Good News Stories February 2017

BA Technical Theatre and BA Digital Film Production students visit University of Essex

Students had a chance this month to experience the future of Digital Media first hand courtesy of Dr Adrian Clarke and team and Essex University’s Networked Interaction Lab. Using 4K stereoscopic 3D projection combined with gesture recognition, they were able to navigate through a historically accurate recreation of London’s Paternoster Row during its publishing heyday in the Victorian era – they were even able to cycle through the narrow street and observe details of architecture and layout obliterated during the Blitz. In a tour that included a visit to the department’s robot arena, the students were thrilled to find out more about the cutting edge of research into the technology that is rapidly becoming part of all of our futures.

Heroic Students

Two Colchester Institute students made the news over Christmas with heroic acts of bravery. Daniel Williamson, 17, is in the second and final year of his Public Services course at Colchester Institute and said what happened reaffirmed his ideal job to be a police officer. He was praised by police after helping at the scene of explosive fire on Boxing Day.

Jasmine-Leigh Reynolds, 17, didn’t think twice when a child came running past her house screaming ‘the house is on fire’ and helped to rescue a woman from the burning building. She saved the mum from the house fire in Wilson Marriage Road, Colchester.

Electrical Installations student visit to Nuclear Power Station

A group of students recently visited “Sizewell B” Nuclear Power Station in Suffolk.

The students were 1st and 2nd year students on the City and Guilds Diploma in Electrical Installations full-time course at Clacton, and were keen to learn all about nuclear power, how it works and the benefits its offers the everyday person, as well as how to get into jobs in the power industry.

A great opportunity to see the sort of large employment opportunities open to them at the end of their course.

Competition success in CH&FS

It is with great pride that we announce that George Littlechild has won the Rotary Young Waiter/Waitree of the year competition. The College successfully defended this title having won it in 2016, George was up against stiff competition in this final but quality always shines through! Having beaten Norwich in the 2016 final and it being held on their home turf in 2017, we are incredibly proud to bring the trophy back to Colchester. Well done George and well done Jenny Lee, Stephen Frei – George’s tutors and mentors for the competition.

Teacher Training Ofsted result

The School of Education would like to thank all members of Colchester Institute for their help and assistance in the recent Ofsted inspection which has seen the Initial Teacher Education department receive an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in all categories. Click here to read more.

Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Practice (PG CHEP)

Rachel James, HE Music, and Gillian Cordery HE Education, have now completed their Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Practice PG CHEP with certificates to be award soon and Michele Fuller, Eliza Bebb, Tina Bullen, Daniel Wood and Lindsay Horsley have all achieved their HEA D2 status and are now nationally recognised HE lecturers.

Braintree STEM Innovation Centre – The journey so far…

September saw Cadman Construction, the College’s appointed contractor, arrive on site to set up their site offices, welfare facilities and set the site boundary. Many student site visits have been undertaken by Brickwork Level 1, Carpentry Level 1 and 2 and Plumbing Level 1 and 2. There will also be an opportunity for Level 3 Plumbing students to visit during the commissioning phase.

We are currently procuring furniture, fixtures and equipment including all the digital engineering kit, welding and fabrication equipment including plasma cutters, press brake, mills and laths and the media lab kit.

Next on the agenda? The installation of heat recovery units, data and power installation, plastering, brickwork and fit out of workshops and classrooms, and ongoing employer forums and proactive engagement with local schools to promote new facilities for use from September 2017.

Charity Fund Raising event

Five students on the FDA Business Administration course successfully organised a charity funding raising stall as part of their project management module. They sold raffle tickets for a range of prizes generously donated by local businesses, sold freshly baked home-made cakes and goody bags, and sold beautiful hand drawn henna tattoos to other students. The event raised nearly £200 in total for Mid and North Essex MIND.

Fashion and Textiles students

We have had some great news in Fashion Textiles with our Year 2 Further Education students group who recently entered a competition – students were asked to design a garment or outfit using architecture as inspiration. Their finished pieces needed to contain fabric manipulation to echo elements found within buildings structures, such as pleats, pin tucks, smocking, and embroidery.

We are delighted that one of our students has been chosen as a finalist and could potentially win the first prize which includes Brother Innov-is 2600 sewing machine (RRP £1999.00) for the college and other prizes which include prestigious work placements, goody bags, craft books and vouchers or McCalls Patterns. Six other students were also awarded a Highly Commended Certificate.

MP for Colchester visits Colchester Institute

On Friday 13th January, MP for Colchester, Will Quince, came to talk to over 60 ESOL students about Brexit and its effects on their lives. He had kindly agreed to come and talk to us having previously discussed Brexit with us at his surgery. Although Will stressed beforehand that he did not have answers to many of our students’ questions about how Brexit may happen, he made every effort to try and allay our students’ fears around issues surrounding their future rights in the UK, how the UK economy would cope without EU workers and a rise in racism and hate crime since the referendum. Will spoke at length about Colchester’s history as a town that welcomed immigration and hoped that this would continue even after Britain’s exit from the EU.

While our students may not have agreed with everything Will said, they very much appreciated his taking the time to come and listen to their stories and answer their questions. It was also excellent practice for their English! We consider this visit to have opened up a very important dialogue and hope to build on this relationship in the future. We thank Will and the college for organising this memorable event.

Business and Computing Career Ready students

The students are exhilarated to meet their Employer Mentors for the first time! Employer Mentors got a chance to hear from previous mentors and past students’ perspective of the constructive value of the Mentoring Process.

The Employer Mentors will coach students over the course of the year to enhance their employability skills towards the next step in their career.

Progression for Dance Students

Numerous offers have been to our second year FE students made for universities and some of the most prestigious dance colleges in the UK including Rambert, the Northern School of Contemporary Performers, Bodyworks and Creative Academy.

The group have also been selected to perform twice at MoveIt on 10th March 2017 in the showcase theatre to promote Colchester Institute to prospective students.

Visit to Carnaby Street

A group of Level 2 Beauty Therapy students commuted to London to take part in a make-up employer event. The event was to educate and inspire them within the make-up artistry world and a future career. The companies were MAC pro store, Carnaby Street and Illamsqua in Beak street. A fantastic time was had by both staff and students.

Our students on BBC Essex

Level 3 Popular Music band Cannon, made up of 1st year and 2nd year students, are being played on BBC Essex this weekend (11th Feb). The music track was entirely recorded, mixed and mastered by Level 3 Music Technology and Production students in the College. This is the first time a track has been made from start to finish by current FE students which has been accepted for BBC professional broadcast.

‘Create an Image’ Competition

Our annual ‘Create An Image’ competition took place at our Colchester Campus. The annual competition is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their skills and build their portfolio. This year’s theme was based on ‘The Land of Make Belief’. Our students entered from Colchester, Clacton and Braintree, with nearly 200 students and models attending! Models were worked on by our talented students before they were then presented to the industry judges who scored each of the models. Winners were chosen and fantastic prizes were won! The students had a brilliant day and it was a really good vibe! The competition was judged by employers from around the region who were really impressed with the standard of work.

And finally…

Early Years students visit Goa

A group of students studying in Early Years are currently out in Goa, India carrying out a range of interesting community projects involving children.

Photography students snapped some expert pictures of MP James Cleverly

Students studying on the Level 3 Photography Diploma at The College at Braintree have recently spent time photographing Braintree MP, James Cleverly. At the MP’s request the students were asked to produce a portfolio of formal and informal images, taken on location within the community.

Fashion students shortlisted

Congratulations to the shortlisted students for this year’s Nicole Abbott Award. Suzanne Abbott along with Clare White and Roz Morrisson from Paul Smith visited Colchester Institute to view the exhibition in the Hay Gallery.

Clare White, Creative Design, Paul Smith Ltd said “We were very impressed with the students and the standard of their work. It was encouraging to see such well documented research, development, colour and drawing work. The students were incredibly professional and focused and presented their work and research very clearly. It was a tough decision this year as there were so many strong students, therefore we selected four finalists and look forward to welcoming them to the Paul Smith head office in London so Sir Paul can select the winner! A huge well done to Sophie, Ellie, Eloise and Amber!

Business and IT students reporting back on how to solve the International crisis

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