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IMG 1524Young people from in and around the borough checked out their future study options at Uxbridge College’s Higher Education Fair which showcased around 65 universities.

The event at Uxbridge College’s Uxbridge campus on 25 April was open to both college students and school students from in and around Hillingdon borough and west London. The fair hosted representatives from organisations including prestigious Russell Group universities and specialist providers.

This was the ninth annual Higher Education Fair at Uxbridge College and welcomed around 1,000 Visitors.

Students, parents and friends visited stalls and spoke to university staff during the event at the College’s Uxbridge campus in Park Road. This was followed by an information evening covering a range of options after A Level and BTECs, including going to University and Apprenticeships including Higher Apprenticeships. There was also an opportunity to talk to specialist Apprenticeship staff from West Met Skills, which works directly with employers.

Kiran Rami, Head of Guidance & Student Support at Uxbridge College, said: “Uxbridge College was very pleased to welcome so many universities on site at this event which has been growing steadily since it began nine years ago, and to be giving both our own students and those from local schools the chance to come along and find out more about their Higher Education options. It was a great success and we are certainly planning to continue with the event going forward.”

Among those universities attending were: Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff universities, and King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London from the Russell Group; dozens of other HE institutions from all over the country including Brunel University London, Bournemouth University, Pearson College, and Middlesex University; specialist providers including Echo Factory (music performance and music business), Medway School of Pharmacy, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Creative Arts, University of Law and University College of Osteopathy.

Uxbridge College also provided information about its own Higher Education qualifications - HNCs and HNDs - which can offer a route for students into ‘top up’ degrees, on which qualifying students can join an honours degree at university in the final year.

Uxbridge College’s Careers Guidance Team, a professional careers service accredited to the Matrix quality standard for information, advice and guidance, was on hand to provide advice on all options.

IMG 1783 for NO 1Students and staff at Harrow College and Uxbridge College are celebrating after jointly hitting the No. 1 spot in London for success for 16-18 year olds.

HCUC (Harrow College Uxbridge College) - the merged ‘college group’ for the two individual organisations - achieved the highest overall achievement rate at 85.6% for 2017/18 in the figures released earlier this month.

Laraine Smith OBE, Principal and CEO of HCUC, said: “We should all feel very pleased about this fantastic headline which is particularly positive given 2017/18 was the first year of HCUC’s existence following the legal merger of Harrow College and Uxbridge College. Whilst the two colleges continue to stand as separate establishments and to each work individually to the highest possible standards, we would also like to acknowledge the fantastic collective effort that has resulted in this very commendable overall outcome. Congratulations to all students and staff involved in making this excellent result possible.”

HCUC’s QAR (Qualification Achievement Rate) in the Department for Education’s National Achievement Rate Tables places it 1.4% above the next best performing college in London, and 3.3% above the next best performing college in west London.

The figures rank London’s 30 colleges and college groups in the tables published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in April 2019. The data covers achievement rates in classroom-based qualifications including in science, engineering, computing, business and the creative arts.

QAR figures replace the previously used ‘success rates’ and this is the first year results for Harrow College and Uxbridge College have been published under the HCUC umbrella. QAR is a measure of those students who were successful compared to the number who started the course in the first place, so is a more demanding measure than achievement rates such as those published by most schools, which generally show the percentages successful compared with the total number who were entered for the qualification.

STEM IMG 4633HCUC - the merged college group for Harrow College and Uxbridge College - is delighted to announce it has been chosen to go forward to the pre-award stage with the Department of Education (DfE) to open one of the country’s first Institute of Technology (IoT) centres.

Working with its anchor partners Brunel University London, Fujitsu, Heathrow and West London Business, HCUC is among 12 education and training providers nationally to be selected by the DfE in a competitive bidding process.

HCUC will get a share in a £170m capital fund earmarked by government to establish the specialist technical education provision, and the IoTs will promote and deliver education and training provision predominantly at Level 4 and above through a unique alliance between further education, higher education and employers.

Laraine Smith OBE, Principal and CEO of HCUC, said “It is fantastic news that HCUC and its partners have been successful in this highly competitive process to be among those leading the way in launching the Institute of Technology centres programme. HCUC is delighted to be at the forefront of developing the provision of these essential high level skills, which form part of the broad range of vocational and employment-related education and training supporting the UK to build the skills it needs going forward. We will be working closely with our partners to build relationships with a broad range of employers, to ensure the success of the West London IoT. I’d like to congratulate and thank everyone involved in leading our application through to its successful conclusion.”

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, said: “I am delighted that Brunel is part of HCUC’s successful bid, and that we will be working together with our partners to establish an Institute of Technology for people in west London and surrounding areas. Increasing the opportunities for young people and those already in employment to build essential engineering and technology skills – part of the STEM subjects, which have significant skills shortages – will help our local and national economies thrive.”

Ash Merchant, Education Director for Fujitsu UK&I and Global Subject Matter Expert, said: “We are delighted that HCUC have been successful in their application for the proposed Institute of Technology (IoT). As an Anchor Employer Partner to HCUC we are committed to supporting the vision of creating a strong digital infrastructure, with outstanding curriculum that will support the digital economy for west London and beyond. We look forward to working with HCUC, making their vision come to reality and creating an IoT that will enable individuals to be fit for a digital economy.”

Bally S Grewal, Director of IT Programmes at Heathrow Airport said: “We are proud to be a partner of the West London Institute of Technology. There is a vital need to bridge the skills gap in the UK, achievable through the provision of top quality training and apprenticeships. This is the latest step we have taken which will ensure future generations are more skilled than ever and we look forward to working in this partnership, increasing skills in west London and beyond and helping the next generation realise their potential.”

Andrew Dakers, Chief Executive of West London Business, said: “Securing funding to launch the West London Institute of Technology is a huge achievement for the team of partners working with HCUC. Sat at the heart of the UK’s global gateway the IoT will be both a local and national asset that helps ensure we have the talent pipeline to propel west London’s £73bn economy forward filling some significant skills gaps. We look forward to building the community of employers that will help shape the curriculum, bringing new partners on board as we plan for launch and beyond.”


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