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I have spent a lot of time out and about this week at 12 Quays, Conway Park and Tower Quays. It is always good to talk to students and find out how they are getting on and what their experience of college is like.

This week I was so impressed to hear students from different vocational areas present their ‘big idea’ as part of an enterprise programme. Beauty Therapy students won with their newly invented ‘shelfie’.

Happy new Year everyone! The first working week of 2014 has been so busy. We are actively recruiting 80 new vacancies with local employers; a great opportunity for some of our unemployed students, who have a guaranteed interview. On Monday I was working with our Directors when we started the planning process for next year!

An exciting week as we opened our newly refurbished Wirral Art School Gallery, at 12 Quays Campus. Thanks to sponsorship by Turner and Townsend, this Gallery can now be used to house exhibitions from past, present and future students. First Class Hons Art Student, Fiona Phillips who graduated from our Arts School and then continued into a Fellowship Year, was the first Artist to display her work.

This week, I attended the AoC’s annual conference and this year, Jill Collins attended with three of our students, Fran, Tom and Louis, who attended some workshops designed to seek student views to inform sector thinking.  It was good to catch up and discuss the many different things we had the chance to explore at this event. David Clark and Anna Barnish attended workshops to consider the role governors play in improving teaching and learning.

Michael, Catherine and I all attended different events so that we could make the most of the huge variety of information available to support our College. Students play such a big part in influencing life at Wirral Met so it seemed sensible to encourage some of our students to influence national thinking.

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