18 May 2018

Sweet fundraiser for Limavady students


Business students at Limavady Campus have held a fundraiser to guess Guess the number of Sweets in a jar.
The students raised £37 for Foyle Search and Rescue.
Pictured Left to right : Lois Harbinson, Winner Gemma  Brolly, Kaitlyn Bonson & Odhran Nicholl (missing from  class photograph: Dominika Paradiova, Orlagh Marie Mullan & Joseph Morrow).


17 May 2018

Mental Awareness Week - Here to help

Here2Help has been developed by a local initiative from people who want to make the range of services and support available to anyone in crisis. The aim of the app is to provide quick to find helplines for users to get support instantly and also a wide range of links to reading materials that can help people in a time of need.
Here2Help is a pocket guide that may be able to give you some direction or help to your situation, if you are worried about someone or if you are feeling the pressure of life. Then Help is here and support is available…
If you wish to get in touch with here2help, you can use our contact form. Each and every one of us can feel like things are getting on top of us, but it’s important to recognise the signs that suggest what you’re feeling is becoming a problem. Maybe you’re having trouble sleeping, or you’ve lost interest in the things you usually enjoy. You might find yourself overreacting to things, or have difficulty concentrating.
All these things could be a sign of deeper problems under the surface. If you’re feeling like this, the right support can help recovery and help you to regain a positive outlook on life.
If you’re looking for advice on how to stay on top of tough times, or if you’re concerned about yourself, concerned about others or just want to be aware of the issue of mental health, then this website is for you

16 May 2018

NWRC promotes #mentalhealthawarenessweek

NWRC has been promoting #mentalhealth awareness with a number of stands which have been on display across the campuses.
Local organisations which have taken part include the Samaritans, HURT, Foyle Search and Rescue, Daisy, MAN, First Housing Ascert, Koram, Praxis, Inspire and Zest.
The college have also been promoting the App Here2Help which has been developed by a local initiative from people who want to make the range of services and support available to anyone in crisis. The aim of the app is to provide quick to find helplines for users to get support instantly and also a wide range of links to reading materials that can help people in a time of need.
Here2Help is a pocket guide that may be able to give you some direction or help to your situation, if you are worried about someone or if you are feeling the pressure of life. Then Help is here and support is available…

15 May 2018

Shaun of the Dead LIVE at the Foyle Theatre

North West Regional College and College Production Company Five Dollar Shake are proud to announce that tickets for their next big show, Shaun of The Dead LIVE, are now on general sale.
This is the bookend of an extremely successful year that has seen the Five Dollar Shake team win Creative Tutors of the year Northern Ireland and finish top three in the U.K. for the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 'Theatre Skills' category.
This year’s show is the follow up to a string of critically acclaimed shows including The Big Lebowski LIVE (2017) and Inglourious Basterds LIVE (2016).

The immersive production which sees the Edgar Wright’s cult film turned into a live project,  is the culmination of work from multiple departments in the college including Performing Arts, Music, Media, Construction, Hair and Beauty and Graphic Design. It is not to be missed.

Shaun of The Dead LIVE will run at 1pm and 7pm from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th May. Tickets for the evening show are £11 each and can be purchased using the link below. Matinee shows are FREE and operate on a first come first served basis.

Tickets are very limited so don't miss out, book today…


Pink Ladies host information session at North West Regional College

Representatives from a cancer support group hosted a special information session at North West Regional College (NWRC) advising students and staff on how to make affordable changes in their lives to reduce exposure to endocrine and hormone chemicals.
The Pink Ladies and Pink Panther Support group recent visited NWRC’s Strand Road campus where they delivered a workshop about keeping the body in balance.

Hairdressing and Beauty Students and staff from NWRC will take part in the Pink Ladies Big Lottery Launch Day on May 23rd in Bishop Street Community Centre at 12 p.m. demonstrating non chemical make up brands versus commercial make up brands.

Students are pictured here with Maureen Collins, Pink Ladies, Deborah McDaid, Hairdressing Lecturer, NWRC, Jacquie Loughrey, Education and Prevention Officer, Pink Ladies, Breidge Johnston, Curriculum Manager, Hairdressing, NWRC, Finnuala Fox, Lecturer in Hairdressing, NWRC, Martin Mullan, Pink Panthers, and Marianne Gallagher, Pink Ladies.

4 May 2018

Sports awards and Elite Athletes

North West Regional College's Sports Department recently celebrated the success of their students.
Students in a number of disciplines including Football, Gaelic, Karate and Athletics were recognised at a special ceremony at the Flying Clipper.
A number of students were also awarded Elite Athlete Bursaries.
You can see more pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynwrc/albums/72157693301032092

24 April 2018

NWRC Apprentice Ryan strikes Gold working with Errigal

A North West Regional College (NWRC) student who is currently working as an apprentice with international company Errigal Contracts, has been awarded Gold in Plastering and Dry Lining at the annual Skillbuild Northern Ireland Finals.

Ryan Carlyle from Derry~Londonderry was one of 90 local construction apprentices who competed  at the Construction and Industry Training Board (CITB) regional finals, which took place recently at NWRC’s Greystone Campus in Limavady. He will now go on to represent Northern Ireland at Skills Show UK, and potentially Worldskills 2019 in Russia.

The 25 year-old was one of the first group of students to take up a place in a new Dry Lining apprentice programme offered jointly by NWRC and Errigal Contracts, which allows participants to earn top apprenticeship wages while learning in college.

The programme has proved to be a huge success and Errigal are currently in the process of recruiting their second group of Dry Lining Apprentices.

Speaking after his win, Ryan thanked his lecturers at NWRC and staff at Errigal, for their guidance and mentoring.

He added: “I had just returned from a year in Australia and when I saw the apprenticeship in Dry Lining advertised I thought it would be a great opportunity.

“Three of us from the class went on to take part in the Skillbuild finals at Greystone. It was very tough and time consuming and I was delighted to win Gold.  At the moment I’m working in Belfast, as well as taking classes at the College. It’s been vital for me that I’ve been able to work and get my qualification at the same time.

“The apprenticeship with Errigal has been a great opportunity and I’d encourage other young people to take part.”

He said: “Ryan joined the Dry Lining programme as part of the first cohort of apprentices. He has committed himself fully to the project and his work has been commended by his employers at Errigal.

“NWRC is proud to deliver this apprentice programme with Errigal which offers fulltime employment, qualifications and the opportunity to progress into site management.

“All this while earning top apprentice wages, having all tools supplied plus continuous H&S training that keeps employees safe at work.

“Ryan’s success demonstrates the benefits of Apprenticeships and Skills training, and how our students can compete at World Level as well as managing the demands of employment in a busy and exciting global industry.

“NWRC had in excess of 1,300 visitors at the Skillbuild Regional Finals at Greystone and we would like to thank the many members of the public and pupils from local schools who attended the event.”

Terry McDermott, Site Manager with Errigal and Skillbuild Tutor with Errigal Apprentices said:

“This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for young people to earn their trade in Dry Lining and gain a qualification at the same time. They are working with and learning from the best in the trade.  The Skillbuild competition is a great way to demonstrate the skills and dedication required to excel in Dry Lining. I have been working with Errigal apprentices over the past 3 years both out on site and in the Errigal training academy and it is great to see them take pride in their work as their confidence grows. We are very proud of Ryan, and indeed all the young people who took part in the NI Skillbuild final and we are looking forward to our preparations for the UK Finals.”

Errigal and NWRC are now recruiting for their next cohort of Dry Lining Apprentices.

For more information contact Ciara King at Errigal on ciaraking@errigalcontracts.com or ring (+44) 2877740066

Funding approved for multi-million pound redevelopment at North West Regional College

North West Regional College (NWRC) has announced that the Department for the Economy has approved funding to enable its Springtown campus to commence a multi-million redevelopment later this year.

NWRC Principal and Chief Executive Leo Murphy today announced a £7m refurbishment for the campus which currently delivers a large proportion of the college’s Training and Skills courses.

Subject to satisfactory completion of the procurement phase, the planned work will see existing training facilities at the campus redeveloped, with the aim of creating a modern learning environment for the benefit of the College’s students, staff and stakeholders.

Beverley Harrison, Director of Further Education at the Department for the Economy said: “The Department is committed to enhancing the education, skills and employability of learners of all ages and abilities in order to help develop a vibrant knowledge based economy.

“This funding will enable North West Regional College to tender for the redevelopment of Springtown Campus and ultimately provide students and staff with access to a modern, state of the art, learning environment.”

Mr Murphy said: “This is a good day for the North West. On behalf of the governing body management and staff of the College, I am delighted to announce this planned investment in our industrial training facility at Springtown. This is an extremely positive and welcome result for the development of industrial apprenticeships in the college, city and region.

“If we are to realise our economic potential in this region, as well as becoming a University City, we need to become an Apprenticeship city. This substantial investment and support from the Department for the Economy can allow us to make this happen for our young people and adults and bring the campus space into a new era.

“This redevelopment work reflects the value of training and apprenticeships in the North West and the importance of working with industry to secure relevant training in Renewables, Electrical, Welding, Fabrication, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing, Gas Installation, Dry Lining, Joinery and Wood Occupations, Wall and Floor Tiling, Painting and Decorating.

“Our thanks goes to Further Education (FE) division in the Department for the Economy and to our own internal curriculum and estates teams supported by governors.”

Springtown Campus, which is one of College’s five campuses, first opened in the 1970s as a government training centre, and recently celebrated 45 years of training and skills at the site.

The College has a long tradition in developing the careers of men and women working in traditional crafts and skills. Forging strong partnerships with local schools, groups and industry, Springtown has a key role working within the heart of community in the Derry~Londonderry area, a role they plan to further expand as part of the redevelopment.

It is estimated the work will commence in September 2018.

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.