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/

22 March 2017

UPDATE: NWRC Open days - can you help?

North West Regional College will hold its Open Days at our three campuses in Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Our Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the huge range of full and part time courses available at all of our campuses.
But to make it as successful as possible we need your help.
Thank you to the staff and students who have already come forward and offered their help for the three events in Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady.
If you can help please email the marketing team on marketingstaff@nwrc.ac.uk or call up and see us in the Northland Building in Room D-149
There will be a number of different roles available including tour guides and assisting in our Student Fun Zone.
A hot meal will be provided for everyone who helps.
A briefing for all volunteers will be given on Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Student Zone.
Students Adam McCallion and Niamh Gaffney
prepare for Open Day with our recent guest speaker Lara Morgan.

14 March 2017

What a Glo-rious night

More than 300 walkers and runners took to the streets of the city last Thursday night for the North West Regional College's inaugural 5k event.

Using glowsticks and reflector bands the college’s message was about staying fit and healthy, but with advice about how important it is to stay safe when walking/running on dark evenings.

Congratulations to everyone who took part.
Pictures will appear in the local press this week. You can also view them here.


27 February 2017

College courses – developing a vibrant learning community

North West Regional College has just launched its first ever Academy of Excellence, offering all staff the chance to further their skills by enrolling on OCN accredited courses.

The new initiative will provide training and accredited courses which can be accessed by both teaching and support staff to develop and enhance best practice and skills.

Four courses will be made initially available to staff, all of which have their own bespoke design and have been accredited by OCN.

These include:

Certificate in Advanced Teaching Practice (Level 5). – This qualification is designed to give experienced teachers the opportunity to extend and develop their skills. The Academy has developed this qualification to enable lecturers to gain new insights and creative solutions that make a real impact on their practice. The course aims to support, develop and enhance innovative practice in education.

Certificate in Education and Training (Level 4)  This qualification is designed to provide an introduction to education. It is suitable for those who do not hold a teaching qualification.

Diploma in Leading Quality Improvement. (Level 5) This course offers support staff the opportunity to work on an improvement project based on their own area.

All of these courses are fully supported by the College and it is envisaged that further courses will be added in the future.

The Academy aims to promote excellence, innovation and scholarship across the College. It will provide a forum for staff, who teach and support student learning, to share best practice and will encourage an evidence based approach to learning and teaching. The Academy is dedicated to providing access to workshops, qualifications and opportunities for engagement and development.

For more information contact Emer O’Sullivan, Brenda McKeag, Martina Morrison or Annette Smith.

20 February 2017

Glow for it at the NWRC 5k run

Staff and students are being asked to help light up the city at North West Regional College’s (NWRC) inaugural 5k event on March 9.

Beginning at 7.30 p.m. at the Clock Tower at Ebrington, the 5k, sponsored by Calor will see walkers and runners, complete with their glowsticks, light up the event route over the city’s iconic Peace Bridge, finishing at the College’s Foyle Building along the quayside.

The event, which is the first of its kind in the city, has been organised by NWRC staff member Nicholas Mullan.

Well known on the local running circuit and a veteran of events such as the London Marathon, this year Nicholas is looking forward to seeing his second batch of runners graduate from NWRC’s Couch to 5k programme.

The 5K Glow Run on March 9 will be the NWRC group’s first official 5k – but the event is open to everyone in the North West.

Chief Executive and Principal of NWRC Leo Murphy said: “We want as many local people as possible to come out and support what promises to be a fantastic evening. The event is not just for runners, we want to encourage walkers to get involved. It’s all about staying active and fit. At the same time the College will be promoting the community message of how important it is to stay safe whilst out running on the dark evenings.”

The event costs just £10 to take part and every participant will have a chipped time,  receive a finisher medal, and a GLOW goodie Bag,. Refreshments will be served afterwards in NWRC’s  Foyle Building.

It’s easy to sign up just register for the Walk/Run by following the link below.


Looking forward to seeing you all on March 9th.