Award Winning Musical The Circle Celebrates New Workshop


We’re celebrating the exceptional new musical The Circle, co-created and scripted by one of UCW’s very own lecturers, Eloise Hodder! In 2023, this exciting new musical was praised by many, winning twenty-six awards! This included the incredibly prestigious Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize for Drown Without Water, the eleven o’clock number from the show.   On the back …

UCW Alumnus Jordan Flourishes as a Freelance Actor, Theatre-Maker, and Composer


UCW is proud to highlight the achievements of alumnus Jordan, a Performing Arts graduate, who has forged a successful career as a freelance actor, theatre-maker, composer, musician, and audio creator.  Currently, Jordan’s dynamic job encompasses creating and performing in theatre productions both locally and on tour. Additionally, Jordan composes music, records voices and ambient sounds, and mixes these elements into …

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Martin’s Path: Weston College Award Winner Excels at UCW


Martin is our Counselling Student of the Year. Martin made the admirable decision to pursue education at the age of 30. Driven by a desire to gain skills for his career in addiction services, Martin embarked on the Counselling Skills programme at Weston College before going on to study a BSc in Counselling at University Centre Weston.  Martin displayed a …

Oscar’s Story: The Kickoff to a Coaching Journey


Oscar embodies excellence both on and off the football pitch, making him a standout choice for Weston College’s Sports Academy Student of the Year. As a pivotal member of the football academy, Oscar has not only represented but also captained the under-18s and 19s teams with flair and dedication. His prowess on the field recently earned him a call-up to …

Award Winner Ben’s Civil Engineering Journey


Meet Ben, who was named the Construction Professions, Trades, and Services Student of the Year at Weston College’s Celebration of Success event. He exemplified excellence in his two-year T-Level course in Design, Surveying, and Planning in Construction. His outstanding performance was particularly evident during his industry work placement at Hydrock, where he impressed with his knowledge and understanding of their …

Joe’s Musical Theatre Experience


UCW proudly highlights Joe, a student on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course. Joe’s journey at UCW is a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent and supporting students through every step of their academic path.  Growing Knowledge and Skills  Joe credits UCW with significantly enhancing his understanding and abilities in musical theatre. He states, “It’s helped me to develop …

Spotlight on Clare: UCW Health & Social Care Lecturer


UCW is delighted to introduce Clare, an HE Lecturer in Health & Social Care. Clare brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for education, making her an invaluable member of our academic team.  Clare’s favourite aspect of her role is the opportunity to develop her own learning as well as that of her students. She finds immense satisfaction when …

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Student Ambassador of the Year: Courtney’s Journey to Forensic Anthropology

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Courtney Phillips, a dedicated mother of three and an exemplary student from the Foundation Degree in Biological Laboratory Sciences, is University Centre Weston’s  Student Ambassador of the Year. Courtney’s commitment to her role as a student ambassador has been exceptional. She has actively participated in every open day and school outreach programme, aiming to inspire others to consider the Biological …

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Film and Media Arts Production Students Shine at Sold-Out Cineworld Showcase

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Our BA Film and Media Arts Production students showcased their talents at a sold-out screening event at Cineworld, Weston-Super-Mare, on Tuesday. The event, a terrific success, featured a superb range of films including comedy, drama, documentary, and music videos, highlighting the incredible hard work of the students.  The showcase, named “Emergence,” celebrates the journey of UCW’s final-year students as they …

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Benjamin Soares in HTQ Degree Apprenticeship with GKN Aerospace

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Benjamin Mclaughlin, the recipient of the Engineering & Construction Student of the Year Award at University Centre Weston, has demonstrated remarkable dedication and achievement over his eight-year journey with the Weston College group. Progressing from a Level 3 course through an HNC, and now on to a Higher National Diploma, Benjamin has been an integral part of the academic community. …

Success Tips from Adam, our Career Advisor


Meet Adam! He helps UCW students find out what they want to do after they graduate and gives them the tools to achieve these goals. We sat down with Adam to chat about his role.    What do you do here at UCW?  As UCW’s Career Coach it’s my job to co-ordinate the Careers Coaching service, based in the HEART team. …

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UCW HTQ Site Visit to New Student Accommodation Site in Bristol


Learners studying their Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ) in Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, Design and Build and Site Supervisors, recently attended a site visit to a new student accommodation block being built in Bristol.  HTQ’s are level 4 and level 5 qualifications which take place between completing A Levels or T levels and starting a degree. They are job-focused qualifications which …

Shahbaz Shares his UCW Story


UCW student Shahbaz, currently on the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship course, shares his positive experiences and the impact UCW has had on his academic and professional growth.  Shahbaz highlights the significant role UCW has played in enhancing his practical skills and preparing him for the workforce. “UCW has helped my practical skills to grow and prepared me for my work …

UCW Student Megan Excels in Business Management and Sustainability


UCW student Megan is making impressive strides in her studies, pursuing a degree in Business Management and Sustainability. With a passion for integrating sustainable practices into business strategies, Megan has found UCW to be the perfect environment to develop her knowledge and skills.  Megan appreciates the comprehensive approach UCW takes in delivering its courses. “I have loved the overall structure …

Georgia to Show Off Short Film at Cineworld in Weston


Georgia, a Film and Media Arts Production Student at UCW is set to debut her short film, “Tides Reign,” at the Cineworld in Weston-super-Mare as part of the UCW Film Showcase, Emergence. The film explores the adventures of four young adults solving petty alien crimes in the UK.  “Tides Reign” focuses on Aleah, a 16-year-old girl with mind-reading abilities, who …

National Star College and UCW Unite for Inclusive Practice Workshop


UCW was delighted to welcome students and support workers from National Star College for an insightful workshop focused on speech and language therapy. This session brought together second-year BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disability, and Inclusive Practice learners from UCW and National Star College students, creating a learning experience that emphasised mutual understanding and collaboration.  For the workshop, learners with …

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Photography & Film students from UCW Present “Emergence” Showcase

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Last week, our talented BA Photography and Visual Culture students proudly showcased their creative work at Prior in Cabot Circus, Bristol. This exhibition featured remarkable projects by final-year photographers, filmmakers, and artists, highlighting their journey as they transition from their degree to the professional world of photography, film, and media arts.  The students had the unique opportunity to present their …

Lauren Excels in Animal Management


Lauren has been thriving in her Animal Management course, gaining valuable skills and knowledge that are setting her up for a bright future. Reflecting on her time at UCW, Lauren shares how the institution has profoundly impacted her educational journey and personal development.  “UCW has helped with my knowledge a lot by allowing me to discover my own ways of …

Shaq Taylor on stage as Hamilton from the musical in Bristol Hippodrome

University Centre Weston and Hippodrome Forge Transformative Partnership 

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University Centre Weston (UCW) Creative Arts Careers Excellence Hub (CEH) and the Bristol Hippodrome, renowned ATG Entertainment Venue, are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership to nurture the next generation of creative talent. This innovative collaboration marks an important moment for our students in the arts education landscape, offering opportunities for our aspiring performers and creatives.  The first initiative of …

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Meet Deelaka: An Excellent Engineering Lecturer

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We’re catching up with one of our engineering lecturers, Deelaka!   Deelaka is one of our excellent engineering lecturers here at UCW, known for his passion for teaching Higher Education students. His favourite part of his role lies in imparting knowledge and shaping the minds of budding engineers. Specialising in Dynamic Modelling and Simulation, Deelaka thrives while guiding students through this …

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Students Explore Shepton Mallet Prison’s History

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Students from the BA Hons Uniformed & Public Services programme embarked on an eye-opening journey through history during a recent visit to Shepton Mallet Prison, nicknamed the ‘Mallet’. The students delved into the depths of this infamous correctional facility, learning secrets as they went.  Throughout the day, the students were told about the mysteries behind prison terminology, discovering the origins …

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UCW Alumnus Luiza Excelling as Student Veterinary Nurse

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UCW is proud to spotlight alumna Luiza, who has found her stride as a Student Veterinary Nurse. Luiza’s journey from UCW’s Animal Management programme to her current role exemplifies our commitment to nurturing talent for success in diverse fields.  In her role as a Student Veterinary Nurse, Luiza works alongside vets, contributing to various facets of animal care, including anaesthesia, …

From UCW to the Classroom: Chelsea’s Journey in Early Years Education

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Former UCW student Chelsea has been making strides in the education sector since completing her Early Years Education degree. Chelsea, who specialised in Primary and Early Years Education, is currently engaged in teaching supply work through Education People Agency while eagerly anticipating the right permanent teaching position.  Reflecting on her journey, Chelsea acknowledges the pivotal role UCW played in shaping …

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Jenny Shapes Her Future in Performing Arts

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Jenny, a vibrant and passionate student at UCW, is pursuing a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. Reflecting on her journey, Jenny highlights UCW’s role in nurturing her growth as a performer and shaping her understanding of the industry she aspires to enter.  Throughout her time at UCW, Jenny expresses gratitude for the holistic support provided by her lecturers. They have …

UCW Student Natalie Shines in Hair, Makeup, and Prosthetics Course


UCW is proud to spotlight one of our excellent students, Natalie!  Natalie is enrolled in the hair, makeup, and prosthetics for production course at UCW. When asked about her experience, she expressed profound gratitude for the support and resources provided by the university. “UCW has helped me with my knowledge and skills by supplying me with the products and information …

Students Learn About Animal Welfare Through Horseworld Visit


Students pursuing BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation, Behaviour and Welfare, and FdSc Animal Management degrees recently embarked on an enlightening excursion to Horseworld, a prominent equine charity based in Bristol. This visit was a pivotal opportunity for those aspiring to work professionally in this industry to delve deeper into the intricate realms of animal welfare and equine management, aligning seamlessly with …

UCW Student Poppy Excels in Musical Theatre Studies


Poppy, a student at UCW pursuing her BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre, has shared her time and journey at UCW. It’s clear that UCW has played a pivotal role in nurturing her talents and shaping her aspirations.  Poppy’s course, offers a comprehensive curriculum that not only hones her practical skills in dance, singing, and acting but also enriches her academically …

UCW Awards 2024: A Night of Achievement, Celebration, and Outstanding Talent

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University Centre Weston (UCW) held a night to remember at the annual UCW Awards, held on Wednesday, April 24th 2024. The event, which celebrated excellence and achievement across various disciplines, was a resounding success, leaving attendees buzzing with excitement.   Attendees enjoyed an incredible performance by UCW’s BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students. Their renditions of hits such as “Shut Up and Dance” …

Student Poppy Shares Insights on Hair, Makeup, and Prosthetics


Poppy, a student at UCW, has offered a glimpse into her journey through the Hair, Makeup, and Prosthetics for Production course in a recent interview.  Poppy emphasised the significant role UCW has played in fostering her growth both professionally and creatively. She highlighted the university’s approach, which initially provides structure in the first years of study but gradually allows students …

Former Student Puts on Debut Show About Dyscalculia


UCW celebrates the remarkable journey of Mia, a graduate in Performing Arts!  Throughout her time at UCW, Mia honed her skills in theatre making, marketing, and creative practice, laying the foundation for her future endeavours. Reflecting on her experience, Mia shared: “UCW gave me the knowledge and the confidence to get out there and create opportunities for myself. The lecturers …

Business Student Adam Shares His UCW Experience


Adam, a third-year Business Management with Sustainability student at UCW, recently shared his thoughts on his educational journey and experiences with us. He gave us an insight into his academic growth, support systems, and future aspirations!  Reflecting on his time at UCW, Adam emphasised the university’s role in nurturing his knowledge and skills. He remarked: “UCW has provided specific theories …

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Early Years and Education Explore Berlin


Early Years and Education students recently had the opportunity to go to Berlin! Students immersed themselves in new educational settings and cultural experiences. The trip was an exciting adventure filled with new friendships, personal growth, and profound insights into alternative educational approaches.  The trip offered students the opportunity to explore early years and primary settings vastly different from their own, visiting …

Jack and Susan Thrive in Environmental Health


Jack and Susan, two dedicated learners at UCW, are making waves in their respective fields of study, showcasing the impact of UCW’s programs on their knowledge and career prospects.  Jack, currently on the BSC in Public and Environmental Health, highlights the invaluable networking opportunities facilitated by UCW. “The range of guest lectures from both private and public sectors has been …

Elizabeth Excels in Public Services


Meet Public Services student Elizabeth! She is in her third year here at UCW; we caught up with her to see how she got on.   Elizabeth said that UCW has helped her to focus in a number of areas. “There are a lot of areas within UCW itself to help with research and extra information, having an online library …

Successful Turing Scheme Gains Exceptional Feedback from UCW Students


The Turing Scheme has been a huge success!   In January, two groups of UCW students went to the USA as part of a programme to study in a specialised environment for a month. The Turing Scheme is a programme by the Government which provides funding to higher education, further education and vocational education institutions to offer their students, life-changing experiences to …

Photographers Impress in Embrace Themed Awards


Every year, our BA Hons Photography & Visual Cultures students hold a photography competition, open to entries both in an international ‘open call’ and to entries from Weston College students. This year’s theme for photos to follow was around ‘Embrace’. This photography award is produced and organised with support from Royal Photographic Society. The awards were presented alongside the Dirigo International Student …

Engineering Apprentice Heather Awarded Scholarship


Last year Weston College and University Centre Weston (UCW) launched a new scholarship, for Engineering learners, in partnership with the Luke Wheaton Trust, which honours the memory of former learner Luke Wheaton, one of Weston College’s most inspiring apprentices working with Wessex Water.  The scholarship, which is available for one student, per year, is open to any apprentice studying on …

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Launching Our New Courses and Career Excellence Hubs


Our new degrees, degree apprenticeships, HTQs and short courses are now available online and in our new prospectus!   We’ve expanded our curriculum with brand new courses!   New courses which will be available in 2025, include:   Animal, Conservation, Behaviour and Welfare (Hons), which will help you to learn about conservation practices and their impact on animal behaviour.   We’ve also got our …

Folu’s UCW Journey So Far


Folu is a first-year student on the BA Uniformed and Public Services course. We sat down and spoke with Folu about how his course is going, and how he has found making the move to Weston from a different area.   Folu has seen personal growth since starting at UCW. He was quite nervous before moving to Weston from Northamptonshire around …

Getting Ready for Student Finance – Meet Becky


Finance and money are a vital part of becoming a student. Here to help out with this is our Student Support and Finance Officer, Becky! Becky supports students with budgeting and student finance queries, as well as organising helpful events like National Student Money week.  We asked Becky, what are your top three tips for students applying for student finance?   …

Ian’s Experience at UCW – from a Business Degree to a Management Role


Meet Ian. He is the Fostering Recruitment Co-Ordinator at Somerset Council, and an alumnus of UCW studying Business Management and Sustainability! We caught up with him to see how he’s doing after graduating.   Ian’s role involves managing a small team whose overall objective is to increase the number of foster carers recruited to Somerset Council. His role is both operational …

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How And Why To Recruit Apprentices At Bristol Event

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Date: Thu 29 Feb 2024 Time: 8:00 AM – 15:30 PM Location: BAWA, Southmead Road, Bristol, BS34 7RG Tickets: Click here to register The world of apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships can be a confusing world to navigate if you’re not equipped with the knowledge to get started… After being welcomed with a free breakfast, you’ll learn how and why apprenticeships …

Meet Maddie – An Amazing Aerospace Engineering Apprentice


Ever wondered what it’s like to be a degree apprentice?   Meet 2nd Year Aerospace Engineering apprentice Maddie, a talented engineer who works for GKN Aerospace and studies through UCW at the multi-million pound GKN Global Technology Centre (GTC).   Maddie loves the fact that her classrooms are embedded into her workplace, saying: “this helps me to relate the content …

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FREE Level 4/5 Short Courses Now Available

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We are very pleased to announce that we have launched four brand new FREE short courses for individuals in employment! These fantastic short courses give you a taste of what a full degree is like for those that are unsure if higher education is for them – they can also be used as part of your continued professional development.   …

10th Annual Dirigo Film Festival Wows Audiences!


Last week film lovers gathered at the Cube Microplex for the incredibly special 10th anniversary of the annual Dirigo Student Film Festival! 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 …

Meet Our Amazing Admissions Officer – Mike!


It’s time to introduce our Higher Education Admissions Officer, Mike!   Mike works in the HEART (Higher Education Academic Registry Team) office and makes sure that students going through the application process have the best experience they can!  We sat down with Mike and asked him a few questions about the application process.  What does a day in your job look …

University Centre Weston Continues to Lead the Sector with ISO 27001 Certification


The University Centre’s ISO 27001 certification has been retained for the fifth consecutive year, distinguishing UCW as strong in data management to consistently meet this international standard. In the face of escalating cyber threats targeting the education sector, UCW reaffirms its commitment to safeguarding learner and stakeholder data through its ISO 27001 Certification. The College’s Information Security Management System (ISMS) …

Graphic Design Student Creates Logo for Knife Angel


A UCW student has created a logo, chosen by North Somerset Council to symbolise Knife Angel’s visit to Weston-super-Mare this spring.  Graphic design student Ryan created the winning design. He is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from UCW. His cohort, along with Weston College Level 3 graphic design students, were tasked with designing a logo and brand …

Introducing Engineering Student Callum


It’s time to introduce UCW Engineering Student Callum!   Callum is currently studying the BEng Aerospace engineering Design Apprenticeship, studying at the GKN Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol.   We asked Callum; what does a typical day in your life look like?   “Firstly, I arrive at 8:00 ready for tutor where I get myself ready for learning by grabbing a laptop …

Greg Bottrill Examines Play in Education at Fantastic Guest Lecture

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Educators and employers in the education industry enjoyed a fascinating lecture from acclaimed author Greg Bottrill. As a former early years lead and assistant headteacher, Greg has many years of experience in the early years sector. Attendees were gripped as the significance of play-based learning and the pivotal role it plays in a child’s cognitive and emotional development was spoken …

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. DIRIGO 10th International Student Film Festival RETURNS to the …

Nursing Students Enjoy London Trip


Our Trainee Nursing Associate students and learners on the Level 3 Access to HE: Nursing and Midwifery course enjoyed an exciting trip to London recently to visit both the Hunterian Museum and the Anatomy and Physiology Museum.  These historic museums are based within the Royal College of Surgeons. The Hunterian Museum was founded in 1799 and contains a vast collection …

University Centre Weston Celebrates Success in Wave 1 of OfS Degree Apprenticeship Funding


University Centre Weston (UCW) is thrilled to announce its success in securing £272,000 from the Office for Students’ (OfS) £40 million degree apprenticeship fund launched in September 2023. As part of the wave 1 funding, UCW stands among the fifty-one colleges and universities that have been awarded a share of a £12 million funding pot to expand degree apprenticeships.  Today …

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UCW Alumni – Meet Hannah!


Today we’re meeting Animal Management alumni Hannah!   Hannah studied the Animal Management Foundation Degree, now the BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation, Behaviour and Welfare. Since graduating, she has gone on to become an Animal Care Assistant at the RSPCA branch in Brent Knoll!   Hannah’s job is a busy one, looking after the animals in her section of the branch. Hannah …

Mendip Adventure for Uniformed Public Services Students


In an exhilarating day of outdoor exploration, Year 1 students at UCW went on a thrilling adventure at Mendip Activity Centre. Braving the crisp cold morning, the students hit the water for a kayaking session on the picturesque River Yeo, setting the stage for an unforgettable day of learning and fun.  The event was part of the students’ preparation for …

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Support Over Christmas

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Although UCW will be closed from 20th December 2023 until the 2nd January 2024; there is support available to you during this period.    If you are struggling and want some support, or someone to talk to, the numbers below may help:  Student Assistance Programme: 0800 028 3799 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Provides support with any issues …

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


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


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


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!


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 …

Photography Student Zoe Wins Big Prize


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


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


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


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’


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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

University Centre Weston Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Production students winning first place at the AHT regional heat competition

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 brief talk …

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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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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Abbey Renshaw for Alumni Profile

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 …

Mental Health Drawing Event hosted by the UCW HEART team. Colouring pencils and colouring books out on the table

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 …

Sashaying Towards Success: Life as a Dance Learner at UCW with Third Year Georgia Barlow

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Georgia Barlow, third year BA (Hons) Dance for Commercial Performance student, has given us a glimpse behind the curtain at what it’s like being a UCW Dance student.    Based at our state-of-the-art UCW Academy of Performing Arts at Knightstone Campus, Dance for Commercial Performance is one of many of our Performing Arts degree programmes available to study here at UCW.    …

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Nursing Associate Learner, Shane Allot, Dubs IoT a “Great Opportunity for Personal Development”

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University Centre Weston learner, Shane Allot, celebrates 6 months of study with recognition of his success and strong words of praise for the Institute of Technology (IoT) and UCW. Shane, 34 from Weston-super-Mare, is an adult learner who has been studying the Nursing Associate FdSc Higher Apprenticeship at UCW in partnership with the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT).   …

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 …

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Levelling Up – The Chinese Room Technical Producer Inspires Game and Animation Learners

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The Chinese Room’s Technical Producer, Pascal Siddons visited UCW Games and Animation Production, BA (hons) students to give a lecture on employment and how to stand out when applying for Graduate roles in the gaming industry.  The Chinese Room are a BAFTA-winning games studio and have created the likes of Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Everybody’s Gone to …

UCW Music Learner Secures Place on MA Programme

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Congratulations to BA Professional Music and Production student Mike-e for his outstanding achievement in securing a place on the highly reputable MA Electronic Music Production at dB’s Institute of Sound and Digital Technologies, partnered with Falmouth University.  Mike-e has been a part of the Weston College Group family since joining onto a Level 1 Music course in 2015.   Since then, …

Performing Arts Learners Shine in Industry Standard Showcase

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Recently our UCW Performing Arts learners had the privilege of working and collaborating with one of the country’s most reputable and highly sought-after Physical Comedy Directors, John Nicholson.    John is renowned throughout the industry for his work as Artistic Director of the award-winning Peepolykus Theatre Company, for which he has created 12 fantastic productions that have appeared in the West End …

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Counselling Student, Megan Du Plessis UCW, Presents at BACP Research Conference

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Congratulations to UCW Counselling student Megan Du Plessis and lecturer Claire Plews on their outstanding achievement in being selected to speak at the highly prestigious British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) research conference.   The conference took place in Dundee from 19th to 20th May and is recognised throughout the counselling industry as an incredibly distinguished and reputable event, …

UCW Awards 2022

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After 2 years of no physical award ceremonies, the prestigious UCW Awards returned in style for 2022.  The spectacular evening marks the celebration of astounding students and staff, who were nominated to receive the coveted subject awards and special prizes to acknowledge excellence.  Students and staff accompanied by friends and family arrived at the glamourous gala, greeted by canopies and …

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 …

Why did I become a Student Ambassador? – Meet Chris!

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The amazing support at UCW is often at the tip of the tongues of our students whenever we ask “What’s your favourite thing about studying at UCW?” As well as our friendly HEART team, the Student Ambassador team do an amazing job supporting prospective students, helping to create an inclusive and forward thinking student culture. But what do Student Ambassadors …

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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 …

BRAND NEW SHORT COURSE: Level 4 Sand Sculpting

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April fools…  BUT we are excited to be launching our new range of Level 4/5 short courses soon – designed to give you a taste of what a degree is like whilst still getting a fantastic qualification for your professional development. Take a look below and register your interest!

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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 …