12 October 2017

Courses available for staff


Specification Writing Training   
Venue:  Northland Boardroom 

Dates:  Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 10.30am -1.00pm

Display, Screen and Equipment Training (DSE)
Venue: Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building
Date:  Wednesday 25 October 2017 
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm

Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building. 

Date:  Thursday 16 November 2017

Time: 2.00pm—3.00pm

Dealing with Difficult Customers Training

Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building. 

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017

Time: 09.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building

Dates:  Thursday 23 November 2017

Time: 1.30pm -3.00pm

Disability Awareness Training
Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building
Dates:  Tuesday 12 December 2017
Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm

Basic First Aid

Venue: TBC

Date: Friday 8 December 2017

Time: 09.30am- 12.30pm

MS Excel – Intermediate Course (Duration:  4 weeks @ 1.5 hours per week)
Dates TBC
Visual Awareness
Date TBC
Asperger’s/Autism Awareness
Date TBC
MS Excel – Introductory Course (Duration:  4 weeks @ 1.5 hours per week)
Dates TBC – Likely to start in November
Date TBC


Appraiser Training
Date TBC

Active Learning Strategies (Workshop 3 of 5)
Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building

Dates:  Wednesday 4 October 2017

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm    

*This workshop will also take place in the Strabane Campus –
Thursday 5 October 3.00pm-5.00pm

Assessment and Feedback (Workshop 4 of 5)
Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building

Dates:  Wednesday 11 October 2017

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm    

*This workshop will also take place in the Strabane Campus –
Thursday 12 October 3.00pm-5.00pm

Project Based Learning (Workshop 5 of 5)
Venue:  Staff Development Suite, Level 2, Tower Building

Dates:  Wednesday 18 October 2017

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm    

*This workshop will also take place in the Strabane Campus –
Thursday 19 October 3.00pm-5.00pm

Specification Writing Training   
Venue:  Northland Boardroom 

Dates:  Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 13.30-15.00


13.15 -14.00
Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Tool (by webinar)

Moving to Moodle 2 

Moving to Moodle 2 

Mobile Quiz Tools 1 (Quizlet & Kahoot)

13.15 -14.00
Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Tool (by webinar)

Using Video for Learning (YouTube and Edpuzzle)

Tablets & Apps for Learning - An Overview

11 October 2017

North West Regional College shortlisted for CIPR award

North West Regional College (NWRC) has been shortlisted for a Public Relations award at the 2017 CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards.

The Marketing and PR team, who delivered the hugely successful Start Here Go Anywhere Campaign, are in the running for an award in the Education Communications Campaign category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast on Friday, October 13.
Marketing & PR Manager at NWRC Conor McGurgan congratulated the college on being shortlisted highlighting how the team implemented an invigorating communications campaign for 2016-2017.
He said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted by the CIPR for this award.  Our Start Here Go Anywhere campaign resulted in record levels of media coverage, social media engagement, and attendance at College promotional events.  The campaign is testament to the high levels of skill and ability within the College Marketing & PR Team, and reflects the support it received from College staff, students and partners.”
Mr. McGurgan said ‘Start Here Go Anywhere’ was designed to reflect the volume of career progression opportunities on offer to all those who choose the college and have succeeded from it.
He continued: “We had a number of clear targets in delivering the campaign through our publications, social media platforms, events , outdoor branding and in our media relations.
“As a result of these creative and innovative strategies the college enjoyed a number of hugely positive outcomes.
“During the college’s three open days which took place across our campuses in Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady we enjoyed a record number of application for courses, more than a 50% increase on last year’s figures.
“The college’s Facebook page was also ranked as Northern Ireland’s top FE College in terms of reach.”

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/

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.