Student News

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

Student News Feed - 20 March, 2018 - 18:59
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Following on from the session put on by Sharon Girling about protecting your digital footprint and social branding, you might find this article interesting...

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

Click here to find out more...

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What do you believe questionnaire

Student News Feed - 20 March, 2018 - 16:04
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Ali Wright our college youth worker and chaplain has put together this short questionnaire on faith and religion that will help her with her plans for a Forum session after Easter.

This is for educational purposes only and is completely anonymous.

Thanks in advance for doing this.

Please click HERE to access the questionnaire.

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*Today- HEALTH & WELLBEING FARE 12-2pm in the Ref *

Student News Feed - 20 March, 2018 - 08:39
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Today we are holding our annual Alton College Health and Wellbeing Fare 12-2pm the Refectory.

Please come along at lunch and take part as you pass.

We have a number of internal and external organisations attending to inform students about the local services and to promote health & wellbeing. Some include:

-East Hants Mind
-Early Intervention in Psychosis
-Hart Voluntary Action (support for young people)
-Road Safety by Chris Collins
-Car care for safety by QickFit
-Young Carers- Kings Arms
-School Nurses NHS Team
-Local dentist
-Student Sports Council
-College Chaplain service
-Gay Straight Alliance
-Student Union promoting community health
-Self Help by Lucy Bayliss & Nyzha Firkins
-College Counselling Sevice

It's an opportunity to learn more about local services, self care or perhaps just come along for some fun and freebies.

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Monday 19/3/18 - NO FORUM - Yr2

Student News Feed - 19 March, 2018 - 12:49
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Due to the late start to college today (due to the snow) there is NO FORUM for Yr2's today.

If today (Monday) is your Forum day please could you come to a Forum session on another day this week.

This week you will be given some advice an guidance on managing your personal finance (not just if you are going to University).

Thank you

Darren Della Maestra

Head of Student Support

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Sexual Health Clinic on today

Student News Feed - 16 March, 2018 - 12:00
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

This is just a reminder that College Sexual Health Clinic is running today at 12-2pm in room 504b in the back of the Student Hub in the Welfare Area.

No appointments needed. Free confidential advice, testing, contraception with NHS Health Professionals.

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Essay Competition - A Blueprint to solve the Inequality Conundrum

Student News Feed - 15 March, 2018 - 12:33
by Michelle George.  

This Essay competition is open to all current students at the College to enter.

Sponsored by Sir Simon Robertson and Sir James Scott, students are asked to answer the following question:

How can the current political economy be reorganised without undue disruption in order to reduce inequality within our society in the UK?

Please see attached file for further information about the competition, which has a winning prize of £2,500 and a runner-up prize of £750.

Essays should be submitted on email to by Thursday 19 April 2018.

Good Luck.

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Considering university overseas?

Student News Feed - 15 March, 2018 - 11:59
by Kim Small.  

Attend the UK's largest study overseas event this Saturday (17th March) in London

The Student World Fair

QEII Centre London, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster London

17th March:  11am to 4pm

The Student World Fair provides the opportunity to meet many of the best universities in the world and get advice on everything you need to get ready for your experience abroad.

Exhibitors from:

The USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, China, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, China.

For further information and to book your FREE place click here


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Cricket nets 2018

Student News Feed - 15 March, 2018 - 09:40
by Dean Gillatt.  

Good morning. For those interested in playing Cricket this year for the college, I am doing the first net session in the college Sports hall on Thursday the 22nd of March (1pm-2pm). If you are interested or know of anyone who is, please let me know or just turn up next Thursday. If you have batting equipment and want to bring it in, we have a locked cupboard to store your bag in. There are three league games played on a Wednesday afternoon (25th April, 2nd of May and the 9th of May), with the top two teams progressing to the Hampshire final.


All games will be 20/20 cricket, I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.


Kind regards


Dean Gillatt


Alton College Sports Department.

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Dungeness Performance in Theatre on Friday @ 1pm

Student News Feed - 14 March, 2018 - 15:59
by Tina Osgood.  

We are delighted to be able to invite Alton College students to the performance of Dungeness on Friday in the Theatre at 1pm.

The performance is by a group of 16-18 year old Stagecoach students (some of whom are Alton College students). Alton College students have been working with Stagecoach on this project with the costume, technical support and recording the rehearsals and performances. The play is part of the National Theatre Connections Festival and will be performed at the Theatre Royal in Bath and possibly the National Theatre itself.

The play, by Chris Thompson, is based in a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens and a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT young people. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to LGBT people, in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration, identity and protest.

Please contact me at to reserve a seat to this free performance.

Public performances will be taking place on Saturday (flyer attached and details on the Alton College home page).

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Student News Feed - 14 March, 2018 - 14:43
by Darren Della Maestra.  

This message is aimed at all those who drive to college and use the college car park.  This comes as a result of a complaint...

~ Only students with a valid permit are to park in car parks C & D
~ There is a 10mph speed limit on campus
~ Anti-social driving/ parking/ behaviour may result in individuals' parking permits being taken away.
~ Please exit the college car park carefully and remember to 'Give Way' as you approach the junction with Alexandra Road and SLOW DOWN!

There have been recent episodes of beeping of car horns in the car park.  Please be respectful to our neighbours and stop doing this.  This is anti-social behaviour we could do without and you don't want to lose your car parking permit

For all those that drive to college and come and go quietly and slowly - thank you

Darren Della Maestra
Head of Student Support

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Employment and Apprenticeship Event - Tuesday 13th March

Student News Feed - 12 March, 2018 - 18:19
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Dear Yr2 students,

Just a reminder about all the events tomorrow –

Employment & Apprenticeship Fair taking place tomorrow (Tuesday). This is targeted at Year 2 students who have not submitted an application to UCAS and consists of two parts:

· A Fair in the Refectory form 1-2pm with representatives from local employers (those confirmed so far below) – open to all students

· 2-4pm (Wessex Arts Theatre) - A series of motivational presentations in the afternoon delivered by ‘Working Options’. These will cover range a range of content on the speakers career journeys and experiences and translating this into finding and securing employment.

This event has been put on in response to student (and staff) requests that we provide more opportunities for students who do not have plans to progress to employment yet.

IF YOU INTEND ON COMING TO THE 2-4pm EVENT, then there is some preparation material you must read below (use the link):

Thank you for your support with this event – another excellent new offering to our students this year.

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Health & Wellbeing Fare Tuesday 20th March

Student News Feed - 12 March, 2018 - 17:24
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Alton College is hosting our Health & Wellbeing Fare next week on Tuesday 20th March 12-2pm in the Refectory.

All students are welcome to come along at lunch and take part as you pass.

We have a number of external organisations coming into college to inform students about their services and to promote health & wellbeing. Some include:

-East Hants Mind
-Early Intervention in Psychosis
-Road Safety by Chris Collins
-Car care for safety by QickFit
-Young Carers
-School Nurses NHS Team
-Local dentist

There will also be a wealth of opportunity to learn more about some of the services and activities on offer here at college, which promote physical, sexual, gender, spiritual, community and emotional wellbeing.

You have a chance to learn more about local services, self care or perhaps just come along for some fun and freebies.

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International Women's Day 08th March 2018

Student News Feed - 8 March, 2018 - 12:36
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Today is International Women's Day #PressforProgress

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911.

International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere - College, governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more.

Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation - everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.

It's time to think about and celebrate gender equality & diversity. You can take part by in many ways:

1) Having and maintaining a gender parity mindset.
2) Challenge stigma, stereotyping and bias views.
3) Supportively call-out inappropriate behaviour!
4) Campaign for equality in meaningful ways.
5) Be a role model for equality by actively contributing to changing the status quo.
6) Celebrate women's achievements.

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Booking for the trip to the Surrey HE Exhibition closes tonight!

Student News Feed - 6 March, 2018 - 12:01
by Kim Small.  

Don't miss out!  Book your place through the online store (search for exhibition)

Surrey Higher Education Exhibition - Monday 12th March

Coaches depart at 10am and will return in time for 2pm lessons

Over 150 exhibitors attending to give information, advice and guidance on your future plans.

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2018 Annual Student Survey

Student News Feed - 6 March, 2018 - 08:14
by Peter Cox.  

Dear Students

Every year we launch a student survey in order to find out more about your experiences at Alton College.

The survey asks questions about your experience of courses, tutor and forum, wider college support services and, finally, questions about you. All results are anonymous.

The survey takes 10 - 15 minutes to complete and is vital in helping us better understand, celebrate and enhance your experiences of Alton College. The survey will close on Thursday 29th March.

The survey is available at:

There is also a link to the survey under Student Resources on Moodle - the link is called 2018 Annual Student Survey.

Thank you very much in advance for taking part!

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OneDrive issue

Student News Feed - 5 March, 2018 - 15:36
by Liam Creaser.  

Hello all,

We are currently experiencing problems connecting to OneDrive. This is prohibiting users from accessing their files.

Microsoft are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you should be still able to retrieve your documents from your “O” drive.

Students – If you are unsure where your “O” drive is located, please ask a member of staff.

If you have any other queries, please don’t hesitate to contact IT Support.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you.

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Employment and Apprenticeship Event - Tuesday 13th March

Student News Feed - 5 March, 2018 - 11:39
by Kim Small.  

Employment and Apprenticeship Fair - Tuesday 13th March – Refectory from 1-2pm

  • Second Years - speak to local employers and apprenticeship providers and find out about opportunities available to you, skills required, how to apply, CV advice etc
  • First Years - find out about possible work experience opportunities and part-time positions that you could do alongside your studies.
  • Includes advice on Degree Apprenticeships, Volunteering and Careers.
  • Make the most of this opportunity and visit the stands between 1-2pm on the 13th March

Employment and Apprenticeship Presentation – Tuesday 13th March – Wessex Theatre at 2pm

  • ALL second year students who are going into employment, take up an apprenticeship or take a gap year must attend this session reserve your place here



Absolute Healthcare

Full and part-time positions in Healthcare - Nursing, Personal care and companionship services

BAE Systems Submarines

Project Management and Engineering Apprenticeships


Full and part-time positions in Childcare - Play and Youth Workers, Leaders


Vehicle rental and Leasing. Various roles in Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Business Management and Administrative Support

Esdevium Games Ltd

Distributer of games, collectibles and toys both domestically and across Europe. Sales and Customer Service.

EY (Ernst Young)

Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships in the world of Business

Gist Ltd

Logistics. Careers in Operational management, drivers and warehouse operatives, supply chain logistics, support functions.

Hampshire County Council

Many roles - Jobs, careers, volunteering, apprenticeships.

Melody Care

Care Assistants. Home Care Assistants and Live-in Carers


One of the largest training organisations on the south coast. Apprenticeships and training in Business, Engineering, ICT and Management and Leadership

Profiles Personnel

Recruitment in Commercial, Industrial and Events and Hospitality Job Sectors. Part time and Full time positions

Robert Simmons Legal Services Ltd

Solicitors. Find out about careers in the legal services including Property, Family, Wills, Business, Civil Litigation and Notarial Services

Security Watchdog

International Pre-employment Screening, Risk Mitigation, Identity Solutions and Criminality Checks. Careers including Criminality Specialists and Screening Specialists


Education, care, medical support and independence training for young people with physical disabilities. Health Care, Support Assistants, Catering, Nurses and more - full time, part time and bank

University of Portsmouth

Degree Apprenticeships

University of Winchester

Degree Apprenticeships

YINI (Year in Industry)

Pre-university and undergraduate industry placements. 9-12 month paid industry placement in areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics (info only stand)


Speak to Tina about the many volunteering opportunities available and the benefits

Careers Advice

CV advice, interview skills, research, employment, apprenticeships, university and more

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Student Finance for University Workshop - rescheduled

Student News Feed - 2 March, 2018 - 12:02
by Kim Small.  

The Student Finance Workshop has been rescheduled due to the weather closure and will now be taking place on Thursday 8th March

We have availability for sessions starting at 1.15pm, 1.30pm and 1.45pm.

Please email if you would like to book a place.

This is a great opportunity to find out how to start an application or to have any questions answered.

If you have deferred your university entry until 2019 there is no need to attend as you will need to complete your application next year between Feb-May, i.e. you apply for finance in the year you start your course.

A representative from the University of Portsmouth's Student Finance Centre will be running the workshop - applicable for any course at any university.

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Help us learn how to support the development of your digital skills!

Student News Feed - 28 February, 2018 - 07:51
by Peter Cox.  

Digital skills - the ability to confident use computers and the internet - is crucial to your future employment and ability to participate positively in today's increasing digital society.

We are asking all students to take part in a short survey.. The survey is anonymous but the College will use the results to provide support in developing and growing your digital skills.

The survey is available here:

Many thanks in advance!

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Student News Feed - 26 February, 2018 - 16:31
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Just a reminder....


Please make sure you vote for your SU President on Tuesday 27th February 2018.  Votes can be placed from 2:00pm until 8:00pm.


Sophie Burke
Joanne Carter
Henry Charman
Ffion Jenkins
Joe Kimber
Olivia Welch

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