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Student chosen as finalist for Young Florist of the Year at the Chelsea Flower Show

 

A student from Bath College will compete for the title of Young Florist of the Year at one of the world’s most famous flower shows.
 

Level 3 floristry student Emily Smith is due to head to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a team of students from the college on May 22.
 

She will be competing against 16 rivals for Young Florist of the Year and will also be there to see Bath College compete for College of the Year.
 

Miss Smith, from Heddington, Wiltshire won her place in the Young Florist of the Year final after taking part in the Chelsea Flower Show South West regional heat.
 

Judges for the competition, held at Bath College, awarded her 90 points out of 100 for her bouquet decorated with seashells, inspired by a seaside wedding.
 

The 17-year-old, who works at Devizes florists Ammi, has been asked to design a floral headdress with a Brazilian carnival theme for the final.
 

She said: “I’ve always been really competitive. I’ve started practicing all the wiring work and all the details. I’m excited to see what everyone does and all the different designs.

“I’ve never actually been to Chelsea and now I’m in it. Everyone at work is really excited, they all have tickets to come and see it. They love following the competition.”
 

Bath College floristry tutor Jo Matthews said: “I am very pleased for Emily and wish her every success. As a college we support all our students to reach their full potential and are very lucky to have great resources to enable us to do this.”

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Going further with Bath College: Festival of Learning 2016

 

At Bath College we know that learning is a life-long journey, which is why we work hard to provide a wide range of courses catering for people from all walks of life.
 
Adults of all ages and abilities study at Bath College, to improve their job prospects, to start on a new career path, or simply to enjoy learning as a leisure activity.
 
The valuable role colleges play in providing adult education is recognised by the Festival of Learning, a national celebration of life-long learning taking place in May and June.
 
With the festival in mind, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight three ways you can get involved in college life at our city centre campus and our Somer Valley Campus in Radstock.
 
Designed to cover a wealth of hobbies, interests and specialities, our Love2learn adult leisure courses are perfect if you enjoy learning and are looking to develop new skills.
 
This year, we already have 1,500 people enrolled as part-time students on a variety of courses, from floristry, photography and cooking to business, decorating and stonemasonry.
 
We offer a range of courses for people looking to gain professional qualifications or study for an apprentice in accountancy, childcare, marketing, management and teaching.
 

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Students studying creative subjects benefit from access to specialist equipment provided by Bath College’s Art and Design department, rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
 
Love2learn Co-ordinator Anna Dawson said: “The Art and Design studios are really fantastic and well equipped for courses like printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and fashion.
 
“People enjoy trying something new and it’s a social activity. People start learning a language, and quite often they come back because they enjoy the group conversation. I know that the Italian classes go out for dinner and our History of Art group have been meeting too.
 
“Some people have been coming to our Love2learn courses for years. Our tutors are passionate about their subjects and this benefits the learner, they pass on their enthusiasm and knowledge to their students.”
 
If your dream is to study at university, an Access to High Education Course can help you achieve your ambition and get you the right qualifications to secure a university place.
 
Most students study at college for three days, choosing to specialise in health and social care, education, science, the humanities or social science.
 
Bath College’s Adult Community Learning courses are open to adults over 19 and take place in public venues across Bath and North East Somerset.
 
Students can take part in practical hands-on activities, such as art workshops and animal care sessions, as well as sessions put together to get them ready for employment.
 
Anna Wheeler, Community Engagement Officer at Bath College, said: “Adult Community Learning is designed to help people of different ages and backgrounds gain new skills and boost confidence.
 
“Many of our learners have not been in an educational setting for a long time or found school difficult.
 
“Our courses are often run with other community partners and will give people the chance to meet others, develop existing skills or gain new ones to improve their wellbeing, find work, or better support their family.
 
“The most important thing for us is supporting all of our learners to move forward – whether it is giving people the ability to cook a meal, boosting their maths and English skills or improving employment prospects.
 
“We listen to our partners and potential learners to put on courses which they feel are needed in venues they find easy to access.”

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Students create arrangements for the Theatre Royal and the Pump Rooms

 
Floristry students at Bath College have been using their creative talents to decorate two iconic venues in the city: the Theatre Royal and the Pump Rooms.

 

Students studying for a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification have been busy creating arrangements for business meetings and high-profile networking events.

 

They have enjoyed working to a specific brief, providing décor for afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms or corporate events in the Theatre Royal’s 1805 Rooms.

 

Many students are already working in floristry shops and the assignments have provided them with new inspiration and practice time.

 

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Louise Waters, 49, from Tormarton, helped create four arrangements featuring red roses and germini for an event at the Theatre Royal in April.

 

She said: “Doing flowers for a client helps us to put our skills into practice. It allows us to use the new techniques we have been learning.

 

“It was a pleasure to be involved in creating flower arrangements for the Theatre Royal. It’s great for our portfolios and to see them appreciated.”

 

Last year Bath College won College of the Year at the RHS Flower Show, and in May students will exhibit their work at the Chelsea Flower Show.

 

Tutor Jo Matthews said: “The students are arranging flowers for some high-profile venues and events – I think that’s an amazing opportunity.

 

“We have some great students this year, a lot of them are already working in industry. They are really committed and I’m really proud of them.”

 

Anji Henderson, Development Officer at the Theatre Royal Bath, said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with the floristry department at Bath College on three corporate hospitality events here at the Theatre Royal.

 

“The standard of the students’ floral displays have been exceptional, and their designs for each of the different occasions met our requirements perfectly. We are delighted to be able to support the development of local talent and hope to work with the floristry students again in the future.”

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Take part in creative media and product design taster sessions

 

Students with a passion for creative media and product design are invited to Bath College to take part in practical taster sessions.
 

Tutors are organising a creative media evening and product design challenge day to show students what it’s like to study at Bath College.
 

Students looking for a course to study in September are invited to visit, take a look at the college and speak to current students and staff.
 

The creative media taster evening, on April 28th, is aimed at students interested in filmmaking, design and animation.
 

Film and video producer Ed Powell will be on hand to help those who want to have a go at Photoshop, animation, and video editing.
 

He said: “The creative media production course is one of the leading programmes in the South West.
 

“Learners work on a variety of projects within digital publishing, animation and film production using industry standard software, such as Adobe Creative Suite.
 

“Those that study on the course thrive in our teaching environment, which offers them the opportunity to work collaboratively on industry-style project briefs using state of the art software and equipment.
 

“Students who are thinking that media might be for them should sign up to one of the sessions on offer, as it will offer them the chance to chat with current students and sample some of the software you would use.”
 

Bath College runs a busy product design course. This year students travelled abroad to complete work experience with German manufacturing companies.
 

The Bath College product design challenge takes place over a day, giving students the chance to see how the design process works.
 

Participants will be asked to work in small groups, come up with design ideas, and present these on paper to tutors.
 

Art and design lecturer James Purslow said: “The day is organised to give you a chance to experience product design and offer an insight into how the industry approaches idea generation, design, making, and presenting your work.
 

“At Bath College, the focus of the product design course is creativity. The course focuses on the development of our learners as creative thinkers and problem solvers. They use drawing and making to develop an understanding and appreciation of visual communication, materials, and historical influences, to inspire and inform ideas and concepts.
 

“We also provide students with an external client brief, and they will have the opportunity to apply for work experience with a local firm. We can promise more ‘making’ than any other product design course at this level.”
 

Come along to the creative media taster evening on Thursday April 28th from 5pm to 7pm. For more information e-mail Media@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 

The product design challenge takes place on May 16th from 10am to 4.15pm. E-mail james.purslow@bathcollege.ac.uk.

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Music students to play on the main stage at the O2 Academy in Bristol

 

Music students at Bath College are heading to the O2 Academy in Bristol to play the biggest gig of their lives so far on the main stage.
 
Thousands of people visit the O2 every year and the group will be playing on the same stage as famous musicians from around the country.
 
Eleven acts and DJs will be performing a wide range of music, from acoustic folk and alternative rock, to punk and drum and bass.
 
They will be showcasing the best of BA1 Records, Bath’s biggest youth record label set up by the college music department.
 
Music technician Laine Pearce-Rees, who teaches at Bath College and works at the O2 Academy, is organising the event.
 
He said: “This is a pretty huge deal to get to play the main stage at the O2. Since the venue was opened, so many big bands have graced the main stage – far too many to mention.

 

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“The students are ecstatic about the chance to play. Having this opportunity will be a big boost to their musical CV and will help them visualise what they want to achieve in their careers.
 
“The biggest challenge I think for many will be stage fright, it’s a big stage to fill and when you think about the musicians who have been there before it can weight on your mind a little.
 
“I still get giddy thinking that I work in a venue that all my favourite bands have played on, but I know that all the acts will do their best and blow us all away.”
 
Bath College has a thriving music department and counts Gabrielle Aplin, Laura Doggett, and music producer Julio Bashmore amongst its alumni.
 
Student bands and musicians playing include rock and indie band Tell The Hoi, The Bohos, Axial View, Coitus Futon, Just Parsons and Euphoria.
 
Also joining the event is singer songwriter China Bowls, who was recently signed by Bristol’s first female record label Saffron Records.
Georgia Turnbull, 16, from Trowbridge, will be playing with her band Euphoria.
 
She said: “I feel this opportunity will give the band a lot more confidence and will encourage us to progress even further to become a bigger and better band.”
 
Band member Ruby Donadel, 16, from Bristol, said: “I’m super excited to play at the O2. I can’t wait to be on stage giving people a taste of Euphoria.
 
“I’m sure the girls would agree, this is our biggest gig yet and to be given the opportunity to play at this venue is absolutely breath-taking.
 
“For our friends at Bath College, this will be such a memorable night.”
 
Students will be playing at the O2 Academy on May 6. Doors open at 6pm and the evening finishes at 10pm. Tickets are £3 on the door, or free with an NUS/Bath College card.

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Students secure work experience with top accounting firm Deloitte

 

Students at Bath College have secured work experience at one of the UK’s biggest accounting firms after entering a national competition.
 

Twenty students studying BTEC business and AAT accounting courses raised nearly £300 for charity after taking part in the Micro Tyco Challenge.
 

They were given £1 and asked to increase this amount, using their entrepreneurial skills to collect money for the charity WildHearts.
 

Business advisory firm Deloitte assessed the students’ performance, looking at the money raised, entrepreneurial thinking, and teamwork skills.
 

Students decided to fundraise through the website GoFundMe, competing against thousands of others at schools and colleges across the country.
 

Now five students will have the chance to complete work experience at the Deloitte offices in Cardiff over the summer holidays.
 

The charity WildHearts funds micro-loans for people in developing countries who want to set up their own business.
 

To complete the challenge, students produced a diary explaining their business concepts and presented them to Deloitte.
 

Student Daylan Davies said: “I have taken full advantage of every opportunity that has been available to me at Bath College and look where it’s got me.
 
“I’ve been offered work experience with one of the biggest accounting firms in the business world. My advice would be to grab anything that comes your way with both hands.”
 
Bath College tutor James Hammett said: “It was a great experience to work with both Deloitte and WildHearts and give our students this unique opportunity.
 

“The activities promoted real business thinking and gave an insight into working with a highly reputable accountancy firm.”

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Bath College to hold electronic music showcase

 

Bath College’s music department is holding an end of year showcase to celebrate the success of its electronic music students in 2016.
 

Produced by Level 3 students in their final year at college, the showcase will include an exciting mix of sound and visual effects.
 

Industry professionals, performers, labels, producers and promoters will all be invited to meet students and listen to their work.
 

Later, guests are invited to an exclusive evening at The Nest’s Lounge Bar with back to back DJ sets from students and special guests.
 

Electronic music students have a regular club night at The Nest, giving them an opportunity to share their work with music fans.
 

Many students at Bath College go on to succeed in the music industry. In the last few years, staff have seen DJ Julio Bashmore sign a deal with record label Dirtybird and secure his own show on Radio 1.
 

Others signing record labels include singer songwriters Gabrielle Aplin, Laura Doggett and electronic musician Louis Sterling (AUXX).
 

Former student Max Goff is touring the world playing bass for Tom Odell, and Greg Feldwick (Slugabed) has signed to record label Ninja Tune.
 

Music lecturer Ginny Saunders said: “The college’s music department runs a variety of courses, in both performance and production.
 

“Staff at the college include a number of renowned DJs and producers – Adam Arkist, Badeshi, Raiden, KSP, Second Storey and Appleblim.
 

“Students have the opportunity to work alongside performers and songwriters, to record and release music, and to stage live events across Bath and Bristol.
 

“With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the college has established itself as a one-stop shop for musicians, producers and DJs who are serious about a future in the global music industry.”
 

The event takes place at Bath College on Thursday May 26th from 5pm to 8pm. For an invitation call Ginny on 07712 651679 or e-mail saundersg@bathcollege.ac.uk

News

Bath College apprentice chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Apprenticeship Awards

 

New mum Kyan Wyatt has a second reason to celebrate after being chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Apprenticeship Awards.
 
Miss Wyatt, an apprentice with Bath College, is studying for an advanced apprenticeship in hairdressing at The Courtyard Salon in Chippenham.
 
She gave birth to her daughter Cherylynn three months ago and was delighted to receive news of her nomination for the final while on maternity leave.
 
Miss Wyatt, 19, from Chippenham, said: “I love doing hair. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little girl, and when I started doing the apprenticeship I fell in love with it even more.
 
“With an apprenticeship you get the whole package, you’re working and studying at the same time. Two months into my training I took over colouring, cutting and hairstyling. That’s been a good challenge, I was thrown in the deep end which I enjoyed.
 
“It was a shock to be nominated for the awards, especially as I was on maternity leave, so I’m really happy to be chosen as a finalist. It makes me feel like an important part of the business.”
 
Miss Wyatt started her hairdressing career by studying for a Level 1 apprenticeship while she was still at school, and quickly progressed to study on a Level 2 course.
 
She plans to finish her Level 3 qualification in the summer, fitting her time around caring for her daughter and looking after customers at the salon.
 
Miss Wyatt said: “The salon is really flexible, you can do the hours which suit your baby’s needs.
 
“Even though I’m on maternity, I worked right up until my due date and I’m already back at college. I’m determined to get my qualification and I want to give my little girl something, I want her to think of me as a role model.
 
“The best thing about being a hairdresser is having the chance to make people feel better about themselves. I love talking to the clients and I love doing wedding hair – it’s nice making someone feel special.
 
“My job can be challenging at times, but I know I always have the support of people at Bath College, my assessor, tutor and peers, who are willing to help me and teach me the correct way to do things.
 
“My dream for the future is to open up my own salon and take on apprentices myself. I have been through it and I know it’s a really good opportunity.”
 
At The Courtyard Salon, Miss Wyatt runs a general hairdressing column, taking responsibility for her own clients and also providing support to the salon’s newest apprentice.
 
She has been nominated for the Outstanding Service Industries Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Mercedes Benz Bristol.
 
Manager Sam Jones said: “I have worked with Kyna over the last two years and have witnessed her excellent rapport with her work colleagues and the outstanding work she does at Bath College.
 
“I have no doubt Kyna will go on to a fulfilling hairdressing career, and eventually achieve her dream of opening up her own business in the future”.
 


 

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Football Academy, News

Spaces available for the Bath City Football Academy in September

 

The Bath City Football Academy is searching for talented young players interested in developing a professional sports career.
 

Twenty-five spaces are available for players aged 16 to 19, to start training with head coach Billy Clark in September.
 

Teenagers will have the chance to play at Twerton Park in the South West Youth Counties League and will complete a national diploma in sport at Bath College.
 

Bradley Champion, 16, from Bath, started at the academy last year and has enjoyed the opportunity to train regularly.
 

He said: “I have made new friends, my teammates have become my best friends. When I see them play it encourages me to develop.”
 

Players at the academy will train three or four afternoons each week, with one or two matches per week.
 

They will be picked to compete in the ECFA Premier League, the South West Counties League or the ECFA South West North League.
 

Students can also choose to study two types of diplomas, designed to prepare students for employment or higher education.
 

Sports lecturer Paul Blenkinsopp said: “A lot of people think ‘you go to an academy and if you don’t make it where can you go?’ We have the right exit routes to help them progress into different careers.
 

“We’re giving them the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in going to university you will follow our route to higher education course and study for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent of three A-levels.
 

“If you’re more interested in employment you will follow our route to employment course and study for a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport, which is the equivalent of two A-levels, as well as additional qualifications.”
 

Head coach Billy Clark spent most of his career with Bristol Rovers and is keen to give players the best start for the future.
 

He said: “In the past we’ve recruited players from far and wide, from Swindon, Westbury, Radstock, Bristol and Bath.
 

“My aim is to enhance and develop the players, as footballers and as people, preparing them for adult life. Ultimately I am aiming to develop players that will be good enough to play for Bath City.
 

“An important part of this process is the club’s link with the University of Bath, where players can go to continue their football and education program.
 

“Some players who progress from the academy programme take up scholarships in America. Others have become coaches and most continue to play for clubs at western league, southern league and conference league levels.
 

“To date, six players have played for the Bath City first team and many more have played for the club’s under 21 development squad.

“The overall opportunity for students is excellent.”
 

To find out about the Bath City Football Academy call (01225) 312191 or e-mail paul.blenkinsopp@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

For website information click here.

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Project Search students secure paid work with Bath employers

 

Project Search students are proving they have the right skills for the workplace by securing paid employment just halfway through their course.
 

Two students have been offered casual contracts with major employers in the city: The Assembly Rooms and the Bath Recycling Centre.
 

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Longstaff started with Project Search in November and will be helping with housekeeping at The Assembly Rooms.
 

As part of the team at The Assembly Rooms, he will work to clean the venue for visitors and set up for important functions and weddings.
 

Ashley Westcott, 21, from Bath, has also secured paid work helping customers sort their waste at the Bath Recycling Centre.
 

He will be working alongside Roxy Garraway, a former Project Search student who is now in full-time employment at the centre.
 

Project Search is a programme run in partnership with Bath College, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Sirona Health and Care.
 

The aim is to help young people with learning difficulties and disabilities secure paid permanent jobs at the end of a year-long employability programme.
 

Kyle, from Saltford, was advised to apply for Project Search after starting a woodworking course at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.
 

The programme has given him a big confidence boost, helping him to get ready for work and improve his customer service skills.
 
He said: “Project Search is helpful for me because I wasn’t able to get a job before. This is my first paid job so it feels good.
 

“I was quite quiet at first and I didn’t want to do much, but now I feel more confident and I enjoy getting out of the house and doing something.”
 

Project Search tutor Catherine Stargatt said: “The thing about Project Search is there’s an end product, there’s something they’re working towards, which is a full-time job. Last year we ended up getting eight out of ten students employment.
 

“We’re really pleased that some of our students have already found some casual work. Kyle came to the programme late, he missed the first couple of months, and he worked really hard to catch up.
 

“He has gone from strength to strength, he has been exceptionally quick to learn new tasks and has impressed his employer no end. He has been advised to apply for a permanent position when he finishes Project Search.”
 

Project Search is accepting applications for new students, who must have an EHCP (Statement of Educational Needs).
 
Visitors are welcome to an open event at the Guildhall, Bath, on May 4 from 10am to 2pm.
 
For more information click here.

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Tutor’s head shave raises nearly £500 for cancer charity CLIC Sargent

 

A Bath College tutor has had her head shaved to raise money for charity and encourage young people to talk about cancer.
 

Public services tutor Sarah Bishop has raised nearly £500 for children diagnosed with cancer after braving CLIC Sargent’s Big Buzz Challenge.
 

Students from the college supported the fundraiser and were keen to rally round after hearing how Sarah’s family has been affected by cancer.
 

Sarah’s mum, Karin, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and her dad, Islwyn, has also been diagnosed with lung cancer.
 

Karin, who worked as a nurse for 52 years, is a big charity fundraiser and used to look after terminally ill adults and young people as part of her job.
 

Sarah, from Bristol, was keen to get students talking about cancer to raise awareness and stop it being a taboo subject.
 
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She said: “The first time I had my head shaved was when my mum was going through chemotherapy and her hair had fallen out.
 

“There are lots of ways to fundraise, but when a female has her head shaved it’s noticeable. Hopefully people will say to me ‘why did you have it done?’ and then I can support the charity and say ‘I’m raising money for CLIC Sargent’.
 

“It’s a case of trying to raise awareness to get as much money to fund the research and hopefully find a cure.”
 

Students watched Sarah have her head shaved in the Bath college salon. Seventeen-year-old Beth Rivers was part of the volunteering team and helped to collect money on the street and order t-shirts and posters.
 

She said: “Sarah was very open about her story and it almost shocked us to speak about it, because we didn’t want to say the wrong thing. Now we can just talk about it.”
 

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Sarah said: “When you hear cancer on the news it’s always about adult cancer, but with the students being teenagers, it was good to relate things back to that group.
 

“They have done really well, they have t-shirts and balloons and they have been collecting around offices in the town. I know it’s my head being shaved, but it’s them doing all the publicity, they have taken the responsibility for it.”
 

CLIC Sargent fundraising manager James McDonald, who attended the fundraiser, said: “This is the best bit of my job. It’s great that Sarah could take part in the Big Buzz Challenge for CLIC Sargent to support children and young people with cancer.
 

“It’s thanks to supporters like Sarah that we could help 6,800 children and young people with cancer last year.”
 

To sponsor Sarah click here.

Students Union

April – walkies

After a crazy busy month we have just got back from a lovely 2 week Easter break.  Day one back and we are getting straight back into the swing of it.

 

I have set up a re-charge centre where students can charge their electronic devices outside the college shop. This gave me a chance to talk to students about the Student’s Union nominations, trips and ideas.
We have been talking about a new online voting system for students to get their ideas to us.  Students would be able to submit an idea, other students could then vote on it,  the ideas with the most votes will then come to us to make happen!  So there has been a lot of meetings, ideas, planning and designs relating to that.  It’s all very exciting, you guys are going to love it!
WE ARE GOING TO AIR HOP!! you asked for it, so we did it.  29 students got involved in the trip to Bristol’s trampoline park. They all had a great time, including Scarlett and Nick of course.
Our other big event this month was our 13 mile sponsored walk from city centre campus to Somer Valley campus all for charity. Loads of students and staff got together and walked the beautiful valley to each campus taking 6 ½ hours. This is the second time we have done this and looks set to become and annual fundraiser.
Finally, I have made the decision not to run again for Student’s Union President next year, not because of the job its self. I want to pursue a career in youth work. This means it is giving another student the chance to have this amazing opportunity to be Bath College Students’ Union President.

 

 

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Students to showcase their music by running a new club night at The Nest

 

A new club night at The Nest will feature original compositions created by music technology students at Bath College.
 
Level 3 students entertained a large crowd at the first Isotropic club night in March, playing a mixture of electronic and urban music.
 
After a successful first night, they have been offered a regular slot at The Nest, which is keen to support young and emerging artists.
 
The night will be an opportunity for students to play their music in public and learn valuable skills in event management.
 
Mark Smithers, learning coordinator for music technology, is excited to see the club night become an established part of the Bath music scene.
 
He said: “This is an exciting opportunity for students to showcase their own compositions in a public venue. It’s quite a big step up from DJing and performing in college, and we’re very proud they’re doing that.
 
“It was extremely busy on our opening night, which was a very promising sign- it shows that the students can put on a good event.
 
“It got to midnight and people just kept coming in, so that by 1.30am the venue was completely full. To fill a venue with that many people was testament to how hard the students worked.”
 
Students made £150 profit from their first night at The Nest and this money will be used to turn the club night into a successful business, paying for décor and merchandise.
 
Each night will be organised by students, giving them experience of organising an event from start to finish.
 
Music technology student Taylor Lyon, 18, said: “It’s exciting to have the chance to show people what you can do. As soon as you see people enjoying it, it takes the pressure off. I’m glad everyone enjoyed it and I hope we get more people next time.”
 
Bath College has a thriving music department and counts chart toppers Gabrielle Aplin and Laura Doggett amongst its alumni. Laura, who studied music performance, played at The Nest last year before going on to support Taylor Swift at the British Summer Time festival.
 
It is hoped the club night will help other students build successful careers and find employment in the music industry.
 
Mr Smithers said: “We used the first event as a bit of networking opportunity. We invited people from industry down, our local radio stations, record labels and any movers and shakers in the music world.
 
“It’s all about work-based learning opportunities and linking with employers. The events management industry has a range of roles that students can work in and this is giving them direct experience of a job they can do on completion of their course.”
 
Max Johnson, who owns The Nest, said: “We like to encourage young musicians, whether they are DJs, acoustic musicians or live bands.
 
“They are the people who are producing new music for the future, so I’m really pleased to have this link with Bath College.”
 
The next Isotropic club night is on April 18, starting at 10pm.

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