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Korean Delegates VisitPrincipals from more than 25 South Korean high schools and colleges travelled over 5,000 miles to find out more about how students are taught in the UK.

The delegation from vocational high schools and colleges looked at Uxbridge College’s workshops and classrooms, learned more about teaching methods and activities, and talked to staff and students about life at college.

Former Uxbridge College A Level student Adam Pepin-Hall, who went on to study International Relations at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London, came back as guest speaker - giving his presentation in Korean - and met with the group. Adam specialised in Korea during his studies and spent a year studying there, and is about to return to the country to embark on an MSc studied in Korean.

Dr Darrell DeSouza, Vice Principal - Curriculum & Standards, said: “It was a real privilege to be sharing expertise with our South Korean delegation and the visit was a great success. We were also very proud to have Adam Pepin-Hall back talking about his time in Korea and his studies, and to see how much he has achieved after studying at Uxbridge College.”

The aim of the visit was for the Principals to implement some of the College’s practices and policies in their schools and colleges in South Korea.

Student Hats in Air PhotoPictured: Uxbridge College HNC & HND achievers celebrate their graduation at Brunel University London with the traditional custom of throwing their mortar boards in the air.

HND students entering full honours degree programmes in the final year were among those celebrating their achievements at Uxbridge College’s higher education graduation ceremony.

Graduates on HNC and HND qualifications wore traditional cap and gown to officially graduate at Brunel University London, with their awards being presented by Nick Davies, Uxbridge College’s Chair of Governors.

Laraine Smith OBE, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “HNCs and HNDs are a fantastic way into a better job or onto a full honours university degree - and I feel really proud to see this year’s graduates from Uxbridge College reaping the rewards of their studies in this way. The progression from some of our HND programmes onto a final year top-up degree is becoming an increasingly popular route into university, and yet again we have dozens of graduates joining a range of universities in the final year as well as at other points including Birmingham, Sheffield, Reading, Brunel and West London.”

The BTEC HNC Level 4 and BTEC HND Level 5 Diplomas were completed by 116 Uxbridge College students in the following subject areas: Business; Computing Plus; Computing and Systems Development; Computing - Games Development; Creative Computing – Games/Visual Effects; Creative Media Moving Image; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Sport (Coaching and Development), and Travel & Tourism Management.

Higher education qualifications at Uxbridge College give students the chance to study part-time with the support of qualified lecturers using the College’s state-of-the-art facilities.

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James HillierUxbridge College student James Hillier has been honoured for his sporting achievements with the Panathlon’s top annual honour for competitors in London and Essex.

James (16), was named the 10th winner of the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement award for his achievements with Panathlon, a charity providing sporting opportunities for children with disabilities and special needs.

He competed with a group from his previous school, Ruislip High School, in events including Powerchair Slalom and beanbag throwing. Competitors in the slalom have to manoeuvre a high performance electric wheelchair through a set of obstacles as fast as possible, and in the beanbag competition they have to hit a target.

James’ prize was presented to him by Panathlon Ambassador and Paralympic swimming gold medallist Liz Johnson (right), and Gemma Juma from the Jack Petchey Foundation at a ceremony which took place at John Lewis Stratford City.

James said: “I’ll never forget that day. I never realised that I’d win - I couldn’t believe it. My mum cried and my dad nearly cried too! I would like to thank everyone who came on the night and everyone who has supported me in doing sport. I would love to enter more competitions.”

James, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, also loves trampolining, and has been part of the Brunel University wheelchair basketball club.

Panathlon is a charity that gives more than 17,500 children with disabilities and special needs the opportunity to engage in competitive sport each year.


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