9 April 2018

Cross Campus Hair and Beauty Show at City Hotel

Congratulations to all who took part in the 2018 Cross campus Hair and Beauty Show at the City Hotel.

For more pictures see https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157665569872957

Double page spread also in Derry News (April 9)

NWRC Business Support Centre wins InterTrade Ireland award

North West Regional College’s Technology Innovation Manager Dr Fergal Tuffy and Computing Lecturer Teresa Deeney, accepting an award for their involvement in the InterTrade Ireland Fusion programme from Alan Morrow, Operations Manager of Innovation Programmes at InterTrade Ireland.

The Fusion programme involves all Ireland cross-border technology transfer from academic institutions to industry via industry focussed research and development projects.
The NWRC has been the leading academic delivery partner on the programme since the beginning of 2016.


16 March 2018

Business students sell phone accessories

The Level 2 Business students are setting up stalls for their micro-business to sell phone chargers (£3), iPhone covers with screen protectors (£3) and also retractable earphones (£4) – Ideal Gifts!
All profits made will be given to the NWRC’s chosen charity Foyle Search and Rescue.

 The sale of these products will take place on Wednesday 21st March 2018 from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the front entrance of the Tower Building.
Please support this worthwhile fundraiser.

13 March 2018

Professional Development events, sign up now

Easter Events 2018

Please see below some interesting professional development events coming up prior to your Easter break. Book now to avoid disappointment:

1 OCN Assessment and Internal Moderation training

Monday 26th March 2018 10.00-1.00

The purpose of this training is to provide a practical guide to the key aspects of the assessment and verification processes for OCN. Participants will gain an understanding of the role of the assessor and internal verifier and become familiar with the documentation required. All staff involved with the assessment and delivery of OCN qualifications are required to attend this 3 hour training event. A certificate will be awarded to successful participants.

2 Sharing Best Practice: Carousel Activity
Monday 26th March 2018 2.00 – 4.00
Student zone,  Level 4, Foyle Building
Training Provider/Facilitator:Emer O’Sullivan

Come and join us for this fast-paced and highly enjoyable event where we showcase and celebrate some of the tremendous work taking place across our College.  This carousel activity is an innovative way to share best practice and gain some great ideas that will have immediate effect on your practice. Topics include: Topics include: Adobe Spark Video, Plickers, Groupwork Strategies, Augmented reality, Embedding Employability and more.
3 Behaviour Management Workshop
Tuesday 27th March 10.00-12.00
This workshop will focus on ‘Behaviour Management’ to include:
•             Developing positive working relationships;
•             Working with the 'hard to reach';
•             Managing confrontation;
•             De-escalation strategies;
•             Secondary and more extreme behaviour.
4 Creating Innovative Learning Content Using Mobile Devices
Tuesday 27th March 2018 1.00-3.00
Training Provider: Martin Peoples

Wednesday afternoon sessions April- June ‘18

Planning outstanding learning and teaching

This is an opportunity to take part in a series of workshops to consider the key principles of great learning and teaching and to discuss and explore strategies with your peers that allow these principles to be put into action in your classroom.

Whether you are a new teacher or a teacher with years of experience, these workshops are suitable for all. They will give you an opportunity to develop important practices in your classroom that will help you become an even better teacher.

What Makes Great Teaching? Exploring the latest research

Learning and Teaching Team

Wednesday 12th April 2018 3.00-5.00

This workshop will give you a chance to examine the most recent research in educational practice in an attempt to understand what the evidence tells us about what makes great thinking. A practical and thought-provoking workshop which explores what the research tells us about effective and ineffective practice so we can ensure we can deliver quality teaching.

Differentiation Workshop

Wednesday  19th April 2018 3.00-5.00p.m.

Learning and Teaching Team

The core objectives of this workshop are to examine practical approaches and strategies to effectively differentiate to ensure the needs of all learners are met. Issues explored will include the following:

·         theories of learner modifiability: all learners can be changed

·         exploring practical strategies to aid differentiation

·         using the Teaching and Learning Cycle to make the implicit explicit with an emphasis placed on the value of the guided stage of the cycle

Examination Strategies

Wednesday 26th April 2018 3.00-5.00

This course provides strategies and approaches to help support students with their preparation for summative exams. Lots of tips will be provided on how to support student revision and independent learning, how to tackle an exam paper e.g. understanding command words and higher order thinking and how to effectively manage their time.

What to expect:

·         Exploring a range of strategies and approaches to support student revision.

·         How to improve the accuracy of student responses in written and timed exams.

Planning Outstanding Lessons

Wednesday 9th May 2018 3.00-5.00p.m.

Learning and Teaching Team

The purpose of this session is to highlight the content and delivery of an outstanding lesson. Participants will examine the key components of an outstanding lesson and gain an insight into the importance of reflection on planning. Participants also examine a range of high impact activities for use in the classroom.


Active Learning Strategies

Wednesday  16th May 2018 3.00-5.00p.m.

Learning and Teaching team

Active learning is about encouraging students to engage actively with their studies. The learning objective is more important than the task itself. In fact, whether something is an active learning task or not depends on the teacher's planning and style. This workshop considers the role of the teacher and active learning strategies within the bigger picture of the enquiry approach. Participants reflect on their own progress, attitudes and understanding of active learning and develop a shared understanding with colleagues.

Memory and How it Works 

Wednesday 23rd May 2018  3.00-5.00

The purpose of this session is to examine and explore some memory strategies that students can use to support their learning and experience success.


12 March 2018

Strabane Hair and Beauty Show - In Pictures

Well done to all the staff and students who took part in the recent Hair and Beauty show at our Strabane Campus.

For more pictures please log on to https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157693651768574

5 March 2018

Cross Campus Hair and Beauty show on March 12

North West Regional College's annual Hairdressing and Beauty Cross Campus competition will take place at the City Hotel on Monday, March 12.
The competition begins at 2 p.m. with a catwalk show at 8.30 p.m.
Tickets are priced at £5.

27 February 2018

Staff Awards- Nominations now Open

Staff at NWRC are being encouraged to nominate one of their colleagues for a special recognition award.
Any employee of the North West Regional College can nominate another employee for the award. The process will be confidential.

Nominations submitted between now and April will be considered and the awards handed out in June.

Nominations will be considered by a panel made up of representatives from each campus and an appointed chairperson. The panel will use the terms of reference to decide on successful recipients.

A £50 gift voucher for Foyleside Shopping Centre and a recognition award will be presented to the successful recipient(s).


Terms of reference


Description: Quality of excelling, providing exceptionally good service or bringing exceptional status to team, i.e. in academic areas retention, success, outcomes, in non-teaching areas recognise based on exceeding expected standards or good audit outcomes.


Uniqueness / Innovation / Creativity

Description: Having the ability to demonstrate originality of thought or creating something unique and innovative.  May include use of new technologies.    


On-going quality

Description: Producing and maintaining outstanding standards in provision of service.     


Equality and Diversity

Description:  Promoting and/or embedding equality and diversity within the College.       

Cross College Role / Activities

Description: Providing outstanding service affecting all staff and/or students in the College.          


Individual Contribution to a Team

Description: Providing outstanding contribution to a team that enriches the working of the team.              


Pastoral Care of Students

Description: Providing an outstanding support service to students underpinned by demonstrating a caring and supportive ethos.            



Description: Promoting or embedding employability in a manner that is outstanding with exceptional standards.


Contribution to STEM

Description: Promoting STEM activities or delivering STEM provision that achieves outstanding results or demonstrates innovation and creativity.               


Employer Engagement

Description: Evidence of working with employers and meeting needs of employers in an exceptional/innovative and effective manner.

The application form to nominate a colleague can be found on the A to Z site of the staff portal.






NWRC students exhibit talent at Creative Glamour, Limavady

( You can check out more pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157688271147250 )

Students on Hairdressing and Barbering courses at North West Regional College’s Limavady campus have exhibited their talents at the annual Creative Glamour Hair and Beauty Show.

The event featured dozens of stunning creations in a number of categories including Avant Garde, Barbering, Cut and Colour, Bridal and Upstyle.

The judges of the Hair showcase, which was the second of four events across the college’s campuses in Strand Road, Limavady and Strabane, were Chris and Kathleen Doherty, Vixen Hair Salon, Deirdre Donnelly, Metro, Imelda Maguire, Hair by Imelda and Michael McConway, Menspire.

Cara Hegarty, Curriculum Manager, who compered the event, congratulated all the students who took part on the night.

She added: “What we have seen tonight is the culmination of months of hard work, and it is fantastic to see it all coming together

“The event is not only important to students for their college assessment but it is also a great opportunity for them to develop their practical skills.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the students, for us as staff it is great to see the students gaining the confidence to showcase their skills.”

Karen Moore, Head of Training and Skills at NWRC said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has made the annual show in Limavady such a success.

“Our key aim at NWRC is to make our students employable, and time and time again we see our former students in Hairdressing and Beauty opening their own businesses, proving that if you work hard you can do well in life.

“I have equal confidence in the many talented students we have seen exhibiting tonight.”

22 February 2018

£4108.64 raised for Foyle Search and Rescue

Congratulations to staff and students who have supported the college's fundraising for Foyle Search and Rescue.
To date, the college has raised £4108.64 for the charity.

15 February 2018

NWRC Creative Media students develop brand for Council's Life Tree Initiative

Derry City and Strabane District Council, in partnership with the Public Health Agency and the North West Regional College, have launched a unique tree planting scheme to mark the registration of significant life events in the Council area.

The Life Tree Project will see every birth, death and marriage registered in Council’s District Registration Offices in Derry and Strabane marked by the planting of an Oak, Rowan or Crab Apple sapling as part of a wider regional strategy to improve air quality and the public’s mental health.

Registering families are encouraged to plant the tree at their own property but if they don’t have a suitable location, Council will identify alternative sites in its parks and green spaces and plant the tree for them.

Design students at NWRC have had a central role in the development of the initiative which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and will see around 4,000 new trees planted in the City and District each year.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor MaolĂ­osa McHugh, launched the scheme at the North West Regional College’s Strand Road Campus this week with the planting of a tree and he highlighted its multiple benefits for both the health of the public and the local environment.

“I am delighted that Council, along with its partners in the Public Health Agency and the North West Regional College are leading the way with this novel initiative which is a poignant means of marking and remembering the registrations of birth, deaths and marriages in our City and District,” he said.

“Air pollution is something that affects all of our well-being and represents the biggest environmental risk to the public’s health so there is a responsibility on all of us to make a conscious effort to protect and improve our air quality.

“Planting trees can not only decrease air pollution but it improves the local landscape and encourages the public to experience the outdoors and the health benefits of gardening so I am pleased that we are the first Council in the North to introduce this scheme.

“On behalf of Council I would like to thank the PHA for the funding to make this project possible and acknowledge the key role the students and staff at the NWRC have had in working with Council to bring it to fruition.”

As well as issuing the new trees, the Public Health Agency will issue relevant campaign literature relating to each registration such as breast feeding information for birth registrations.

The PHA’s Brendan Bonner noted that air pollution reduction has the potential to be life saving for the local community.

“The World Health Organisation estimates that in 2012, one out of every nine deaths resulted from air pollution related conditions making it the largest environmental risk factor for ill health,” he said.

“Reducing air pollution by planting more trees has the potential to decrease respiratory and heart conditions and illnesses and improve the Health and Well Being of the population in the Derry and Strabane areas.

“Air pollution impacts on all regions, settings and age groups and while we all breath the same air, there are significant geographical differences to exposure to air pollution and it is important that we do all we can to improve and protect our air quality locally.

“This project matches up particularly well with our Take 5 Steps of Wellbeing initiative where we are encouraging the public to connect with each other, be active, take notice of the beauty around you, keep learning and to do something that helps other people.”    

HND Interactive Media students from the North West Regional College have been working with Council’s Marketing team to design the brand logo, marketing materials and website for the scheme and Annette Smith from the College said they were pleased to play such an active role in the initiative.

“This has been a thoroughly enriching experience for our students to apply their skills to a live project and it is a proud moment for them to see the scheme go live.

“The students have been particularly involved in the marketing element of the scheme and have developed a website that will allow the public to register the location of their trees which in turn will help Council identify areas where more or less should be planted.

“The project has the potential to significantly increase the number of new trees planted in the City and District and leave a lasting memory for families from key life events.”

Further information on the Life Tree Project is available at www.lifeprojecttree.com or through the Environmental Health Department of Derry City and Strabane District Council by calling 028 71 253253 or e mailing lifetree@derrystrabane.com.


13 February 2018

Open Day pictures online

Thank you to all out staff and students who helped with our recent Open Days at Strand Road, Springtown, Limavady, Greystone and Strabane.

Pictures from NWRC's Open Days can be viewed on our Flickr pages at




31 January 2018

Limavady Campus hosts community information session

Limavady campus recently held a successful coffee morning for local community members.
A number of representatives from a number of organisations in the Roe Valley area attended and heard about the wide range of courses and partnerships NWRC is engaged with.

More pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157663205647487