Month July 2021


Professor Brian Cox CBE Launches Science Summer School at West Lancashire College

West Lancashire College virtually welcomed Professor Brian Cox earlier this month, as he joined them online to officially open its brand-new School of Science.

Located on the College’s main Skelmersdale campus, the School of Science is a state-of-the-art centre that will support the delivery of engineering, the school of medicine programme, access to medical science and applied science programmes.

The £1.3 million centre has been funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Programme and offers students access to specialist equipment and technology, housing a fully equipped laboratory, preparation room and engineering suite alongside an external teaching space.

The new hi-tech centre supports Skelmersdale’s vision of becoming the best place in Britain for science and engineering and aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) and become the next generation of Britain’s scientists and engineers.

Professor Cox opened the centre as part of the Skelmersdale Science Summer School event, a national initiative he co-founded with Lord Andrew Mawson. The event brought together school pupils and students from across West Lancashire as they attended inspirational talks with Professor Cox, Lord Robert Winston and other high-profile guest speakers, and took part in a range of science and engineering activities to explore career opportunities available to them.

Professor Cox said: “I am delighted to open the new School of Science at West Lancashire College in today’s virtual ceremony.

“This is an important step towards realising Skelmersdale’s vision of becoming the best place in Britain for science and engineering.”

The day culminated in a virtual evening reception, where employers from across the globe came together online to hear Professor Cox and other special guests including astronaut Tim Peake, speak about how to help create a lasting legacy of excellence in STEAM, to inspire future generations and to “put Skelmersdale on the map to be the best place for science and engineering in the world.”

Denise Williamson, Principal of West Lancashire College said: “We are delighted to host the first Science Summer School in the North West and we look forward to working with our employer partners to promote the fabulous STEAM opportunities that we have in our region.”

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Keeping up with NCG: NCG launches sites to showcase successes

Did you know that in June, NCG launched an education recovery plan to support all of its students from September 2021?  

Or that a Newcastle Sixth Form College alumna won ‘Engineering Heroes Top 50 Women in Engineering’ award on International Women in Engineering Day? 

How about the students taking part in a week-long Industry Week where they were set briefs by major employers?  

Now there’s a new way to keep up with the latest news and successes from across NCG’s collegesNCG has launched two brand-new dedicated news sites, allowing valued stakeholders, colleagues and students to stay up-to-date with all NCG related news in one place.   

The new sites use a social aggregator platform to showcase the amazing work of colleagues and students across all seven of its colleges, bringing together content from its websites, social media channels and even press coverage.  

The sites have been split into themed content that supports the Group’s strategic objectives in its Strategy Towards 2030. 

‘NCG Creating Impact’ hosts the latest NCG news coverage and thought leadership from across the Group, making it easy to find NCG’s recent press coverage and comment on issues in the education sector.   

The second site, ‘NCG Students’shares some of the exciting things students across all of its colleges are involved in or sharing on social media on a daily basis, featuring content including work produced by students, success stories from alumni and work experience and projects that learners have been involved in.   

Mark Coulthard, Director of Marketing and Communications at NCG commented: 

“We have tens of thousands of students studying with us across our seven colleges. Every day there are stories to celebrate and share and these platforms allow us to bring these together in one place. 

 “The education sector has such a positive impact on the lives of so many and although we are a national college group, our colleges are very much at the heart of their local communities, making a positive difference every single day.  

 “Our new sites showcase all of our positive initiatives and really demonstrate the powerful and transformational impact that education has.” 

Visit NCG Students and NCG Creating Impact

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