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Creative Arts 2019 200 editCreative Arts students heading for prestigious universities and art colleges including Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and Chelsea College of Arts were among those showcasing their fantastic skills at Uxbridge College's exhibition - entitled Kenneth Goes to the Art Show and named after a real-life show-going dog.

The work by students at Levels 1, 2 and 3, covered a huge range of skills and media including painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, digital design and fashion. Inspiration was drawn from a wide range of topics from World War II, to global warming, to a K9 Dr Who desk tidy, to the ballet Romeo & Juliet. The canine theme continued throughout the show, with graphic paw prints on the floor to show visitors the way, and ‘Best in Show’ rosettes for the best work.

David Storer, Section Manager for Creative Studies, said: “We’ve seen some really fantastic work this year and been extremely impressed by the standard at every level. The quality of the development, planning, design and technical skill reflects a commitment and professionalism which all the students have every reason to be extremely proud of. They have created great foundations for their futures whether they’re continuing to study at college, going to university, taking a gap year, or going directly into work.”

The Private View and fashion show was attended by guests including Kenneth - a 16-month-old miniature schnauzer - students’ friends and family, Uxbridge College Principal Laraine Smith OBE, and Barbara Fisher, Non-Executive Advisor on the Stakeholder & Scrutiny Committee.

Some of the work included:

Michaela Mirza-Ghaderi’s installation evoking the sights and sounds of a slaughterhouse to challenge audiences to think about the reality of meat production. Vegetarian Michaela visited the historic Smithfield wholesale meat market in London to see the industry in action as part of her research. The first year Level 3 student will now progress to the second year on her UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.

Tasnia Alam’s drawings and 3D models of her brutalist re-imagining of the Nestle factory site in Hayes, which is being redeveloped to make way for nearly 1,400 homes and office space. Tasnia has been at Uxbridge College for four years and also studied GCSEs and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). She has been awarded a place on a BA Hons in Architecture at Central St Martins College.

An NHS-style sexual health campaign by Bardia Zandbaf, who is originally from Iran where there is a high incidence of sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) and education on the subject is banned. The work included leaflets and an animated infomercial. He now plans to study Graphic Design at Loughborough University.

Fashion designs were based on a range of themes including a design challenge set by the Royal Opera House, based on characters from its Kenneth MacMillan production of the ballet Romeo and Juliet, with the two finalists being Shivani Bamania (Year 2) and Rachel Odhialo (Year 1). Level 1 Art & Design students also showcased their range of jackets, creating brightly coloured and exciting designs under the title ‘Putting together’.

During the year, in addition to their coursework, creative arts students have taken part in work experience and partnership projects including creating murals for Rocket Software and Hillingdon Hospital, an exhibition in The Pavilions shopping centre in Uxbridge, a logo design project by branding agency Thinkfarm, and an assignment set by advertising agency JWT.

Best in Show rosettes were awarded to:

Level 1: Tajinder Virdee – K9 Dr Who desk tidy product design
Level 2: Isheda Lee – series of sculptures entitled The Rings That Bind Us about balance & harmony
Level 3 Fashion: Shivani Bamania – transparent fashion designs
Level 3 Art: Holly Hamilton – Monument to the Uncomfortable Truth about climate change
Level 3 Graphics: Bardia Zandbaf – for his sexual health info graphics campaign.

The participants would like to thank Art & Design lecturer Jill Tattersall for allowing Kenneth to attend the show.

For photos from the show (look out for Kenneth!) go to:

RetailGoldintuPictured: (Left to right) Retail Gold graduate Zahia Sahraoui, intu Uxbridge General Manager Laurie Taylor, Alexander Nicoll from intu and Angela Vieira from intu.

intu Uxbridge has teamed up with Uxbridge College, Education and Employers, and Job Centre Plus to create a bespoke training course to help unemployed adults get into retail.

Designed to set the standard in retail, ‘Retail Gold’ is helping people to develop essential employability skills, boosting their self-confidence and giving them an insight into all aspects of working in the industry. intu Uxbridge has worked with West Met Skills, the Apprenticeships & Employer Services team from Uxbridge College, to create a course that leaves trainees ‘job ready’ when they complete the course.

As well as formal qualifications in Retail Knowledge and Customer Service, Retail Gold is also giving its students a path to real job opportunities.

Students on the first Uxbridge course learnt CV-writing skills, completed mock job interviews with intu management volunteers, took part in world-class service sessions and did a tour around the Boots store.

Retail Gold courses are happening across the UK via intu shopping centres. The first Uxbridge course included four days on Retail Knowledge and four on Customer Service. It was such a success that a second course has been planned for Uxbridge in July.

A graduation ceremony for the first intake of students took place last month, at which the graduates were presented with their official qualification certificates.

Representatives from intu, including corporate responsibility director Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility manager Kathryn Barber, as well as intu Uxbridge’s retail liaison and corporate responsibility coordinator Angela Vieira and general manager Laurie Taylor, attended to congratulate the winners.

Angela said: “The first Retail Gold course was such a hit that we cannot wait to do it again! It is wonderful to be able to connect education with employment in this way, to pave the way for a better future for these unemployed young adults, while helping employers to recruit. We are proud to be able to deliver positive change through our ongoing partnerships.”

Giles Strachan from West Met Skills (Uxbridge College’s Apprenticeship and Employer Services Team) said: "Retail Gold is a fantastic example of how employers and colleges can work together to provide the right people with the right skills for the right jobs. Uxbridge College and West Met Skills are really excited to be part of this initiative with intu Uxbridge, Jobcentre Plus, and Education and Employers to provide targeted training, education and employment support at the heart of our community."

To find out more about intu Uxbridge, head to, and discover more about Education and Employers at, Uxbridge College at and West Met Skills at

STEM 2Young people from schools around west London found out more about routes into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers after GCSEs at an Uxbridge College taster day.

During the event on 27 May, run in partnership with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), around 30 Year 9 and 10 students took part in a range of events including a gaming session and an electronics master class. The day also gave the students an opportunity to compare both university and apprenticeship pathways into STEM careers, and look at options including high level vocational study at college.

The provision of specialist technical education is due to expand at Uxbridge College from 2020 when it opens a national Institute of Technology (IoT) centre under the umbrella of the merged college group HCUC (Harrow College Uxbridge College). HCUC, which has also been selected to provide T Level qualifications - the technical equivalent to A Levels - from next year, was one of 12 education and training providers nationally to be selected by the Government earlier this year to go through IoT pre-award stage.

Uxbridge College will be providing a further opportunity for young people to see college facilities and find out more about future study and careers options at its Open Day on Wednesday 12 June, and will be running enrolment sessions during July and August.

Kiran Rami, Head of Guidance & Student Support at Uxbridge College, said: “There is now a great choice of routes into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) depending on whether you prefer a more practical or academic approach to learning. It was great to work with EDT to provide young people with a taste of how interesting and diverse STEM subjects can be, along with information about options around following a path to university, learning on the job as an apprentice, or choosing from a wide range of relevant courses at college.”

The taster day was part of a three-day programme for the students from the area, with the second day held at University of Westminster, and the third with global engineering, construction, and project management company Bechtel.

EDT’s programme enables participants to spend three days during their half term holidays at a college, a university and an employer. The charitable trust delivers over 40,000 STEM experiences nationally each year for young people aged 9 to 21 years, to support them in enhancing their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised taster courses. EDT also works with Industrial Cadets, an industry-led accreditation scheme under which employers run accredited experiences for young people aged 9-21, helping them to develop skills and gain an insight into industry.

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