Winchester Cathedral was the venue this morning as staff and students celebrated success in BCoT’s Higher Education courses.
More than 50 BCoT graduates from HNC, HND and BA programmes attended the graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements. They were joined by their lecturers, friends and family to receive their qualifications at a ceremony hosted by the University of Winchester – the institution which validates BCoT’s BA programme.
The ceremony was presided over by the Chancellor of the University of Winchester and Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, with BCoT Principal Anthony Bravo presenting each BCoT learner with their award. Several members of BCoT staff were also honoured at the ceremony when they received their qualifications for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
Claire Millward, who completed her BA Art and Design degree course at BCoT in June, said the whole occasion was “quite simply wonderful and very moving.”
Principal Anthony Bravo said the annual graduation ceremony was one of his personal highlights of the year, adding:
“Winchester Cathedral was the perfect setting to celebrate and recognise the fantastic achievements of our Higher Education students. I know how hard our staff and learners have worked to achieve their success and I felt so proud and honoured to have shared in their special day.”
BCoT welcomes Jacqueline Grubb as new Deputy Principal for Curriculum, Performance and Innovation.
Joining the College from Swindon, an ‘Outstanding’ general FE College, Jacqueline brings with her 27 years of experience in Further Education, including work as an Ofsted Inspector.
“Enjoying a successful career in the Hair and Beauty Industry including owning my own business, I was approached to undertake some part-time lecturing alongside this and discovered a passion for teaching and learning,” she said.
"Part-time lecturing became full-time lecturing, curriculum and quality management and then into senior leadership, alongside this I was an External Verifier and am still currently working with Ofsted as an Inspector."
“I am especially excited to work closely with students, staff, governors and stakeholders to ultimately make BCoT the first choice for all learners in the region."
Jacqueline has two children and is looking forward to the opportunity of building on growth and success in Basingstoke and the surrounding area. Outside of work, she likes to travel and confesses to a love of Italian church architecture, but says that some of her most memorable holidays have been in the UK, particularly in Snowdonia and Cornwall.
“I’m delighted to be joining the team at BCoT in this new role and will continue to grow the college's reputation and deliver a quality product, focussing on performance and innovation. I know the College already has excellent enterprise opportunities, which I feel very strongly about, and I look forward to getting behind our drive to be an Outstanding College.”
After beating off stiff competition to win one of the sought after bursaries granted by the Nuffield Research Scheme, BCoT student Tom Ash has just returned from his work placement at Winchester Science Centre (WSC).
Forensic Science student Tom, who is now in his second year of the Level 3 programme, secured one of only 20 placements offered by the Nuffield Scheme. Tom was encouraged by his tutor Jo Bale to apply for the bursary earlier in the year. Jo explained:
“Tom is an exceptionally bright student and I felt it was important for him to do extra-curricular activities which would push him academically. This is the first time that a BCoT student has applied for a bursary and we are delighted Tom was successful. Only 100 bursaries are granted in the South East so he has done incredibly well.”
Tom’s area of study during his placement was on the interaction of visitors with the exhibits at the WSC. He had to plan, execute, analyse and report on his observational findings. Following his placement, Tom went on to win a coveted British Science Association Crest Award in recognition of his achievements.
“I am so glad Jo encouraged me to apply for the scheme. The placement definitely helped me with my coursework. Although it was not directly related to Forensics, I gained a great understanding of the Science industry.
“I am going to ask if I can do work experience there again this year as part of my course. I’m really hoping there could be a job opportunity at the end of it too!”
Members of BCoT’s Student Union (SU) team, together with staff and local businesses joined forces to welcome new students at the College’s annual Freshers Fair.
The event was held to show students the huge range of activities they can get involved in both at the College, and in the local community.
As always, the event proved a real success with learners who were keen to find out more about extra-curricular activities available.
Steven, a Business student at BCoT said “I found out about so many things I can do, both in and out of college. It was also a chance to speak to local employers about possible job opportunities, which was great.”
The Equality and Diversity (E&D) team at BCoT proved a real draw for students keen to find out more the College’s diversity programme. Rhiannon Rowlands from the BCoT SU said:
“I saw Freshers' Fair as a great opportunity to encourage others to become E&D Ambassadors like me; I want to share what I’ve learnt with other students in the College community. I’ve already had twenty students sign up to become part of our team which his amazing!”
A number of sports teams, gyms and other clubs were also represented at the Freshers’ Fair. Wyatt Chappell, Sports officer for the BCoT SU said:
“My job was to promote upcoming activities and get students interested and on board. We had lots of people keen to join, so I’m very happy!”
Sam Harding, Learning Engagement Officer at BCoT who organised the event was delighted with how well it all went, adding:
“We organise Freshers’ Fair to give students and staff the chance to find out more about what is offered by local businesses, as well as within the college. Our aim is to get students involved and at the same time think about their health and wellbeing. Being a student at BCoT is not just about the learning; it’s about making new friends, getting involved, and being happy. By holding the Fresher’s Fair, I’d like to think we have played our part in making this happen.”
Engineering Apprentices training with BCoT learnt about becoming Chartered Engineers during presentations from two professional bodies recently.
With the start of a new term at the College, both The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (The IMechE) and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) were invited in to talk about the benefits and progression opportunities of membership.
The College’s engineering provision has been accredited by both bodies, which not only recognises the quality of Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeships offered at BCoT but also gives the Apprentices the opportunity to join as ‘Student Members’ during their apprenticeship, to benefit from the many resources both Institutions offer.
“We believe it’s really important to show our Apprentices that engineering is a well-respected profession that offers them lots of career opportunity,” said Acting Head of Engineering, Brian Adams. “The College is proud to be one of the few accredited by both The IET and The IMechE so it’s great to have the institutions in and meeting them.”
The College’s decision to apply for professional accreditation was focussed on the progression opportunities this would mean for their Apprentices. If an Apprentice is interested in becoming a Chartered Engineer, having completed their Apprenticeship with an accredited provider like BCoT, their application is ‘fast tracked’ to the first step - EngTech status and with letters after their name. The institutions will then support them through their journey to first Incorporated and then Chartered Engineer as their career progresses.
“Both presentations were excellent and it was good so see that so many of our Apprentices have applied to join either one or both of them!” said Brian Adams.
Amplitude Open Mic Night
BCoTs Level 3 Music Tech students are hosting their first open mic night in the refectory on Thursday 23 October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Come along and show your support!
Or, if you fancy taking part as a performer, e-mail tutor Vikki Soanes to sign up for a 10 minute slot.
To see how the event gets on, follow the students on Twitter https://twitter.com/BCOTAMPLITUDE or on facebook Amplitude- BCoT.
Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 29th October; the lesson will take place at the College from 1.30pm on Tuesday 4th November.
Mr Zhang, pictured above on Chinese TV recently, will be at BCoT as part of an exchange visit between the College and Jiangsu Catering College. He will be with us, teaching students authentic Chinese cookery technics, for ten days from 31st October. In return, BCoT's head chef, Ian Pitt, will return to China in November to share his skills with Jiangsu students.
Read more about BCoT's growing links with our Chinese colleagues in this recent Basingstoke Gazette article.
Our HND Travel & Tourism Management students will be hearing from guest speaker Ian Carey about employment legislation. The Reading-based employment law specialist, of solicitors Carey's Law, will help the future business leaders understand legal requirements in relation to staff management. The HND course includes a unit on Legislation and Ethics so Mr Carey's presentation will provide a useful context to this.
Come along to our Open Day from 10.30am-1.00pm where you can look around the College, chat to staff and students and find out more about the courses you are interested in. This is also a chance for you to learn more about A levels and our subsidised travel programme.
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The BCoT Creative Technologies teams are delighted to be hosting a free TeachMeet at the College from 4.30pm on 27th November.
TeachMeets are informal gatherings for colleagues to share good practice and a great opportunity to catch up with peers. Tutors can come along on the evening, listen to the speakers, be inspired and join in the debate. Colleagues are also welcome to share their ideas and best practice by delivering a short presentation (5-10 minutes) on the theme of that particular event.
For more information on TeachMeets, please click here to visit the Edusites website.
To reserve your place at the BCoT event, please click here.