25 June 2018

North West Regional College present posthumous award to family of Jordan McConomy

The family of a North West Regional College (NWRC) student who died tragically in the city last year, have accepted a posthumous award in his honour.

Jordan McConomy had been studying for a Level 3 qualification in Carpentry and Joinery at NWRC’s Springtown Campus, when his life was tragically cut short in September 2017.
On Friday the family attended an awards ceremony at the Millennium Forum celebrating more than 250 of the best of the college’s further education learners studying courses at Level 1, 2 and 3.
During the event Jordan’s sister Zara accepted the award in his memory, from NWRC’s Department Head of Training and Skills, Karen Moore.  A number of his former students and peers were in the audience.
Speaking after the event NWRC lecturer Brian Glenn, who taught the 19 year-old at the college’s Springtown Campus said: “Jordan was an exceptional student who was well liked and respected by the staff and students at the college.
“He had a very mature approach to his studies and I have no doubt with his talent and skill he would have gone far. The college would have liked to be giving the award to Jordan himself today, however we are grateful to the McConomy family for allowing us the opportunity to remember and pay our respects to a special young man.”
John Hannaway of JJ Joinery, who employed Jordan as part of his course at NWRC, described him as accomplished young man with a strong work ethic.
He said: “Jordan was a wonderful person to be around and always wanted to learn more. He gave 100% to every task put in front of him and was extremely gifted in the field of Joinery.  He is sadly missed by his friends at JJ Joinery and the many customers he worked with.”
Jordan’s mother Andrena McConomy said: “I am deeply moved that North West Regional College have decided to remember Jordan with this special award, on a day when so many of his fellow students have also been awarded prizes.
“Recognising and celebrating Jordan’s achievements has meant a lot to the family and helped us as we come to terms with his loss.
“Jordan loved his time at the Springtown Campus, he had many friends there, and was looking forward to completing his course and going on to work in Joinery.

“We as a family are very grateful to have this award to remember Jordan and we are glad that we were able to be here today to collect it on his behalf.”

19 June 2018

End of year Art Show at Strand Road Campus

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Congratulations to the Art and Design department involved in this year's end of year show at Strand Road.

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12 June 2018

North West Regional College hosts FREE careers roadshow

North West Regional College will host a free careers and employment roadshow at Foyle Arena on Friday, June 15.

Running from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.  the event will showcase the courses and opportunities available at the college, and allow visitors the chance to meet with local employers and find out about job opportunities in the region.
There will also be a number of fun events including Virtual Reality games, Surf Simulation, Sports, Food and Live Music.
The event is being supported by a wide range of employers including Errigal Contracts, City Hotel, Garvan O’Doherty group and Fujitsu, who will be giving information on employment prospects in the North West.
Speaking at this week’s launch, Finneen Bradley, Manager of NWRC’s Careers Academy, said this was a vital community event which will allow local people to experience the skills, talents and courses across the college.
She added: “The NWRC Careers Roadshow follows on from our hugely successful E2E Education to Employment Festival from last year. On Friday members of NWRC’s award winning Careers Academy will be available with advice and support on the best path to take for the next step in your career.
“We would like to thank the many employers who are supporting the event and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend this event to discover the key pathways that can move you from education to employment, or progress to the next stage of your career.”
The festival takes place at Foyle Arena, Limavady Road, on Friday, June 15 from 12-3 p.m. at Foyle Arena.

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8 June 2018

End of Year Art show at Limavady

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Work by Art and Design students is now on display at North West Regional College’s Limavady Campus.
It includes a number of unique pieces, as well as a variety of drawings, illustrations, paintings, photography, sculpture, prints, textiles, fashion design and multimedia artwork.
The work has been completed by students on the college’s Level 3 and Foundation Diploma courses, which have accreditation from the University of the Arts, London. Last year NWRC became the first college in Ireland to receive the prestigious UAL accreditation for Art and Design.
The work will remain on display at Limavady Campus until June 13 and the work can be viewed Monday to Friday from 10 – 3 p.m.
For further details on the Art and Design Courses at NWRC visit www.nwrc.ac.uk/apply
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Prototype painkilling patch scoops top prize at NWRC awards

A Science student at the North West Regional College (NWRC) who was inspired by her personal experiences as a mother to design a prototype painkiller that ensures toddlers are receiving specific amounts of medication, has won the overall prize at the Project Based Learning Awards (PBL).
Carole Dowds and her research partner Jawaria Waseem picked up the top prize for their project 'Synthesis and Analysis,' at NWRC’s inaugural PBL awards. Project Based Learning at the college enables students to undertake real life skills projects working directly with local industry.
The pair, who are both studying for the Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Science at NWRC decided to design the transdermal patch based on Carole's experience as a mother.
Carole explained: “My son suffers from Febrile fits, which is often caused by underlying infections but results in the body temperature spiking. At that stage it is really important to get the temperature down as quickly as possible using oral paracetamols. 
"However, there were many times when I would get to the hospital with my son and the doctor would ask me how much paracetamol I had given him. I couldn’t give them an accurate amount because he had spat some out or thrown it up.
“Jawaria and I teamed up for the project and we started looking at the possibility of using a transdermal patch to administer the medication and at the same time accurately record how much medication has been taken.
“The patch has the potential to be further developed and the next step is to further research this alternative pathway and how the body would react.”
The PBL Awards which took place at the college’s Strand Road campus were sponsored by Connected Talent, Seagate Technologies, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Enterprise North West and Foyleside Shopping Centre.
The judges saw a diverse number of entries ranging from a revolutionary new shampoo for dogs, to a new device which alerts homeowners when their gas levels are running low.
The Innovation Award, sponsored by Seagate went to Lorcan Toner for 'Beat the Keeper,' whose project consisted of a target board for players to practice their shooting skills encouraging young people to take part in more sports based activities.
The Visual award, sponsored by Seagate was awarded to Construction student Ryan McCracken for his Artists’ Retreat at Boom Hall.
The Communications Award was given to Josh Kuzma, Niall Doherty, Megan Browne and Shea Kealey for ‘Searching for Columba’ charting the city’s connection with St Columba.
The Entrepreneurial award went to Adam McCallion and George O'Hagan of Foxglove for their promotional material recorded through the video and drone photography.
And the Academic Achievement award went to the EU Go Travels group which facilitates the exchange mobility of six students with learning difficulties, special needs or disabilities.
Annette Smith, Project Based Learning Mentor and Co-Ordinator, North West Regional College thanked all of the participants and sponsors for supporting the event.
She said: “Preparing for the awards has been a thoroughly enriching experience for our students and it’s fantastic to see their work now completed.
“The judges were overwhelmed by the level of innovation and creativity in the projects, and indeed said that many of them have the potential to go on and be further developed.
“This event was designed to be more than a competition. It gave the students the opportunity to further develop their skills in planning, problem-solving, communication and presentation which are key outcomes of the experience.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the awards and I look forward to repeating this success at next year’s event.”

31 May 2018

NWRC Hairdressing students make the cut at Worldskills

Six Hairdressing students from North West Regional College have qualified to take part in the UK National Regional Heats of the 2018 UK World Skills Show.

The students who are studying Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Hairdressing across the college’s campuses at Strand Road, Limavady and Strabane, will now travel to Scotland to compete in the next stage of the competition on June 11.

Deborah McDaid, Lecturer in Hairdressing at NWRC said: “The college has for many years enjoyed success in a range of disciplines at the UK World Skills competition. This is the first year we have entered the Hairdressing element of Worldskills and we are delighted to have six students through to the next stage.

“All of the students have worked exceptionally hard to get to this point which is designed to reflect the role of hairdresser and the standards that are expected within the Hairdressing industry. At the National Regional Heats – the competitors will undertake three tasks in one day including - Gents, Daywear and Cut and Colour. We wish all of them the best as they represent our award winning Hairdressing department in Scotland.”

30 May 2018

North West Regional College students take twin track approach to prestigious Glasgow School of Art

A set of identical twins who are studying Art and Design at North West Regional College’s Strand Road Campus have both been accepted on to the same Degree course at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.

Tipsudar and Tipsukon Cochrane from Bushmills, who will graduate from NWRC with a HND in Fashion and Textiles this Summer, will move straight into year 3 of BA Hons Degree in Textile Design when they move to Scotland.

The sisters,  who have been in the same class through their entire education said they are delighted to have been accepted to what is recognised as one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed art colleges.

But the pair say that they would only have agreed to move to Scotland if both of them had been accepted.

Tipsukon explained: “Tipsudar was told first that she had got her place and we were keeping our fingers crossed for me. Then we got the news that both of us had been accepted into Glasgow School of Art.

“We took a chance applying to get into third year of a four year course at Glasgow and the gamble paid off. We are very excited now. Although we work as individuals we are always talking to each other and giving opinions on each other’s work.”

Tipsukon explained that she and her sister decided to come to NWRC when they were 18, because they were not ready to leave home and move away to university. They first studied for a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Limavady Campus and moved on to Strand Road to complete a Higher National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles.

“Not everyone is ready to move away at that age,” she said. “We studied in both Limavady and the Strand Road Campus. The great thing about the college was that we got to have so much experience. We enjoy making and printing fashion fabrics. The college also have the loom so we were able to combine the more traditional way of printing in tandem with screen and digital printing. We have been given so much opportunity to experiment.

“The support we have received from the college has been amazing and we are now ready to move to University and are delighted that we can moved into Year 3.”

After completing their Degree Tipsukon and Tipsudar hope to set up their own brand in Textile and Fashion.

25 May 2018

Strabane School Links prizegiving - PICTURE SPECIAL

North West Regional College‘s Strabane campus held its annual School Links presentation ceremony for post primary pupils from Holy Cross College, Knockavoe, Strabane Academy and EOTAS who recently achieved vocational qualifications at the Derry Road Campus alongside their academic studies in school.

The pupils gained qualifications in the following courses: Business, Music Technology, Children’s Care Learning and Development, Hairdressing, Carpentry and Electrical.

Kate Duffy, Director of Human Resources and Learner Services at NWRC said: “We offer a wide range of vocational qualifications to secondary school pupils at our campuses in Strabane, Strand Road, Springtown, Greystone and Limavady. These qualifications are designed to provide pupils with a vocational qualification in their selected areas, alongside their GCSE studies.

“The pupils attend the college one day per week and have found this very beneficial in assisting them to gain an insight into a career path they may not have considered beforehand and to prepare them for further education. I’d like to wish them all every success with their future careers.

“I would also like to thank Derg Mourne Learning Community and all schools involved in collaboration with NWRC.”

24 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

As of 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into effect in the UK and across Europe.  These Regulations represent a fundamental shift in the way organisations must treat personal data. The College values and respects all personal information and we have updated our Data Protection Policy and related Procedures to reflect our commitment to respecting and protecting all personal data, rights and privacy by processing personal information within the provisions of GDPR.
A new Data Protection Portal has been developed to provide you with all the updated Policies, Procedures, Privacy Statements and Staff Training. We will continue to update this Portal with guidance and advice to ensure we adhere to the regulations.
To access the Data Protection Portal – please click here.
If you have any questions or concerns in relation to data protection – please contact our Data Protection Officer –
Michelle Breslin on 02871 276004 or email michelle.breslin@nwrc.ac.uk

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