October 2015

Principal's News

Dear all,

The Government published its Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions: guidance on area reviews (click here to read the guidance) in early September, after signalling their intention to do so in July. I do encourage you all to have a look at this very important document. It sets out the purpose of these reviews which are to deliver

‘institutions which are financially viable, sustainable, resilient and efficient, and deliver maximum value for public investment’

in the context of a much lower level of public funding for Further Education for the foreseeable future. We are all living now with the consequences of funding cuts, particularly to adult education. We know that the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) is going to move FE further down this road, and Area Reviews are intended to reshape the sector in the face of much lower levels of public spending.

Reviews have already started in a number of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas including Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and the Solent region. We don’t know when our own review (almost certainly for our LEP area of Leicester and Leicestershire) will be scheduled, but all the feedback coming from colleagues in areas where reviews are already underway suggests we need to prepare now for what will be a very thorough process which could deliver major change to Leicester College and indeed all those institutions within the subregion.

The Government’s intention is that the review process will result in a number of options for curriculum and possibly structural change. The decision whether to adopt or reject any of the proposed options will rest with the independent Corporations or Board of Governors in each College, but we know that Governors will have to have very robust business cases for rejecting the options put forward.

To this end the Principals and Chairs of Governors of all the Colleges in the City and County will be meeting shortly for an initial briefing and discussion. We need to make sure that, individually and collectively, we have:

· A clear understanding of the skills and labour market issues and needs within Leicester and Leicestershire;

· Relevant and credible demographic information to inform our planning;

· A good grasp of our current curriculum offer, and ideas for improving it;

· Pragmatic and realistic views of what a sustainable FE sector might look like in the City and County.

Notwithstanding all our financial and other challenges, Leicester College is a strong, resilient and vital part of the education system in the region. We are well placed to use the Area Review as an opportunity to realise our Strategic Plan for the College and secure our future sustainability for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and develop their skills with us. To read the Strategic Plan click here. I’d welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we might use an Area Review to do this.


In This Month's Connect...

After the hectic enrolment period and the even more hectic start of term, we hope that autumn finds you well and that you have settled in to the new term.

In this issue we bring you news of some late summer events and some early good news stories from accross the College. Maxine from the LEET team and Fiona from Welfare offer an insight into their work and there are updates from all the usual areas.

The next issue of Connect will be released in December and will have a festive feel. So please don't be shy. If you are opening something, winning something, celebrating something or planning something, we want to know about it! Please send all your good news to

Out and About.

Throw away your back issues of Hello magazine and cancel your subscription to Grazia. Connect has it all covered, and we won't ever make you feel bad about yourself!

Leicester College Official Charity Launch

The official launch for Leicester College's Charity of the Year took place Wednesday 30 September in the Granby Suite. Leicester College learners presented a cheque for £5,141.22 to the outgoing charity The Bridge, who thanked all for their support. Learners from across the College shared their experiences of climbing Snowdon, setting up stalls and selling samosas, activities which contributed to the money raised.

The College's support for the new charity Open Hands was marked by the releasing of balloons from Open Hands staff, College staff and the children from the nursery. Beth Corbett from Open Hands expressed her gratitude at the College choosing Open Hands as this year’s beneficiaries. Deputy Principal, Shabir Ismail said that supporting local charities was not only important for the money raised but that it gives learners valuable experiences that are transferable into the world of work.

The LEET team ask that you please start planning your fundraising ideas to support the College charity. The annual charity week is 18 – 22 April, during which lots of activities will take place. Please contact the LEET Team for more information.

To find out more about the College's new supported charity Open Hands, click here

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Staff Development by Greg Wood

Well, it was all happening during the July Staff Development Day – personal interest sessions were back and were enjoyed by staff and presenters alike.

From bike rides, to kick boxing, 3D printing to Marvel comics, we had the lot. Lindy hop dancing was also included, as was wallpapering, car maintenance, re-enactment and many more.

Cast your eye over the photographs below and if you have ideas for sessions, please contact Greg Wood from staff development.

Freshers' Fair by Craig Whitehill

Freshers' Fair proved popular as ever this year with an estimated 1600 learners taking part.

Although now firmly established in the College’s events calendar, the fair, which is held in the sports hall at Freemen’s Park, never fails to generate a buzz of excitement for both staff and learners.

Headed up by LEET and funded by the Students Union, the fair attracts a number of commercial, charitable and in-house stall holders including First Bus, The Gym, Deli-France, Leicester Tigers, Leicester Riders, Kaine Management. In house stall holders included Libraries, Hair & Beauty and a recruitment stand for Learner Ambassadors to name just a few.

The fair complements the induction programme and provides an informal and fun welcome to learners accross the College, 900 of who travelled from other campusses on the buses provided. The fair sets the scene for a successful year ahead and assists with friendship building. It also provides learners with important information into what goes on around the College and the help which is readily available all year round.

Aside from the DJ spinning his tracks, learners being bucked from the bronco and a western quick draw Jesse James would have been proud of, this year saw the introduction of a live dance act Monstrous Martians, a group of former learners from the College who performed at intervals throughout the day. This really seemed to get the crowd bouncing. Roll on next year...

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Local Author Bali Rai Drops In for a Chat

Local author Bali Rai visited the College 30 September as part of the city-wide Everybody's Reading festival. The visit was organised by Lucy Pates, Programme Area Manager for Skills for Life.

Bali, originally from North Evington, spoke for around an hour, sharing writing tips with staff and learners and describing his journey as a writer. In his talk, Bali also spoke about the late, great Sue Townsend and how, encouraged by her success, he developed the self belief to follow in her footsteps. Bali then delivered workshops to Skills for Life learners.

Lucy Pates said, "We are just delighted that Bali visited us again. The learners were really inspired and moved by his words. He really made a connection with them and visits like this really help us engage with learners."

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Leicester College Sponsors the Women in Business Awards

The Women in Business Awards 2015, organised by the Leicester Mercury and The University of Leicester, took place Monday 26 October. The event is a celebration of the achievements of some of the region's most impressive and most innovative business women. Leicester College sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award which was presented to winner Emily Johnson of local arts charity Soft Touch by Tracey Kinsley. Emily is pictured below with Tracey and the host for the evening, ITV weather presenter Emma Jesson.

Speaking afterwards, Tracey said "The event was attended by business leaders and influencers and is a good event for the College to be associated with. The finalists in this category demonstrated the attributes and skills that so many employers tell us are important to them. I took the opportunity to explain the many reasons to take on an apprentice and how much of an asset to the company an apprentice can become, bringing hard work, enthusiasm and new ideas. I was delighted to present the award."

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Update on the Beacon Award Application

Leicester College submitted an application to the Beacon Awards in early July 2015 and we are delighted to report that the application has been shortlisted under the Students with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities category, which is sponsored by Microlink and the Association of Colleges Charitable Trust.

Two award assessors (one from each sponsor) will be visiting the College in October to see our entry come to life. The assessors are keen to witness our progress since submitting the entry and learn about our plans for the future. Angela Rooney-Tchetchnev and Hina Parmar are in the process of finalising a day plan for the assessment so that we can maximise our showcase. They are also producing a short information pack for the assessors. We should get some feedback from the visit on the day which will help shape future provision further.

For the Beacon Awards Prospectus, click here

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Flash Mob Performs at Leicester Train Station

Commuters at Leicester Train Station were treated to a rousing start to their day 9 October when learners from Musical Theatre performed hits at a flash mob. To view the performance, the latest in a growing number of exciting Leicester College 'happenings,' check out the You Tube clip here (Incidentally, this clip has already had 6,800 views on facebook!)

Construction Learners Granted the Barry and Peggy High Scholarship

Three Brickwork learners have recently been awarded with bursaries to help further their studies. Charlie Madden (standing next to Keith Binns in the photo below) and Mitchel Mathews (standing next to Paul Hirscher) are two of the recipients. The College has been asked to develop and deliver 30 Construction Scholarships each year. To qualify for a scholarship, nominees must be in the second or third year of training and be working towards a level 2 or 3 qualification. Candidates also need to be 'shining stars' or those who have overcome barriers to work and study. The bursaries will allow learners to purchase tools from a number of suppliers.

Charlie says, "The money will allow me to buy more bricklaying equipment to help me develop as a bricklayer, it will give me a chance to improve on the tools I already have."

Tutor Keith Binns says, "I am delighted that following my nomination of three learners for the scholarship, all three have been granted it. Each one of the lads in question are very worthy recipients, having made real progress in their training and educational development. They have all excelled for different reasons and in different ways, and I am proud of them and that their achievements have been been recognised in this way."

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The Learner Engagement and Enrichment (LEET) Team

The LEET team have recently undergone a change of management. Maxine Chambers now manages the team and explains more about their work:

Welcome to the world of Engagement and Enrichment! Our aim is to utilise youth work skills to provide programming that enhances the learner experience outside of their chosen course of study. We work cross-College and we are keen to develop both internal and external partnerships to aid the learner experience which includes everything from outdoor challenges to trips and visits.

The team of seven is working hard to keep itself abreast of current initiatives and is engaged in the development of employability, life skills and the British Values programme. Each team member has specific focuses as follows:

Maxine Chambers – Team Leader – Overall Responsiblity

Craig Whitehill – Student Liaison Officer - Student Union, Trips & Visits, HE Ambassadors.

Pravin Patel – Student Liaison Officer - Charity, Outdoor Challenges, Trips & Visits.

Harjinder Singh – Student Liaison Officer - Learner Voice, Equality & Diversity

Sharen Ravat – Student Liaison Officer - Multi-faith Chaplaincy

Richard White – Social Space Supervisor

Amit Vadera – Social Space Supervisor

Below are some examples of LEET activities. Do get in touch to find out more about the team’s work and to look at how we can work together.

News from The Scholarship Project

The Association of Colleges (AoC) Scholarship Project aims to support the development and embedding of a distinct College Higher Education (CHE) scholarly ethos across the sector. Leicester College is at the forefront of this exciting project, working in partnership with Derby College and Central Nottingham College during the project’s pilot phase to establish a scholarship framework to enhance the learning experience.

The project will explore different forms of scholarship including student scholarly activity, and will involve collaborative work with employers and the wider community.

Gail Hall (featured in the photograph) who is leading the project, joined the Higher Education Team at Leicester College in the role of HE Scholarship Development Manager in June and has spent the last few months learning about the College’s inspiring creative, technical, and professional HE provision. “I have been delighted to meet HE teaching staff from across the College and I’m encouraged and excited by their professionalism and their commitment to scholarship and to enhancing students’ Higher Education learning experience” she says.

A total of 46 colleges across England will work on the project, which runs for three years from 2015-2018. Funded by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund and managed by AoC, the project is also supported by the National Union of Students, Quality Assurance Agency and Higher Education Academy.

To get involved or find out more about the project contact Gail on 07766 998816 or email

HEA Achievers

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in Higher Education and a measure of quality and success. Fellowships are awarded to HE professionals who can demonstrate a proven track record in HE teaching.

During 2014-15, the College supported a number of staff to make applications for Fellowship and the HE team is delighted to announce that HEA Fellowships have been awarded to Jalpa Ruparelia, Programme Lead Teacher Development, Shane Payne, Programme Lead Electro-Mechanical Engineering, and Cassandra Reeves-Moore, Programme Lead Children, Families and Community Health. Many congratulations to Jalpa, Shane and Cassie! Cassie, featured in the photograph above says, "I enjoyed working on the Fellowship as I am keen to develop my practice within the HE sector, including building better links between the College and universities. Although it took quite a bit of time, it was a worthwhile experience to evaluate my current practice and an experience which I would recommend to others."

Any staff involved in the support, delivery or leadership of Higher Education can apply for Associate Fellowship, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the HEA. For more information contact Gail Hall, HE Scholarship Development Manager on 07766 998816 or email

Construction's New Equalities Pledge Mural

A new mural, which has been produced as part of the College’s ongoing commitment to actively promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, is to be hung in the Construction information area (the entrance foyer). The Construction team, who are featured on the mural, have taken their lead from the Student Union team murals posted around the College, but they have personalised the message to their own area.

The initiative, which was rolled out last year, encouraged all staff to think of their own equalities pledge. These pledges were collected and in Construction, they have been combined in their statement below.

Construction intend to produce another mural featuring their female colleagues. They are also looking at encouraging businesses to sign up to the initiative, so hopefully we can look forward to seeing something similar featuring employers from the sector in the near future.
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Caption Competition

This what Greg Wood thought Mark Shawley was announcing to the assembled crowd in the last caption competition. Greg, your prize was going to be a new golf buggy but sadly it has been withdrawn from sale for having sharp edges, so we're sending you a Leicester College beach ball instead which is nice and soft.

This issue's caption competition is featured below.

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This Issue's Cation Competition. What are James and Chris finding so entertaining at the recent East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Awards?
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Remembering Chris Pickup by Jody Kerod

On Tuesday 15th September the Hair and Beauty team dressed in jeans and a bright top to remember the year anniversary of the loss of our dear colleague Chris Pickup. All staff were asked to pay £1.00 and we raised £41.00 which will be donated to the Dogs Trust.

Marketing News

The big news in Marketing is the launch of our brand new Careers Guide 2015/16. The guide replaces the Full Time Course Guide 2014/15 (the big green one) and is a smaller, more user-friendly version. The guide makes good use of photographs and paints a bright, lively picture of the learner experience. Information about curriculum areas and courses is concise and easier to understand.

At this time of year, Marketing staff are out most nights of the week, promoting the College at schools' events in the city and county. Some 2000 copies of the guide have already been given out to year 9,10 and 11 learners at the recent Get Inspired event at Leicester City Football Club. Thanks to staff from SASE and CAPA for their support at this busy event.

In Marketing we have also been reviewing College Open Days. Again, the focus is on delivering a brighter, livelier experience for prospective learners with more involvement from learner ambassadors. Research with schools has shown that learners relish the chance to 'have a go' at activities so workshops, demonstrations and performances are particularly welcome this year.

Here are some further dates for your diary:
Open Days for this year are as follows:
Thursday 26 Novomber, 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 23 January 2016, 11am - 3pm
Thursday 10 March 2016, 4pm - 8pm

HE Graduation is Saturday 7 November 1-5pm.

As always, your comments, feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Clean Media

Let it never be said that here in Marketing we don't try new things. Below are some adverts that have been placed outside schools. This is a technique called clean media. Images are either stenciled onto dirty pavements, or sprayed in water resistant materials so that the image appears when the pavement is wet. It's dirt cheap too (get it?) Hopefully this will really get people talking about our pending open days.

Welfare News by Fiona Doherty

The Welfare Team at Leicester College assisted over 3000 learners last year by providing financial support to enable them to attend College. The team assisted with course related costs including material fees, travel and childcare. At the end of the year, the learner survey revealed that 69% of respondents said the service surpassed their expectations. Additionally, 79% of learners said that without the financial support they received, they would have been unable to continue with their studies.

But it’s not just financial support that the Welfare Team offer. We also offer impartial Information, Advice and Guidance to learners on a range of issues. These include Higher Education funding (including assessing learners as home or overseas) debt advice, and maximising income. Each year the team write hundreds of letters to confirm study at Leicester College for benefit purposes. We give advice to learners who are in need of accommodation or who may be homeless.

The Welfare Team are available five days a week and provide friendly, approachable face-to-face IAG at appointments and drop-ins. Queries are dealt with promptly and efficiently. The team are based in Student Services and we want staff to feel free to drop in to discuss how we can better support learners.

Leicester Mercury Recognises the Contribution of Amarjit Bains' Father

Amarjit Bains from the Campus Warden team has forwarded a great article about his Dad, a war veteran. The article was featured in the Leicester Mercury and we thought it would be nice to share it with Remembrance Day almost upon us. To find out more about a Sikh soldier's contribution to the Indian Army in Europe and North Africa, click here

Does anyone else have a relative who has made a great contribution to the local Leicester community or beyond?

Library News

Changes at SMC

Over the Summer, the library at St Margaret’s has undergone some modifications. The book stock has moved up and the labels at the end of the shelves have been modified for these changes. DVDs are now situated on a yellow rack facing the doors. This will increase their visibility and encourage lending. Fiction is located on freestanding shelves nearby. The silent study area on the right hand side of the library now includes the computer bay and three study tables for individual learning. The other areas in the library are suitable for group study. Why not pop in and see the changes?

ESOL Reading Challenge

During the Spring and Summer terms, approximately 30 ESOL learners took part in a challenge to read six books and complete a book review/reading diary. All those who completed the task will be awarded a certificate. One lucky learner will be awarded a £20 shopping voucher.

Vanita Patel, one of the tutors impressed by the the challenge said, “The Reading Challenge is a really good way of encouraging our learners into weekly drop-in sessions in the library. The books I selected link in with my learners’ City & Guilds examination topics, such as, finding a job, living in Britain and transport. This increases learners' reading skills and benefits their knowledge. Furthermore, my learners now have the confidence to pop into the library in their own time.”

Publishers Fair

During the summer vacation, the libraries held a publishers fair at APC. Approximately 150 staff attended. This gave staff the opportunity to preview resources before they were purchased. The suppliers who joined in on the day included: Educational Publisher Promotions, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Cengage, Dorling Kindersley, Study Mates and the Book People. Librarians from other local colleges were also invited.

Prize Crossword

Print off this prize crossword in your break and send it completed to the SMC library with your name and contact details. All successful entries will go into a prize draw. The winner will be announced in the next issue of Connect, click here.

From the Archives, Blondie: Parallel Lines

John Meredith gives a classic album a new listen.

Not many albums sell 20 million copies these days, but in 1978 the sales started rolling in for Blondie, whose 3rd album, Parallel Lines found the band hitting their stride as bona fide hit makers. Amazing pop sensibilities came to the fore on tracks such as One Way Or Another, Sunday Girl and Hanging on the Telephone. But Heart Of Glass in many ways set a template for future pop/electronic bands with a glacial landscape way ahead of its time. If you like pop, punk, rock, or just love great song writing and fantastic vocals, this is for you.

Highlights: ‘Heart Of Glass’ & ‘Picture This’.

John Meredith (Programme Area Manager, Music)

Does anyone else have a favourite book, album or film that is available at the Leicester College libraries?

Fantasy Football League

The new Fantasy Football league is out thanks to Ranvir and Alan. Even if you're not into football it's worth a look for the team names alone, click here

Governance News

Key discussions from the Search & Governance Committee held on 23 September 2015 were;

Scheme of Delegation

  • Legal Advice – Scheme of Delegation
  • Terms of Reference Review (S&G)
  • Standing Orders Revision
Succession Planning
  • Appointments/Resignations/Reappointments/Committee Membership
  • Code of Good Governance
  • Committee Self-Assessment 2014/15 and Action Plan 2015/16
  • Review of Chair’s 1:1 Meetings with Governors 2014/15
  • Governors Attendance & Engagement Report 2014/15
  • Use of College Seal
  • Governors Away Day Evaluation 2015
  • Governor Council Update

College Policies

A list of policies and procedures that have been updated or reviewed is available here. Copies of all key documents can be found in IntranetPlus under the heading 'policies and procedures' or by clicking here. If you use or refer to any of these documents on a regular basis please ensure that you familiarise yourself with them as soon as possible. All revised or new Policies/Procedures for inclusion in the Policies and Procedures site should be forwarded to: Graydon Thwaite, Company Secretary ext 2023, email gthwaite@ or Lyn Landon, PA to Company Secretary ext 2082, email llandon@.

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Staff Recognition Award

Would you like the College to recognise and acknowledge staff who are providing excellent support and service to learners, staff or visitors?

Celebrate the commitment of the staff at Leicester College by nominating them for a Staff Recognition Award. You can nominate your chosen member of staff by:

· Completing the new Nomination Form available from the College Information Centres

· Using the online Nomination Form available on the Quality Improvement Unit’s SharePoint site. This can be found on SharePoint under: Curriculum and Quality > Quality Improvement > Staff Recognition Award or by clicking the following link: Staff Recognition Award

· Emailing your nomination to

At the end of each term, a winner and runner up will be selected based on the strength of the nominations received, so please provide as much detail as possible to ensure that your nomination stands out from the rest. Details of the winner and runner up will be published in Connect.

The winner will receive a prize of a meal voucher for two at the taste Restaurant and a certificate, and the runner up will receive a certificate
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The latest winner of the Staff Recognition Award is Nicholas Fall, Trainer Assessor in Plastering. Nicholas was presented with his certificate and voucher by Verity. Congratulations Nicholas!

IT News

There have been a few appointments/changes within IT recently. We welcome on board John Hoskins and Sean O’Connor to the Network Support team, and Barinder Bains to the ICT Service Desk team. Barinder replaces Satchit Chauhan who joined the Network Support team in the Summer.

There have also been some changes within Management Information Systems. Lindsay Jones has been seconded to the post of MIS Manager, Michelle Groom has been seconded to the Funding and Planning Coordinator post, and Rita Lynam has increased her hours in the role of Data Management Team Leader.


We have recently received a complaint from a member of the public that they are receiving telephone calls meant for Leicester College. This is because people calling from outside the College have been dialling an internal extension number as though it is a direct dial in line, ie. by adding ‘224’ before the 4 digit extension.

Would staff please note that not all extension numbers have a direct dial facility. The only numbers that do have this facility are as follows. Please ensure no other numbers are quoted in correspondence, leaflets, etc.

Abbey Park Campus 224 4046 to 4145

Bede Island Centre 224 2100 to 2125

Freemen’s Park Campus 224 2000 to 2099, 2126 to 2147, 2190 to 2199 and 2204 to 2253

229 5500 – 5561

St Margaret’s Campus 224 2150 to 2189

229 5600 – 5620

If you have any queries relating to this issue or need to confirm whether your extension number is a direct dial please do not hesitate to contact Linda Campbell on extension 2195.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Quality News by Anne Wood

It's that time of the year again where staff and learners complete the annual College surveys. Here's how it will work:

College Learner Survey 2015-16

This year we will continue to run an in-house service, however there will be a key focus on online surveys. Each Curriculum Area will be required to identify those courses that will be completing the survey electronically. Paper based surveys are available, but only as a second option. The paper surveys and instructions on how to complete the on-line surveys will be issued to Learning Coaches / Tutors within Curriculum Areas by Curriculum Administrators. Curriculum Areas need to ensure that all full-time (not including HE learners) and any substantial part-time learners complete a survey. The survey period will run from Monday 18 January to Friday 12 February 2016. Paper based surveys should be returned via CAST Co-ordinators to the Quality Improvement Unit at FPC, room 3.24 by Monday 22 February 2016.

If you have any queries regarding this survey please contact the Quality Improvement Unit on ext. 2092.

Staff Culture Survey 2015-16

The College is conducting the annual Staff Culture Survey for all staff from Monday 9 November to Friday 4 December 2015. This survey is vital in supporting the College to deliver outstanding service to both learners and staff, and also to establish a valued learning and working environment. The feedback from the survey is used throughout the year to support departmental planning and monitor area performance. The survey contains questions relating to management, values, equality, diversity, safeguarding and well-being. It is therefore essential that comprehensive feedback is received from all staff across the College. Please take a few minutes to complete the Staff Culture Survey when you receive an e-mail from QDP Services.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Any questions regarding the survey need to be directed to Anne Wood, Quality Development Manager, awood@ or ext 2094.

Learner View

Learner View is an online questionnaire that gives learners the chance to tell Ofsted about their Further Education and skills provider. It is open to all learners, regardless of their age or course of study. The survey can be accessed in a number of ways:

· QR Code

· Moodle - link is on the home page

· Web address

Learners will be able to submit a survey about the college they attend at any time by entering an email address and a password then completing the questionnaire. There are 10 questions about a range of aspects of their learning provision.

More News and Dates from Quality

Quality’s Equality Pledge

As part of the College’s Equality Pledge, the Quality Improvement Unit will be publicising monthly information about events in and around Leicester and EDI events on the TV screens at each campus.

Events for October include:

Stoptober – The NHS campaign which will encourage smokers across England to stop smoking for 28 days.

23 October – Wear it Pink – raising awareness events across the UK

31 October – All Hallows’ Eve

Events for November include:

Movember – Men’s Health Awareness month

1 November – Diwali lights switch on

8 November – Remembrance Sunday

16-20 November – National Anti-Bullying Week

More information is avialbale on Quality’s SharePoint Site here

News from Human Resources (HR)


Employees are now able to re-set their iTrent password. A guide is available on the HR Sharepoint site. Either click here or go to iTrent - Resetting your own password on the ‘Links’ list at the bottom of the HR page.

Employees are also able to amend their personal details including that used for Equal Opportunities monitoring via iTrent Self Service.

Coming Soon – Electronic submission of expenses, mileage and overtime claims. All employees will be able to submit claims via Employee Self Service. The advantages are that you will be kept updated via email on the progression of the claim as well as reducing paperwork.

Teachers Pensions

The teachers pensions return for 2014/15 was submitted at the end of July 2015. You will now be able to log on to My Pension Online ( ) and view your updated service record. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact HR.

Campus Warden News

If you are the last member of staff to leave a classroom or a staffroom, always lock the door on your way out and turn all lights and computers off. Do not leave yours or the College's valuable equipment vulnerable.

If you cycle to College always secure your bike with a security D Lock. Do not secure your valuable bike with a thin chain or cable. Thieves can cut these type of locks in a matter of minutes. Campus Wardens carry out regular patrols of all bike racks and give out D Locks to learners.

Security talks on all aspects of security and personal safety are given by Michael Mullins (CW Team Leader). You can contact him on ext. 4062. If you see anything of a suspicious nature report it straight away to the CW team. They can be contacted at APC on EXT 4102 and at FPC on EXT 2502 if they are out on patrol they will contact you on their return and do their very best to help.

Remember while using your car to get to College, make sure that you display your permit visibly. Cars found to be on College carparks without valid permits after 2 written warning, will be clamped on the 3rd occasion.

The Links Effect

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Now then, our theme for this issue is weird and wonderful ... isn't that always the theme, you may ask? No, sometimes it's just weird.

One for the cultural anthropolists amongst us, check these maps out right now, they really are a little bit amazing

Do you ever feel like running away to somewhere nobody will ever find you? Ideas here

And continuing with interesting places, trust Iceland to have really brilliant pylons

What are you having for lunch today? If it's not in the shape of a cube, you're doing it all wrong, see here

Are you the kind of person who gets out of bed on a morning at the last possible moment? If so, the tips here for quick breakfasts are for you (make sure your flash player is nice and up to date for this one).

Ever wanted to know how optical illusions are created? Wonder no more, click here

If you grew up in the 1980s you probably had a Rubiks cube, well now they're back in fashion, click here to end 30 years of torment

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Going Out is the new Staying In

Now is the time to get out and kick up a few autumn leaves while the sun is still shining and your Seasonal Affective Disorder has yet to kick in. Below is a list of places for walkers or cyclists in and around Leicestershire, some of them you may know already, some we think you might not ...

Looking for a new place to cycle? We hear there is a great new cyclist's cafe out among the rolling hills of the A47 try this for something really different. For mountain biking and walking, there are three great reservoirs all within about one hours drive of Leicester. Carsington Water this side of Derbyshire has it all, as does Rutland Water which is about 26 miles all the way around (including the peninsula) if you are feeling ambitious. Pitsford Water is about six miles in circumference and is flatter, so is more manageable if you are as rusty as your old bike. You can hire bikes at all 3 if you don't want to take your own. Sherwood Pines is great for walking and mountain biking and is free like all the above, if you take your own bike.

Closer to home, King's Lock Tea Rooms is just a short ride or stroll down the canal to Aylestone Meadows if you're looking for something more sedate. Friends of Leicester College, Pilling's Lock, is another great place to walk or cycle to for lunch, out near Quorn. If a gentle stroll and a browse around some antiques is more your bag, you can do worse than pay a visit to the very kooky Whitemoors Antiques and Crafts Centre near Market Bosworth. And if you're out that way, it would simply be rude not to pop to the Bosworth Battlefield and update yourself with all things King Richard III related and enjoy some jammy scones while you are about it.

Staff Development News by Greg Wood

Learner Wins £25 Voucher in Freshers Fair Moodle Competition

Claire Follows, an Access to Nursing & Midwifery learner, correctly identified the answers to the following question by logging in to Moodle; What do the following letters stand for?



Claire is pictured here collecting her voucher from Debra Saoudi, Programme Lead for Childcare at Abbey Park Campus. The choice of voucher or gift card was up to the learner, and Claire chose Tesco.

A Thank You from Food inc by Paul Johnson

The first month of the new academic term has seen tremendous support for our College food outlets from all of our customers.

During September across all three campuses Food inc has served 29,175 people. On average around 2000 meals are served every day. The Catering Services team appreciate this level of custom and during October as a big thank you they are introducing an exciting Meal Deal at an amazing price of just £2.95!

Watch out also for the November launch of a Loyalty Reward Scheme which will be linked to Food Inc. cashless account holders. To find out how to open your account follow and check out the rewards on offer.

We must also thank all of the Catering Services staff that respond to this volume of demand every day. In particular an example of how hard they work for us all was Tuesday 11 November 2014 where at APC Food inc. they recorded an all-time high of approximately 1000 customers in just that one day, an average of 143 people an hour that spent a whopping £2,000.00! This was achieved with just 6.82 Full time equivalent post holders.

So, a big thank you to all concerned, customers and staff. Let’s break some more records in 2015/16!

Health and Safety News by Barry James


By the time you read this a new law will have come into force that could affect you or your family. From 1 October it will be illegal to smoke in a private vehicle containing under 18s and to fail to prevent smoking in a vehicle carrying someone aged under 18. This is already the case for company operated vehicles.

The new law is being introduced following a prolonged campaign by children’s health experts and by the British Medical Association. The penalties for both offences would be a fixed penalty notice of £50 or a fine or conviction if the case goes to court.

Did you know that cigarette smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours even with a window open?

Halloween and Christmas will soon be upon us. Will your little one be going to fancy dress parties? Before rushing to the check out with the latest in fancy dress, just take a minute to check the label for fire resistance. Not all manufacturers and retailers are safety conscious.

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