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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.

For photos from the event go to: or view our You Tube video:

Ashuit Khanna and Vlad Bunys IMG 8812 UpUxbridge College is the best college, offering a full A Level programme, in London for ‘Value Added’ at A Level - as well as being one of the best colleges in the UK, according to new Government figures.

‘Value Added’ is a measure of how much improvement students make compared to their peers nationally. Sometimes described as ‘distance travelled’, Value Added reflects how much ‘value’ a school or college adds to its students, by comparing students’ achievement levels before they begin their A Levels to their performance when they finish. The Department for Education (DfE) figures show that 16-18 year olds taking A Levels are making better progress at Uxbridge College than at any other Sixth Form in Hillingdon, as well as any Sixth Form or Further Education college in the capital as a whole.

The figures for 2017 measure student improvement - which produces what are known as ‘Value Added’ scores.

The statistics rank the progress of students at all A Level providers including Colleges, school sixth forms and independent schools.

Amanda Washbrook, Head of Uxbridge College Sixth Form Centre, said: “It’s really important to us that we help every student achieve the very best they can while they are here with us, whether they achieved Cs or A*s at GCSE. Increasingly, measures of progress such as the A Level Value Added score are viewed as the best indicator of how well a school or college is doing for its students. It’s good to see that the Department for Education data that has just been published reflects the hard work of all of my staff and the excellent progress our A Level students are making.”

Value Added scores - also known as progress scores - are the outcome of calculations using a statistical formula. The scores are calculated by comparing the A Level results of students at a given school or college with the A level results of students in schools and colleges across England who started with similar results at the end of key stage 4.


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