8 January 2018

'Just Great Teaching’ Conference at North West Regional College on January 31

North West Regional College will host the ‘Just Great Teaching’ conference led by Paul Gray of Learnspark on January 31.

This conference is designed to empower you by exploring practical strategies, approaches and solutions that ensure your lessons meet the needs of all learners.

The conference will cover the following key topics:

 - Reconnecting with quality instruction

 - Challenging the pillars of effective practice

 - Learning and Thinking

Every few years, researchers find something that they believe works in raising educational achievement.

Teachers and educational leaders, encouraged by the authorities, look to implement it within their classrooms and there it can reside for many years, standing as a pillar of practice.

Rarely do we get the chance as professionals to stand back and ask, “Is this really making a difference to the outcomes of our students?”

During this conference we will explore the existing pillars of our practice and consider what is effective and what is not!

Do not miss what promises to be a thought-provoking but highly enjoyable event.

The conference takes place on Wednesday, January 31 from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Foyle Theatre, NWRC Strand Road.

You can register for the event at http://nwrc-vweb2/mis_public/tools/staffdev_training/booking.aspx?EventID=966

18 December 2017

Project based learning a huge success at NWRC Craft fair


Many congratulations and well done to all those who participated in and supported our first ever cross- college Craft Fair. Coordinated by Annette Smith, our Project Based Learning coordinator, it was a great success raising in excess of £1500.00 for our college's chosen charity, Foyle Search and Rescue. While the purpose of the project was to embed PBL across curriculum areas, it did much more than that. Those of you who missed it missed a real treat!

Our art students, led by Noel Boyle, created unique and utterly enchanting ceramic artwork. Many of us are delighted with the charming crooked houses we purchased. The ceramic Christmas trees will light up corners in many homes this year and the cheeky robins and romantic hearts will bring a smile to the faces of many. I was so impressed when I congratulated one of the students on their artistic skills and she confidently responded: 'We have a strong product and we are making the right pitch.' You should be on The Apprentice crossed my mind. Our two Dannys, Danny Mc Feeley and Danny Lyttle, brought the beautifully crafted and wonderfully touching works of their transition students who participated fully with an exuberance and joy that was contagious. One of the students, who would also make it on The Apprentice, managed to sell out with his confident sales pitch and last minute bargains. The matchbox cars with Christmas trees on the roofs were utterly adorable.

Susan Cassidy and the hair and beauty students added the essential Christmas glamour with their nail painting and sumptuous beauty products, while Bernadette Peoples and her catering students added more than a few pounds in every way to the event. Joan Casey and her students had another stall with a whole array of sparkling Christmas crafts that attracted a steady stream of customers. With the support of Martin Rijkers and Sean Barton, the Springtown students constructed perfectly angled wooden Christmas trees that would delight our essential skills tutors to no abound. We are expecting more wonders for next year as we marvel at our students’ potential.

We must applaud our lecturers at Magilligan, Shaun Duffy, Andy Mc Hugh and Sharon Kirk who engaged whole-heartedly in leading Project Based Learning at the prison. Theirs was the biggest stall that overflowed with the merchandise created by our students at Magilligan. This stall was abundant with goods: memory boxes with paper collage, vintage trays with heartfelt Mark Twain messages and wreaths galore. Andy’s students created bespoke metal coal buckets that were snapped up in seconds. One student proudly gave his signature to all his work and slipped in a message identifying the motivation for his carefully crafted memory boxes: 'for all our loved ones with dementia'.

Finally, Ronan O’ Callaghan’s students, who never cease to impress, raised spirits as they sang joyously throughout the event. Project based learning this craft fair was, but it also reminded us, in that cold foyer of the Foyle building , that the warmth and hope of Christmas is generated through care, compassion and community.

14 December 2017

Congratulations to our staff award winners

Congratulations to all the staff recognised at the Christmas festivities.

They include:
Gavin Stevenson - Excellence     
Laura Bonner - Uniqueness / Innovation / Creativity
Annette Smith - On-going Quality
Alex Magee - Cross College Role / Activities
Liz January - Cross College Role / Activities
Stanislava Stoyanova - Individual Contribution to a Team

You can see all the pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157661586234847


12 December 2017


All College buildings will close at 5:00pm EACH EVENING from Monday  18th December 2017 until Friday 5th January 2018 (inclusive).
Normal term time building opening times will commence on Monday 8th January 2018.
Please note that FULL-TIME STUDENTS are in college as timetabled until Friday 22nd  December 2017.


27 November 2017

£5k a year scholarship for North West Regional College graduate

A graduate of North West Regional College (NWRC) who is now studying Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, has been awarded a J P McManus scholarship worth £5,500 a year.

Ashleigh Newton pictured at the awards ceremony
 at the University of Limerick
with NWRC Principal and Chief Executive Leo Murphy

Ashleigh Newton who graduated from NWRC with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health Sciences is one of six Further Education graduates who received the award at a c
eremony at the University of Limerick on November 25.
The All Ireland Scholarships are awarded annually to the top-performing students in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), who reside in Northern Ireland (NI) and attend a grant aided Post Primary School or Further Education (FE) College in NI.
“I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen to receive this grant,” said Ashleigh.
“I was encouraged to apply to the JP McManus Trustees by my Year Head at NWRC Annmarie Hunter. “
Now studying for a BSc in Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, 21 years-old Ashleigh hopes to progress to a career in chartered physiotherapy in the health sector, and has aspirations to work in Sports Physio.”
She commented: “I decided to attend NWRC after my A Levels to improve my UCAS application and qualifications.
“The teachers at NWRC are a credit to themselves. I am particularly grateful to Annemarie Hunter and Karen Moore for their teaching, advice and guidance during my time there.
“I feel thatNWRC prepared me a lot for University and what level of work was expected by me when I got here.
“The NWRC also helped me gain a lot of extra qualifications such as CPR and manual handling, putting me one step ahead of my classmates.”

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).