Weekly news and information

This week we look at.....

Making May Count

Starting straight away! We spend May looking at how you can make the most of the rest of your time in college. You can do that by starting now, in April. Hints and tips below!

It's Good To Be Good

What's your next step?

If you are still considering your next step, make an appointment to speak to one of our careers advisors ASAP! We can help! While you wait, get ready to start thinking about your future by trying out the Skills Explorer (link below ) to match your skills and preferences to some of the best careers available today! The college will also be celebrating progression week during 6-9 May, and we want to make sure you know what you are looking forward to!

Go Further Week at Stockton Riverside College

Tuesday, May 6th, 10am to Friday, May 9th, 2pm

Reception, Stockton Riverside College, Harvard Avenue

Music, food, careers advice and guidance, and a festival on Weds 7th!

Go Further Festival

Wednesday, May 7th, 10am-2pm

Reception, Stockton Riverside College, Thornaby, United Kingdom

Join us for our First Go Further Festival, a celebration of student potential and celebrating students embarkig on their next steps. Activities include; music, bands, a grafitti artist, games, careers advice and guidance and even a bit of food. Festival wear encouraged!

Other stuff

We asked and you told us! (And more of you said no!)

We thought you would prefer to have a new Student Union president in place ready to start the year- which means electing one over the coming term, however, more of you would rather wait until September to do this. (Results below shown as 'Recruitment'.) We will start asking for nominations for su president as students are enrolling - make sure you nominate yourself if you would like to be considered. Contact for more information.

You also said....

That it gets on your nerves when the college looks messy.  What can we do? if you can all tidy up after yourselves it will make a big difference.  Keep college tidy together!

Other stuff - sign an e-petition for free transport

Free Transport for 16 Year Olds

Young people now have to stay in some form of education or take a job which leads to a qualification for a further year starting with the current year 11 students who have just taken their GCSE qualifications. However, the provision for post 16 transport has not been altered to reflect the change. Local authorities are able to set their own criteria for transport charges, but these charges should be consistent for all young people until the time they are able to leave education, that being post 17 for the next 2 academic years, then post 18 thereafter.  Click on the link below to register your vote to back the Free Transport for 16 year olds campaign.  YOU can make a difference!

Uni Housing Horrors? Talk to us!

Our college youth workers can help you to understand what you are entitled to, and can also give you some guidance on what to look for if you are renting privately!

Are you an Enterprise Pioneer?

If you are aged 16-21 years of age, passionate about making a difference in your community, you could receive up to £500 to help start up your own social enterprise.  The FE Pioneers project is about encouraging young people to think about setting up their own social enterprise and taking action to improve the lives of others.  Already 10 College students have received funding to help them set up exciting ventures such as providing dance classes to vulnerable teenagers, art classes to victims of bullying, organised an event to help other people set up their own business and many other events and activities.  If you have a passion to take action and would like to find out more, contact Nicola Errington at


We are looking for students to help organise a College event to promote enterprise to other students.  It needs to be creative, fun, interactive and a little bit wacky!  The event will take place in May or June.  If you are interested, contact Nicola Errington at

Other information

No more costing a packet to discuss your loan!

The Student Loans Company has launched 030 phone numbers for all customer lines, replacing 0845 business-rate phone charges.

Customer calls to SLC will cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and will also count towards inclusive free call packages on mobile phones - so many customers will now have their call costs covered.

SLC receives over seven million calls every year and has over five million customers, including students, sponsors and former students repaying their loans.

New Student Loans Company telephone numbers:
Student Finance England: 0300 100 0607
Student Loans Repayment: 0300 100 0611

Your College ID

We ask all of our students to wear their ID in college at all times.  This is to ensure our college stays a safe place, and that we can identify anyone who should not be in student only areas.  If you have any concerns about wearing your ID, please speak to your tutor. If you need a different type of ID holder (e.g. a clip or arm band) go to reception /Information and Guidance who will arrange it for you.  Staff will ask to see your ID if you aren’t wearing it visibly.   If you want more information on staying safe in college, text Safe to 81025. 

Student Services Teams

Who are we?  Youth work * Learning Support * Careers * Core * Information and Guidance * Safeguarding