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Eleanor Roberts apprentice with South Devon College

Time to rethink Apprenticeships says Devon college

If you think you know all about apprenticeships, then maybe it’s time to think again, according to South Devon College.

“Most people think you can only do apprenticeships in hospitality, construction or beauty, but here at South Devon College we offer a wide range of apprenticeships, including higher and degree apprenticeships,” explained Ben Pountney, Operational Manager for Apprenticeships.

“Programmes are developed with employers to ensure students gain relevant skills for the local market.”

23-year-old Eleanor Roberts from Brixham has always wanted to work in...

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ECS sets sail for success

ECS is celebrating success on the seas this week as Rosalila, a Year 8 pupil and Cathedral Chorister, set sail for the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships at Weymouth last month.

Rosalila swapped the Choir Stalls for the water as she competed in the South West RS 20” Feva class, sailing as part of the South West Regional Squad. When she returned to dry land, Rosalila said: “I am delighted to have been selected for the regional sailing squad. I love learning the skills of sailing – how to understand the wind and tides and the art and technical side too. It can be...

How to be more eco-friendly at university

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 10/11/2021 - 6:35am

With the world facing a global warming crisis, the environment needs all the help it can get. The rising temperatures are driving environmental degradation, natural disasters, weather extremes, along with food and water insecurity. In addition, the sea levels are rising, the Arctic is melting, coral reefs are dying, oceans are acidifying, and forests are burning.

It is evident that carrying on with everyday life, as usual, is not good enough and now is a time for bold collective action. One of the best places for these everyday changes is at centres of educational excellence –...

"School Streets" adopted by three Devon primary schools

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:35pm

Three Devon primary schools will be starting their new academic year with the introduction of permanent changes to the environment outside of their school gates.

From tomorrow (Wednesday 8 September), Bradley Barton Primary in Newton Abbot, Ladysmith Primary in Exeter and Whipton Barton Federation in Exeter, will adopt the “School Streets” measures to restrict traffic outside the schools during drop off and pick up times.

The schools have been taking part in a scheme trial over the past year. They found that restricting motor vehicle access outside the school entrance at...

New bee habitats created thanks to brick donations

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/08/2021 - 12:56am

Six schools in the area have been nominated by the local community to be given a bee brick from RGB Building Supplies so they can encourage solitary bees to their outdoor areas.

For every sale over £150 during Solitary Bee Week, which took place between Monday 28th June and Sunday 4th July, RGB donated money to purchase bee bricks from Cornwall-based company Green&Blue. The builders merchant was able to buy 80 bricks, which will provide environments for bees to nest, and invited people to nominate schools, charities and community groups to receive one of the special bee...

Medicine and Nursing students perform top medical care at Reading Festival

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 09/06/2021 - 8:42pm

A group of students from the University of Exeter recently put their training into practice by helping to deliver first-rate medical care at Reading Festival.

Thirteen medical students and for the first time, one nursing student, based at the University's St Luke’s campus in Exeter and Truro campus in Cornwall, gained valuable experience of working in a fast-paced and busy environment by manning the first aid tent and responding to incidents at one of the biggest festivals in the UK.

Each of the students completed an intense emergency care four-day training course to...

New UK graduate visa will provide a much-needed boost to the UK labour market

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 08/26/2021 - 2:56pm

A recently launched UK Graduate Visa will allow overseas students who have graduated with a degree or postgraduate course in the UK to remain in the countryfor at least two years (three years for PhD graduates).

The introduction of this new visa is a fantastic opportunity for graduates and employers alike. Graduates will no longer be under pressure to leave the UK as soon as their student visa expires. The new visa allows them to start building careers in the UK, and if they want to stay longer, they can transfer their visa to a work visa or family visa , depending on their...

Students and other renters warned to be wary of paying 'banned' fees

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/23/2021 - 1:45pm

Private tenants such as students looking for new digs ahead of the autumn semester are being warned not to get caught out by costly rental fees which have now been banned.

The warning, from the Heart of the Southwest Trading Standards Service, which covers Devon, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay, follows a recent audit carried out by the Service, of 81 lettings agents across the service area.

The Service worked in partnership with The Property Ombudsman and found that 70 per cent of the letting agents checked failed the audit because of a range of issues relating to tenant...

Exeter medical student announced as finalist in home surgical skills competition

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/02/2021 - 9:02pm

A medical student from Exeter has been announced a regional finalist of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Surgical Skills competition, which for the first time this year is testing the talents of our future medical professionals over a video link using innovative lifelike replica bodyparts.

Haider Merchant is one of 40 finalists to make it through after completing a number of surgical tasks at home which were filmed on their mobile for senior surgeons to assess.

The event, which aims to find the UK and Ireland’s best undergraduate surgical talent, is...

dam and Jack Tremlett

Twin doctors graduate from Exeter together after training during pandemic

Twin brothers Adam and Jack Tremlett have defied the odds by graduating in Medicine at the University of Exeter together.

Adam and Jack, from Ivybridge in Devon, marked their graduation in gowns at a special celebration for Medicine students this week, though a formal in-person graduation ceremony has not taken place this year.

Adam said the pair benefitted from studying together. “We’ve got a tried and tested technique of throwing exam questions at each other and testing each other. We’re the ultimate study buddies. The only issue has been that we often have to smile...

How to write a perfect essay: Professional tips to get good grades

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 07/18/2021 - 10:01am

Getting a good grade is always a matter of concern for every school or college-going student; it's familiar and at the same time important to focus on such things in a period of their life which is their growing and building time. Many students stress about how to study, get a good grade, manage time, etc. A little stress is healthy but make sure it doesn't overload your mind or become a burden.

Many students seem to lack skills in their essay writing; they are quite confused about what and how they should even write the essays in their exams. With essays being a scoring part of...

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