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Capture 11 copy v2Art & Design students from Uxbridge College have been exhibiting their original works of art at the Hyatt Place West London/Hayes at an exclusive event.

The eclectic Capture exhibition launched with a successful Private View and was then opened to the public. The work was specially created for the event.

The multi-discipline exhibition included fine art, sculpture, animation, illustration, photography, architectural design, graphic design and designs for interiors.

Inspiration came from a range of sources among which were Southall's Asian culture, the old and new of Hayes and Southall, and the rich history of manufacture in Hayes.

Students also designed invitations, flyers, posters and logos and ran a social media campaign to promote the event.

Dominik Strobel, General Manager at Hyatt Place West London/Hayes said: “With our Hyatt Thrive platform, Hyatt is committed to serve the people, the environment and the community and we are absolutely thrilled to have partnered up with Uxbridge College on this special occasion. The students did an incredible job finding their inspiration and interesting facts about our local area for both Hayes and Southall. We are pleased to have supported their talent and developed new skills such as working towards a deadline, organizing a public event and executing art project on specific theme/topic. We see some very talented aspiring artists and wish all great success in the future.”

Student Iona Adhar, who photographed the artists at work and managed the social media campaign, as well as creating her own work for the exhibition, said: "Although not without its challenges, my classmates and I have produced some incredible pieces relating to the local area and have all experienced an insight into the working world of exhibiting artwork. We are truly grateful for this opportunity"

David Storer, Course Team Leader for Art & Design, said: “This collaboration between our students and the team at Hyatt Place West London/Hayes was a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience the working life of being a practicing, exhibiting artist. The exhibition, which was created, curated and run by the students themselves as part of work experience for their course reflected the high quality of work, creative individuality and engaged personal enquiry our course here at Uxbridge aims to instil in its learners.”

BA Student AmbassadorsA Travel and Tourism student from Uxbridge College joined Carol Vorderman on a special all-female BA flight to mark International Women’s Day.

Chelsia Afonso (18), who is one of 32 BA Inspire Student Ambassadors, flew from Heathrow to Glasgow (pictured) to commemorate International Women’s Day on 8 March. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and the flight was planned and delivered by female employees.

Chelsia (sitting behind the passenger taking the selfie in the photo) became an Inspire Student Ambassador last year after applying for the role following work experience for the company, during which she had worked in various customer service areas including at check-in, boarding and in the passenger lounges. As an ambassador she is part of a team of peers and BA staff visiting schools and colleges to talk about the opportunities on offer, including work experience, apprenticeships, and jobs such as customer service representatives, cabin crew and training as a pilot. She also interviews other students hoping to be selected for the programme.

Chelsia, who is studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism, said: “It was a lifetime experience to be part of the BA International Women’s Day flight with Carol Vorderman, and such an amazing opportunity to see women working in so many different roles within BA. These included female pilots, dispatchers, flight planners, baggage handlers and loaders - and it was great to see the female pilots on today's flight because most of the time when I fly it's male pilots. I believe that we as women can do anything to achieve our dreams especially with companies like BA doing so much to encourage more women into the industry.”

“It is also great to be part of the Inspire Student Ambassador Programme. I’ve enjoyed meeting other student ambassadors, and interviewing other students for the programme has helped me improve my interview skills and feel more confident.”

Chelsia has applied for degree courses in Airline and Airport Management, and added: “My dream has always been to work as cabin crew but I’d be interested in a wide range of roles in the industry. Being an Inspire Student Ambassador has been a great experience to add to my CV too.”

Melissa Bridge, Course Leader in Travel & Tourism, said: “We are really proud that Chelsia was chosen for this exciting event on International Women’s Day in her role as a BA Inspire Student Ambassador. She is living proof that Uxbridge College’s Travel and Tourism qualifications are a fantastic way into a wide range of opportunities in the industry, especially through our links with Heathrow, as well as offering a springboard onto a university degree.”

Watch BA’s video of the flight at

Good Deed 2018 group 1200 DSC 0045A total of 125 students from Brunel University London and Uxbridge College joined forces to help out local people in Uxbridge as part of annual Good Deeds Day 2018.

The event was launched by the Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor Carol Melvin and her Consort Andrew, with other guests including Brunel’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Bill Leahy. All three were among visitors to The Pavilions who had free manicures provided by Uxbridge College’s Beauty Therapy students!

Activities on the day, which centred around The Pavilions shopping centre in Uxbridge, also included: free tea, coffee and cakes, craft activities, children’s board games, Digi Drop in at Uxbridge and Yiewsley libraries, volunteering at Thames Valley Hospice and Oxfam charity shops, serving lunch at Christchurch Cafe, Tea Dance at West Drayton & Yiewsley Community centre, bag packing in local supermarkets and litter picking in the town centre. And crowds of shoppers were entertained by the good deeds and the vibrant and energetic dance displays provided by Uxbridge College’s performing arts students, and fitness challenges set by the Brunel Burners American Football Team. Public Services students from Uxbridge College also took part in litter picking.

Armani Campbell, Student Support Officer – Citizenship and Volunteering Activities at Uxbridge College, said: “This annual event is a fantastic opportunity for students to give something back to their community, and to showcase their skills and act as ambassadors for the college. A big thank you to Brunel University London, The Pavilions Uxbridge, Uxbridge Forward and intu Uxbridge for making this event such a success.”

The theme for this year was ’Do something special for your Valentine’ and shoppers at The Pavilions shopping centre were encouraged to leave a special message for their Valentine. Three lucky ‘hearts’ were chosen at random to receive gifts of flowers and chocolates.

The event raised money for the Mayor of Hillingdon’s Charitable Trust, which supports The Lynda Jackson MacMillan Centre at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, The Halo Foundation - a bereavement support organisation for children and young people, and The 1st Northwood Scout Group.

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