22 November 2017


Marking for Improvement: The latest Strategies

Staff at NWRC have been invited to a course that will be held on December 12, 2017, on 'Effective Marking.'
Effective marking is an essential part of the education process. At its heart, it is an interaction between tutor and student: a way of acknowledging students’ work, checking the outcomes and making decisions about what tutors and students need to do next, with the primary aim of driving student progress. This course will help tutors review their practice with the aim of shrinking the importance marking has gained over other forms of feedback and stopping unnecessary and often burdensome practice!

What to expect:

• Explore a wide range of strategies to eliminate unnecessary workload around marking

• Develop strategies to support self and peer assessment

• Explore what effective marking looks like versus ineffective marking

The session takes place on Tue 12/12/2017 15:00 - 18:00 at the Staff Development Suite


Christmas craft fair at NWRC

NWRC's Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Thursday, December 7.

25 October 2017

Higher Education Graduation Ceremony will be streamed live on facebook

North West Regional College will stream their Higher Education Graduation Ceremony live on facebook on Friday afternoon.

Beginning at 12 p.m. the achievements of more than 800 graduates in a range of subject areas across all areas of the curriculum will be celebrated in a special event at the Millennium Forum in Derry~Londonderry.

Special guest will be renowned explorer and ultra athlete Hannah Shields, who became famous as the first woman in Northern Ireland to summit Mount Everest, and BBC journalist and broadcaster, Mark Carruthers who will act as Master of Ceremonies.

Students will graduate in the following subjects: Art & Design, Business, Computing, Construction, Engineering and Science, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Early Years, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, Media, Music and Performing Arts, from courses undertaken at the College’s Strand Road, Limavady and Strabane Campuses.

The event can be viewed on www.facebook.com/mynwrc


10 October 2017

Nominate a work colleague for a staff award

Staff have been invited to nominate another employee for a Staff Award to recognise their contribution to North West Regional College.
 Any employee of the North West Regional College can nominate another employee for the award. The process will be confidential.

  • Nominations should be submitted prior to 31 October to be awarded in December.
  • Nominations submitted between November and April will be awarded in June.

Staff wishing to make a nomination should complete a written citation of no more than 200 words explaining why the nominee is being put forward.
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

  • Excellence
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.   

  • Employability
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.


24 April 2017

£1,000 raised by Jamie's Journey coffee morning

Students from North West Regional College have raised a staggering £1,000 with their recent coffee morning in aid of local charity Jamie's Journie.
The coffee and cake morning was raised in memory of two year old Ciaran Murphy who sadly passed away last year.

Lisa Taggart, Curriculum Manager for Early Years at North West Regional College is pictured presenting a cheque for £1000 on behalf of the HND and Foundation Degree students from Early Years, to Jamie Harkin..
Also pictured are Sinead Murphy, Ciaran’s mum, Ann Tracey (Course Director Foundation Degree) and Grainne McCaffrey (Course Coordinator HND).

21 April 2017

College staff become Saints for the day

North West Regional College staff NWRC Staff Donna Hyndman,  Danny Lyttle and Paddy Stewart pictured with Sister Claire Larkin at Spruce House when they volunteered to take part in the ‘Be a Saint for a Day’ campaign. 
During the event NWRC staff volunteered at Spruce House, Altnagelvin Hospital, tidying up around building, and at Eglinton Community Preschool Centre - painting the chalet and slide frame.

20 April 2017

Brave the Shave goes live on facebook at NWRC on May 11

A lecturer in hairdressing at North West Regional College at Strand Road will completely shave the head of one of her closest friends, live on facebook, in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research.
Lecturer Deborah McDaid and her friend Catherine McCann are both part of the Cancercrushers team supporting the Legenderry Relay for Life event on the weekend of June 24/25.
On May 11, at the college’s Foyle Building on Strand Road they will host a coffee morning where local people can drop in and offer their support. Ladies can also avail of a blow dry for a donation.
The highlight of the day will be when Catherine has her entire head shaved.
“I’ve always wanted to have my head shaved for charity since my Dad Liam died from cancer,” said Catherine.
“He lived with us for two years before he died and after he passed away I kept saying I would do it.”
Catherine said that everyone has been really supportive about the event – which will be available to watch live on NWRC’s facebook page
“At the end of the day, it’s only hair and it will grow back,” she added. ““People who have cancer often don’t have a choice about losing their hair, that is taken away from them.”
Hairdressing lecturer Deborah McDaid encouraged as many people as possible to come along and support the event.
She commented: “I’d like to thank Catherine for being so brave in coming forward to do this. This will be a vital fundraiser as part of Cancercrushing  fundraising campaign.”
The Legenderry Committee for Cancer Research UK will host the City’s first ever Relay For Life event on 24/25 June 2017 at St Columb’s Park Sports Track.
This event will be 24 hours of fun, family and fundraising and will be the only one of its kind in the North West.
The day will culminate with the Candle of Hope Ceremony which really brings home the true meaning of Relay For Life.
Everyone is welcome to drop in to NWRC’s Foyle Building on Thursday May 11, to support the ‘Brave the Shave’ event – beginning at 9 a.m.

You can watch the event live on NWRC’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mynwrc/

12 April 2017

Picture special: Open Day

Thank you to everyone who helped out at our three open days on March 28, 29 and 30.
You can view pictures from the event here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157680268246470

11 April 2017

NWRC's Finneen named Careers Champion

The manager of North West Regional College’s (NWRC) Careers Academy, Finneen Bradley, has been officially awarded the title of ‘Careers Champion’ by Prospects Education Resources.

Finneen, who has worked at the Strand Road Campus in Derry~Londonderry for ten years, is the first ever winner from Northern Ireland. On the way to success she collected the contest’s highest ever tally of votes in its five year history picking up an impressive 59% overall share in the public vote.

The Careers Academy manager who was awarded the title following an interview and then voting process, said she was overwhelmed and honoured to receive the award.

She added: “I am very thankful for my nomination. The work my team and I undertake is changing and enhancing lives in our college and our community on a daily basis.

“I am extremely fortunate to have an amazing team of staff around me who all have the same, shared vision. It is a wonderful thing when a career and passion come together.

“The Careers Academy within NWRC provides a one-stop support service for students, an open door policy for career planning and guidance interviews.  The Academy also delivers bespoke programmes and interactive workshops.

“In May last year I started with 2 workshops and the Careers Academy now have 41. In June 2016 the Careers Academy was awarded the Matrix quality accreditation and has continued to go from strength to strength. 

“My role is wide and varied.  I work with all ages and a diverse nature of students.  Career Development within the Careers Academy takes a 3E approach that I developed - Employability, Enterprise & Enrichment.  My role is multi-faceted, it includes preparing students for progression onto University and progression into employment. 

“In 2016 we had 867 applications on the UCAS system and 84.9% of our students received offers. The first week students start at NWRC the seed of employability is planted at induction.” 

Karen Moore, Head of Student Services at NWRC, who nominated Finneen for the award said: “Finneen is a careers machine. She is the most powerful, dedicated organised woman I have had the privilege of working with. She eats and breathes all things careers.

“Since the opening of the innovative Careers Academy at NWRC , Finneen has helped transform the lives of hundreds of students delivering dozens of interactive workshops.

“Her guidance and leadership has led to the rapid development of this newly established department to exceed expectations on every level, enriching the lives of further and higher education students and apprentices.

“This has included the delivery of the hugely successful  'Inspire' employability programme which is aimed at encouraging people of all ages  into employment, education and training.

“We are extremely proud of Finneen and her success.”

24 March 2017

David Healy visits Limavady campus

Northern Ireland’s all time leading international goal scorer David Healy had a message for North West Regional College (NWRC) students when he visited the Limavady campus this week: “Aim for the stars, anything is possible.”


During the event David Healy took time to remember Derry City defender Ryan McBride saying he was saddened to see the loss of a player at such a young age.  There was then a round of applause in memory of young footballer.

The Linfield manager was the special guest of the college as part of their continuing series of ‘Getting To The Top of Your Game’ masterclasses.

David Healy told sports journalist Denise Watson, host for the event, how he made it to the top of his profession both in the English and Scottish premiership, how his first match playing for Northern Ireland was the defining moment in his career, and how his recent move into football management felt like a natural progression.

“I hope you all have big ambitions in life,” he told Sports students at NWRC Limavady, which has a long tradition of providing exciting and popular sports courses.

“All I ever wanted to do was be a footballer. Practice, practice and practice. Have belief. Keep banging on doors because each coach or manager will see a different trait in you.”

Luke McCloskey, Deputy Head of Health & Sport at North West Regional College thanked David Healy for his inspirational and motivational talk.

He added: “David’s words to the students and audience have indeed been inspirational to all learners or indeed anyone wishing to achieve career ambitions in Sport.

“At NWRC we are committed to encouraging all of our students to get to the top of their game with hard work and dedication and we are proud of our record of progressing graduates into dedicated Higher education degrees or positions of employment across Northern Ireland and beyond.”

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