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    NEWCASTLE-under-Lyme College (NULC)is launching an exciting new range ofcourses for adults from September.The College has recently redesigned its

    part-time curriculum to help ensure that localcommunity needs are being met.

    A number of new courses are being introducedin subjects including Horticulture, MusicTechnology and DIY, alongside popular coursessuch as Access to Higher Education, Accountingand Book-keeping and Teacher Training.

    See main story on page 3 and read adultsuccess stories on page 4

    GOING FOR GOLD:NULC Sports Therapy LecturerAnthony Bosson is on his wayto the Olympics as part ofTeam GB 2012. SEE BACK PAGE

    OUR INSPIRATIONS:Adult learners tell how learningand training at Newcastle-under-Lyme College haschanged their lives. SEE PAGE FOUR

    ITS THEBUSINESSFormer NULCstudentopens ArtBoutique atTrenthamGardens. SEEPAGE SIX

    ROYAL VISIT:The Duke of York was given aguided tour of the Colleges 60million campus and addressedhundreds of students. SEE PAGE FIVE

    COMMUNITY SUPPORT:Staff and students join forcesto raise thousands of poundsfor local charities. SEE PAGE 19


    Your FREE newspaper from Newcastle-under-Lyme College

    Issue 2 Summer 2012 Tel: 01782 254254

    Check out our excitingrange of courses

    for adults startingfrom September



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    FORMER NULC student Dave Hugheshas been named the VQ Learner ofthe Year 2012 for the West Midlands.

    Dave beat off competition fromacross the region and is now in therunning for the national award alongwith vocational learners from eightother English regions.

    VQ Learner of the Year Awardscelebrate the success of learners whohave studied vocationalqualifications.

    Daves entrepreneurial spirit andcommitment to supporting thecareers of young designers in settingup his own agency elloDaveimpressed the judges.

    Dave said:Im delighted to bechosen as the West Midlands VQLearner of the Year and immenselyproud to be recognised for all thehard work Ive put in both while atcollege and since setting up mybusiness.

    The support from my lecturersand the college both while I wasstudying and since leaving has beensecond to none and I feel privilegedto be able to give something back.

    Learning boostFOR ADULTS

    Dave Hughesat work in hisoffice in the


    Singlemum Lindsay

    Ramsell aims to goto university aftercompleting a pre-access course at


    Dave scoopstop accolade

    NULC News p1 14/6/12 16:39 Page 1


    Exciting new courses startingSeptember 2012

    New two year courses availableto study part-time at NULCsbespoke University Centre

    HNC Business HNC Construction HNC Sport, Health and Fitness HNC Applied Science HNC Health and Social Care

    For full course information, call 01782 254254or email

    Local opportunities canavoid university costs

    NEWCASTLE-under-Lyme College(NULC) is offeringan increased range offinancial support to helpits students meet the costof attending college. Thefinancial supportpackage on offer includesbursaries and allowances,attendance incentivesand scholarships, as wellas discounted bus passesand help with childcarecosts.

    Karen Dobson, NULCPrincipal and Chief Executive,said:With the current difficulteconomic climate, werecommitted to supporting ourstudents in every way andbelieve its important thateveryone has the opportunityof a high quality education,regardless of their financialcircumstances.

    The Colleges GuaranteedBursary Allowance (GBA) isavailable to students who are incare or are a care leaver, as wellas those in receipt of IncomeSupport or EmploymentSupport Allowance andDisability Living Allowance.

    The College has alsolaunched its own means-testedallowance scheme, called theNewcastle MaintenanceAllowance (NMA) to replacethe old Education MaintenanceAllowance (EMA) for anyonewith a household income ofless than 21,000 per annum.

    It credits students with 30per week, paid directly intotheir bank account. There is alsoa bonus payment, subject to fullattendance and successfulcompletion of their course.

    Eligible students can get upto 20 per week to supportthem with the cost of attendingcollege and meals, as well asapplying for help with

    course-related costs includingessential books, stationery,equipment and trips.

    She added:We understandthat there are increasingfinancial pressures on families,so our allowance scheme isthere to help remove financialbarriers to college, enablingaccess to higher education andemployment.

    In 2011, the College launchedthe Student of the Month,Talent+ Scholarship Programmeand Elite Sports PerformanceProgramme which recogniseseffort, achievement andexcellence through a range offinancial and other rewardsworth up to 1,000. During2011-12, over 150 studentshave benefited from theseschemes.

    A range of other financialsupport is on offer to allstudents, including subsidisedbus passes and travel cards plusdiscounts on items from the

    Colleges food hall and coffeeshop. NULC students can alsoclaim money savings on arange of local products andservices, from driving lessons toclothing, using their NULCstudent card.

    The College has highexpectations of studentattendance and has introduceda range of incentives to rewardthose with 100% attendance.Up to ten students per weekare selected to receive a 10bonus paid directly onto theirNULC student card.

    In addition, two students permonth receive 50 and afurther two students per termare selected to receive 100,based on 100 per centattendance and commitment totheir course. To find out more about therange of financial support onoffer at NULC for students of allages, visit

    Support helpsstudents withFINANCES

    Were committedto supporting ourstudents in everyway and believe

    its importantthat everyone has

    the opportunityof a high quality


    NULC Principal and Chief ExecutiveKaren Dobson.

    STAYING local to study a degree-levelqualification is proving increasingly popularfor young people and adults.

    Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) isworking in partnership with StaffordshireUniversity to deliver Foundation degrees (Fds)and Foundation Years in a wide range ofsubjects from its bespoke University Centre.

    Janet Scrivens, Head of Lifelong Learning,said: "We're continually expanding thenumber of degree-level qualifications weoffer, such as HNCs, HNDs and Foundationdegrees, to ensure young people and adultshave the opportunity to achieve their fullpotential. Our University Centre has excellentfacilities, including open-access PCs, groupstudy areas and a comfortable social space.Students benefit from working closely withtutors and enjoy a friendly, supportiveenvironment, designed especially for adults."

    Foundation degrees are innovative coursesdesigned with employers to combineacademic study with work-based learning,allowing for flexible study in the workplaceand at college. Foundation degrees can bestudied full-time over two years or part-timeover three years. At the end, students areawarded a Foundation degree and then havethe option to complete a final year of study ata University of their choice to top-up theirqualification to a full BA Honours.

    The College currently has over 350 studentsstudying Higher Education courses at theUniversity Centre at the Knutton campus. To find out more about therange of University-levelcourses on offer at NULC or contactthe Information Point on01782 254254.

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    Arange of brand new courseshave been unveiled byNewcastle-under-LymeCollege (NULC) to encourage moreadults back into learning.

    The College is offering a wide rangeof part-time courses from September2012 to help provide adults fromacross North Staffordshire and thewider area with routes intoemployment and better job prospects.

    Karen Dobson, Principal and ChiefExecutive at NULC, said:Werecommitted to meeting the needs ofour local community and, right now, wewant to support adults in finding workand taking the first steps towardsimproving their career prospects in thisdifficult economic climate.

    Last year, the College launched itsnew Employment and Training Centre,

    which has so far provided more than100 unemployed adults with freeemployability skills and work-relatedtraining to help them find a new job.

    Karen added:Our new campusprovides a warm and welcomingatmosphere and some of the bestfacilities in the country, with specialareas for mature learners.

    Whats more, we have friendly andexperienced advisers who are trainedin providing impartial information,advice and guidance for those adultswho need some help deciding what todo.

    Id urge anyone who is thinkingabout improving their skills or doing acourse to talk to us were here tohelp.

    NULC offers a wide range of part-time and work-based courses for adults

    in subjects including Accounting, Artand Design, Childcare, Teaching,Engineering, Computing, Care,Management, Construction and Mathsand English.

    As well as courses at the Collegesmain campus on Knutton Lane, theCollege will be continuing to runrec