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Hack viit to Uxbridge College creative artsStudents at Uxbridge College had plenty of questions to ask a local author when she was invited to talk to them about her job as a journalist.

The keen writers who are studying for a Diploma in Creative Media (Journalism and Creative Writing) – a brand new course at the college - were quizzing her on her book Tales from an Old Hack - memoir of a local reporter which was published by The Book Guild in September.

Among the topics were: deadlines - are they stressful? Is the editor all-powerful? How do you deal with people over sensitive issues, and how does it affect you? Can the job fit in with a home life? How do you write a column?

Barbara, a columnist on the Uxbridge Gazette, also talked about her collaboration with Phyllis Whitsell on the Sunday Times bestseller Finding Tipperary Mary.

Asked to read from her book, she let them choose a topic from a list of chapters. They chose Lunch with the Queen, which is proving to be the most popular with Barbara's talks so far.

She said: "Many thanks to the students and to Emma, their lecturer, for inviting me. They were a great bunch, very enthusiastic, and, thank goodness, clued up about the dangers of only taking news from social networks. I hope many of them go on to make successful careers in writing."

Emma Filtness, Media Lecturer, said: "It is important for our students to have the opportunity to meet professionals from the creative industries, to be able to ask questions and learn about the various careers open to them in future. By hearing Barbara talk about her career and read from her book, they were able to learn first-hand from a reporter and columnist with years of experience, and I'd like to thank Barbara for kindly giving her time and generously sharing her wisdom with my burgeoning writers."

* For more about the Diploma in Creative Media (Journalism and Creative Writing), please click here


Princes Trust 1 DSCN7551Prince’s Trust students from Uxbridge College put their all into making Horsenden Farm a better place during a week of volunteering.

The group, who are developing their employment, teamwork and community skills through their course, also held fundraising events at college to help fund the work, raising £213 with a raffle and competitions.

Horsenden Farm in Greenford is a working farm dating from the Iron Age to the 1930's which runs open days and apple days with events such as craft sales, archery, as well as gardening workshops, forest schools and volunteering opportunities.

Students carried out a number of tasks including:

Woodland management – tree care and conserving habitats for small creatures at the farm
Cutting and stacking small trees to create hedges
Clearing and stacking wood for campfire circles to be used by the farm’s forest schools
Cutting back hedges
Painting signs to place around the farm

Shenez Gordon, Prince’s Trust Assistant Team Leader, said: “The students did a fantastic job showing tremendous dedication and grit - and there were definitely some sore muscles at the end of it! They have a lot to be proud of, including raising more than £200 towards the project, as well as making such a success of working as a team in a new environment with a community responsibility.”

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Public Services RAF Trip 8RAF Brize-Norton played host to Uxbridge College students who got a rare chance to board an official plane recently returned from peacekeeping operations.

The students from Uniformed Public Services and Travel and Tourism courses explored one of the RAF’s 8 C-17 Globemaster III including sitting in the cockpit and visiting the cargo hold; this allowed them to meet the pilots, engineers and other aircrew.

They also went to the Air Traffic Control tower, as well as discovering what life for service personnel living on the base was like, including visiting accommodation and seeing facilities such as bars and cafes, sports centre and pitches, and a swimming pool.

The site in Oxfordshire is the RAF’s largest station in the UK and home to approximately 5,800 Service Personnel, 1,200 contractors and 300 civilian staff.

Public Services student Julia Laskowska said: “All of us have really enjoyed this trip and everyone found an interest of their own in particular work placements at the RAF.”

Public Services students, whose courses involve developing skills in areas including leadership, team building, fitness drills and discipline, may go on to careers with services including the police, armed forces, fire, ambulance and prison services, or progress to university and other higher education courses. Travel and Tourism students work in a range of careers in the industry including as cabin crew, overseas holiday representatives, and management positions.


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