Hereward College News

Thursday, 28 February 2013

National Careers Week



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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Hereward College makes today count with charity concert



Hereward College is to play host to a charity concert showcasing local bands, to help thousands of children and young people living with a severe muscle-wasting condition.

The concert will take place at 7pm on Friday 1 March to mark the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Make today count event, which sees fundraisers across the country take on challenges and organise events on the first weekend of spring. Funds raised over the course of the weekend will go towards the development of promising treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a life-limiting condition, which causes muscles throughout the body to weaken and waste over time. Concert organiser, John Ashby from Coventry, himself has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and wanted to help others living with the condition.

The concert will feature performances from local bands The Last Train Home, Sleeping Satellite and The Tide, with funds shared between the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Friends of Hereward College. Friends of Hereward College hope the event will help fund its Ghyll Head and Calvert Trust college trips. Hereward College welcomes students with support needs, and is attended by students affected by muscular dystrophy.

John said:
“I decided to organise the concert because it’s a great way of getting people together to help raise vital funds. Hopefully one day a cure will be found for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”

Charlotte Allen, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Volunteer Fundraising Manager for the Midlands and Anglia region said:

“We hope that the people of Coventry will come along and join us at Hereward College for a great evening of live music. There will also be the opportunity to win some great raffle prizes, while helping us to support vital research which could change the lives of hundreds of children and young people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. “

The Make today count weekend will also see 100 Skydivers take on jumps at sites across the UK, in recognition of the 100 boys born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy each year.

Tickets are priced at £6. For further information or to purchase tickets for the concert visit www.muscular-dystrophy.org/shop or contact Volunteer Fundraising Manager Charlotte Allen on 0121 779 4488, or email: c.allen@muscular-dystrophy.org

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Hereward College Open Day

After a very successful Open Day in November 2012, where more than 100 participants attended Hereward’s 1st open day in the last 10 years, the college will be opening its doors to prospective students and their parents once more on Thursday 28th February between 10 am – 4 pm.

Hereward College, a general FE College in Coventry with specialist facilities for students with diverse and complex support needs, will be hosting the Open Day in order to give students an in-depth knowledge of the College’s academic, social and cultural offerings.

Prospective students will get the chance to tour the college campus, facilities and residential blocks, and talk to teachers and students about courses in Creative Arts, Media, Drama and Music, Business, Information Communication Technology, Physical Education and Personal Progress. Parents and students will have the opportunity to find out more information about student activities at college which are aimed at developing independent living skills, skills of self-advocacy and study skills.

Participants will also be offered talks on the practicalities of college life, covering everything from finance to residential accommodation to specialist support requirements including assistive technology, physiotherapy, conductive education, occupational therapy, care and education enabling, social and emotional support and counselling.

Mike Shaw, Vice Principal of Quality and Curriculum said: “We are so pleased, once again, to be able to open our doors and invite people in to see the wide range of facilities we have. This event is the ideal opportunity for people to see what we do and how we do it at Hereward, through seeing the building and facilities, as well as speaking to our excellent staff and students.”

This comes after the College has launched an Online Interactive Prospectus  at www.hereward.ac.uk/prospectus, which perfectly complements the information that students can receive at the Open Day. The prospectus features videos for each of the College’s curriculum areas, as well as videos about the college’s specialist support services, the college life for current students and other useful information for new students before enrolling to college.

Prospective students can register for the event at www.hereward.ac.uk/open-days . Alternatively, they can contact the Admissions Department on 0247 6426 173 or admissions@hereward.ac.uk to register. You can also join the event on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/459279454121578/ .
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Hereward Beats! The DJ Youth Work Project

The aim of the project is to train 20 interested participants to a standard where they can facilitate discos & other community events independently.

Why they need our service

The current students organise events for the community, and there has been a constant stream of requests from students and the community for DJ workshops and training. A student focus group involving over 20 students also identified this area of potential skill development. This identified need has developed into the DJ project which will include event management skills which will lead to students offering community events to the wider community.

Plan and expected results

Employment statistics (DWP 2011) demonstrate that less than 5% of those with both profound and moderate disabilities are able to gain entry level employment, and prospects are poor. This project improves the prospects for high quality work placements for students both through increases in confidence, leadership, and organisational skills; as well as through the acquisition of valuable transferable skills.

Donations needed!

The college is currently raising money for DJ equipment through it's charity, Friends of Hereward College. If you would like make a donation please visit https://localgiving.com/donation/friendsofhereward .
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Hereward College kicks off the Learning Week 2013


From 11 to 15 February 2013 Hereward’s regular timetable will be replaced with a lively mix of creative and experiential learning events taking place across the whole College.

The change is to celebrate Hereward College’s Learning Week 2013, which will offer students and staff the opportunity to get inspired by new ideas. Staff and especially students will get the chance to branch out, meet new people and learn and develop new skills.

Hereward College is extremely keen for everyone to participate fully during the week. Students and staff have planned a varied programme of fun and interactive activities. These include student-led projects, film screenings and discussions, photographic displays, demonstrations and presentations, Q&A sessions, quizzes and competitions, seminars and technical workshops.

In an increasingly competitive job market, and in a climate where extracurricular activities are valued in CVs, Innovative Learning Week provides an opportunity for students to participate in events that are experimental, innovative and fun but which also enhance skills which are relevant to employability.

To make the week-long event even more interesting, Sheila Fleming, the College’s principal is looking forward to spending time with students and staff in sharing stories and memories from the Paralympics, which of course enabled so many people to learn more about what people with disabilities can achieve.

Sheila said: “The Learning Week is a great opportunity for the whole College community to enjoy learning. It's an important part of our commitment to develop and improve all that we do, so that students have the best possible learning experience with us and become more confident and independent so they can achieve their goals and ambitions.”

The Learning Week is part of the College’s on-going commitment to delivering quality teaching and supporting students to become independent. The College also plans to use the week to help build a College-wide community through the participation of all its members.
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Make Today Count concert



Join us at Hereward College for an evening of live music and the chance to win some great raffle prizes.

With performances from local bands including the Last Train Home, Sleeping Satalite, and The Tide, funds raised will be split between the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Hereward College Charity.

As part of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Make Today Count Appeal, we are asking those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground to come along and enjoy an evening of live music whilst helping to fund vital research.

To buy tickets, go to http://www.muscular-dystrophy.org/shop/tickets/86_make_today_count_concert

For further information please contact Charlotte Allen, Volunteer Fundraising Manager for the Midlands, on 0121 779 4488 or email c.allen@muscular-dystrophy.org.


You can also join the event on Facebook and please don't hesitate to share it in case you have friends or family who might be interested.


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Friday, 8 February 2013

Hereward College secures £68,000 from sporting legacy fund



A College in Coventry has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Sport England recently revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Hereward College will receive £68,815 to upgrade the sports hall floor and install a new sports hall store which will support both the delivery of a first class sports curriculum at the College and promote further community use of facilities.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Coventry from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games."

“With so many clubs in the West Midlands having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Vice Principal, Deb Reynolds, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can continue to upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our tuition. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have outstanding facilities at the College which the community and in particular those with disabilities have full access to.”
Hereward College is one of 310 projects across England to receiving lottery investment from the third round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of over 1,000 to benefit overall, with the milestone being achieved one year ahead of schedule.

Many more communities can still benefit from the fund, with a further two rounds remaining. Bids will be accepted for the fourth round of Inspired Facilities Funding from the 4 March 2013. You can find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.


Meanwhile Hereward is keen to hear from any local clubs who would like to hire these exciting new facilities or any other areas of the site. Contact Alice Davey Business Development Manager at the College on 024 7642 6141 or alice.davey@hereward.ac.uk to find out more.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Hereward College 2011 - 2012 Annual Report

Welcome to our Students, Their Journey, our annual report or 2011-2012. We are very proud to share some highlights of  what has been an exciting year for Hereward College.



Click here to download the report
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