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Access to HE, Awards, News

Case Study: Pearl Bartlett, Access to Higher Education

 

 

Pearl is an Access to Higher Education student hoping to go on to University. She has overcome many personal obstacles and has showed a tenacity to learn that will serve her well in the future. Pearl has also recently won a prestigious award for her hard work as a voluntary peer mentor on a ward and her assistance with helping to keep people well, the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. This was presented by none other than Frank Bruno! We caught up with Pearl to ask her about her experiences and aspirations:

 

 

What course did you study at Bath College?

I studied GCSE English and Maths at Bath College in 2016/17 and after successfully passing them, last year I began Access to HE Health and Social Care part time. I will be completing the Access course this year.

 

What was/is the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

The most enjoyable part was studying Psychology, this allowed me to gain further knowledge into mental illnesses and insight into therapies that I had undergone myself to get well.

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

Psychology and Sociology have given me the most valuable knowledge base to assist me further with going to University and furthering my career.

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

I looked at the local college in my hometown and then Bath. The success rate, support and the general feedback from previous students made me decide that Bath was in my best interests.

 

What do you want to after College?

After college I want to go to University and be the first generation in my family to go, but also to see change within the treatment of people with poor mental health.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Access to HE?

The advice I would give to future students is take on board the advice given in study skills and pace yourself. Never leave assignments until the last minute and always ask for help if you need it. The lecturers are helpful and want to assist you and allow you to get the best from yourself. Their support is amazing.

 

How did you overcome your personal challenges to complete the course?

I suffered with extremely poor mental health and was very scared to move to a new city and begin education again. However, being honest with the lecturers about my wellbeing and being able to talk to fellow students about my personal journey really boosted my confidence and gave me a sense of pride.

 

What was the award you won and why did you win it?

I was recently a winner of the NHS Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Award for Recovery and Hope. I was nominated for this prestigious award for my volunteer role as a peer mentor. I won this due to the nominations I received and for ongoing presentation of my story and explanations and promotion of the peer mentoring project. I volunteer supporting mentees on the ward and within the community assisting them to keep well.

 

 

We’re very proud of all Pearls achievements whilst at College and special congratulations are in order for this incredible Award. We’re positive you’ll smash it at University and we wish you all the best with your future aspirations!

 

If you’re interested in going to University but you’re not sure how you can then have a look at our Access to Higher Education courses, we have a full time course that takes 1 year to complete, and a part time course that takes 2 years to complete. All our Access to HE students have incredible success going on to University and a high number even secure places at top Russell Group Universities studying topics such as Paramedic Science and Veterinary Medicine.

 

You can find the full time course here and the part time course here. Or you can talk to one of our helpful staff members about what you want to study at University and how the Access course can help, either call 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

 

Events, News

Catering and Hospitality Employability Week

 

Our Catering and Hospitality students have enjoyed three days of amazing talks, workshops and masterclasses as a part of their employability days. These included a Spice Masterclass, Chocolate Voyage, Cocktail Masterclass, a Hospitality and Customer service talk and workshop, Venison butchery and speed dating interviews with top industries.

 

The purpose of the employability days is to allow students to network with real industry professionals, as well as learn valuable skills that will help them to get and maintain a solid career in their chosen industry.

 

There was a huge selection of classes, talks and workshops on offer, so the students were really spoiled for choice. Tracy Chapman’s Chocolate Voyage went down a storm on the first day as students were able to take part in a chocolate tasting workshop. Tracy is an expert in all things chocolate and a member of the Institute of Chocolate and Cacao tasting London. She talked about the difference between taste and flavour and led the students through an interactive tasting workshop on how to identify flavours, a good skill for any chef transferable across all types of food. Callum Rixson from The Hideout in Bath was also popular, leading students through a cocktail masterclass. He was incredibly passionate about each drink, talking through not only how to make it, but the decisions behind each flavour addition and the choice of alcohol. He also spent time informing the students about each piece of equipment and what they’re used for and how to use them correctly.

 

 

On the second day the students were treated to another collection of amazing opportunities, these included Customer Service talks and Venison Butchery classes from The Pig, Seafood masterclasses led by Sean Wood from the Billingsgate Seafood School and Wine workshops led by Richard Guest from Talking Wines. Steph Young from The Pig led an engaging talk and workshop on Customer Service and hospitality. As Restaurant Manager for The Pig near Bath, hospitality is one of her day to day jobs and she talked at length about her experiences, and what it took to get to where she was in the industry. She also then led a more interactive workshop, giving groups of students a particular type/group of customers and tasking them to think of how to provide the correct type of hospitality and service to suit their client’s needs. The Pig were also on hand again to lead a masterclass on Venison Butchery. They brought up one of their own fresh deer, reared on site, and led students through where each of the cuts originates. Showing students how to prepare the meat for cooking, what to remove and how to remove each cut safely. They talked about what each part of the animal can be used for in order to minimise any waste produced and to get as much from the animal as possible. This was an incredibly useful workshop for any aspiring chefs who want to work with completely fresh meat, and invaluable knowledge for the industry.

 

 

On the final day of their employability workshops our students had workshops and talks from Noya Paladim on Vietnamese food, Chris Cleghorn (Head Chef from The Olive Tree Bath) and Ed Twitchett former student and founder of Round Hill Roastery. There was also a speed dating interview workshop, where students were interviewed by industry professionals from The Bath Pub Company, Royal Crescent Hotel, The Bath Priory and Catering Services International. These interviews not only allowed them to meet industry professionals, but to network and get valuable practice and feedback on their interview skills. This will be invaluable when they leave College and are entering the real world of Catering and Hospitality.

 

 

We hope that the students enjoyed their three days of workshops, masterclasses and talks and we would like to thank all the Industry Professionals for giving up their time to come and in and work with our students.

 

If you are interested in a Catering and Hospitality course then please click here for more information

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

January Edition

 

It’s 2019 and what better way to start the year than with three brand new opportunities. We’ve taken our pick of the top three apprenticeships that you can apply for and have compiled them into this post. (Click the headers to look at the full job description).

 

#1

 

Level 2 IT Support Apprentice

This role is working with DHI (Developing Health and Independence) who are a local charity dedicated to getting people back on their feet. They work closely with people on the fringes of society to help them get back into work and live independently. They are looking for an IT apprentice to come in and assist with the day to day running of the charity as well as bring new ideas in to shape their technology strategy. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is looking to get into the IT industry, as you will be trained on the job in support, configuration and have the opportunity to bring your own ideas and knowledge to the table. The staring salary is £4.90 per hour.

 

#2

 

Level 3 Apprentice Office Administrator

This is an advanced apprenticeship in Business Administration working with Timbersource Ltd. Timbersource are a leading supplier of timber in the UK, championing a sustainable approach. Sustainable wood is a natural and eco-friendly solution to many material costs and problems we face today. Timbersource are looking for a hardworking apprentice to join their team on the back of significant growth. You will be working directly with managers and directors to deliver an efficient administration process, such as communicating with customers, processing orders and invoices, and preparing statistics for meetings. As well as your time spent in the office you will complete a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration. The Salary is £10,400 per year.

 

#3

 

Level 2 Apprentice Receptionist

Our third and final Apprenticeship is a Level 2 Apprentice Receptionist. This would be working at a busy secondary school in Bath, St Marks. The role is in the administration team, ensuring the reception area runs smoothly. The receptionist will be the first point of contact for all visitors and callers and so St Marks are after someone who is calm, approachable and has a cheery disposition. The apprenticeship is expected to take 16 months, during which you will complete an NVQ Level 2 Qualification in Business Administration. On completion of the Apprenticeship there are many opportunities for progression, promotion and additional training. The salary is £5.90 an hour.

 

 

News

ED IS ONE STEP NEARER TO HOLLYWOOD!

Bath College Creative Media Production course leader  is one step nearer to Hollywood as he’s been shortlisted for the international film competition ‘The Pitch’.

 

Ed, pitched his short film idea, ‘Clay’ and has successfully made it through to the finals. Along with nine industry professionals he attended a residential course in the Lake District last week then will go on to pitch his story idea at Pinewood Studios in the New Year.

 

The overall winner will receive a unique opportunity to have their film made with production support and a budget of £30K.  The winner will go to Hollywood, meet Ralph Winter, producer of X-men and Fantastic Four, and host of other industry professionals who will give feedback on the completed film.

 

Ed, a Lecturer in Media Production at Bath College said: “I’ve entered the competition a few times, but never got this far before so I’ve learnt a few things along the way.  In fact this year’s pitch was inspired from last year’s pitch that needed development.  When I reflect I would say there are a few themes I am dealing with such as masculinity, parenting and death.

 

Looking forward to the course Ed said, “If it’s anything like the masterclass we had with Laurie Hutzler at the Watershed last month then it’s going to be hugely beneficial.  As a father of 2 young kids finding time to think through your ideas and concepts is hard work so to have 3 days and exclusive access time to industry professional such as David Baboulene, Jackie Sheppard and Luke is going to be so invaluable.”

 

Luke Walton, the project’s director says:  “2018 has seen a leap in the number, variety and quality of pitches submitted to us for funding, and Ed should feel proud to have reached this stage. This is talent that deserves investment and that is why we offer them development through this residential course. David Baboulene has made extensive study of how story telling works in film and this course will be a prize in and of its self.”

 

You can have a look at Ed’s entry here, and find all the entries on Enter the Pitch’s website here

 

For more details and interview opportunities please contact Bridget Batty, Limetree Public Relations on bridget@limetreepr.co.uk or 07771 870400

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: January 2019

 

Our January Apprentice of the Month is Ruth Powell. Ruth has been nominated by her tutor Romina Silva, she is studying Level 2 Business Administration and completing her apprenticeship at Monkton Combe School as a HR Assistant.
The Business Administration Apprenticeship requires you to play and important support role within a business or organisation. This could be a Business Support Officer, Receptionist, Junior Legal/medical Secretary. It’s a great route into a more senior role, as many apprenticeships will have opportunities for progression and further training after completion. You can also progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and continue your studies.
Romina Silva is incredibly proud of Ruth’s achievements and her hard work in her role, she stated:

 

“Ruth has impressively progressed within her role. She has shown eagerness and willingness to learn and strived for perfection.”

 

Ruth’s Assessor also added:

“Ruth joined Monkton Combe School in Bath in November 2017 as a level 2 Business and Administration Apprentice. Since joining Monkton Combe School, Ruth has progressed impressively within her role as a HR Assistant. As an Apprentice at Bath College, Ruth always shows a willingness and eagerness to learn new skills and strives for perfection with both her work and College assignments. Ruth is very much a valued member of the team at Monkton Combe School.”

 

 

 

Although we are proud of all our hard working Apprentice’s at Bath College, only one can win the Apprentice of the Month. Ruth more than deserves the title and we are proud to award her Apprentice of the Month for January 2019, the first star Apprentice of the year! Well done Ruth, we wish you all the best with the rest of your Apprenticeship and the future.
If you’re interested in a Business Administration Apprenticeship you can find all the information here. We also currently have a vacancy for a Level 2 Business Administration Apprentice at St Marks secondary school in Bath. The role is as an Apprentice Receptionist, and the successful applicant will need to be calm, approachable and have a cheery disposition. You can find all the details here, be sure to get your applications in before the closing date on the 20th January.

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Westgate IT talks careers to Bath College Computing Students

On Wednesday December 12th December, Nigel Phillips, Director of Westgate IT, and Luke Nix, ex-Bath College student, spoke to Computing Students about careers in computing and opportunities at Westgate IT.

 

Bath College students had an interesting talk from the Director of Westgate IT, Nigel Phillips, who discussed different career options for anyone looking to go into the IT and Computing industry. He also talked at length about the different options available to work with Westgate IT after College.

 

Westgate IT are an IT support company, currently working with over 200 companies. They have offices in Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Bath. Over the past 3 years they have taken on 9 Bath College students in Apprentice and Trainee roles, and are currently looking for new trainees. Westgate IT have worked with Bath College in the past, taking on students to work one day a week between May and June to prepare them for an apprenticeship after they leave College. Nigel was keen to offer this opportunity again, which is an incredible opportunity for the students.

 

 

Westgate IT pride themselves on allowing people to grow within the company, and they try to keep all their staff up to date with training. They also offer staff the chance to find their own courses to continue their professional development, and if it will better their skills at work then Westgate IT will pay for it. Nigel also explained how to write a good CV for the computing industry, which provided the students with a good insight into what a top industry expert is looking for in a new employee.

 

Assisting Nigel with the talks was ex-Bath College student Luke Nix, who started off as an Apprentice at Westgate. Luke said that he was initially just interested in getting work experience, however after completing his apprenticeship he realised that he loved working there and was offered a first line contract which he gladly accepted. Luke told us that progressions are incredibly fast in Westgate IT and after a year on a first line contract he now has a review to move onto a second line contract, which is a great promotion in such a short space of time. In Luke’s own words ‘ask and you will get, Westgate will always assist you’.

 

Westgate IT pride themselves on looking after their apprentices, they don’t pay them an apprentice wage, they pay them national minimum wage for their age, and upon completion of your apprenticeship (around 12 months), you are given a pay rise to reflect your status as a contracted member of staff. Your development is then assessed regularly and promotions and pay rises are awarded where necessary.

Adult Community Learning, Fair, News

Success at the Adult Community Learning Christmas Fair

 

On Friday the 7th December, a group of our hard working Adult Community Learning students ran stalls and sold their own hand made Christmas gifts and decorations at the St John’s Christmas Fair. They had an incredibly successful day of sales, selling out all but one of their boxes before 1:30!

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

The group have spent the past few weeks creating beautiful jewellery and Christmas decorations in preparation for the St Johns Christmas Fair, this was held in St Johns Chapel alongside the seasonal Bath Christmas Market, so they were not pushed for custom. The products themselves have been made from wire and beads, and show a creative flair and attention to detail.

 

(some of the jewellery created by the group)

 

During the fair the students manned their own stall, engaging directly with customers and selling their own products. This was great people facing and customer service experience, and each student was professional and friendly. One of the students, Martin stated that the day was ‘Really successful and the group really enjoyed it and did really well’, I think we can agree with Martin, as the group nearly sold all their products!

 

(A photo by Heather)

 

Heather, another student took her camera along to take photos of the fair and products, Heather was extremely proud of everything the group has created and said ‘I decided to take my camera along to take photos to show how well we did and how good our crafts were.’.

 

(A Photo by Heather)

 

Overall the day was a great success, and we are so glad to see all the hard work our Adult Community Learning students put in pay off. We hope all the students had a good day and we wish them all the best for the future!

 

Adult Community Learning, Awards, News

Adult Community Learning students receive their Certificates whilst enjoying afternoon tea

At the beginning of the month our Adult Community Learning students received their hard earned certificates alongside some delicious afternoon tea and cakes.

 

At Bath College, the Adult Community Learning programme provides a wide range of courses aimed at those who want to improve their chances of finding work, support their family or live independently. These courses will involve free English and Maths assessments to those who have not already obtained a C or above at GCSE. The courses themselves are led in small groups by supportive and experienced tutors, and will always be fun and engaging!

 

All the students have been working hard towards their English and Maths qualifications, and some of them even achieved 3 or 4 different awards, an incredible achievement! Each learner has taken the biggest step in coming back to College to achieve these qualifications and we couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication that they have showed towards their work.

 

 

Sharon Purvis read each award out, these were then given out by Laurel Penrose, Bath College Principal. Each student got the opportunity to have a photo taken with their awards to mark the day, and will be given these to take away as a memento. After the awards were given out Laurel addressed the whole group, stating:

 

“Thank you for being part of the college and for showing the tenacity to complete the course. Congratulations!”

 

 

 

It was then time to enjoy some afternoon tea and cake, to really celebrate the day’s achievements. There was such a good atmosphere, everyone was laughing and celebrating receiving their certificates. One learner said:

 

“I would like to say to anyone who is thinking of doing an English course, do it. Please don’t do what I did and put it off for so long. I had no skills at the start but I’ve worked to gain Level 1 and 2. I have met some wonderful people and I look back with pride in myself.”

 

We really couldn’t be more proud of our community learning students, and we are looking forward to seeing where they’re new qualifications take them!

 

If you would like to sign up to an Adult Community Learning course, or would like some more information, you can find all the information and contacts here

Announcement, Apprenticeships, News

Bath Colleges Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

December Edition

 

It’s the last day of our Apprenticeship Takeover and we thought we’d wrap it up with the top three apprenticeship opportunities for this month!

 

Our first one is Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprentice

This is based in Bath at The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly rooms, some beautiful places to work! You will be required to work 37 hours a week, this includes your time at College. On Completion of the course you will have a NVQ Level 2 in Creative and Cultural Venue Operations. The salary is £11,406.67 in your first year. You can find all the details in the above link, this is not an opportunity you want to miss, make sure to get your application in before the closing date on Sunday 9th December!

 

 

 

Our second one is Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice

This is a perfect opportunity for an aspiring Chef. You will receive full training and guidance in all aspects of preparing and cooking the freshest ingredients to the highest standards, based in Fuller’s Kitchen establishments across the south of England. You will spend one day a week at Bath College studying, and the rest of your learning with be hands on in the Kitchen. The salary is £246.00 – £328.00 per week, not including any tips you get. Click the link above for more information including wages and requirements. The closing date will be in March so make sure to get your applications in early!

 

Our last top opportunity is a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship at The Bath Mill

This is another great opportunity for an aspiring Chef and is more local to Bath. You will be providing prompt preparation and food service delivery to a five star standard, learning hands on skills as well as studying at College. Bath Mill are a great employer to work with an all the training will be provided by their talented Chefs and Front of House staff. The salary is £8.21 per hour. Click the link above for more information and if you’re interested make sure to get your application in before the close date in January!

 

 

Have we piqued your interest with Apprenticeships? Be sure to have a look at our Apprenticeship page for all the information and all our other fantastic opportunities! You can find it here.

Awards, News, Student Spotlight

Bath College Young Enterprise Group Scoops Award at St Nicholas Market

 

‘Candles for Occasions’ wins ‘Best Customer Service’ Award at St Nicholas Market in Bristol

 

On the 1st of December two Young Enterprise groups from Bath College went to St Nicholas Market in Bristol. Each group had a stall and were selling their products to the public. This was the first opportunity for each team to start selling to the public, and the first time either team had experienced market selling.

 

The two teams were BathHB and Candles for Occasions. BathHB were selling unique handmade soaps will small prizes inside; these are to encourage hygienic habits in children. Candles for Occasions were selling eco-friendly scented candles, where everything from the box to the wick is environmentally friendly.

 

Products being sold by each team

 

Each team spent the day chatting and selling to members of the public, getting a sense for public facing selling in a busy market environment. Across the course of the day there were ‘Mystery Shoppers’ who were sent to test each teams’ customer service skills. There was also a group of Young Enterprise judges who would quiz each team in detail about their products and business, so they had to know exactly what they were talking about inside and out to win them over!

 

 

Candles for Occasions were commended for their ‘clear pricing’, being ‘very friendly and approachable’ and having a ‘nice product’. The team was headed up by Managing Director Clarice Izatt, and consisted of Paddy O’Regan, Oscar Grimes, Tamzin Kirkman, Tyler Robson, Andrew Stokes, Jess Wood, Harry Edward and Sam Bax. As a result, they won an award for having the best customer service over the day, and out of all the teams from 11 other Colleges and Schools Candles for Occasions placed third overall, an achievement they should be incredibly proud of!

 

 

If you’re interested in a Business Course you can find one here

 

Apprenticeships, News, Student Spotlight

Case study: Ellie Selway, Electrical Apprentice

 

This week is Apprenticeship takeover week and we thought we’d kick it off by looking at the success of one of our current Apprentices, Ellie Selway.

 

 

Ellie is a current Electrical Apprentice; she started off her journey on the Access to Building Services course and moved more towards electrics from there.

 

Currently she is working with a company called Bridges, giving her valuable on the job experience and training, a key aspect of Apprenticeships.

 

We caught up with her for a short Q&A about her experience at College and on the Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

What course do you study at Bath College?

“1st year I did Access to building services to get a taster of a few different construction courses as I had no previous experience and knew I’d like to do something in construction but not what specific trade.2nd year I did electrical installation. 3rd year I started working for bridges doing the level 3 electrical apprenticeship and currently have just began my 2nd year in the apprenticeship, making it my 4th year at the college.”

 

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your course?

“My current lecturer has excellent knowledge of the course content and I feel like I come away from every lesson with a stronger understanding of what we’re learning. It’s nice to come into college and be able to socialise with other apprentices your own age and in the same position as you.”

 

What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?

“Health and safety and learning about the electrical regulations as I will always have to follow these throughout my career and I feel these are most important.”

 

What made you apply to Bath College?

“Bath college is the most local college to me with a good reputation, providing a wide range of construction courses and their application process is simple and well organised.”

 

What do you want to after College?

“After college I would like to stay with the company I am currently with for a couple of years to gain more on site experience within the field and then to go on to start my own business eventually with the possibility of going on to higher level courses as well to gain further knowledge.”

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study an Apprenticeship?

“Personally, from my experience this is the best route to go down you get paid whilst you’re learning and get a variety of hands on work and theory, an apprenticeship offers a lot of opportunities for progression and as long as you have the right attitude and make the most of what is being offered it can take you far.”

 

 

If you’re interested in applying for an Apprenticeship you can check our Apprenticeship vacancies here

 

If you’re an employer interested in taking on an Apprentice we have all the information here

 

Love2Learn, News

Try Pictorial Quilt Making this New Year

 

In the new year Bath College will be bringing you a brand new leisure course, Pictorial Quilting. This will be led by Penny Leaver Green, professional textile artist and Love2learn student herself. Penny is a graduate of Leamington Spa and Exeter University and currently works from her studio in Bristol as a professional textile artist and freelance interior design consultant.

 

We caught up with Penny to ask about the new course and what it entails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a pictorial quilt?

Over the past 10 years I have developed a method of quilt- making called ‘pictorial quilting‘. This is a simple but effective form of quilt-making which allows the maker to explore a theme or idea within individual squares and then work on the quilt topper as a whole. It is a is a non-traditional technique which allows for freedom of expression and personal creativity and can be as simple or sophisticated as the maker wishes. The essence lies in illustrating moments, ideas or objects through stitch and fabric to create a personal and individual piece of work.

Pictorial quilts can be made to celebrate a birthday, marriage or christening, explore a personal story or journey, investigate a favourite subject matter e.g. birds, or flowers, an event in family history; or just reflect this moment in time.

 

How did you develop the technique?

While my children were young, I felt compelled to make work for their bedrooms. This was, perhaps, the motivation to become a full time textile artist. At the time I made a few quilts for them based on nursery rhymes. Over the years I have periodically returned to making quilts on a variety of themes, from exploring native British birds as an A-Z quilt, to a very personal quilt made during a transition period in my family’s life. I have also undertaken private quilt commissions.

 

What can students expect to gain from the course?

Students will leave the course with their own small quilt and the techniques required to continue to make pictorial quilts at their leisure. They will have explored blackwork, appliqué, ribbon work, free machine embroidery and the skills required to design and stitch the quilt.

 

Do you need any prior skills?

Students need to be able to use a sewing machine and to hand stitch at a basic level.

 

If you would like to sign up, you can find the course here.

You can follow Penny’s work online and on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Until December 21st 2018 you can get 5% off all Leisure Courses with code MINCEPIE5, perfect for trying something new in the New Year!

 

 

News

Year 2 Product Design Students pitch their ideas to Designability

 

On Friday the 23rd November our incredibly talented Year 2 Product Design students pitched their final ideas for accessible products to Designability. This was the final step of their project that they have been working towards over the past few weeks.

 

Designability are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. They follow the principle of human centered design, responding to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have also chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills (their end users).

 

Last week the students did their final testing with their end users, gathering vital information about ergonomics, colours and measurements. Stephen, Kate and Wills were thrilled with the progress and offered their opinions on how each product could be improved, and what they found ergonomically comfortable. This has informed the final prototype products the students made for their pitch. You can read about the end user testing here.

 

 

Following on from this vital feedback the students had one week to finalise and improve their products, as well as create their pitch for Designability (No small feat for one week!). After a week of final preparations, the day of the pitch finally arrived. In a set up much like Dragon’s Den, each student needed to present their ideas to a panel of three experts, including Rob, their mentor from Designability. Each student had prepared a short presentation, collated their prototypes and had a mood board and book with which to present. It was amazing to see the thought and care that had gone into each and every design, how ergonomics and client test data had informed the final prototypes, and how every detail right down to the appropriate colour had been considered. Rob seemed very impressed with the work that the students had undertaken in the short run time of the project, frequently asking students about their thought process and listening to the students recount all the research they had put into it.

 

 

Each student pitched their idea to the panel one by one, explaining what in their discussions with the end user had inspired the product. They then presented their initial designs, tests and prototypes, and explained what data had informed the final prototype, as well as the colours, sizes and shapes. Finally, they discussed commercial costs and methods for production, showing again their ability to think about the logistics within the real word of Product Design. There was then an opportunity for questions and comments from the panel. Rob was very interested in all the products and had lots of ideas for progression. Some students had thought about the environmental impact of their products, utilising recycled plastics rather than brand new ones, this was an idea that Rob loved!

 

It was incredible to see the range of products produced by the students, and how much feedback they have taken on and acted upon since the end user testing. The contrast in ideas across the board reflects the amazing spectrum of creativity within the class and all the students should be incredibly proud of not just the quantity of work that they did in a short space of time but the quality as well.

 

News

Bath College Students lead successful work shops at Hayesfield Girls School

 

On Friday the 23rd of November a number of Bath College students and staff went over to Hayesfield Girls School for an employability day. The day aimed to provide pupils with more information about their post GCSE options, and over the course of the morning pupils attended different workshops and talks from employers, University students and College’s alike.

 

Post GCSE options can be a really daunting time for pupils, they face the prospect of the first real educational decision that they need to make for themselves about what they want to do with their future. Going to College can seem like a really big step, away from the comforts of School and into a brand new environment. This is why our staff and students were on hand to try and reduce the size that that step seems.

 

Over the morning Bath College students and staff delivered 4 workshops to students. A handful of Hair and Beauty students did some free hair curling whilst they talked about how they were finding the course and what they wanted to do after College. Two of our amazing Chef lecturers did a demonstration of a dessert with a flambé, whilst talking pupils through everything available on the Catering and Hospitality course. Complementary Therapy students gave out free hand and arm massages, allowing them to talk one on one with interested pupils about all the aspects of the course. Finally, Rob and Daisy, our Apprenticeship Gurus talked interested pupils through the steps to take to get onto an Apprenticeship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having small workshops means that pupils can talk to current College students in a more informal way, asking about College life as well as the course content. It also gives them a chance to see what skills they will learn at College via demonstrations of skill from current students. They could also engage directly with the College student’s enthusiasm for what they’re doing, by seeing current students enjoying what they’re studying rather than having a lecturer talk through course content. The pupils themselves were a little shy at first, but as the morning went on they grew more confident, asking questions and wanting to take part in the demonstrations. It was great to see the positive interactions between the two sets of students. Some of the Bath College students in attendance had actually completed their GCSE studies at Hayesfield school, and were able to talk to the current pupils on a one to one level about the transition from school to College.

 

Sarah Cooper, Bath College Schools Liaison Officer, oversaw the day. She was incredibly pleased with how the day progressed and the interaction between the staff, students and pupils, stating; “It was great to see so many Hayesfield students engaged in the Careers Day and getting a taste of different industries and careers. Students were really inspired by the various hands on workshops that the College provided.”

 

All in all, it was an incredible successful morning and we hope that we have helped to assure students that College is one of many fantastic options to start your future career. We look forward to working with Hayesfield in the future and we wish all the pupils success in their GCSE’s!

 

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Bath College student selected to be in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

 

We are very pleased to announce that one of our first year Performing Arts students, Dillon Berry, has been selected to make his debut with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet. This is an incredible achievement and a fantastic opportunity he has secured for himself. He is one of 6 young cast members making his debut at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.
 
Dillon will be performing from the 24th September to the 28th September 2019, tickets are on sale now! If you would like anymore information then please see below:

 

 

 

 

New Adventures is delighted to announce full casting for the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” opening at Curve, Leicester on Monday 13 May 2019, as part of a UK tour to 13 venues including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 31 August 2019. Full tour schedule below.

 

Matthew Bourne’s “ROMEO AND JULIET” is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, Britain’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company for this World Premiere production.

 

As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent “ROMEO AND JULIET” will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, Young Cast members will perform at each venue alongside the New Adventures company.

 

Matthew Bourne said today “New Adventures’ “Romeo and Juliet” will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and off-stage and, uniquely, in all aspects of Choreography, Design and Music through the appointment of a series of “Young Associate Artists”. As we enter our fourth decade as a company I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling. Our new company of “Romeo and Juliet” features a staggering 97 young dancers making their debuts with us; some are joining us as part of their third year of training, others have come through our Company initiatives such as “Swan School”, “A Summer Adventure” and of course, our production of “Lord of the Flies” which inspired so many young men to seek careers in dance. This time we have focused on nurturing young male and female dancers, and I have been overwhelmed by the talent that we have had to choose from throughout the UK. I’m particularly happy to be working alongside my Young Associate Choreographer, Arielle Smith, an exceptional young dancemaker of great maturity and vision. In turn, after 30 years as a professional choreographer, I look forward to being refreshed and inspired by what this team of young artists will bring to Shakespeare’s classic tale of tragic conflict and young love”.

 

As previously announced the title roles of ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ will be played by six New Adventures rising stars and two exciting new dancers making their professional debuts.

 

Creating the role of Juliet will be Cordelia Braithwaite, currently performing as ‘Cinderella’ on the international tour; Seren Williams, who joined New Adventures in 2016 with Matthew Bourne’s award-winning production of “The Red Shoes” and Bryony Harrison who is making her debut with New Adventures on tour with Matthew Bourne’s legendary production of “Swan Lake”

 

The role of Romeo will be created by Andrew Monaghan, currently ‘The Pilot’ in “Cinderella”, Paris Fitzpatrick who is playing the ‘Angel’ in “Cinderella” and João Carolino who joined the company in 2017 with “Early Adventures”

 

Making their professional debuts with the company are Harrison Dowzell, as ‘Romeo’, who auditioned for the Young Cast in Nottingham, and Bryony Wood, as ‘Juliet’, discovered during the Young Cast auditions in Southampton. Both are in their graduate years at Performers College and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts respectively.

 

They are joined by leading New Adventures artists, Madelaine Brennan, Daisy May Kemp, Danny Reubens and Daniel Wright who will create the “adult” world of “Romeo and Juliet”.

 

Ben Brown, Reece Causton, Jackson Fisch, Kate Lyons, Stephen Murray and Mark Samaras who will come to this production direct from our USA Tour of Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella”.

 

In addition there are sixteen young artists making their debut with New Adventures: Natasha Chu, Gaby Conn, Monique Jonas, Sharol Mackenzie, Hannah Mason, Asher Rosenheim, Catrin Thomas, Chris Thomas and Roisin Whelan; along with Benjamin Derham from Canterbury, Cameron Flynn from Aberdeen and Billy Scott from Plymouth who all performed in the Young Cast in the acclaimed New Adventures production of “Lord of the Flies” in 2014; and Alexander Fadayiro at Central School of Ballet, Jana Baldovino at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Stanley Duventru-Huret at Urdang Academy who are completing their third year of dance training while on tour with “ROMEO AND JULIET”.

In addition to the full time cast above we will be joined by 6 young cast members (81 in total) at each venue making their debut with New Adventures:

  • At Curve, Leicester: Cerise Bedder, Austin Bladon, Megan Ferguson, Christian Knight and Alexander Love.
  • At Alhambra Theatre, Bradford: Pattarapong Chomchan, Zac Crowe, Bethany Curry, Yvette Levine, Hollie Smith and Tom Sutton.
  • At Royal & Derngate, Northampton: Matthew Brion, Jamie Blackadder, Edwin Cheng, Alanah Corbridge, Elise Ward and Karishma Young.
  • At Theatre Royal Plymouth: James Knott, Jamel Maarfi, Maea Morgan, Samuel Parham, Ella Roberts and Jessica Tarrant.
  • At The Lowry, Salford: Katie Agarwal, Georgia Collier, Orla Collier, Brandon Hunter, Patrick King and Kayde-Samuél Wright.
  • At Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: Rachel Brookes-Brent, Llewelyn Brown, Berwyn Cooper, Atlanta Hatch and Francesca Rees.
  • At Sadler’s Wells, London, Cast One: Tanisha Addicott, Dan Baines, Emily Galvin, Ashton Hall, Hannah Kremer and Janacek Wood.
  • At Sadler’s Wells, London, Cast Two: Matt Cotton, Alexandra De Le Bastide, Hannah Joseph, Matthew Rawcliffe, Cleo Rose and Thomas Walton.
  • At Norwich Theatre Royal: Joe Barbrook, Chandi Brading, Freya Brown, Isis Clunie, Amonik Melaco and Jack Richardson.
  • At Birmingham Hippodrome: Lewis Baker: Órla Baxendale, India-Rose Cox, Savannah Ffrench, Alexander Love and Enrique Ngbokota.
  • At Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury: Matthew Amos, Eleanor McGrath, Charlie Mellor, Casper Mott, Rossana Samele and Holly Saw.
  • At Mayflower Theatre, Southampton: Dillon Berry, Samuel Dilkes, Bethany Hunt, Isabelle Evans, Arianne Morgan and Jago Mottart.
  • At Theatre Royal, Nottingham: Austin Bladon, Megan Ferguson, Alistair Fernie, Victoria Keal, Jaimie Tank and Sua Tsubokura-Aguiriano.
  • At Theatre Royal, Newcastle: Louis Baxter, Sam Carruthers, Kayleigh Oborka–Letman, Lisa Robinson, Andrew Scott and Chloe Shutt

 

New Adventures is committed to finding and developing diverse young talent from across the UK. Since “Lord of the Flies” in 2014 New Adventures has been supporting young dancers from this production on their journey into training and professional work. The company have delivered various initiatives, including Swan School, two week-long intensives designed to prepare graduate level dancers for the audition process.

 

Continuing New Adventures’ commitment to developing off-stage talent we have recruited a team of Young Associate Artists to work alongside the Artistic team in the creation of this world premiere production. Arielle Smith joins as Young Associate Choreographer; Elin Steele as Young Associate Set & Costume Designer and Ali Hunter as Young Associate Lighting Designer.

 

“ROMEO AND JULIET” is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with his entire New Adventures Associate Artistic team; Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director, set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Paule Constable; sound by Paul Groothuis; and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live at every venue by The New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

 

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

New Adventures is an iconic and ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. For over 30 years Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have delighted, inspired and nurtured people of all ages and backgrounds: audiences, artists and the next generation. We create world class productions and engaging projects, reaching thousands worldwide every year.
New Adventures has received numerous international awards and an incredible 12 Olivier Award nominations, including 6 wins. Over the past 30 years New Adventures has created 11 full-length productions and a triple-bill of short works. This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 6 million people worldwide. Investing in the future of dance and theatre, New Adventures engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK and around the world. New Adventures is a national portfolio organisation supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

 

LISTINGS

ROMEO AND JULIET TOUR DATES 2019

 

MONDAY 13 MAY – SATURDAY 18 MAY
CURVE, LEICESTER – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY – SATURDAY 25 MAY
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 28 MAY – SATURDAY 1 JUNE
ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 4 JUNE – SATURDAY 8 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 11 JUNE – SATURDAY 15 JUNE
THE LOWRY, SALFORD – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 18 JUNE – SATURDAY 22 JUNE
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST – SATURDAY 31 AUGUST (PRESS NIGHTS 9 AUGUST & 23 AUGUST)
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL – ON SALE SPRING 2019

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME – ON SALE 3 DECEMBER 2018

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY – ON SALE SOON

TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON – ON SALE NOW

TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM – ON SALE NOW

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
THEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE – ON SALE NOW

 

Please note: Alexander Love will perform in both Birmingham and Leicester. Austin Bladon and Megan Ferguson will perform in both Leicester and Nottingham.

 

 

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Year 2 Product Design students create products for disabled users

 

Last week our Year 2 Product Design students had the opportunity to ask some questions and get feedback to help finalise their products ahead of their pitch to Designability.
 
The students have been working with three members of the community who have an extra need, Stephen Early, Kate Clark and Wills Aston. At the start of the project the users briefed the students on what everyday life was like, and the challenges that they face each day. It was then up to the students to think about what sort of product would be useful to alleviate a certain problem, as well being commercially viable and flexible to all sorts of need levels.
 
Their end client is Designability, who are an independent charity dedicated to making everyday life easier for people with disabilities or a long term health condition by inventing new life-changing assistive products and technologies. Designability follow the principle of human centred design, they respond to real issues raised by real people living with real disabilities. This is a principle the students have chosen to follow, as they are responding directly to real issues raised by Stephen, Kate and Wills.
 
Student Pitching Idea

The sheer range of ideas from the students is outstanding, each one pulling from an issue they interpreted from their talks with Stephen, Kate and Wills. Stephen, who uses a wheelchair, mentioned that he struggled to clean the wheels after he drives through mud. One student has designed a brush that can be operated with a standard drinks bottle.   Stephen was thrilled with the idea, as all he would have to do it screw it in, give the bottle a quick squeeze and move his chair forward. Kate uses a walking stick to assist with her mobility and had off-handedly mentioned she was thinking about getting a dog. One student took this on board and designed a clip on lead that would allow Kate to continue using her walking stick, whilst also keeping her other hand free in case she has a fall.
 
The students have really thrown themselves into the project, thinking about what the users really needed, how they would work and how they could be adapted to people with more complex needs and how user-friendly they were. The feedback session proved invaluable for the users and students alike. The students were able to get real user feedback, final measurements and gather vital ergonomic data about what handles, motions, lengths and weights were comfortable to use. The users got to help finalise and see what products could soon be out there on the market to assist them.
 
Product Design tutor James Purslow stated “The students have outdone themselves this year, fantastic engagement with the project, their consideration for needs of the ‘end users’ and their willingness to adapt and adopt to the feedback from both the Designability mentor Rob Hanson and the users themselves. They have faced both engineering and ergonomic challenges that are beyond what is usually expected of students at this level and, not only have they stepped up to these challenges, they have developed some fantastically innovative, surprising and commercially viable products.” – the students really should be proud of themselves!
 
The students now have a final week to amend their products, utilising their newly gathered feedback. The final pitch to Designability will be Friday 23rd November, and we wish them the best of luck!
 

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