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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 five 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.   These …

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

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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

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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 …

Stiles and Drewe Success for UCW

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

Kam’s Inspirational Journey to HE Student of the Year

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

Students Join Forces for a Frighteningly Good Time

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

UCW Adopts the Halo Code!

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

Photography Student Zoe Wins Big Prize

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

UCW Students Offered Chance to Study in USA

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

Alumni Liz Wins Big Art Prize

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

Celebrating Excellence – Kam Makes AoC Student of the Year Shortlist

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

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Exploding Plastic Inevitable 2.0 – A Telematic Immersive Experience

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

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

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

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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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 …

International Women in Engineering Day

Celebrating Women in Engineering

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

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UCW Photography Students Showcase Remarkable Talent at Print and Book Fair

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

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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 …

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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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, …

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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 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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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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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 …

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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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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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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 …

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World Mental Health Day Drawing Event

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

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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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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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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 …

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).   …

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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 …

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 …

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!

Open Week Round-up

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

How To Write Your UCAS Personal Statement


With half term out of the way, it is time for students who are applying to university in the 2016 cycle to really start working on their UCAS application forms. We know that a lot of you have already been to open days and have started working on personal statements, so you are hopefully well on the way to completing …