkable achievement, University Centre Weston (UCW) student Kam, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Higher Education Student of the Year Nominee Sponsored by Advanced HE, at the AoC Student of the Year Awards 2023/24. Kam’s dedication to academic excellence and his commitment to personal and professional development have set him apart as a truly exceptional student. Throughout his …

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University Centre Weston Earns Coveted Gold Rating in 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework

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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 …

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University Centre Weston Celebrates Graduation Day in Style!


University Centre Weston (UCW) students gathered with their friends and family last Friday (15th September), to celebrate their academic achievements, at the UCW 2023 Graduation ceremony.   The memorable event started off with the procession from the Winter Gardens to St John the Baptist’s Church for each of the three ceremonies, led by a jazz quartet. Graduates were met with applause …

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Exploding Plastic Inevitable 2.0 – A Telematic Immersive Experience

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Join us in person or online for an unforgettable performance… Andy Warhol’s ‘Exploding Plastic Inevitable’, also known as EPI’’ was a series of multimedia events organised by the artist in 1966 and 1967, featuring musical performances by The Velvet Underground and Nico, screenings of Warhol’s films, and dancing and performances by regulars of Warhol’s Factory including his muses Edie Sedgwick …

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From Weston College and UCW to BBC’s ‘Wolf’

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As we explore the incredible journeys of our University Centre Weston (UCW) alumni, we turn our attention to Paul, a talented performer who embarked on his educational voyage with a UAL Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, specifically in the Acting pathway.  His dedication and passion for the craft led him to UCW’s BA Hons Performing Arts course, where he continued …

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Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023 Prize Recognition for The Circle


In a remarkable feat that has set University Centre Weston (UCW) buzzing with excitement, a song from the musical The Circle, has been shortlisted for the esteemed Stiles and Drewe Best New Song 2023 prize.   This exceptional recognition not only places UCW on the theatrical map but also highlights the incredible talent and creativity flourishing within its community.  The Circle, …

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Lecturer Mark Interviewed by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

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We are proud to share that UCW’s programme Co‑ordinator for the Environmental Health Practitioner degree apprenticeship and BSc (Hons) Public and Environmental Health Mark Hardwick was recently interviewed by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) on the benefits of studying an Environmental Health Degree! Within the article, Mark comments:  “Qualified Environmental Health Practitioners are constantly in demand, both in …

UCW and GKN Aerospace Degree Apprentice, Emily

Emily: A Rising Aerospace Engineering Star with a Passion for Sustainability 

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How can you become an Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice? Meet Emily, a dedicated and driven individual who is currently embarking on a 4-year degree apprenticeship in Aerospace Engineering (Manufacturing pathway) with the esteemed GKN Aerospace. We recently caught up with her to find out more about her journey with UCW.  When asked about her decision to pursue an apprenticeship, Emily …

Discover the Journey of Mustafa, Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice

Soaring to New Heights: Discover the Journey of Mustafa, Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice

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Here at University Centre Weston, we take pride in nurturing the talents of our students and helping them excel in their chosen fields. Today, we are excited to introduce Mustafa, a remarkable individual who is making waves through UCW’s Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programme.   Since he was young, Mustafa was captivated by the idea of aerospace and the infinite possibilities …

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Apprentice Environmental Health Practitioner Job Advert

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Join us at UCW and embark on an incredible journey as an Apprentice Environmental Health Practitioner. Take a look at this new and exciting Apprentice Environmental Health Practitioner role at Royal Borough of Greenwich. Offering a unique opportunity to earn while you learn, this role combines practical work experience with a comprehensive study program in Environmental Health. Organisation: Royal Borough …

Recently we caught up with Georgia, an outstanding UCW student embarking on her journey in Film and Media Arts for Production. 

Georgia’s Film and Media Arts for Production Journey

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Recently we caught up with Georgia, an outstanding UCW student embarking on her journey in Film and Media Arts for Production.  From a young age, Georgia found joy in creating and writing TV shows, even enlisting her friends to participate. It was her love for screenwriting that ultimately led her to choose the programme at University Centre Weston, as the …

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5 Reasons to Study the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship at UCW

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Are you someone who is interested in working in healthcare?  Are you caring, intuitive and motivated, but not sure how to progress on your journey in the health sector?  Here at UCW, we could have just what you’re looking for!  Here are 5 reasons to study the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship at University Centre Weston. Earn While You Learn Invest …

International Women in Engineering Day

Celebrating Women in Engineering

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June 23rd marks an important day on the calendar for the engineering community and beyond – International Women in Engineering Day. This annual event serves as a powerful reminder of the contributions, achievements, and ongoing challenges faced by women in the field of engineering. It is a day to recognise and celebrate the remarkable women who have shattered glass ceilings …

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UCW Photography Students Showcase Remarkable Talent at Print and Book Fair

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University Centre Weston (UCW) is proud to announce the resounding success of the Print and Book Fair organised by our exceptional Photography and Visual Cultures Degree students. The three-day event, held at the local We Are Super space in the Sovereign Centre from Thursday 15th June to Saturday 17th June, showcased the immense creativity and talent of these emerging artists.  …

World Skills

UCW Secure National Qualification for WorldSkills Competition in Digital Category

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A group of our talented students have achieved a national qualification for the prestigious WorldSkills Competition in the digital category.  WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition, bringing together young professionals from around the world to showcase their expertise in various vocational fields. The digital category encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including web development, cybersecurity, digital marketing, and software …

Apprenticeships Help Tackle Nurse Shortages in Bristol

Apprenticeships Help Tackle Nurse Shortages in Bristol

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The United Kingdom has been experiencing a nursing shortage for several years, which has led to increased pressure on healthcare services. However, there is some hope in the form of apprenticeships, which are being used to help tackle the nurse shortage issue in the country. In particular, UCW and the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW), who …

UCW Students and Lecturers Shine at the Prestigious BACP Conference

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University Centre Weston is proud to announce the exceptional achievements of two of its members, student Kimberley and lecturer Matthew, who recently delivered captivating research presentations at the renowned British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Conference.  The BACP Conference, held annually, brings together esteemed professionals and researchers from the field of counselling and psychotherapy. This year, the conference served …

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A Different Classroom for the Day

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BA (Hons) Uniformed and Public Services Year 1 enjoyed an organised group trip to the Mendip Outdoor Activity Centre, where they were tasked with “Mission Impossible” activities to work as a group and problem solve challenges which developed their communication, teamwork and leadership skills. These activities supported their modules on ” Personal Resilience”, “Planning and Leading Outdoor Activities” and “Understanding …

Poppy Wins AHT Competiton

Poppy Wins AHT Competition

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UCW is thrilled to announce that Poppy, a BA (Hons) Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production student (HMPP), has emerged as the winner of the prestigious AHT (Assocation of Hairdressers and Therapists) national competition for full face prosthetic application. After receiving a £500 Employability Scholarship from UCW to enter the competition, Poppy’s exceptional talent and creativity have earned her the …

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University Centre Weston Students Visit Eden Project

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Students from University Centre Weston’s Biological Laboratory Sciences, Animal Management and Business Management and Sustainability programmes recently visited the world-renowned Eden Project in Cornwall.  The visit, which was organised by UCW, featured a talk which gave students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the sustainability initiatives that Eden Project is undertaking.  During their visit, the students learnt about the importance …

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week at UCW

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@ucweston This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and our HEART Team have been super busy planning and hosting an array of activities and events. To end the week with smiles and positivity, we invited our puppy pals in for walks and cuddles 😻🙌 ♬ Home – Speed songs 🫶🏻 This week was Mental Health Awareness Week and, here at …

UCW Alumni: where are they now?

UCW Alumni Film: Where Are They Now?

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What can YOU achieve at University Centre Weston?    Have you seen what our incredible alumni are up to?   Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with some brilliant UCW graduates and catch up on their inspiring careers so far.   This is just a glimpse at the fantastic things our students go on to achieve and we …

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Student Sustainability Society Host Beach Clean and Youth Summit

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Last week saw two very exciting sustainability events take place. The student-led Sustainability Society is comprised of students from Business Management and Sustainability BA, Biological Laboratory Sciences FdSc and Access, alongside lecturers Elena, Jason, Jo, Caroline, Jess and Joe.  The team all worked enormously hard on the events, which included sustainability workshops at the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare and a beach …

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UCW Awards

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On Tuesday 18th April, we held our annual UCW Awards at the Winter Gardens on Weston-super-Mare’s seafront.  The evening was a huge success, with so many of our incredible students being recognised for their hard work and dedication.  We were treated to some fantastic performances from our very own BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students before a delicious dinner, catered by …

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UCW SEND & Inclusive Practice Short Courses

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Interested in expanding your professional development with SEND (Special educational needs and disability) and Inclusive Practice?   Or perhaps you would like a taster of studying a full degree?  At University Centre Weston, we have developed a series of short courses to give you insight into what a full degree is like, perfect for those who are not too sure if …

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NEW BSc (Hons) in Counselling

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University Centre Weston is very pleased to announce that we are now offering a brand new 3-year Counselling degree programme.   The BSc (Hons) in Counselling is a work-based professional training course focusing on person-centred pluralistic counselling practice within contemporary society.  This programme offers students the opportunity to develop core skills needed to become a professional, registered counsellor by completing …

Education & Early Years students visit London

Education & Early Years Students Visit London

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On Wednesday the 1st of March, eleven Education and Early Years degree students from UCW travelled up to London for a few days of sight-seeing, educational visits and a West End production of Matilda.   Susie, Early Years Curriculum Coordinator, gave us the low down:  Staying at the ‘Wombat’s Hostel’ on Dock Street gave us a perfect location for getting …

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Students Win Gold in Regional Makeup Competition

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This week we were lucky enough to host the regional AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) competitions in our Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) studios at Knightstone Campus.  According to their website, the Association of Hairdressers & Therapists was founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a national network of like-minded specialists who exchanged good practice …

Joanne, student of our Environmental Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship, working in the Knightstone laboratory

Meet Environmental Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship Student, Joanne!

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Recently, our Environmental Health Practitioner Degree Apprentices swapped their usual online studies to attend a series of exciting in-person practical sessions in the laboratory at our Knightstone Campus.   This was a particularly momentous occasion as our BSC (Hons) Environmental Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship is taught exclusively online, with our students based all over the UK.   However, our personal …

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Engineering Degree Apprentice, Georgia, Awarded Scholarship by the Luke Wheaton Trust

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Weston College has launched a new scholarship, for Engineering learners, in partnership with the Luke Wheaton Trust. The scholarship, which is available for one student, per year, is open to any apprentice studying on a Level 2, 3, 4 or 6 Engineering apprenticeship at Weston College. The scholarship was introduced to honour the memory of former learner Luke Wheaton, one …

University Centre Weston Music student wins prestigious Classic Rock award at Radio Wigwam International Music Awards 2023 in London

Richard Takes Home Big Win from Radio WigWam International Music Awards

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We are very proud to announce that one of our first year Professional Music and Production students, Richard, has won the Classic Rock and Blues Trophy at the Radio Wigwam International Music Awards for his entry ‘Whiskey in the Water’.  Taking place at the infamous Bedford Hotel in Balham, the Radio Wigwam Awards have been running since 2018, but have quickly …

University Centre Weston Performing Arts dance workshop during trip to London

Performing Arts Students Take on London

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Last month, our Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance for Commercial Performance degree students took a trip to London. The trip was a great opportunity for our performers to take part in industry led workshops at the Danceworks Studios and watch some of the best, current theatre performances.                            The workshops were a great opportunity to practice a range of …

University Centre Weston Film students on set in Perranporth Cornwall

Film Students Shoot Film in Cornwall

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During February our second-year Film students ventured down to Perranporth, Cornwall to create their own film; Grievance, which they had previously written, pitched and planned.  ‘Grievance’ is centred around a female protagonist who goes missing. It later transpires that she was fleeing her stepfather who she believes is after her. Her friend tries to find her, which leads them to Perranporth.    During …

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Industry Professionals Deliver Week of Creative Workshops for Performing Arts

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Recently our Performing Arts faculty consolidated a full week of creative workshops with external industry professionals to help the students get through the “bluest week of the year”. Guests of the week included Nestor Garcia (pictured – break dance extraordinaire and performer for ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and the Sadler Well’s Sting production), Lukin Simmonds (ex student and performer …

Annie Hardt delivering caged wig masterclass at University Centre Weston for Hair Make-up and Prosthetics for Production students

Expert Caged Wig Artist Pays HMPP Students a Visit

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Recently our Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students were lucky enough to receive a masterclass from infamous Wig Artist, Annie Hardt! Annie is a professional Wig Artist, who has gained notoriety for her caged wigs. A special type of wig built on top of a light-weight structure, the caged wig allows you to create any unique shape you want.  …

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Business and BioLab Students Form Sustainability Society

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After successfully participating in ‘Great Big Green Week’ Students of Business are collaborating with Biolab in a new collegiate Sustainability Society. Great Big Green Week took place in October last year, with students and staff from all across University Centre Weston taking part. The UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature, the week …

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Biolab Students Attend Post Mortem Live

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Last week year 1 and year 2 Biological Laboratory Sciences (BioLab) students attended a live post mortem event. Although the body being dissected on stage was not a real human cadaver, with all samples dissected being porcine, the model was incredibly realistic. This was a great for our students to see, helping them enhance their anatomical knowledge for their Anatomy …

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Apprentice case study : Suse Rolfe


I was happily working in radio when I stumbled across the advert for an Environmental Health Apprentice, if I’m honest, I hadn’t even considered a career in the field. I did lots of research before I applied for the position and knew I would absolutely love it! I work in the Environmental Protection Team at North Devon Council, while I …

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Samantha Barnett : Apprentice case study


When I left school, I worked in my local council’s environmental health department admin team over the summer before completing my A-Levels. I got a job as an estate agent but sadly the office I worked for closed during the financial crisis of 2008. I found myself suddenly out of work until I spotted an advert for maternity cover in …

North Somerset Magistrates Court during Uniformed and Public Services trip

Uniformed and Public Services Students Visit Magistrates Court

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Last week Years 1 and 2 from our Uniformed and Public Services (BA) Hons degree course joined local Magistrate Mike Evans at North Somerset Magistrates Court in Weston Super Mare for an insight into the workings of a court.  The students were introduced to the workings of a Magistrates court, the type of offences, penalties and support in place. A …

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Where Are They Now? Scott’s Journey From Musical Theatre Student to Disney Star

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Have you ever considered studying a degree in Musical Theatre to kick off your career in the Arts?  …But where can it take you?  Here at UCW we understand the importance of supporting and nurturing our students throughout their time here, to achieve their dreams and land highly sought-after roles in their chosen industry.  Our alumni have had outstanding success, …

Paramedics in training during an emergency incident simulation that University Centre Weston Hair, Make-up & Prosthetics students created make-up and prosthetics for,

HMPP Take Part in Emergency Incident Training

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Recently, our incredibly talented Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students took part in a major incident simulation event with Southwestern Ambulance Service in Filton, Bristol. Our students have taken place in several incident exercises in the past, including with the Police, Fire brigade and Coastguard, using their expertise to create gruesome wounds and injuries designed to immerse the …

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Business Management Students E-Meet Environmental and Social (E&S) Consultant, Chenoa Davidson!

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If you’re looking for a Business degree programme that is fully up-to-date and regularly informed by leading industry professionals, then look no further! Our Business Management and Sustainability, BA (Hons) course regularly engages with industry to ensure our students are always up-to-date with the most industry-relevant knowledge possible. Last week was no exception, with our Business Management and Sustainability students getting …

How Did UCW Students Spend Blue Monday?

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Yesterday was “Blue Monday”  which falls every year on the third Monday in January. It is nicknamed for it supposedly being the saddest day of the year, often associated with a cocktail of poor weather, the post-Christmas lull and stretched finances. Although there is no evidence that any one day is the saddest, here at UCW we understand it can …

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Detective Inspector Visits Uniformed and Public Services Students

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Uniformed and Public Services degree students and Access to HE students were recently lucky enough to have a guest session from former Detective Inspector Tony Jay. Tony gave the students a detailed account of his first-hand experiences of dealing with the events that took place at the notorious address of 25 Cromwell St, Gloucester, otherwise known as The Fred and …

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Business Students Learn About the Future of Sustainable Agriculture from Guest Speaker, Kinsie

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Our Business Management and Sustainability students were paid an exciting virtual visit from across the pond by industry professional, Kinsie.  Based in America, Kinsie works for Planet, the “largest Earth observation satellite network delivering a near-daily global dataset”.  Kinsie’s lecture was centred around the future of sustainability in agriculture. This explored ideas and discussions around remote sensing and geo spatial …

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NEW Project Management Degree Apprenticeship at UCW

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Have you always wanted to begin a career in Project Management? Looking for a way to develop your understanding as well as gain experience in a hands-on role?   Our brand new BSc Project Management Degree Apprenticeship could be perfect for you!  At UCW we know that Project Management is a growing profession, involving great career prospects and the development of …

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Support Over Christmas

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All of us at UCW would like to wish you a Happy Christmas! We hope you have the chance to relax and spend time with your loved ones during the festive period. We understand that this time of year can be challenging for some of you, and we hope you can take some time to be kind to yourself. Although …

Helen Bradford delivering guest lecture to Early Years degree students

Guest Lecturer, Dr Helen Bradford, Inspires Early Years Students

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Last week our BA (Hons) Early Years Education students got the opportunity to listen to an amazing talk from industry-professional guest lecturer, Dr Helen Bradford. Dr Helen Bradford is an independent early years consultant. According to the British Association for Early Childhood Education, “she has garnered extensive experience through her roles as an early years teacher, early years teacher trainer, …

Musical Theatre students performing at Can't Dance Coffee

Musical Theatre Students Perform at Local Café

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Last Thursday our Musical Theatre Students wowed the public at their event ‘A Song and a Cuppa’ at local café, Can’t Dance Coffee. Students did an incredible job of performing some beautiful renditions of well-loved songs. The afternoon was a huge success, with lots of lovely feedback from the public, and the café packed with spectators by the end of …

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Animal Management Trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park

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Recently our Animal Management students took a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Located on the A361 – 22 miles east of Cheltenham, Cotswold Wildlife Park is committed to conservation through it’s trust. This was formed to raise funds for the conservation of animal species and endangered environments and to educate and inform the public, including visitors to the Wildlife …

Biolab & HMPP students collab

Biolab and Hair and Make-up Students Collab in the Lab

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Here at UCW we’re all about collaboration and encouraging our students to think outside the box. With this in mind, we were delighted to see our Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students in the lab last week, working alongside our FdSc Biological Laboratory Sciences  students in a Microbiology session. According to our brilliant lecturers, it was a fun …

Andrew Knight from the Spark Company

Andrew Knight from the Spark Company Visits Business Students

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Recently Andrew Knight, founder of the The Spark Company, visited our Business Management and Sustainability students.  Andrew is a Specialist HR and Change Consultant, and our students were lucky enough to listen and learn all about his experience within Change Management.  Andrew’s visit was a huge success, with all of our students engaged and eager to learn all about this …

Christmas Community Day

Festive Fun at Christmas Community Day 2022

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On Saturday 26th November, we celebrated our annual Christmas Community Day. UCW and the Wessex Inspiration Network very much believe that education and learning can be fun. Christmas Community Day was a perfect demonstration of this with lots of activities for families to take part in during the day. Some of the activities included: Letters to Santa Reindeer food Inflatable …

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Learning About Lived Experience from Nick Elston

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This month our Intergrated Mental Health and Social Care (IMHSC) students were treated to an amazing talk from Nick Elston. As one of the highest profile leading speakers on the lived experience of mental health, Nick has worked with organisations such as the NHS, BBC and American Express. Nick engaged the students in a 4 hour session, allowing them to reflect …

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Muhrah Pays Business Students a Virtual Visit

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Recently, our Business Management and Sustainability students were treated to yet another amazing guest lecturer!    Muhrah paid our learners a virtual visit – discussing her career at Provident Financial, a leading specialist bank that aids with financial inclusion and social mobility.   The session focused on what strategies are necessary to meet sustainable development goals, and how Provident Financial …

Sir Ian Redmond OBE

Dr Ian Redmond OBE Visits Animal Management Students

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Recently, we welcomed Dr Ian Redmond to our Animal Management Education Centre, at Puxton Park. The students were treated to a fascinating talk from Dr Ian Redmond, who is a Tropical Field Biologist, Conservationist, Dian Fossey’s assistant and the first person to introduce David Attenborough to Mountain gorillas! He talked all about his work with great apes and elephants. He …

Poppy in Make-up studio holding make-up brushes

Poppy Invited to Showcase Talent at Prestigious Monster Mash Exhibition

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We’re so thrilled to announce that our Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) student, Poppy, will be exhibiting her work at the Monster Mash Exhibition as part of prestigious ‘The Prosthetics Event’ this Saturday!   Taking place in Coventry, this exhibition is as a showcase of work from artists in the make-up and prosthetics industry – ranging from graduates …

Jared being awarded EIT Apprentice of the Year

Jared named IET’s Engineering and Technology Apprentice winner

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UCW Engineering Degree Apprentice, Jared Newnham, has been named the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Apprentice winner.  At age 20, Ministry of Defence Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice, Jared, is currently undertaking a placement as an Airworthiness Certification Manager, where he is responsible for increasing air system operational capabilities through risk reduction and type design change embodiment. As part of …

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Alumni Profile: Catching Up with Andrew

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It’s that time of the week again! The time where we put a spotlight on one of our incredible alumni and the amazing things they’re achieving post-graduation.  Today is all about Andrew!  Andrew is one of our fantastic Film alumni. Having studied BA (Hons) Film and Media Arts Production, as well as our BA (Hons) Lens-Based Media Top-Up, Andrew has …

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Creative Arts Take a Trip to London

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  This week our Photography, Art and Graphic Design students spent a day in London visiting the Design Museum , The Photographers’ Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts as well as doing some street photography and taking in the atmospheric Oxford Street lights.  Highlights included the William Kentridge show at the RA, Chris Killip ‘Retrrospective’ at the Photographers’ Gallery and …

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Alumni Profile: Catching Up with Elin

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Every week we’re highlighting our incredible alumni and the amazing things they’re doing post-graduation!  This week we’re talking all things Elin!  Elin is a very recent UCW leaver, graduating this year with a degree in Musical Theatre. With this in mind, her achievements are even more impressive as she has truly hit the ground running, with little rest, to really …

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Students Create Gruesome Looks for Puxton Park Halloween Event

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Last week our amazing Hair, Make-up & Prosthetics for Production (HMPP) students got stuck into an exciting live project!  To celebrate the spooky season, Puxton Park invited the public to enjoy a scarefest of trick AND treats at their ‘Phobia’ event that took place from 22nd October to 29th October. Consisting of five haunted attractions, including a Haunted Tractor Ride, …

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Shóna Brown gives Guest Lecture to Business Management and Sustainability Students

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Last week our Business Management and Sustainability students got the chance to listen to a very exciting lecture delivered by guest speaker, Shóna Brown.  Shóna is a sustainability professional, currently working as the Sustainability Engagement Manager at the world-renowned PepsiCo. PepsiCo is a multinational food, snack and beverage corporation with household brands like Pepsi, Quaker Oats, Tropicana and Starbucks falling …

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Alumni Profile: Catching up with Abbey

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At UCW we believe it’s crucial to recognise and celebrate the outstanding success of our Alumni. Paving the way for the next generation of graduates, our alumni’s journeys and experiences act as inspiration for those who strive to reach the same feats.  Today we are celebrating Abbey!  Abbey graduated with a degree in Business Management and Sustainability in 2015. Since …

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World Mental Health Day Drawing Event

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As part of World Mental Health Day last week, our wonderful HEART Team hosted a mental health drawing event. World Mental Health Day was on 10th October. According to the World Health Foundation, the day is “a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about …

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UCW Celebrates Great Big Green Week

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Over the last two weeks we celebrated Great Big Green Week, and UCW went all out to show our dedication for creating a more sustainable future!  Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. It sees beacons within the community like schools, colleges and universities come together to …

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Photography Students Visit Bristol

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The other week our BA Photography and Visual Cultures students took a trip to St Nick’s market in Bristol to practice their street photography skills. Their activities consisted of three day trips, visiting and familiarising themselves with the cultural venues of Bristol such as Arnolfini, RPS Gallery, M-Shed and Watershed.  The idea behind their trip St. Nicholas Market was to …

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Performing Arts Tomcat Tour

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Over the next 2 weeks, 3rd year BA Performing Arts will be taking their production of Tomcat to nearby colleges, as well as running workshops with their students. They will be going to Exeter College on the 21st and Bristol MET Academy on the 11th Oct. They also presented an internal performance in the Berkoff Studio at Knightstone Campus on 4th Oct …

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Global Citizen Film Launch

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Our Acting and Performance Making students took part in creating a film for Culture Weston’s Arts & Health week, titled Global Citizen. The film explores what it means to be a Global Citizen, and intercultural perspectives on the future of our planet and its people. Our actors were invited to explore these themes and create performative responses to them, which …

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Children’s University Graduation!

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University Centre Weston works in close partnership with Children’s University, a charity and national initiative that provides children between the ages of 5-16 years old access to exciting and educational extra-curricular activities. Members of the North Somerset branch have been working extremely hard for the past year and have taken part in a wide range of activities. So many activities …

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Top 10 Bio Lab Careers

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Are you interested in pursuing a degree in Biological Laboratory Sciences but not sure where it will take you?  Well, when it comes to career paths and opportunities post-graduation, with a Bio Lab degree, only the sky is the limit!  Biosciences are broad and all-encompassing; the study of all life itself! This diverse degree explores all aspects of biological life, from genes …

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Hundreds of learners celebrate success at University Centre Weston Graduation 2022

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Glitz, glamour and gowns, the class of 2022 celebrated their success in style as University Centre Weston (UCW) hosted their Graduation event on Friday 30th September.  Hundreds of guests cheered on the jazz quartet-led procession as the graduates and academics walked up to St John the Baptist’s Church for their ceremonies. Guests were then invited to enjoy the ceremonies in …

Alumni Profile: Keeta Hopkins

Alumni Profile: Catching Up With Keeta

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Are you interested in pursuing a career in business but not sure how to make the first step?   Maybe you didn’t go to university at 18 and feel you missed your chance?  That simply isn’t true!   Here at University Centre Weston, you choose your journey! Our courses are built to help you achieve the goals YOU set. Interested in the …

Celebrations this week for UCW Graduates 2022 

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University Centre Weston (UCW) will take over the centre of Weston again on Friday 30th October with the return of its annual Graduation celebrations.  Around 1000 people will be in attendance to mark the UCW students amazing achievements by obtaining their degrees with special ceremonies taking place at St. John the Baptist Church.  After a high energy dixie band-led procession …

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Great Big Green Week

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Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of Community Action to tackle Climate Change and protect Nature. We’re excited to be taking part in a range of events and activities developed by Weston College for all members of our Weston College Group Community over the next 2 weeks. As well as raising awareness and promoting our Sustainability and …

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Athlete, Army and Author – Business Alumnus Dr Emmanuel Nartey Shares Inspirational Journey

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Athlete, Olympian, Author, Academic, Ex-soldier, Inspirational speaker – This alumnus has done it ALL! We recently caught up with academic achiever and Ghanaian judoka Dr Emmanuel Nartey, who once studied here in Weston-super-Mare… At nineteen-years-old, Nartey joined the British Army in February 2003. After being deployed on numerous exercises, Emmanuel began training with Team Bath, representing the British Army and …

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Hair and Makeup Learners Smash Industry Experience at The Commonwealth Games 

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Interested in pursuing a career in Hair and Makeup but not sure what kind of opportunities and prospects are available?   Well, Look no further! Our Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production degree programme offers a multitude of opportunities and experiences to enhance our learners’ skills and industry networks. Ran by hair and makeup professionals, this course has fantastic links …

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Lianne Talks Life as a UCW Counselling Learner

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Have you ever considered a career in Counselling?  Here at UCW we design courses to be optimised for industry practice and our BsC (Hons) in Counselling is no exception! If you’re looking for an engaging degree that will develop your skills in practical and theoretical areas, support you to grow your professionalism with highly sought-after work experience opportunities and prepare …

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UCW Freshers Week Schedule

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Take a look at the jam-packed week of incredible Freshers events on offer at UCW. From zoo parties to coffee and cake, there’s really something for everyone! To book your spaces, click here Sunday 11 September 2022 Freshers’ Launch – The Loft @ 7pm It’s time to meet your fellow students and Freshers’ Angels! Head down to The Loft for …

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Early Years Education Degree at UCW: Leanne Tells All

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Now is an exceptional time to get your Early Years Education degree. With successive Governments attempting to improve standards in the Early Years sector, as well as huge demands for new teachers and school/nursery staff, it’s a perfect time to begin your career in this industry!   At UCW we offer both BA (Hons) Early Years Education and BA (Hons) …

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Catching Up With Tom: What’s it Like To Be a Uniformed and Public Services Learner?

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Are you interested in pursuing a degree in the uniformed and public services?  At UCW we celebrate that the diverse range of career opportunities in this field are incredibly vast and ever-growing.   Emergency Services, Health and Safety and Social Services, just to name a few, are examples of the extremely rewarding and fulfilling occupations our BA (Hons) Uniformed and Public …

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Catching Up With Inclusive Practice Learner, Louise: “My course has highlighted the importance of being inclusive, especially within an educational setting”

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Here at UCW, we deeply understand the importance and significance of inclusivity as a fundamental practice in everything we do.   So much so that we offer a degree programme in BA (Hons) SEND and Inclusive Practice as well as several short courses to let you upskill and give you a taste of what a full degree is like.  This full-time …

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How to Apply Through Clearing 2022 – UCAS Clearing FAQs

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With the summer holidays well underway, students with offers from universities are eagerly awaiting those all important college exam results.  The question we always get over the summer break though is… “Is it too late to apply”?! To that we say: Not at all! We can consider applications throughout the summer for most of our courses through the process called …

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Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Photography Alumni Jacob Dear

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Recently we were fortunate enough to catch up with Weston College Level 3 Photography and UCW Photography alumni, Jacob Dear, to find out all about life at University Centre Weston (UCW), working as a Photographer and where his creative journey has taken him so far.  Jacob, who came from King Alfred School, began his journey studying creative arts at Weston, …

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BA Graphic Design Learners Attend New Designers in London!

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Nine Graduating 3rd year BA Graphic Design learners recently presented an exhibition of their work at ‘New Designers’ at Business Design centre in London. The ‘New Designers’ event invites 2500 hand-picked graduate design talents from around the UK to present their work at the longest running and leading design showcase over a period of two weeks. UCW’s learners had the …

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“I chose UCW because they offered great work experience opportunities!”: Jade’s Journey to Success

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In a world that is everchanging, UCW understands how important it is to provide dynamic and relevant educational opportunities for today’s learners.   We certainly have our finger on the pulse when it comes to staying up to date with the ever-evolving landscape of potential career pathways and newly emerging industries.   Need an example?  Look no further than our degree in …

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From Level 1 to Degree – Jacob Shares His Journey into Construction

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Currently worth £117 billion per year, the construction industry employs 2.7 million people in the UK. With the industry continuing to grow, we’re proud to offer various routes into construction, including nationally recognised HNC’s and Higher Apprenticeships. Thanks to the plethora of courses available in Weston-super-Mare, it’s possible for learners to enter at any level at Weston College and progress …

“A life changing course”: Meet Fdsc Counselling Learner Rebecca

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At UCW we love nothing more than hearing about our learners’ positive experiences, successes and achievements!  Recently we caught up with Fdsc Counselling learner, Rebecca Pepper, to hear all about her time studying Counselling at UCW.   UCW’s Counselling Foundation degree programme provides learners with professional insight into how to help and support vulnerable people to make positive life choices, as …

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Alumni Take to the Stage – “From The Mud Summer Festival” Announced

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This summer, alumni from UCW performing arts are hosting a festival to present the exciting work our artists they have created! Weston-based cabaret group “From The Mud” is a student formed group which enables Weston’s finest emerging artists to take to the stage. Having hosted a monthly cabaret show for over a year, the outgoing group are hosting the “From …

“The quality of the teaching was paramount” – Early Years Alumni Josh Shares Journey Since Graduation

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Hearing from our graduates and learning about their exciting journeys never fails to make us smile here at UCW! We recently caught up with Early Years and Education alumni Josh Shapland. Since graduating in 2018, started working as a Senior Education Worker for IntoUniversity. Centred around increasing education opportunities, IntoUniversity centres offer a welcoming home-from-home for young people: a safe space …

Apprentice of the Year! – Delight for Degree Apprentice Jack at Business Awards 2022 

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Weston College toasted the outstanding success of learners and employer partners for the first time in three years, at triumphant return of The Business Awards on Thursday night (June 30).  Winners from a range of categories were presented with awards at the Oscars-style event at The Winter Gardens.  It was here that, as well as winning Engineering and Manufacturing Apprentice …

To University and Beyond! – Familiar Faces Pass on Experiences to Sixth Form Students

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This week welcomed some familiar faces back to UCW!  We love speaking with past students. Hearing about their amazing achievements and progression since graduating really brings home the amazing successes higher education enables. UCW alumni Mari Kerrigan, Dan Swan, Jack Kimmins and Josh Shapland visited The Winter Gardens Campus to pass on their words of wisdom to Weston College Sixth …

Sustainability skills gap must be plugged to meet the South West of England’s cyber security aspirations

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New research shows the extent of the Southwest’s demand for sustainable living, as the majority would consider a home to be worth more money if it was sustainably constructed. A report released alongside the research highlights the technical skills that are needed if the Southwest’s consumers’ green ambitions are to be met.   The skills to succeed: Meeting the country’s evolving technical …

Computing Learner Jack Accepted onto Health Data Science Masters Degree

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Whether it’s going into the world of work or continuing their study, we love seeing learners progress to achieve towards successful careers! Jack Coles, who currently studies BSc Applied Computing (Hons), has just been accepted into a Masters degree in Health Data Science with the University of Exeter! We caught up with Jack to tell us more about his progression …

Under the Sea! – Animal Degree Visits Aquarium

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Who doesn’t love a trip to the aquarium?! To mark the end of term, FdSc Animal Management students visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. This trip offered learners the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge gained over the last academic year by observing a range of species in a marine setting. They had the opportunity to observe natural behaviour …

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“I now see my dyslexia as a strength” – Dyson Graphic Designer Dan Shares UCW Experience

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Education and isn’t a “one size fits all” situation. People learn and thrive in different learning scenarios. Those who perhaps struggled in a traditional learning system can really thrive when focusing on a single subject, working alongside like-minded people in smaller classes and having more creative freedom.  Since graduating from the Graphic Design BA (hons) in 2021, UCW alumni Dan …

Adventures in Dubai – Technician Kate Shares Industry Experiences with Film and TV Students

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We take great pride in prioritising industry experience over teaching backgrounds. This means our staff bring relevant stories from the world of work as well as valuable insights and connections into the classroom to maximise the career-boosting qualities of our courses. Afterall, we’re all about shaping careers and not just courses!  However, this ethos is not just exclusive to our …

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Children’s University Members Enjoy Adventure at Puxton Park

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This week our North Somerset Children’s University members took part in an Animal Management Workshop at Puxton Park Tourist Attraction. This initiative encourages children to engage with Higher Education and consider what they want to do in the future through fun and engaging extracurricular activities. The North Somerset Children’s University helps primary school age children to raise their aspirations and develop a …

Music Media Masterclass – Industry Photographer Tom Ham Visits UCW

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UCW Photography, Film & Media and Professional Music degree students were recently treated to a very special guest lecture and workshop from distinguished photographer Tom Ham, who visited the Winter Gardens campus to pass on his industry expertise.  Tom Ham is a Bristol based photographer who specialises in portrait and documentary photography and working with musicians. His past clients have …

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Students Learn from Akeem Ellis Hyman

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There’s never a dull moment in our Performing and Production Arts department. Students recently had a fun-filled energetic musical theatre repertoire session from professional performer Akeem Ellis Hyman!    Akeem has toured with productions of Hairspray and Motown the Musical over the course of his career, making him a great person to learn from. Akeem shared his incredible range of experiences …

AHT WINNER! – Make-up Degree Design Dazzles Judges at Regional Finals

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UCW Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production student, Claire Cox, has won the AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) Southwest regional competition! AHT is a national competition that enhances learner technical and employability skills, as well as testing them under pressure to prepare them for the trade. Claire is currently a third year student studying the Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics …

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UCW Students Soar to Second Place in Street Dance Competition

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We are so proud to share that UCW Dance for Commercial Performance students and Musical Theatre students won the second-place trophy in the street dance competition at the SOAR Street-Dance Weekender in Manchester! This is an incredible experience which will stay with everyone involved.   The winning routine was choreographed by our excellent Dance Programme Coordinator Rachel Hickie. One of the …

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Animal Management Learners Get Stuck In at the Wild Place Project

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A Bear-illiant trip! (sorry, that was a bad one)  Our Animal Management degree learners had a great time visiting Wild Place Project recently as part of their Introduction to Animal Welfare module. Getting out of the classroom and getting some real hands-on knowledge is a great opportunity and will help these learners visualise for the rest of the course.  Seeing …

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UCW Students Raise Funds for Those in Need in Ukraine

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UCW students have shown fantastic fundraising efforts.   UCW students have donated and purchased items from the amazing Weston College learner led pop-up shop over at Loxton Campus in order to raise money for those in need in Ukraine. The products in the shop were amazing handmade, bespoke items with proceeds going to charities helping those who are suffering from the war …

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Applied Computing Students Learn About the World of Employment

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Our Applied Computing students are ready to take on the world of employment!   This week we have had guest speaker Benedict van der Linde CMgr MCMI, who ran a day of workshops on professional career coaching and employability for our BSc (Hons) Applied Computing undergraduates. This workshop taught students about self-reflection as well as giving them interview tips, techniques for …

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Shadow the Greyhound Visits Animal Management Learners

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The lovely greyhound Shadow has been on tour!   After well as popping in to the Winter Gardens for some much-deserved strokes from our students last week, the gorgeous Greyhound also visited our Animal Management learners.   In a workshop led by Shadow’s owner Wendy, the class learnt all about how greyhounds’ bodies are adapted to meet the demands of greyhound …

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UCW Learners Win at the Celebration of Success Awards

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A huge congratulations to our UCW learners who were awarded “Student of the Year” Awards. Amelia won the award for Hair and Beauty and Caroline won the award for Counselling at Weston College‘s Celebration of Success!   The evening saw over 40 learners from across the Weston College group receive recognition for their outstanding work from the previous year. To entertain …

Early Years Author and Consultant Tamsin Grimmer Visits UCW!

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Students studying our Early Years, BA (Hons) degree were treated to a guest lecturer from author and Early Years consultant Tamsin Grimmer. Having worked as a teacher, EYFS adviser, Area SENCo, Childminder, Assessor and mentor for EYPS/EYTs Tamsin is now a self-employed Early Years consultant. Her evident wealth of knowledge is demonstrated further in her four published books with a …

Hair and Make-up Learners Representing UCW at the Commonwealth Games!

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After a successful selection process, UCW Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production, BA (Hons) learners Georgia, Sophie, Jess, Aaliyah and Jasmine have been offered places on the Volunteer Hair And Makeup team at the 2022 Birmingham Common Wealth Games! They will be doing all of the make-up for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2022 games this summer. The …

Principal’s Jubilee Queen’s Green Canopy Competition – DEADLINE 31st March

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***We’re encouraging students and staff to plant a tree for the Jubilee!*** University Centre Weston has joined the national campaign to support The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) – a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Our first tree is now proudly planted outside the eco building at South West Skills Campus. I am now running a …

Degree Apprentices Front Cover Debut on Environmental Health News Magazine

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Our Environmental Health Practitioners BSc (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship learners have made it onto the front cover of Environmental Health News magazine! Degree apprenticeships allows students to work in the professional field whilst studying for a degree at the same time. Students (i.e. apprentices) are usually full time paid employees who spend 20% of their week studying, and the rest of …

Dance Degree Students Learn From World Class Choreographer Gareth Walker

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Learners studying Dance for Commercial Performance, BA (Hons) were recently treated to an incredible guest lecture and workshop from renowned artist director and choreographer, Gareth Walker.   Gareth has certainly made his mark on the world of dance, working with world-famous names in the performing arts industry!  Since graduating from The London Studio Centre, Gareth performed on the West End …

High Flyers! – Hear from our GKN Degree Apprentices

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The Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing industry is growing at a quick pace, with lots of exciting opportunities to work with the latest technology available in the area. Here at UCW we’re proud to offer a variety of Degree Apprenticeships whereby learners work and earn whilst they learn on site with a high profile employer. One of our most popular programmes …

Stepping into “The Unfamiliar”… Photography Student Magazine Launches!

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As part of their module around documentaries, 1st year Photography students have published their own magazine! The documentary and editorial magazine titled “The Unfamiliar” features work from nine degree students studying Photography and Visual Cultures, BA (Hons) Students were tasked with focusing on photographing something which may feel unfamiliar. This could be different angles of something seen everyday or a …

Triumph for Film Fest! – Interview with Dirigo Directors

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At the time of writing this article, we’re getting ready to witness the amazing hard work on display at tonight’s Dirigo Film Festival (Wednesday 26th February) Dirigo is an International Student Film Festival directed and produced by Film and Media Arts Production, students from University Centre Weston. This festival aims to inspire and showcase the creativity of student filmmakers worldwide. It is an …

New short courses give students flexible opportunities to learn

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Weston College is the sole FE provider to be handed a contract for the Higher Education Short Course trial, with the remaining 20 places taken by universities. Twenty-two universities and colleges have been awarded a total of £2 million of funding to develop short courses in higher education. These courses are designed to enable flexible learning and to help students …

Computing Star Jack Heading for WorldSkills Finals!


Weston College and University Centre Weston alumni Jack Kimmins is proving his amazing talents in computing as he is selected for the finals of the WorldSkills national competition. WorldSkills UK is an independent charity that works with employers, education and governments, supporting young people across the world via competitions-based training, testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in the biennial …

EXPERIENCE MARIANAS – Bringing Broadway to Weston


Bringing Broadway to Weston: Third year students of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme at University Centre Weston – Academy of Performing Arts, are due to perform UK premiere of Broadway composer’s newest musical at the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, in early December. Students at University Centre Weston – Academy of Performing Arts, present the UK premiere of Experience Marianas. The musical …

Prime Minister discusses skills required by the workforce of the future with UCW Degree Apprentices


On the morning of Friday 15th October, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP visited GKN Aerospace’s Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol to see first-hand how GKN Aerospace is shaping a more sustainable future of flight. The Prime Minister, accompanied by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss MP, officially opened the £32M centre, which was jointly funded by GKN Aerospace and the …

HRH The Princess Royal Visits University Centre Weston and the Winter Gardens


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Weston-super-Mare today (22nd October) to formally open the refurbishment of the iconic Winter Gardens and the brand-new University Centre Weston (UCW) facilities which also houses the Law and Professional Services Academy. Back in 2015, North Somerset Council approached the Weston College Group with the proposition of transferring the building to the College’s ownership …

Hundreds Celebrate at University Centre Weston Graduation 2021


After University Centre Weston (UCW) 2020 Graduation was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were finally able to celebrate the success of our students from both 2020 and 2021 on Saturday 18th September 2021 with four Graduation ceremonies throughout the day. Weston-super-Mare town centre was packed with friends, family and graduates of both our 2020 and 2021 cohorts. Hundreds …

Congratulations to our WorldSkills UK national finalists!

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WorldSkills UK has announced over 400 students and apprentices who will be battling it out across 64 disciplines to be crowned national skills champions. We are extremely proud to share that this includes UCW Applied Computing BSc student Jack Kimmins, who will be competing in the national Web Design finals, hosted by Weston College later this year. Four FE learners …

UCW Awards 2021


We unfortunately we could not hold our annual awards ceremony this year, but we want to congratulate all of our winners, and thank you for all of the outstanding contributions you make to UCW! We would like to congratulate all of our students, staff and partners for their hard work and persistence during a very difficult year! We have sent …

Photography Competition Winners Announced!

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We are excited to announce the winners and runners up of the UCW Photography Competition 2021. This student operated competition is aimed at non-professional photographers, supporting career growth and recognition, for local creatives. This year saw some fantastic entries in both age categories, all under the theme of ‘What got you through?’. A huge thank-you and well done to our winners, …

Photography Alumni Opens Gallery in Scottish Highlands

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After graduating from our Photography degree course in 2020, UCW alumni Joe Kirkman has just opened his very own gallery on the Isle of Lewis: Garenin Gallery. Joe began his journey on the Level 3 Photography course at Weston College, progressing to the Photography degree programme in 2020, gaining a strong 1st class degree.  We caught up with Joe to find …

‘Dragons & Snakestones’ – Photography Lecturer Publishing Phenomenal Photobook

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As a result of a research project taking place over the last 7 years, HE Photography lecturer Jamie Dormer-Durling is raising money to help publish his book: ‘Dragons & Snakestones’.  The upcoming title is a is a photobook celebrating the life and work of the fossil hunter and palaeontologist Mary Anning. Jamie continues: “In the spring of 2014, whilst walking on …

Degree Dancers Raise the Bar in Powerful Music Video

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Wow. What a performance! Third year dancers studying the Dance for Commercial Performance, BA (Hons) have worked together to perform a choreographed dance video to Vera Blue’s Lady Powers The dance itself was choreographed by UCW lecturer Corrin Reilly, with technical support from Nick Loannou and team Art Director Rachel Hickie. The video was shot and edited by alumni videographer: …

Win £100! – UCW Photography Competition

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We are excited to be hosting an exciting competition, open to local residents! This student organised competition is aimed at non-professional photographers, split into two age categories (16-18 / 19+). We’re keen to help support your career growth and recognition, providing exposure to the community and the chance for your submissions to be reviewed by our panel expert photographers on …

Thinking about applying? This series will give you a ‘Head start’!

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Welcome to UCW Headstart! This series of online and in person events is for all potential students that have expressed and interest, applied or are in the process of applying for a HE course at UCW. In total there will be four meetings, each focusing on different elements to help give you a head start before joining us in September. …

Alumni Inspires with Incredible Insights from West End and Cruise Ship Career!


We LOVE hearing from our past students, keeping in touch and hearing all about their fantastic successes since graduating from Weston College and University Centre Weston.  Performing Arts learners were recently treated to a fantastic workshop from a special guest; Level 3 Performing Arts and Musical Theatre degree alumni, Corrine Priest. Since studying in Weston-super-Mare, Corrine has had a very successful career, …

Open Week Round-up

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What a week! We’d like to say a big thank-you to those who attended our virtual open week. We hope you found the range of events useful and that you are now able to make an informed decision about your journey into higher education. Click here to see our full range of courses and apply now to start in September …

Inspirational Anna a national finalist at Festival of Learning Awards


University Centre Weston graduate Anna Palmer, a 30-year-old who lives in Clevedon, was a national finalist for the Return to Learning Award at the Festival of Learning Awards 2020 last night (Tuesday 3rd November). The awards celebrated learning and showcased the wide-ranging impacts adult learning has on individuals and their families. Anna was nominated for this award as she turned …

Why now might be the best time to consider degree-level study


With lots of people out of work because of the pandemic many are now returning to education and at University Centre Weston (UCW) we have seen a 14% increase on new student entry, so I wanted to share with you three reasons why now might be the best time yet to consider studying a university degree. Firstly, although the Coronavirus …

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The benefits of a photography degree with RPS affiliation


Students starting the Photography in Practice degree at University Centre Weston (UCW) this month will benefit from its brilliant links with the Royal Photography Society (RPS). The students will gain personal membership of the country’s biggest photography organisation at no extra charge, meaning they will join a community of more than 11,000 people who share their passion for all things …

UCW Awards 2020 winners


We unfortunately had to cancel our annual awards ceremony in March because of Covid-19, and due to social distancing guidelines we are not able to rearrange it this year. Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you for all of the outstanding contributions you make to UCW! We have sent out all of the student prizes and we hope …

Interested in a career in football?


Our FdSc Sports Studies degree now has a bespoke Football pathway and it isn’t too late to start your studies in September! At UCW we recognise the importance of responding to the needs of students and industry alike, and this focus has led to us developing this specialist pathway of studies in the beautiful game. Studying two days a week …

UCW PHOTOGRAPHER PROFILE: student to set up gallery on the Isle of Lewis


UCW student Joseph Kirkman is to set up a photography gallery on the Isle of Lewis when he completes his degree in Lens-based Media this summer. Joseph’s plans have been disrupted by the coronavirus crisis, but he has family connections to the Outer Hebrides and hopes the business, which will sell his own photographs and also work by other islanders, …

Pandemic praise for early years practitioners


Early Years and Early Childhood Studies degree students and graduates from University Centre Weston (UCW) have been praised for contributing to the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis by caring for the children of other key workers. Many of the students have continued to work in nurseries, preschools and schools and as childminders throughout lockdown, looking after and educating the …

Music students reach new levels during lockdown


UCW Professional Music Performance and Production students recently joined Weston College learners in a very special virtual workshop with legendary Level 42 bass player and vocalist Mark King – the latest initiative demonstrating how the students and staff are embracing distance learning and teaching. The Zoom masterclass was set up thanks to the great connections between our lecturers and professional …

Students made-up with successes in national skills competition


University Centre Weston Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production students competed in the most recent Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) competition in Blackpool – and came home with a number of prizes. The students entered body painting and prosthetics categories and had to come up with their complicated creations in just a few hours at the town’s historic Winter …

Book of Mormon actor and UCW graduate returns to inspire students


University Centre Weston students were recently treated to a masterclass by UCW graduate and professional actor Lukin Simmonds. Lukin, who graduated from UCW with a degree in Musical Theatre in 2015, performed in The Book of Mormon at Bristol Hippodrome during the hugely successful six-week run of shows. He played a number of parts in the musical, including Mutumbo and …

Experiencing environmental health in Gibraltar


Two University Centre Weston (UCW) students are undertaking unique work placements in Gibraltar. Emma Pottle and Connor Thompson study Public and Environmental Health at UCW and are currently working with the Gibraltar Environment Agency. They have been in the British Overseas Territory for the past week. As well as getting the chance to see the famous rock, the pair have …

Student filmmaking from around the world celebrated at Dirigo Film Festival


More than 120 films were submitted to this year’s UCW Dirigo International Student Film Festival – making the sixth edition of the competition the biggest so far. UCW Film and Media Arts Production students sought submissions for the festival and then organised and hosted a showcase of the best films at the Arnolfini Arts Centre on Monday 27th January. Student …

Funds raised for great cause at UCW Christmas Community Day


More than 350 people visited University Centre Weston (UCW) on Saturday (30 November) for our annual Christmas Community Day. Visitors to the Winter Gardens Pavilion ballroom took part in competitions, games and activities organised by UCW students, lecturers and support staff. Stalls included a VR headset and game made by students, a 3D printer, arts and crafts including up-cycled Christmas …

Henry claims runner-up prize at national student awards


University Centre Weston (UCW) and Weston College graduate Henry Green has been named as the Association of Colleges (AoC) Higher Education Student of the Year runner-up. He was presented with a certificate to commemorate his success at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham, on Tuesday (19 November) evening. Henry, from Burnham-on-Sea, was accompanied at the AoC event by Weston College Group …

Performers to return to prestigious Windsor theatre


Talented University Centre Weston students will be showcasing their skills at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, next week. The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students will perform The Secret Garden, with the show marking the third year in a row that UCW Academy of Performing Arts students have taken to the stage at the prestigious venue. They will perform the Tony Award-winning …

UCW graduate shortlisted for national student of the year award


A University Centre Weston (UCW) and Weston College graduate is in the running to win the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Higher Education Student of the Year Award. Henry Green has made the final three for the prize, and will find out if he wins when the winner is announced during the annual AoC conference in mid-November. Henry, from Burnham-on-Sea, …

Graduation Day 2019


University Centre Weston (UCW) celebrated the successes of its students in style on Saturday (21st September) with its annual Graduation Day event. The centre of Weston was packed with more than 500 graduates dressed in mortarboards and gowns and their loved ones for the special day. Hundreds of well-wishers also came along to the Italian Gardens to watch the processions …

Graduation Day 2019 preview


University Centre Weston (UCW) will take over the centre of Weston again on Saturday with its annual Graduation celebrations. Around 500 students will mark achieving their degrees with special ceremonies at St. John the Baptist church. The ceremonies will include inspiring addresses by Weston College Group Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips CBE and supermodel, performer and curator Eunice …