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Plenty to cheer about at Bradford Sports Awards

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Bradford College student Harris Akbar is celebrating after being named Bradford’s Young Male Sportsperson of the Year – for the second successive year.

The boxer, who studies sport and trains at the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy at the college’s Trinity Green campus, was hailed as one the district’s Young Achievers at the Bradford Sports Awards 2017 that was held at the Bradford Hotel on 2nd March.

He won the same honour 12-months ago at the inaugural ceremony.

Since last year’s award, the 17-year-old has added a World Youth Boxing Championship bronze medal to his impressive catalogue of achievements.

The Great Horton teenager travelled to St Petersburg in Russia with England for the AIBA tournament in November and was the only member of the national team to bring home a medal.

He has since been called into the Great Britain Academy squad alongside Keighley-based Olympian Muhammad Ali, a former Bradford College student, who represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics last summer.

Ali was highly commended in the Sportsman of the Year category at the prestigious awards.

Akbar, who goes by the nickname Hurricane Harris, dreams of following in Ali’s lead.

"Now I am in the GB Academy squad, joining Muhammad Ali, it will hopefully bring my boxing up to the next level,” he said.

"Training hard is the path to winning."

Also celebrating was Harleen Kaur who is a Year 13 pupil at Appleton Academy, which is part of the Bradford College Education Trust. Ranked number two in the world at kickboxing, she picked up the award for Student Sportsperson of the Year.

Another former Bradford College student was among the night's big winners - shooter Michelle Smith. The 33-year-old, who achieved a distinction in her Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Bradford College University Centre, was named Female Sportsperson of the Year.

She won gold, silver and bronze last May at the English National Championships, was part of the Great Britain team that won the Randle Trophy in August and also became British Long Range women’s champion.

Unfortunately she was unable to be present to collect her award because to coaching duties.

The Bradford Sports Awards are organised by Active Bradford to celebrate the inspiring achievements of Bradford’s sporting heroes from professional sports clubs and future stars in the making, through to the grassroots volunteers.

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A boost in confidence: Bradford College students armed with the right tools to boost their CVs

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A group of students from Bradford College are celebrating after completing the National Citizen Service programme (NCS).

The 22 students were joined by parents and guests for a graduation ceremony at Bradford City Football Club.

The college students were among 130 young people from across the city of Bradford to sign up for NCS in autumn 2016, dedicating their October half term and three November weekends to building new skills, meeting new people and contributing to local communities.

Two Bradford College students, Glenda Kunaka and Mohammed Awais, were elected Assistant Team Directors on NCS and their speeches at the graduation ceremony were met with cheers and applause from the audience.

Mohammed spoke about the fun day his team had put on to promote the work of CHAS at St Vincent’s, while Glenda spoke about how NCS had given her and her team “an opportunity to show our skills and help each other overcome our fears”, as well as the chance to develop “an amazing friendship group”.

Julie Warden, Learner Progress and Cross-College Tutorial Manager at Bradford College, attended the ceremony and said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our students celebrating their achievements – the skills they have built will help them succeed here at college and in whatever they want to do next. We are very proud of them and can’t wait to see more students follow in their footsteps in 2017.”

Clare Higgins, NCS Engagement Team Leader in Bradford added: “It has been a real pleasure working with Bradford College this year and it’s brilliant that over 50 students took part in our summer and autumn programmes. We are excited to continue working with colleagues across the college to support even more students to take part in NCS in 2017.”

The students have now joined a network of over 200,000 NCS graduates around the UK, with access to lots of opportunities to build on their new skills and ambitions through the NCS graduate programme TCS (The Challenge Society).

Two Bradford College students, Shuayb Khan and Layton Stocking, have already taken up TCS opportunities, with both of them part of TCS Bradford Youth Board.

NCS is open to all young people aged 16-17. As well as the autumn programme, three-week programmes run throughout the summer.

Providing an opportunity to boost CV experience, personal statements, and UCAS forms, the programme is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.

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A ‘reel-y’ impressive debut: Young documentary maker from Bradford showcases film in South Korea

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YOUNG TALENT: Suman Hanif directed and produced a film about food waste, which has had rave reviews

YOUNG TALENT: Suman Hanif directed and produced a film about food waste, which has had rave reviews

A documentary made by a Bradford College graduate is providing food for thought on a global scale.

‘Plates’, a film about food waste and food poverty, was shot in West Yorkshire and has recently been shown in South Korea.

Directed and produced by Suman Hanif, who graduated with a first class degree in Film from Bradford College last month, the thought-provoking piece was screened at the Busan Independent Film Festival in South Korean.

The film, which is Suman’s first, considers the increasing problem of food poverty in the UK and the juxtaposition of growing levels of food waste.

“I believe that the subject of the film affects every single human in the world in some way or another,” explained Suman.

“The documentary film is a small attempt to get people thinking about how they can deal with food in a much better way and help those who are less fortunate.

Bradford West MP Naz Shah is among the figures interviewed in the film which has also been shown in Bradford with the support of UNESCO and is available to view online on YouTube.

David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, was thrilled with the local-made film’s inclusion in the Busan festival.

“Suman’s work first came to my attention when she approached us to have her film screened on the Big Screen in City Park,” he said.

“I was very impressed with the quality of the film, especially in the edit which is often very difficult to get right at this stage in one’s film career.”

‘Plates’ was shown in the ‘Inner City’ category of the Busan festival, which encourages entries from fellow UNESCO Creative Cities – of which Bradford is one.

Suman added: “I am really delighted and feel fortune to have my work shown at Busan International Festival. I feel that without the support of my crew and sponsors this wouldn’t have been possible. I want to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in making my film a success.

“As a first-time filmmaker, I wanted to experiment with something which creates a thought provoking impact on viewers.  The idea of the film came to me as I recalled growing up in a family where food was available with no difficulty.

“However, I soon realised that this is not the case with other people around me. I watched people wasting food without any apprehension and later saw people pleading for food and money on streets.”

Suman, who has undertaken work experience with Channel 4 and Mentorn Media, is now planning a feature film set in Bradford.

She said: “My focus in 2017 will be to work on my independent British Asian Feature film. It is a family entertaining film which will be made in Bradford for the people in Bradford.”

Suman praised Bradford College for helping her find her dream career.

“I studied at Bradford College for five years. I feel that the college gave me the confidence I needed to find a suitable career option for me. My tutors have been very supportive and helpful. I always felt motivated and inspired by my tutors and I cannot thank them enough for the care they have shown for my studies. I especially want to thank my tutors Alan Parkinson, Jason Beaumont and Umit Yildiz.”

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Bradford ‘goes all exotic’: College hosts international fair with over 20 countries represented

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20 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Mexico, Kuwait and Kenya were amongst just a few of the places that were represented

20 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Mexico, Kuwait and Kenya were amongst just a few of the places that were represented

The cultural diversity of students at Bradford College was celebrated at an international fair.

On Tuesday 6th December, the Culture Show went off with a bang at the college’s David Hockney Building and saw students of various nationalities sharing their culture and heritage, whilst discussing their personal histories and back stories.

SHARING CULTURES: Stalls and activities ensured everyone had an amazing time

SHARING CULTURES: Stalls and activities ensured everyone had an amazing time

More than 20 countries were represented including Mexico, Kuwait, Kenya, Brazil, Panama and China with students showcasing food, dance and traditions from their home nations.

FUN: Students had an amazing time sharing their stories from around the world

FUN: Students had an amazing time sharing their stories from around the world

A college spokesperson said: “The aim of the event was to provide students and staff the chance to share their culture with stalls and activities demonstrating many of the different nationalities that make up Bradford College.

“Bradford College is a real international community and it was great to celebrate that diversity and vibrancy it brings to campus.

“Each culture had a stand that displayed their national colours, costumes, traditional cuisine and music.”

COLOURFUL: A fabulous day was had by all who attended

COLOURFUL: A fabulous day was had by all who attended

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Putting responsibility at men’s feet

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AMBASSADORS: The night further strengthened links between Bradford College and White Ribbon (l-r) Brian Mitchell, Chris Green and Ikram Butt

AMBASSADORS: The night further strengthened links between Bradford College and White Ribbon (l-r) Brian Mitchell, Chris Green and Ikram Butt

White Ribbon campaign commends people committed to ending violence against women  

Two West Yorkshire MPs joined Bradford College for a night to celebrate efforts to end violence against women, honouring the characters working hard behind the scenes to eliminate one of society’s most serious concerns.

Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West and her Labour colleague for Dewsbury and Mirfield, Paula Sherriff, both spoke at the inaugural Bradford College White Ribbon Awards Evening.

The awards, held in the College's Advanced Technology Centre, recognised the work of individuals and organisations in the region to tackle male violence towards women and girls.

The White Ribbon Campaign asks men to take a stand against gender violence.

Bradford College has been accredited by the organisation since 2014 and social work lecturer Brian Mitchell is an ambassador for the movement.

PASSIONATE: Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, spoke about her own experiences

PASSIONATE: Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, spoke about her own experiences

Founder of the campaign, Chris Green, was also in attendance at the awards night, which was hosted by Mr Mitchell along with another of the campaign’s ambassadors, Ikram Butt, the former rugby league international recently made an Honorary Fellow of the college.

MP Naz Shah told the audience that it was a cause close to her heart.

“Because of my own personal experience as a child of a parent who went to prison because she murdered an abusive partner, I am very passionate about the campaign,” she said.

“The thing I like about the White Ribbon Campaign is that it puts the responsibility at men’s feet.

“I applaud every man sat here. For you to be our advocates is a massive thing.”

Awards on the night were presented to a plethora of causes including Bradford domestic violence charity, Staying Put; the Keighley Domestic Violence Agency; Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE; Bradford College Students’ Union; Unipol; and Lenka Kaur - the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator at Bradford College.

The campaign also handed our Certificates of Recognition to Kirklees Council, Hull City Council, School of Rock and Media, Oasis Academy Lister Park and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Halima Khan, of Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line, and Major Lisa Marr, of the British Army, were also recognised for their groundbreaking cricket match between a Women’s Combined Services XI and an Inspirational Women XI at Yorkshire County Cricket Club during the summer.

PRAISED: Women from the Keighley Domestic Violence Agency were presented with a special award on the night

PRAISED: Women from the Keighley Domestic Violence Agency were presented with a special award on the night

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Bakers and shakers: Tasty treats and Disney stars make academy’s charity day a success

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THE COMMITTEE: Students from Laisterdyke Leadership Academy arranged the school bake sale on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support

THE COMMITTEE: Students from Laisterdyke Leadership Academy arranged the school bake sale on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Support

A group of caring teens from a Bradford college took time out of their busy timetable to raise hundreds of pounds for charity last week, with a ‘sweet’ initiative at the heart of the project.

Seven girls from Laisterdyke Leadership Academy arranged the school’s bake sale event in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, selling a plethora of scrumptious cakes to fellow students and staff.

As well as baking up a storm in the kitchen, the team also gave up their own time after school to plan the event, mixing together their charitable characters to create a recipe for success.

Amongst the team of foodie fundraisers was Hadiah Khan.

The ‘project co-ordinator’ explained why the team had decided to carry out the project.

“We did the bake sale as part of MacMillan Coffee morning,” she said. “The aim was to get the whole school involved and so we gave each year group a chance to buy their favourite cakes throughout the day.

“There was also an appearance from Minnie and Mickey Mouse, where students took selfies with them and even did the Cha Cha Slide.”

She concluded: “In total we raised £852, all of which had been donated to MacMillan Cancer Support.”

Sadia Bashir Butt, communication officer at the school, said the staff were proud to see their students going out of their way to help a worthy cause.

“Despite a busy calendar, the girls, who I’ve started to call ‘The Committee’, spent their own time arranging all of this, and because of their dedication, the day was a big success,” she added.

“The bake sale went really well. Students from every year got involved by the end of it and they raised a terrific amount of money for charity.”

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Festive open day: Plan your future with Bradford College

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Bradford College is hosting a festive-themed open day on Wednesday December 7 for anyone interested in starting courses in January or September 2017.

Youngsters in their last year of school considering what to do next and people interested in a university-level qualifications are all invited to come and explore the college and its full range of courses between 4.30pm and 7pm.

The college offers a wealth of Further and Higher Education Courses.

Further Education courses offered include GCSEs, AS and A-Levels, NVQs, Diplomas, BTECs and Apprenticeships.

At the college’s University Centre students can study HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees and even postgraduate courses such as our Masters programmes and PGCEs.

The event takes place at the college’s award-winning David Hockney Building on Great Horton Road in the city centre.

Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with teaching staff, existing students, careers advisors and finance experts. They can also take guided tours of the stunning campus and see its top-notch facilities.

Lecturers from each of the college’s departments will be on hand to offer advice and guidance about choosing a course and how to apply.

For those of a creative persuasion the college’s two artistic school, the Bradford School of Art and The Northern School of Creative Industries will be open to prospective students too. Tutors will be on hand to offer advice, mini workshops will be running and budding students can bring in their portfolio for feedback.

To add a festive flavour to the event, there will be a Christmas-themed photo booth for guests to use, Christmas music playing and tasty Christmas refreshments will be served.

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Explore Bradford College: November open day for sixth form students

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Get Involved with Bradford College and make a date to come to our next Open Event and find out more about our range of A-levels and GCSEs at our very own Sixth Form.

We are holding an exclusive Sixth Form only Open Evening from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016 in the David Hockney Building within our main city centre campus. Come and find out how we are different from school and where our 2016 Sixth Form students achieved an impressive 98% pass rate.

As places fill up fast on our A-level courses make sure you apply on the night and you will receive a conditional offer at the same time.

On the evening you will be able to gain useful advice on how to help your son or daughter to choose the right A-levels, learn more about our wide-range of A-levels and be provided with details about the new GCSE scoring system.  There will be hands-on activities running throughout the evening which you can participate in and you will get to see how we differ from a traditional school environment.

If you want to win some Netflix vouchers you can enter our selfie frame competition and use our brand new and fun photo booth.  If you have never visited Bradford College before you might want to take a tour of our multi-million pound campus and try out some of our state-of-the-art facilities for yourself.  Our student ambassadors will be on hand to give you the low down on student life, whilst our experienced staff can offer advice and guidance – including details about financial and learning support.

Courses delivered at Bradford College are designed with employment in mind. Our links with employers help us equip you with the skills you need to land a job. That’s why 96% of our current students would recommend us to a friend and 95% achieved what they set out to do at Bradford College.  Students also say that the College has really helped them to prepare for university, better than school ever could, due to being given extra independence and greater emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning. College life is fun too; we have a vibrant award winning Students’ Union, offering a number of clubs and societies. You can take your first step into the world of work and earn some money at the same time through our Student Ambassador Scheme, working on activities such as open days, campus tours and promotional events.

The entire campus has Wi-Fi throughout, well equipped learning resource centres, a digital and creative media centre, a restaurant, hair, beauty and nail salons, a spa and café bars.  Our superb sporting and fitness facilities are based at the state-of-the-art Trinity Green Campus and include a large sports hall, a sports and fitness testing suite; a dedicated sport therapy room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with a fully sprung wooden floor; a multi-use games area; two basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch, a gym and boxing academy.

To pre-book your place at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 9th November 2016 go to bradfordcollege.ac.uk/sixthform

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“You are not alone”: Bereaved partner talks about religion and homophobia in Bradford

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IN LOVE: Matt (left) and Naz (right) at a friend’s wedding in 2005

IN LOVE: Matt (left) and Naz (right) at a friend’s wedding in 2005

A charity campaigner, whose Asian partner committed suicide after his family rejected his sexuality, was in Bradford this week to discuss the often-taboo subject of homophobia in different communities and religions.

Students at Bradford College were ‘moved to tears’ during the two-day tour of talks and discussions orchestrated by the founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation - Matt Ogston.

On the 17th and 18th October, Matt travelled from his hometown of London to Bradford, where he talked to students about his life story as part of his charity’s schools strategy.

Matt’s partner and soulmate, Naz Mahmood, committed suicide two years ago when he came out as gay to his family.

A few months after his death, Matt set up a charity to prevent further tragedies like this from ever happening again.

Matt said: “I gave an hour long talk, with a question and answer session at the end.

“I also showed a short film that our foundation has made called ‘The Search For Sunrise’, which documents what happened to Naz and why it happened.”

On 30th July 2014, 34-year-old Naz - a London doctor from a Harley Street Clinic - killed himself by jumping off the fourth floor of his flat two days after his Muslim mother told him to cure himself of being gay.

Naz had told her he was engaged to a man, whom he’d been having a relationship with for 13 years.

The talented plastic surgeon had hid his sexuality from his Muslim family because he was afraid they would refuse to accept it on religious and cultural grounds.

“I’m hoping everyone who watched the film will try and stop this happening to other people in their community,” Matt added.

In the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Transgender Intersex (LGBQTI) community, at least 44 per cent of young people aged between 16 and 24 have considered suicide, according to LGBT support charity, Metro.

“It happens all too often in the LGBQTI community, the suicide rates are far too high,” Matt explained. “It’s really difficult when you’ve got nowhere to turn because your family doesn’t accept you because of their interpretation of their religion.

“The leaders in the community aren’t giving a positive view about individuals who are important in the LGBTQI community. Quite often, there isn’t anywhere to turn.”

Matt said the response has made him feel ‘quite optimistic’ about the future of Bradford’s youth.

“It’s a difficult topic to talk about. Some of the students were in tears watching the film because it was the first time they found out what happened to Naz.

“Seeing their reaction was really positive. At the end of the sessions, some students stayed back and asked questions to find out more. I was wearing one of the fundraising T-shirts and students were asking where to buy them from.”

One of the students at the talk confided in Matt that it was useful for them to hear a real-life story about someone who is similar to them because ‘their family shields them from seeing ‘those type of things’ on TV’.

“The future generation that will inherit the earth seem to be a lot more open-minded than the generations before,” Matt added.

GROUNDBREAKING TALKS: Matt Ogston (left) and Ahmer Bashir from Project Light UK visited Bradford College to tell his tragic story and encourage students challenge religious homophobia

GROUNDBREAKING TALKS: Matt Ogston (left) and Ahmer Bashir from Project Light UK visited Bradford College to tell his tragic story and encourage students challenge religious homophobia

When Naz passed away, Matt went missing for two days.

It was during this time that the campaigner contemplated suicide before what he describes as a ‘message from above’.

“The police were looking for me,” he said. “I disappeared from all of my family and friends. I was very suicidal because I wanted to follow Naz.

“I wished to end my own life and I heard Naz’s voice a week afterwards, saying that he wanted me to stay back and help other people and stop them going through what we went through.”

Two weeks later, Matt and his family and friends had a celebration of Naz’s life, as Naz’s family had buried his body without Matt being there.

“I wanted to do something that would honour Naz’s soul and energy. I announced that I would set up a charity in his name at the celebration, but I didn’t know what it would entail or how I would go about it.

“Soon after, with the help of some really good friends, we worked out the mechanics of setting it up. After the public inquest in December, we started it up properly.”

Over the last two years, Matt says that he has noticed that the press and news organisations have started to talk about this issue more openly.

“What’s great and positive is that many more young, gay Asians are stepping forward and speaking out,” he said.

“I don’t mean speaking out confrontationally, but saying: ‘I’m here. I exist. There are other people like me out there.’ Don’t ever think that you’re on your own.”

During his visit to Bradford College, Matt was joined by Ahmer Bashir from Project Light UK, a Bradford-based group which was set up to tackle religious homophobia through art, storytelling and poetry.

The pair actively encouraged students who felt vulnerable, confused or scared about their sexuality to contact the group and said that love ‘supersedes all religions’.

Ahmer Bashir said: “Matt's visit has shown that his story has appealed to good hearts within our city. Children and teachers alike were deeply moved and wanted to work towards an inclusive city.

“It is deeply sad to see that faith leaders were absent, demonstrating the urgent need for government intervention to spell out responsibilities to faith organisations and faith preachers by changes to the law.

“Homophobia is a huge problem. Homophobia is taking people's lives here in Britain. Until it is proven that our faith-based communities are doing more to improve physical and mental safety by providing inclusive support to LGBT+ members and their families, every faith school and every place of worship should be legislated to have LGBT+ counsellors.”

To our readers, Matt wanted to say:

“We need change. We need attitudes to be more accepting. We need eyes and hearts to be opened and for unconditional love to be the norm between parents and their children, regardless of faith, no faith or religion.

“Being gay is not about a sexual act. It’s about falling in love and being attracted to someone who just happens to be the same gender as you are.

“Religion can often be misinterpreted. You can’t forbid the existence of a human being.

“You are born the way they are and there’s nothing wrong with you.  You are who you are.  You are born as the person you are meant to be.

“There are many people out there willing to support you and you are not alone.”

If this story has affected you, please visit Matt’s charity: www.nazandmattfoundation.org

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Be a p-ART of Bradford College: College to hold art and creative conference

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Year 13 school pupils who are contemplating a career in art, design or the creative industries are being invited in to Bradford College to investigate their options.

The college is throwing open the doors of its Bradford School of Art and Northern School of Creative Industries on Wednesday November 2 and laying on presentations and taster sessions designed to help students decide what they want to study at university level.

There will be demonstrations of media make-up and special effects, workshops on interior design fashion and textiles, film, graphics and photography.

Attendees will learn about entry requirements, the UCAS application process and will also get the chance to chat to tutors and expert advisors about the huge range of Higher Education courses on offer at Bradford College University Centre.

Visitors will also get the chance to tour the multimillion campus and will receive a complementary lunch in one of our onsite cafeterias.

The event runs between 10am and 3pm and entry is free but places must be booked in advance via the Bradford College website

Studying at Bradford College University Centre will expose you to a diverse mix of people with students coming from different cultures and communities, varying in age, race and religion, guaranteed to enrich your learning experience.

Outstanding facilities include the recently built £50 million David Hockney Building, a new £10 million Advanced Technology Centre, as well as a Restaurant, Salon, spa and much more for you to enjoy.  

Bradford College is based in the heart of Bradford city centre- perfectly placed for local transport links and access to the city's night life and culture.

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Bradford College’s 3D printing is building a new future

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CREATIVE: Zaid Bashir has been working with the technology and media team at Bradford College since 1991

CREATIVE: Zaid Bashir has been working with the technology and media team at Bradford College since 1991

“Making something out of nothing”

Throughout the past 25 years much has changed in the world of technology, from the introduction of the internet, through to breakthroughs in hardware and software.

However, one thing that has remained a constant throughout these years can be found at Bradford College in the form of technical team leader for Technology and Media, Zaid Bashir.

The 47-year-old first took up his post with the creative team back in 1991 at the tender age of 22, and though he has seen many changes with the equipment he uses on a daily basis, his passion for the job remains as alive as the day he started.

“Today, my job is completely different.” he said. “There have been so many advances in technology and I’ve certainly seen some major changes here at the college.”

Most recently, it is Zaid’s work with the 3D printer which has brought the college’s technological team into the limelight.

With renovation work currently underway on Bradford City Hall, the college was approached with the possibility of scanning and printing some of the building’s historic statues.

PRINTING: The statue of Henry V was just one of those scanned to be 3D printed by the team

PRINTING: The statue of Henry V was just one of those scanned to be 3D printed by the team

After agreeing to the unique project, a team of technicians made their way up the scaffolding to digitally scan the age-old figures as they attempted to digitally remake them for printing.

“We had never done anything like this before but thought... why not have a go and see what we can do?” Zaid said.

“We went up on the scaffolding, and managed to scan a number of the statues. The 3D prints came out really well and they were even used inside the Town Hall for the ‘sneaky peak’ tours.”

He added: “This technology is basically the equivalent of digitally photocopying a 3D item. The students love it for their end of year projects and all sorts of creations can be made.”

Using just standard office paper, 3D technology presents the opportunity to create bespoke objects for all purposes.

With the equipment’s already evidential success in the classroom, Zaid says he believes 3D printers will soon be a regular fixture in people’s homes across the country.

“Years ago, when you needed something, a bracket for a camera or even a new tool, you would go online or to a shop to find the piece,” he explained.

“Today, we are preparing to go into a world where we can honestly think ‘can we just make this?’

“It’s that concept of literally being able to make something from nothing. It is often hard to explain just how impressive this equipment can be.”

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Why Choose Bradford College University Centre?

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Bradford College University Centre is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to study a degree. University isn’t just for those who have recently completed their A-levels. Bradford College University Centre is a popular choice for mature students, especially those returning to education after a long period of time. If you’re worried about your age, don’t be, you’ll meet lots of people in the same situation, or if you’re worried you won’t have time to study, don’t, as our part-time courses can fit around your other commitments. Studying at Bradford College University Centre offers great value for money.  We have lower admission fees than most universities making college based higher education more competitive affordable and leaving you with less debt.

At out University Centre you will benefit from smaller class sizes. Our college environment is more relaxed than many universities, allowing more opportunity for open discussion and one-to-one learning and support. You will also benefit from lower living expenses. Many students fear increasing debts from university fees in addition to accommodation costs when moving away from home. Choosing to study at your local college offers university courses near you, allowing you to remain in a familiar area and giving you the option to live at home. As our degrees are validated by Teeside University, your degree will have university status and your qualification will be recognised by employers and other universities.

We offer a huge choice of Higher Education courses, at a variety of levels including: HNDS, Higher Level Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, Degrees and Post Graduate programmes; offering more choice and different routes into your dream career. As a college we offer vocationally-focused courses delivered by experienced tutors who have worked many years in their industry. Some of our students choose to participate in placements and work experience opportunities to prepare them for the world of work. We have many opportunities for work experience due to our deep community roots, our diverse network of governors, suppliers, graduates and alumni, in addition to our in-house recruitment company Beacon Recruitment

Studying at Bradford College University Centre will expose you to a diverse mix of people. Our students come from different cultures and communities, they vary in age, race and religion enabling you to work alongside people from different backgrounds, enriching your learning experience. We also have outstanding facilities including the recently built £50 million David Hockney Building, a new £10 million Advanced Technology Centre, as well as a Restaurant, Salon, spa and much more for you to enjoy.  Bradford College is based in the heart of Bradford city centre- perfectly placed for local transport links and access to the city's night life and culture.

Our university centre welcomes almost 3,000 Higher Education students, making us one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside the university sector in the UK. Teacher training is one of our strengths. We are proud to state that 25% of newly qualified teachers teaching primary and 33% of newly qualified teachers teaching secondary in the Bradford district in 2016 were trained at Bradford College. An impressive 93.5% of our University Centre graduates secured employment or went on to further studies within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey results). Bradford as a city has been named among the top ten places to work in the UK by jobs site Glassdoor, and the median base salary for the region is £28,350! So if you’re thinking about your next steps; make Bradford College University Centre one of your five UCAS choices. If you need more information don’t hesitate to contact us on 01274 433333, or email information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

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Career-focussed education: Bradford College has a course just for you

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Bradford College has one of the widest choices of career-focussed courses for school leavers and young people in West Yorkshire. We think we are a great alternative to school and offer vocational and academic courses that are packed full with the skills and knowledge required by today’s employers.

So, whether you want to go straight into employment or move on to Higher Education we can help you to find the right pathway.

The College has provided Further Education courses for over 185 years and whilst the courses may have changed and evolved, our student-centred focus remains the same. You can choose courses in subjects including: Arts & Media, Beauty Therapy, Business, Computing, Construction, Education, Early Years, Engineering, English, Entry Pathways, ESOL, Film, Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, Mathematics, Public Services, Science, Sport and Travel & Tourism.

If you want to study A Levels, our Bradford College Sixth Form has a wide range of courses from History and Business Studies right through to Sociology and Biology.

Our priority is to give you the edge when it comes to employment by offering courses which meet the needs of local, regional and national employers. We have industry experts delivering lectures, work placements, enrichment activities and support to help plan for your career.

The college encourages students to be independent and achieve their goals and our highly-qualified teaching staff provide support throughout each course. Our professional careers advisers also offer guidance about progression, employment and further studies.

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Students have told us that the College has really helped them to prepare for university, better than school ever could, due to being given extra independence and greater emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning.

College life is fun too; we have a vibrant award-winning Students’ Union, offering a number of clubs and societies. You can take your first step into the world of work and earn some money at the same time through our Student Ambassador Scheme, working on activities such as Open Days, campus tours and promotional events.

Our multi-million pound campus has Wi-Fi throughout, well-equipped learning resource centres, a digital and creative media centre, a restaurant, hair, beauty and nail salons, a spa and café bars.

Our superb sporting and fitness facilities are based at the state-of-the-art Trinity Green Campus and include a large sports hall, a sports and fitness testing suite; a dedicated sport therapy room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with a fully sprung wooden floor; a multi-use games area; two basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch, a gym and boxing academy.

You can find out more about our courses, meet our tutors, talk to our students and try hands-on activities which will give you a flavour of what your chosen subject is really like. You can also take a tour of our impressive campus. For more information go to bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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Banking in Bradford: Money talks as BoE visits Yorkshire

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TALKING FINANCE: Nasreen Karim (left) of Platinum Partnership Solicitors and Raakhi Odedra (right) of the Bank of England

TALKING FINANCE: Nasreen Karim (left) of Platinum Partnership Solicitors and Raakhi Odedra (right) of the Bank of England

Bradford’s business leaders got the chance to quiz one of the Bank of England’s leading officials this past week at a networking event in the city.

Lawyers, architects, accountants, bankers, education chiefs and business owners were among the audience at the third annual BoE meeting organised by Platinum Partnership Solicitors and held at Bradford College.

Guest speaker, Raakhi Odedra, is a deputy agent at the Bank and she delivered a presentation on monetary policy and economic stability before taking questions from the audience.

Topics discussed included the financial consequences of Brexit, both locally and nationally, and the need for the city’s business leaders to be more vocal about the positive developments in the city and to challenge negative perceptions.

“It is my job to go out and speak to businesses to get a real feeling about what is going on, to test the temperature of real businesses,” said Odedra, who worked as an economist for the Scottish Government for eight years before joining the Bank last September.

“It is helpful for me to come and speak to businesses directly because negative stories quite often dominate the media but what I pick up here is that for a lot of businesses it is just business as usual.”

Nasreen Karim, a partner with the organisers, Platinum Partnership Solicitors, explained why she was so passionate about arranging the annual event.

“It is really important that the Bank of England come to visit local business people, lawyers, accountants and bankers to gage what is actually happening on the ground, which is then fed into monetary policy,” she said.

“The first event I organised highlighted the disparity between what the Bank of England thought and what local business owners were feeling and that’s why it’s important to have this round table discussion every year.”

Karl Oxford of Urban Solutions International was one of those who said they felt enthused by the event.

He added: “It was very informative. As negative as the picture might look at the moment, post Brexit, we have no option but to look positively towards the future and I think because of the low value of the pound, Britain, and its businesses, are very well placed to look at a much more robust level of exporting, particularly to regions like Africa.”

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Get involved at Bradford College

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Bradford College provides one of the widest choices of courses in the region. Our award-winning college is a friendly, welcoming place to study with a good reputation for offering outstanding support to our students in all areas of College life.

The College has offered Further Education courses for over 185 years and whilst the courses may have changed and evolved, our student-centred focus remains the same. Our range of courses include Arts and Media, Beauty Therapy, Business, Computing, Construction, Education, Early Years, Engineering, English, Entry Pathways, ESOL, Film, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Mathematics, Public Services, Science, Sport, Travel and Tourism.  

All our courses are designed with employment in mind, and our links with employers help us equip you with the skills you need to land a job.

If your GCSE results are not what you expected, don’t worry because we have a range of courses suitable for all abilities including the Access to Further Education course, which is an ideal starting point to get you on the ladder to success.

If you’re looking for something a bit more hands on, we also have Traineeships and Apprenticeships, including the Advanced and Higher Level Apprenticeship Schemes.  For those who want to take a more traditional academic route, Bradford College offer a number of A-levels such as Psychology and Three Dimensional Design.

If you want to study Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) then you could benefit from our new range of Technical Baccalaureates or Aim Higher Programmes.

Last year, 96% of our students would recommend us to a friend and 95% achieved what they set out to do at Bradford College.  Students also say that the College has really helped them to prepare for university, better than school ever could, due to being given extra independence and greater emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning.

You have the opportunity to get involved with our award winning Students’ Union, offering a number of clubs and societies for you to join. Why not take your first steps into the world of work and earn some money alongside your studies and become a Student Ambassador! You will have the chance to work on activities such as open days, campus tours and other promotional events.

The entire campus has Wi-Fi, and has well equipped learning resource centres, a digital and creative media centre, a restaurant, hair, beauty and nail salons, a spa and café bars.  

Our sporting and fitness facilities are based at the Trinity Green Campus and include a large sports hall, a sports and fitness testing suite; a sport therapy room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with a fully sprung wooden floor; a multi-use games area; two basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch, a gym and boxing academy.

GET INvolved and visit us at our next Open Day on 25th August in the award winning David Hockney Building between 11am and 2pm to find out more.

For more information about the course offering at Bradford College, please contact our friendly admissions term on Tel: 01274-433333, or visit bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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A van full of kindness: Staff and students unite in aid of Bradford’s homeless

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TEAM EFFORT: Bradford College staff member Anwar Khan loads donations into the van for distribution at the day shelter

TEAM EFFORT: Bradford College staff member Anwar Khan loads donations into the van for distribution at the day shelter

Kind-hearted students at Bradford College have donated clothes, bedding and toiletries to vulnerable people after a tremendous response to an appeal.

The college arranged a collection of much-needed supplies for the Bradford Day Shelter which offers a lifeline to people who are homeless, in need of housing or living in poor accommodation.

Donations were collected in college then loaded into a van to deliver to the shelter on Edmund Street which is run by Horton Housing.

Lenka Kaur, the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator at Bradford College, was delighted to see so many members of the college coming together.

“The idea for the collection came to light after David Harwood, Bradford College Principal recently visited the local Day Shelter,” she said.

“It was great to see all the donations brought in by staff members and students.

“Something so simple can be so rewarding. It’s such a positive contribution to the local communities and we will definitely be looking to organise similar events in the near future.”

Manager of the Day Shelter, Magda Dziurkowska, received the donations last week.

She added: “It was a fantastic initiative from Bradford College to organise this amazing collection.

“Myself and a support worker from the Day Shelter visited on one of the days and we spoke to quite a few people about the work we are doing and the support the day shelter is providing to the vulnerable people in Bradford.

“The warm clothing, shoes, toiletries, bags, underwear and socks will be definitely greatly appreciated by those in most need.”

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Arts and smarts: College and arts group commit to working together

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PARTNERSHIP: Bradford College Group CEO, Andy Welsh, and Kala Sangam CEO, Ajit Singh, shake hands after signing the memorandum

PARTNERSHIP: Bradford College Group CEO, Andy Welsh, and Kala Sangam CEO, Ajit Singh, shake hands after signing the memorandum

Bradford College has signed a collaboration agreement with one of the city’s most established south Asian arts programmes in the UK as they aim to ‘enrich their student’s learning’.

Kala Sangam promotes the arts, heritage and culture of south Asia, both nationally and internationally, and was set up in Bradford in 1993.

Building on a strong existing relationship, the two organisations have committed to work closely together on projects for the benefit of both organisations.

Speaking for Bradford College, Damien O’Keeffe, head of its Northern School of Creative Industries, said he was delighted to see the partnership strengthened.  

“The aim of signing the memorandum of understanding is to create clear links between Kala Sangam and the College that will enrich the curriculum, extend opportunities for our students to gain experience of working with an arts organisation of national and international significance and to share good practice in arts-based teaching and learning,” he said.

“The potential for artistic and research collaboration is great and could really enrich our students' learning, and the city's cultural offer.”

Kala Sangam is an award winning organisation, whose co-founder, Dr Geetha Upadhyaya, was recently named as a recipient of an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Ajit Singh, chief executive of Kala Sangam, said: “Kala Sangam is delighted to have agreed a memorandum of understanding with Bradford College.

“This is all the more special to me being an alumnus of the College but also as it will mutually benefit both organisations with regards to educational enhancement, vocational training opportunities and creative cross collaborations.”

Dozens of staff members and students from the College discovered more about the arts group when it threw open the doors of its centre at St Peter’s House in Forster Square for an open day earlier this month.

Workshops in classical Indian dance, south Asian percussion and storytelling were all held with real enthusiasm from all in attendance.

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Champion of Champions

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CHAMPS IN THE CAPITAL: Students from Bradford College will be heading to London to compete in a competition which focuses on developing their employability skills

CHAMPS IN THE CAPITAL: Students from Bradford College will be heading to London to compete in a competition which focuses on developing their employability skills

Students head south to compete in national competition

Two teams of students from Bradford College will be doing more than just taking in the sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben when they head to the capital next month, as they compete to be crowned champions in a national employability competition.

The nationwide ‘Champion of Champions’, run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, is a competition that challenges teams of UK students, aged 16-25, to plan and run events at their college to help their peers develop their employability skills, whilst developing their own in the process.

The Bradford teams are two of eight finalists that have been shortlisted from across the UK and will face-off in London on Friday 24th June.

The panel of judges, who will select the winning team, includes Chief Executive Officer of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, Peter Pledger.

Graham Bailey, Student Services Manager at Bradford College, said: “The news of our short-listing is fantastic. We strive to provide the best learning experiences to enhance our students’ skills.

“This competition was a great opportunity for our students to develop their employability skills with a practical challenge. We’re proud that two teams will have the chance to showcase their event at the competition final.”

Peter Pledger, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services said: “It was great to receive so many promising entries.

“I was impressed with the hard work and creativity that went into the employability events that students came up with. 

“The competition has not only encouraged students to put their employability skills into practice but also helped them think about how best to assist other students to get ready for the world of work.”

Building on the 2015 ‘Prepare for Work’ employability programme run by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, the ‘Champion of Champions’ project was developed to help further education college students in the UK develop their employability skills and improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment.

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Choose from hundreds of career focussed courses at Bradford College

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Bradford College has a huge range of exciting, career-focussed courses to offer which are ideal for anyone who is sitting their GCSE exams this summer.

The College has offered Further Education courses for over 185 years and whilst the courses may have changed and evolved, our student-centred focus remains the same, so you will always be more than a face in the crowd.

You can choose courses in subjects including: Arts and Media, Beauty Therapy, Business, Computing, Construction, Education, Early Years, Engineering, English, Entry Pathways, ESOL, Film, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Mathematics, Public Services, Science, Sport, Travel and Tourism.  

Courses delivered at Bradford College are designed with employment in mind. Our links with employers help us equip you with the skills you need to land a job.  

If your GCSE results are not what you expected, don’t worry because we have a range of courses suitable for all abilities including the Access to Further Education course, which is an ideal starting point to get you on the ladder to success.

If you’re looking for something a bit more hands on, we have Traineeships and Apprenticeships, including the Advanced and Higher Level Apprenticeship Schemes.  

For those who want to take a more traditional academic route, Bradford College offer a number of A levels such as Psychology and Three Dimensional Design.

Last year our A level students achieved success rates of 97%, 3% above the national average with 11 out of 14 subjects seeing 100% success. If you want to study Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) then you could benefit from our new range of Technical Baccalaureates or Aim Higher Programmes.

We offer courses such as Sport and Exercise Science, Games Development, Fashion Design and Technology to name but a few.

96% of our current students would recommend us to a friend and 95% achieved what they set out to do at Bradford College.  Students also say that the College has really helped them to prepare for university, better than school ever could, due to being given extra independence and greater emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning. College life is fun too; we have a vibrant award winning Students’ Union, offering a number of clubs and societies.

You can take your first step into the world of work and earn some money at the same time through our Student Ambassador Scheme, working on activities such as open days, campus tours and promotional events.

The entire campus has Wi-Fi throughout, well equipped learning resource centres, a digital and creative media centre, a restaurant, hair, beauty and nail salons, a spa and café bars.  Our superb sporting and fitness facilities are based at the state-of-the-art Trinity Green Campus and include a large sports hall, a sports and fitness testing suite; a dedicated sport therapy room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with a fully sprung wooden floor; a multi-use games area; two basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch, a gym and boxing academy.

The next open days will be held on Saturday 2nd July and Thursday 25th August. Find out more by calling 01274 433333 or visit bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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Almost 3,000 students study for a degree at Bradford College

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Bradford College is one of the biggest colleges in the country and one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside of the university sector. It is home to almost 21,000 students, of which 3,000 are studying for a degree, meaning that every year hundreds of students graduate ready to pursue a successful career.

Within the award-winning £50 million campus you will find a friendly and welcoming community of students, tutors and support staff who go that extra mile to ensure the student experience is second to none. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities including; a fully stocked easy access library, six cafeterias, a restaurant, hair & beauty salons and spa, a technology equipment hire service, free gym, art gallery, a prayer room and quiet personal study rooms.

Aside from the fantastic facilities and social life available to students, there is a wide and varied choice of courses on offer, all of which are created with careers in mind. Courses are available in the following areas; Art & Design, Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing, Business, Management & Accountancy, Computing & Games Design, Counselling & Psychology, Early Years, Childhood & Youth Studies, Engineering, Technology & Construction, Fashion, Textiles & Interior Design, Film & Photography, Graphic Design, Health & Nutrition, Hospitality & Travel, Law, Media Make-up & Special Effects, Music & Performance, Ophthalmic Dispensing & Sciences, Public Services, Social Care & Community Practice, Sport, Exercise & Fitness and Teaching & Education.

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Getting you ready for the world of work is key throughout all of the degree programmes on offer at Bradford College University Centre and that’s why work placements are highly recommended and easily accessible. Tutors are on hand to guide and help you find placements and work experience that will truly develop your skills and work ethic. Students also have access to an in-house recruitment agency, Beacon Recruitment, who have contacts with employers that are renowned for taking on Bradford College graduates.

If you’re thinking about applying for a degree course then now is the perfect time as applications are still open for September 2016 entry. Students who are currently in the UCAS application process and have been entered into UCAS Extra can make Bradford College University Centre their Extra choice. On Saturday July 2nd 2016, the College will hold an Open Day between 11am and 2pm & that will be your chance to learn more about studying at the Bradford College University Centre & meeting prospective tutors. If you want more information about degree courses, the application process or if you’re eligible for UCAS Extra, you can visit the College website, you can also book your place onto the Open Day. Visit www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk to book your place.

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Bradford College is one of the biggest colleges in the country and one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside of the university sector. It is home to almost 21,000 students, of which 3,000 are studying for a degree, meaning that every year hundreds of students graduate ready to pursue a successful career.

Within the award-winning £50 million campus you will find a friendly and welcoming community of students, tutors and support staff who go that extra mile to ensure the student experience is second to none. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities including; a fully stocked easy access library, six cafeterias, a restaurant, hair & beauty salons and spa, a technology equipment hire service, free gym, art gallery, a prayer room and quiet personal study rooms.

Aside from the fantastic facilities and social life available to students, there is a wide and varied choice of courses on offer, all of which are created with careers in mind. Courses are available in the following areas; Art & Design, Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing, Business, Management & Accountancy, Computing & Games Design, Counselling & Psychology, Early Years, Childhood & Youth Studies, Engineering, Technology & Construction, Fashion, Textiles & Interior Design, Film & Photography, Graphic Design, Health & Nutrition, Hospitality & Travel, Law, Media Make-up & Special Effects, Music & Performance, Ophthalmic Dispensing & Sciences, Public Services, Social Care & Community Practice, Sport, Exercise & Fitness and Teaching & Education.

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Getting you ready for the world of work is key throughout all of the degree programmes on offer at Bradford College University Centre and that’s why work placements are highly recommended and easily accessible. Tutors are on hand to guide and help you find placements and work experience that will truly develop your skills and work ethic. Students also have access to an in-house recruitment agency, Beacon Recruitment, who have contacts with employers that are renowned for taking on Bradford College graduates.

If you’re thinking about applying then now is the perfect time as applications are still open for September 2016 entry. Students who are currently in the UCAS application process and have been entered into UCAS Extra can make Bradford College University Centre their Extra choice. On Thursday 21st April 2016, the College will hold a University Centre Open Evening between 4pm and 6pm. If you want more information about degree courses, the application process or if you’re eligible for UCAS Extra, it will be the ideal event for you. Visit www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk to book your place.

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Bradford College: Unleash your creativity this September

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Bradford College is home to two of the city’s most creative schools - Bradford School of Art and The Northern School of Creative Industries. Situated in a listed Victorian building with inspiring architecture inside and out, blended with modern yet characterful gallery spaces, the two schools are perfect for students who have that creative edge.

Having recently undergone a refurbishment, students learn in a fresh and motivating environment and have access to some of the best facilities in the country including; specialist textile and printmaking equipment, studio space, an art gallery, the latest film and photography equipment and a café bar where you will often find the music students delivering some lunch time jazz. Not only are the facilities top notch, the teaching and support is outstanding, the tutors are expert practitioners in their field and are valued highly by their students.

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The schools offer an array of courses on a full or part time basis to suit people of all ages and different levels of expertise. Ranging from A-level, BTEC, Undergraduate and Postgraduate to Professional Short Courses, you are sure to find a course to fit your needs. Bradford School of Art offers courses in; Art & Design, Ceramics, Fine Art, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Life Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Surface Design and Textiles. The Northern School of Creative Industries offers courses in; Film, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre and is one of the few colleges in the country to offer a specialist course in Media Makeup and Special Effects.

The Schools are still taking applications for courses starting this September which means it’s the perfect opportunity for any students who currently hold a UCAS application and have been entered into UCAS Extra to apply. UCAS Extra is a second chance for students who haven’t yet got a place at University for September 2016 to make a new university or course choice and with careers in the Creative Industries booming, there’s no better time to become a student at Bradford School of Art or The Northern School of Creative Industries.

For a chance to get a feel for the two schools, you might want to attend one of their free Saturday Art & Design, Theatre or Film Clubs that takes place every Saturday during term time from 10.30am until 12.30pm in the Lister Building at Bradford College. More information about these clubs can be found at www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/events/saturday-clubs

To find out more about the schools and to take a look around, visit the upcoming Open Day on Saturday 19th March, between 11am and 2pm in the Lister Building at Bradford College. You can book your place on the Open Day at www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk or call 01274 433333 for further information.

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Bradford College: Hunt for community-spirited local business owners

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EDUCATION: Bradford College are searching for a new governor to commit approximately 100 hours a year

EDUCATION: Bradford College are searching for a new governor to commit approximately 100 hours a year

Could you be a college governor?

Bradford’s business bosses are being urged to consider becoming a college governor this year, with the educational establishment wanting community-spirited employers to come aboard its governing body – the Corporation.

Given its strong employer-focus, the college is particularly keen to attract local business owners, especially those from the hotel and leisure industry, the retail and distribution sector and manufacturing.

Bradford College is one of the biggest Further Education colleges in the country and one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside of the university sector.

Employer engagement is high on the College’s agenda as it looks to align the provision with the long-term needs of industry and government policy.

Being part of the Corporation you will help drive the College’s mission to help transform the lives of young people and adults across the Bradford district and to help strengthen to local, regional and national economy.

The College’s estate has recently gone through a transformation and includes the stunning £50M David Hockney Building , the £10M Advanced Technology Centre and the £20M Trinity Green campus, which  provides industry-standard workshops and equipment for construction and engineering.

The College also offers hundreds of academic and vocational courses with an emphasis on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

The independent governor role would take up at least 100 hours a year, including reading and preparation time for around 12 meetings a year.

While it is a voluntary, unpaid position, current Corporation member Dave Mann says the rewards come from giving something back to the local community.

“I experience a huge sense of achievement from contributing to the success of the College, being able to help shape its future and continuing to provide a sound prosperous basis to students,” said the businessman.

“Being a member of the Corporation at Bradford College means I can contribute on a professional level and assist on social and economic issues – both present and future.”

Fellow member Nasreen Karim, a partner with Platinum Partnership Solicitors, shares the sense of social responsibility.

“I’ve been brought up and still live in the area, so I wanted to give something back,” said the lawyer who studied at the College and is proud to have returned to help the present and future generations of learners.

“I wanted to see if any of my own experiences or input could actually make a difference to the lives of students at Bradford College.”

Long-serving member Cllr Dale Smith said: “I believe there are three aspects to the College’s work that are essential to the regeneration of Bradford: providing young people with skills and academic attainment; as a stepping stone for the older population to develop themselves and therefore help the community; and the social context and well-being aspect of bringing people together to enjoy learning.”

Andrew Chang, a finance expert at Yorkshire Water who recently stepped down from the governing body, would encourage others to get involved.

“The business of the College is so varied from the sector that I work in that everything I encountered at the College was of interest.

“Being a member of Corporation at this time in the history of Bradford College has been a privilege. There is so much change underway and being a part of it has been very exciting.”

Governors are encouraged to be involved in the many diverse aspects of college life including attending productions, concerts and events such as graduation ceremonies.

Anyone interested who would like an informal discussion about the role can contact Joanna Green, clerk to the governors, on 01274 433213 or by email at clerk@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Alternatively, see www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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The Jewel in the Bradford College Crown

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If you’re looking for a fresh, locally sourced, tasty and reasonably priced lunch then why not consider trying Bradford College’s Grove Restaurant.

This restaurant is tucked neatly inside the award winning David Hockney Building with views over the urban plaza and impressive menus that change with the seasons to utilise the best local produce available.

We cater for all tastes, whether you’re looking for a light and healthy lunch or something more decadent to indulge your sweet tooth.

The Grove Restaurant is a student-run restaurant with chefs and front of house staff from levels 1, 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering courses, The Grove allows the talented chefs of tomorrow to show off their culinary skills today. Starters range from £2.75 upwards and main courses from as little as £3.50, popping in for lunch is as cost effective as it is convenient.

The Grove Restaurant also runs a weekly gourmet theme night every Thursday at 6pm, the restaurant opens its doors showcasing special menus carefully devised by students.

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You can enjoy three delicious courses and silver service for just £12.95 per person.  Recent items on the menu included a starter of cold smoked salmon with a citrus crème fraîche and winter chilled bisque, a selection of main courses such as pan fried sea bass with asparagus purée and button vegetables and if you felt you could eat a little more your choice of dessert may have been the lemon scented madeleines with raspberry cream.

If you want to hold an event at The Grove, or perhaps you’re thinking about event catering make sure you come and talk to us.  Recent events held at The Grove have included Royal Visits and our event catering has been used from the opening of art galleries to supplying food for delegates undertaking a conference.

Our prices are very competitive in fact they are student friendly prices and we can also supply packages which can include a breakfast and lunch alongside treatments in our hair, nail, and beauty therapy salons or you could relax in our sauna, steam or spa facilities.

The Grove is open Monday to Friday between 12pm to 2.30pm (last orders are taken at 1.30pm), there is no need to book, just pop in.

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If you would like to try one of our Thursday gourmet evenings, bookings are recommended to ensure that you don’t miss out. To make a reservation you can either call The Grove Restaurant on 01274 436113 or drop us an email at hospitality@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

Simply send your name, phone number, the number of people you want to book for and your chosen time slot, and a member of our friendly team will get back to you to confirm.

The team look forward to welcoming you to The Grove soon.

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Grow your business in a cutting-edge environment

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STATE OF THE ART: £10 million pounds has been pumped into the new Advanced Technology Centre at Bradford College

STATE OF THE ART: £10 million pounds has been pumped into the new Advanced Technology Centre at Bradford College

Bradford College is home to a showstopping £10 million Techno-Centre   

Bradford College’s £10 Million Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) offers fantastic opportunities in the heart of Bradford to grow small businesses.

It’s an ideal space for entrepreneurs and start-ups, who will feel the benefit of premium enterprise zones equipped with state-of-the-art technology, at competitive rates that are viable for companies still finding their feet.

The ATC supports innovative businesses to succeed in motivating, cutting edge environments. Located in the heart of Bradford’s learning quarter, your business can benefit from 1000m2 space of inspiring, light and airy work zones, consisting of three enterprise zones and an IT suite.

Conveniently located in the city centre of Bradford, the ATC is only a five-minute walk from the relaxing City Park.

Beyond the City Park is the City Centre, an up-and-coming metropolis that conveniently hosts all the amenities you’ll need.

The Advanced Technology Centre is approximately a 10-minute walk from both Bradford train stations and a 30-minute drive from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Choosing to base your business within the ATC provides you with access to a range of benefits.

Your business will run smoothly with free Wi-Fi and super-fast broadband (with speeds up to 150MB), a range of virtual office services with dedicated IT support on hand.

Flexible serviced office space, free utilities and guest parking, along with discounted NCP rates are also available to you.

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ARCHITECTURAL MARVEL: The building is an example of cutting edge architecture

As well as working in modern, cutting edge environments there is also a staffed reception 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, plus access to the Dye House art gallery, conference rooms, meeting and exhibition facilities.

Furthermore, you will have access to the Bradford College library and e-library, recruitment services, gym and sports facilities and catering and restaurant facilities.

Accredited courses, including a wide range of online courses, are offered to you including staff training and development through Bradford College and City Training Services.

With prices starting from as little as £100 per person per month, furnished business-ready enterprise zones and discounted prices for print, design services and website development, along with discounted accommodation at various local hotels, are included within the various benefits.

Preferential rates are available for Bradford College students and former students.

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The ATC is part of Bradford College’s vibrant and sprawling campus. Bradford College is an award-winning Further and Higher Education institution based in Bradford city centre.

The College has a strong professional and vocational focus in order to provide its alumni with tangible employment opportunities and helps to prepare each and every one of them for the working world.

The Further Education student body is 20,000 strong and the centre itself has recently undergone a multi-million pound state-of-the-art renovation in order to provide its students with the best possible facilities.

With cutting-edge facilities, state-of-the-art technology and light and airy breakout spaces, the Advanced Technology Centre is the perfect space for an up-and-coming and innovative small business to create, develop and grow. If you would like more information or would like to come and look around, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can call 01274 436120 or 07854 983191, or alternatively email us on atc@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

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Bradford College gets the Royal treatment: Officially opens its doors

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OPEN: The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, was the guest of honour as the David Hockney Building was officially opened this week

OPEN: The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, was the guest of honour as the David Hockney Building was officially opened this week

Multi-million pound development officially opens its doors

HRH The Duke of Gloucester was in West Yorkshire last week as he paid a visit to Bradford College to officially open the new, award-winning David Hockney Building.

Prince Richard was the guest of honour at the grand opening of the establishment’s new 50 million pound investment, where he was given a tour of the premises.

During his visit, he had the opportunity to meet and talk to the construction and project teams responsible for the creation of the building, as well as the students and staff that frequent the classrooms and communal areas.

His Royal Highness was also shown the impressive facilities in the building, including the 3D printing facilities, hair, beauty and spa areas and multimedia equipment zones.

Guests of the tour, including The Duke, were treated to a short performance by some of Bradford College’s rising star performing arts students, with a traditional Shakespeare recital.

After the tour, The Duke met with guests in the Michele Sutton Lecture Theatre, whereupon a commemorative plaque was revealed in order to mark the occasion.

VISIT: The Duke was given a tour of the new premises

VISIT: The Duke was given a tour of the new premises

Andy Welsh, CEO of the Bradford College Group, said: “Today’s event celebrates the completion and bringing into operation of this magnificent learning facility for the people and employers of Bradford.  

“Bradford College has served both the local community and the employer community for over 180 years, and through this building and other investments we will ensure we continue to deliver technical and professional education in a modern and responsive way in the decades ahead.”

The David Hockney Building’s multi-million pound development constitutes 23,000 square metres, and is used for teaching and staff facilities, as well as hosting several large-scale corporate functions this year.

The city-centre campus boasts an AA Rosette-holding restaurant, a spa & hair salon and a state-of-the-art media centre.

Although students and staff have had access to the building since late 2014, the opening of the David Hockney Building marked the hard work of everyone involved in its construction.

“The new building marks the future of Bradford College, and the innovative way our students will learn and develop during their time here,” Mr Welsh said.

“The David Hockney Building is significant not only for the College, but for Bradford as an entity, and on behalf of the College, I would like to say that we feel honoured to receive the royal recognition for our hard work.”

LEARNING: Prince Richard met with students and staff to discuss college life in Bradford

LEARNING: Prince Richard met with students and staff to discuss college life in Bradford

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Record Breakers

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DETERMINED: The team of fundraisers have raised more than £2,000 over the past year through the Rafiki Chain Campaign, pictured (l-r, top row): Sonia, Aliyah, Irfan, Abbas, (l-r bottom row) Naeem, Fahim, Mohammed

DETERMINED: The team of fundraisers have raised more than £2,000 over the past year through the Rafiki Chain Campaign, pictured (l-r, top row): Sonia, Aliyah, Irfan, Abbas, (l-r bottom row) Naeem, Fahim, Mohammed

Fundraising target smashed as teens help those most in need

Whilst many people have been out buying gifts over the festive season, a team of nine fundraisers from a Bradford college have been at the other side of the counter, selling gifts in an attempt to raise money for charity.

SUPPORT: Money raised through the sale of the chains goes towards helping Free the Children’s ground work in Kenya

SUPPORT: Money raised through the sale of the chains goes towards helping Free the Children’s ground work in Kenya

The students, from Grange Technology College, have raised £1,000 throughout the past month, as they brought Free the Children’s ‘Rafiki Chain Campaign’, to the youth of the city.

Under the guidance of passionate fundraiser, Mohammed Usman – who was recently awarded a Diana Award for his work on the campaign – the group sold hundreds of wristbands and surpassed their own targets.

Mohammed spoke of the incredible year he has had helping the campaign and praised all the team’s efforts in their latest Rafiki initiative.

“Once again we have been able to raise over £1,000 within a short period,” he said. “We have managed to break the school fundraising record for the year and have brought in more than £2,000 by supporting Free the Children's ‘Rafiki Chain Campaign’.

“It has been an incredible year for me personally but I would like to say a huge thank you to my whole team who have been amazing.”

The chains are made by Maasai in Kenya, and profits from their sales help fund Free the Children’s work, providing clean water, food, healthcare and education in the country.

Fahim Zaman, who was a team member in the project, said he was delighted to have helped raise so much money and had also learned a number of life skills.

He said his desire to get involved with the project began after seeing Mohammed speak at ‘We Day’ at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 12,000 people and he has never looked back since.

“Seeing a fellow Grange student stand up and speak on stage to over 12,000 people made me rethink the possibilities open to me,” he said.

SELLING: Mohammed Usman and Fahim Zaman speak about the project at Grange Technology College

SELLING: Mohammed Usman and Fahim Zaman speak about the project at Grange Technology College

“I felt this is the time to make a difference, and only us as young people have the power to make change.

“After We Day, I spoke to Usman and asked him if we could sell the ‘Rafiki chains’ for our campaign.

“From there we began planning and contacting free the children more often to kickstart our campaigns.”

He added: “Over the year we held two of these ‘Rafiki’ campaigns and thanks to the generosity of our fellow students, teachers and friends at Grange Technology College, we have raised over £2,000 to help those less fortunate than us.”

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Bollywood to Bradford

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One of Bollywood’s leading animators, Dhananjay Khore, jetted into the UNESCO City of Film to work with students from the Whistling Woods International (WWI) Film School.

Offering aspiring filmmakers, animators and photographers  at Bradford College the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the industry, Dhananjay Khore charted his rise from fine art graduate to world-class animator.

ANIMATOR: Dhananjay Khore from India is has earned his reputation over 15 years (Picture credit: Keith Allison)

ANIMATOR: Dhananjay Khore from India is has earned his reputation over 15 years (Picture credit: Keith Allison)

Speaking during his visit, Dhananjay said: “In 1995 the Russian production company Soviet Multi-film came to India and selected 50 fine art students out of almost 1000 from across the country. I was picked and trained on traditional animation by these legendary animators.”

In a first for Bollywood, Dhananjay Khore directed the critically acclaimed first full-length animation feature film in India. The film, ‘Bhagmati – The Queen of Fortune’, a dramatic true love story, received recognition at the Cannes International Film Festival 2003.

Dhananjay’s love of animation was sparked by his mother, who first introduced the young fine art student to the genre after she saw an animation clip on television and wanted to share it with her son.

Commenting on what makes a good animator, Dhananjay said: “I think it’s important to have really good drawing and visualisation skills, which allows you to imagine and create a story for your audience.”

When asked what has made Dhananjay the successful animator we know today, he replied: “I have very good drawing skills and the ability to transfer those dreams onto paper. Although, in order to be successful in the industry today, it takes more than great drawing and creative skills, you also need to be technically competent too.”

Offering advice to people starting out in the industry, Dhananjay said: “Firstly be honest with yourself, don’t try and be something that you’re not. You have to have a real passion for animation. Back in India, students come to me on a daily basis to discuss pursuing a career in animation.”

When asked what his favourite animation was, Dhananjay replied: “The Lion King!”

During his two-week visit to the UK, Dhananjay has been delivering experimental animation workshops and one to one sessions with students from the Bradford-WWI Film School.

Students have been delighted to learn from one of Bollywood’s legendary animators, as Dhananjay’s work consistently dazzles, is technically remarkable and imaginatively astonishing.

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Congratulations to all Bradford College Graduates

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On Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December, hundreds of Bradford College students officially graduated from the higher education establishment.

Graduation Ceremonies took place at the historic and picturesque St George's Hall in Bradford City Centre, with Gowning and Photography taking place at the luxury Hilton Hotel.

The special day is one of celebration where friends and family gather to acknowledge the achievements of students from the college which offers university degrees.

With five different ceremonies, and more than 15 subjects represented, the days were a huge success for all participants.
In an official statement from Bradford College a spokesperson said: “Congratulations to all of our graduating students. We are proud of you and wish you every success with your future study and career, enjoy your graduation.

AWARDS: Students, friends and family celebrate the achievements of Bradford College’s latest graduates

AWARDS: Students, friends and family celebrate the achievements of Bradford College’s latest graduates

“Your Graduation is a day of celebration for you and your family and it is a fantastic sight to see you all thoroughly enjoy your special day with friends and family and acknowledging all the hard work you have with Bradford College.”

 “We are now accepting applications for January and September 2014.

Places are available on our undergraduate degrees, master degrees and professional qualifications Visit www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk.uk to find the perfect course for you.”

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No need to wait until September

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There’s no need to wait until September to enrol on a course at Bradford College. We have a wide range of full and part-time Further and Higher courses starting from 2014.

Study at Bradford College in 2014 and you will benefit from our brand new £50m city centre, state-of-the-art campus, which will be opening its doors to students from September 2014.

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Bradford College

Bradford College offers one of the widest choices of career focussed Further Education courses whether you are a school leaver or an adult wanting to return to learn. We offer vocational and academic courses that are packed full with the skills and knowledge required by today’s employers.

So, whether you want to go straight into employment or move on to Higher Education we can help you to find the right pathway. From January 2014 we have full and part-time Further Education courses in Business, Computing, Construction, Early Years, Health & Care, English, ESOL, Hospitality & Travel, Maths and Science.

Our part-time ‘Courses in the Community’ are offered within our main city centre campus or at one of Bradford College’s centres across Bradford and the Wharfedale area. These courses are perfect if you want to learn a new skill or hobby. From Asian Bridal Make-up to Family History, Jewellery Making to Spanish, there’s a huge variety of courses to choose from.

If you are considering enrolling on a Higher Education course then consider Bradford College University Centre. We offer one of the widest ranges of Higher Education (university level) courses in the country outside of the university sector.  All our courses are validated by Teesside University and you can choose from many undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. Courses available from January 2014 include Accountancy, Business, Computing, Early Years, Education, Law, Management, Marketing and Youth & Community Practice.

Bradford College is renowned for its friendly, helpful environment where our staff are committed to helping students succeed. Students are supported throughout their studies and advice and assistance is available on a whole range of issues, such as finance, careers, learning support and childcare.

Students may also be eligible for financial support in the form of loans, grants or bursaries to help with course fees, travel and other study-related costs.

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