Truro And Penwith College News October 2015

Challenge Cup

The triumphant Truro and Penwith College team with the Pier Cellars Trophy.

Trophy Triumph

A 45-strong team of students achieved top honours at this year’s Royal Navy Challenge Cup, overcoming tough competition to win the Pier Cellars Trophy.

Public Services students from Truro and Penwith College participated in a series of mental and physical challenges over two days against other colleges to win the top prize. The activities included an assault course, a timed 6 mile navigation exercise, a tug of war competition, a grenade throw challenge, a team memory game and a series of team building tasks.

Keith Gale, Public Services Lecturer at the College, said: “All who attended felt that the positive experience provided by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines really gelled them together and has set them up for a really good year.”


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Katie Rutson (Newquay) and Sam Oatey (St Austell) programming the lighting for the Kamikaze stage.

Students Take Control At National Festival

Work experience in the creative industries doesn’t get much better than running your own stage at a national festival.

Seven students from the Production Arts – Live Event Production diploma at Truro College spent a week working backstage at Shambala, a music, theatre and arts festival in Northamptonshire. They ran all elements of the lighting for The Playhouse theatre stage, covering everything from rigging to operating, in partnership with Fineline Lighting and Sideways Arts.

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Kamikaze stage

The group were responsible for assembling trussing, hanging and patching lights, focusing, programming and even calling some shows, as well as managing an efficient ‘get out’. They worked with a wide variety of touring acts during the festival, including Akala – the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, Shlomo, Svalbard and Little Angel Theatre.

The team also managed to find time to rig lighting for the Kamikaze dance tent and the Shambala mainstage, working alongside Truro College alumni Ben Desousa, who has recently joined Fineline Lighting.

The Production Arts diploma is perfect for anyone who has ever envied the sound engineer, found themselves gazing at the lighting rig, or wondered what is going on backstage, as it develops the technical and creative skills required for a broad range of backstage, production arts and live events roles.


Patrick Cameron

Top hairdresser Patrick Cameron with the hairdressing team at Truro College (Nikki Dixon, Sally Penhaligon and Louise Futcher)

In The Pink With Patrick Cameron
Renowned hairdresser Patrick Cameron brought his glamorous hair styling techniques to Truro in support of breast cancer awareness.
The venue at Truro College was packed with salon owners, hairstylists and students looking to gain inspiration from one of the industry’s experts. Patrick’s Pink Campaign evening focused on elegant ‘up dos’ requiring minimal time and effort, as well as highlighting the importance of breast cancer awareness.

Patrick said: “My work as an international hairdressing educator brings me into contact with a huge amount of women and I have realised that I am in a unique position to communicate a message such as breast cancer awareness.

“I also want to encourage people to make a donation towards the fight to beat breast cancer and I intend to continue to encourage women (and men) the importance of self-diagnosis and early detection in this awful disease. The earliest breast cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the treatment will be successful.”

Patrick spent time with lecturers at the College prior to the event as he prepared his models, before completing the various looks on stage. As he was very interested in the standard of education and student support at the College, he also spontaneously dropped in on some evening classes, to the delight and surprise of the students and staff.

The event was hosted by Truro and Penwith College and organised by Aston and Fincher Hair and Beauty Supplies.



Henry HargreavesBursary Benefits

A Cornish student has been awarded a prestigious bursary to help him pursue a career in television.

Henry Hargreaves, from Bude and a former student of Truro and Penwith College, has received one of five Technology bursaries from the Royal Television Society (RTS), aimed at widening participation in media and related industries and supporting talented students.

Henry, who is now studying BSc Computer Science at University of St Andrews, will be awarded £1000 for each year of his degree to assist with expenses, as well as receiving mentoring and free membership of the RTS during his studies and for the year after he graduates.

During his time at Truro College, Henry studied A Levels in History, Mathematics, Electronics and Computing. His lecturer for the latter subject, Conan Jenkin, supported his application: “Henry is a very creative and thoughtful young man who is inspired by technology and its interaction with the media. With the right kind of network support Henry has the potential to go much, much further, and is the very kind of person who would most benefit by this kind of bursary support.”

Simon Pitts, Chair of the RTS Technology Bursaries and Managing Director, Online, Pay TV, Interactive and Technology, ITV, said: “It’s vital we attract more engineers and computer scientists to the TV industry so our aim with these bursaries was to encourage students with these interests to consider a career in television. We were extremely pleased with the response and I’m delighted to say we have selected five outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a real interest in and commitment to succeed in the industry.”



_DSC0008College Launches The Rick Stein Academy

The future of top hospitality talent in Cornwall looks brighter than ever with the launch of The Rick Stein Academy, a partnership between the expertise of The Rick Stein Group and Truro and Penwith College, one of the best colleges in the UK.

Coming after seven years of successful partnership between The Rick Stein Group and Truro and Penwith College, during which over 60 apprentices have benefited from the experience of working with the group, the new Academy will inspire, train and develop hospitality professionals in Cornwall.

The Rick Stein Academy will work with young people through school activities, careers events and work experience to inspire and encourage them to develop a career in hospitality. The Academy will also train full time students at Truro and Penwith College as well as apprentices with The Rick Stein Group, developing their knowledge and skills with supplier visits, masterclasses and placements. The partnership will also support individuals to explore employment and further training and progression opportunities with The Rick Stein Group and the college.

Rick Stein explains: “There is no substitute for learning whist working as you quickly develop the skills you need to progress in this fast paced industry. We’re proud to support this Academy and work with those who are passionate about great food and making people smile.”

Launched at Truro College’s Spires restaurant on Monday September 28, the day featured a cookery masterclass by Jack Stein, as well as demonstrations and talks from other Stein chefs including Stephane Delourme, Head Chef at The Seafood Restaurant, Nick Evans, Head Chef at St Petroc’s Bistro and Stuart Pate, Head Pastry Chef. The event also included a fish filleting competition, networking opportunities and the chance to try food cooked by students of The Rick Stein Academy.

Tamsyn Harris, Head of Truro and Penwith College Business, said: “The partnership with The Rick Stein Group means as a college we are providing the best possible training and opportunities for the future talent within the hospitality sector, guided and influenced by their expertise. The partnership has benefitted the training of many people of the last 7 years and The Rick Stein Academy will further this opportunity and the development of skills here in Cornwall”.

Since opening The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow back in 1975, Rick and Jill Stein have grown the business to include ten restaurants, boutique bedrooms, foodie shops and a cookery school – all supported by over 450 passionate people. Investing in The Rick Stein Academy will allow the team to nurture high calibre hospitality professionals to support the continued growth of the business.

The event was well attended and welcomed members of the Chef’s Forum to the college.



Electronics students studying in the new bespoke Electronics room at Truro College.

Electronics students studying in the new bespoke Electronics room at Truro College.

Bespoke New Electronics Room Gives Skills For The 21st Century

Electronics doesn’t mean getting wires, circuit-boards and power supplies to work anymore, it now ventures into the worlds of robotics, software development and artificial intelligence.

The Seaton building at Truro College has had extensive redesigns and extensions to reflect this new technology. Since its first opening in 2012, twice as many students wanted to attend as was expected. One of the additions has been the new Electronics room, which was originally just high ceiling space at the top of an airy Engineering room on the floor below. Now a new floor has been put in to maximise teaching and learning space.

Student Marcus Vick from Indian Queens, previously from Treviglas School, is studying for A Levels in Electronics and Information Technology and AS qualifications in Computer Science and Geography. He said: “I like Electronics because the sessions are relaxed, and it’s a mix of practical work and learning technical things, and I like that mix.” Marcus is hoping to use his experiences to study Electronic Engineering at university.

Lecturer John Saxton explained that Electronics these days is not like it used to be, and now ventures into futuristic areas: “We’ve just been using software to program microcomputers—mini-computers on a chip. Programming and software development is part of Electronics too, which not a lot of people know. Every student here has their own work area with their own new oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators and computers for them to use, so it’s a good learning environment.

“It’s great that the new generation of electronic engineers are learning in such a new and modern environment. A lot of it is programming now, so we’re doing a lot of that, linking computers, electronics, artificial intelligence and neural networks.”


FreshersA Fresh Start

With students starting their journeys at universities up and down the country, it is no different here in Cornwall as almost 500 students are beginning a range of university courses at Truro and Penwith College.

Last week saw registration day take place at both Truro and Penwith campuses, which also featured the hustle and bustle of the Freshers’ Fair. With 329 new students starting their first year at the College and an additional 160 starting their third year with a top-up degree, there was a hive of activity throughout the day.

The Freshers’ Fair is always the perfect opportunity to discover more about university life, volunteering and social events, and this year saw a host of exhibitors, including Tempus Leisure, The Office, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the College’s Health, Wellbeing and Sport team, Surfers Against Sewage, and Plymouth University’s Student Union (UPSU).

The opportunities to enjoy the university experience have increased as a selection of new courses have been added for 2016 (subject to approval). You could combine a sense of adventure with a passion for photography and film with FdA Adventure Media, or develop the skills to improve life for others with FdA Health and Social Care.

More pathways to Bachelor degrees have been created as well, with top-up degrees available in BA (Hons) Business and Legal Studies and BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science.


Cricket GroupFormer Student Provides Cricket Inspiration

Aspiring cricketers had the chance to pick the brains of a professional when Nottinghamshire’s Jake Libby visited the Cricket Academy at Truro College.

Jake has come a long way since he left Truro College five years ago. After completing his A Levels in PE, Psychology and Biology, he progressed to Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sport Science, participating in the MCCU scheme based at the University, which is supported by Marylebone Cricket Club.

Last October Jake signed a two year contract with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, after hitting a century during his debut game at Trent Bridge a month earlier. It doesn’t stop there, as Jake is soon to be travelling to Australia for 5 months to play for a team in Tasmania, describing this as a chance to, “get fit and practise in different conditions and benefit from different experiences.”

As a former enthusiastic member of the Cricket Academy at Truro College himself, Jake visited the latest cohort to share his experience as a professional cricketer and host a question and answer session with the group. He also described the 24 hours surrounding his Trent Bridge debut and achieving his first century for the team as “a special moment and a special day.”

Jake said: “The Cricket Academy at Truro College was a great way to achieve my aim of going to university, as well as playing cricket five times a week. I was in the first year to use the new cricket facilities and the level of coaching is some of the best in the county. You couldn’t get those at another college.”

Emma Seward-Adams, Programme Team Leader for Sport at Truro College, said: “Jake is a fantastic credit to the College and an amazing role model for current students. It goes to show what hard work can achieve. Jake is the best success story for the Cricket Academy so far with the level he is currently playing at.”


GeologyGeologists Of The Future

Praising the calibre of Geology students progressing on his university, a visiting Teaching Fellow gave a valuable introduction to studying the subject at a higher level to Truro and Penwith College students.

Mitch D’Arcy, Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London (ICL), visited Truro College to share the successes of former College students who have achieved in Geology at ICL, highlight the career possibilities the subject offers, and to showcase ICL as a top choice for further study.

“You send us our best students,” said Mitch. “You teach great Geology here at Truro College so students coming to us have a fantastic head start.”

Mitch shared what studying Earth Science is all about and the variety of work they could become involved with, including geophysics, protecting the environment, or even outer space observation.

Emphasising the importance of fieldwork to the study of Geology, Mitch described his trips to Rio de Janeiro, California, Italy and Spain. He concluded the talk with information about life at Imperial College London, as well as offering tips on applying for the course and the all-important interview.

Mitch offered his advice to students considering studying Geology at university: “You should choose a department where you can study as many topics as possible, learn as much as you can and do plenty of fieldwork.”