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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.

Intu Piano 11292018 006Pictured: L-R Jade Thomas and Natasha House from intu Uxbridge, student Rhys Shirley, and Ray Griffin, Acting Section Manager for Performing Arts and Music.

The baby grand piano that’s been playing at intu Uxbridge for the last four years was delivered to Uxbridge College's Hayes Campus, where it will help to create the musicians of the future.

The shopping centre has donated the beautiful black Bentley piano for free, after it invited local organisations, schools and community groups to come forward if they were interested in giving it a new home.

Uxbridge College was chosen as the recipient after it told intu Uxbridge of the difference it would make to its students.

intu Uxbridge general manager Laurie Taylor said: “We are delighted that the baby grand piano will continue to make the people of Uxbridge smile. We chose Uxbridge College as the recipient, as we know that it will be very loved and well used by students. We liked the idea that it could play a part in nurturing the musicians of the future, too!”

The shopping centre has donated the piano to the community to make way for new and exciting experiences for its shoppers in the months and years to come.

Ray Griffin, Acting Section Manager for Performing Arts and Music at Uxbridge College, said: “We are very excited to receive the piano and promise to look after it well. Our students cannot wait to start practising on it. We are very grateful to intu Uxbridge for this generous donation – it is truly proof that community spirit is still alive and kicking in Uxbridge.”

The piano will be located outside the Edge Theatre box office at Uxbridge College’s Hayes Campus, and will mainly be used by Music and Performing Arts students including on Open Days and show nights.

A small plaque will be put on the beautiful piece of equipment, highlighting that it was donated by intu Uxbridge.


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