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Crawley College celebrate engineering brilliance during anniversary exhibition

The innovative work of engineering students took centre stage at Crawley College last week.



Engineering Higher Education students, their tutors and support staff and judges.

More than 50 students showcased their talent and hard work at the 10th annual Higher National Engineering Project Exhibition, which was held at the college on Thursday 16 May.

The event is the culmination of the college’s higher education course, and provides an opportunity for visitors to see how the students have found innovative ways of improving engineering performance in their chosen field of study.

This year, there were 51 individual and group projects were on display, covering a broad spectrum of aeronautical, electrical, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. Many of the projects stem from the close relationships that have been developed with employers.

HND student Liam Alexander said: 

“I chose to do an HND at Crawley College because I wanted a more practical education in electrical engineering. I had done an apprenticeship, and an HND seemed like the natural next step, rather than university. I’m studying part-time, while working, and my company sponsors me.”

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, added:

“This is a fantastic celebration of the achievements of our talented engineering students.

“It also is a demonstration of the collaborative relationship between the college and industry, as we welcome the employers and sponsors who support our students throughout the year.

“We are always very proud to see how far our students have come, and the amount of skill and knowledge they have developed while studying here at Crawley.”

The college also welcomed Visiting Professor John Bishop, from the University of Portsmouth, to the exhibition, who also acted as one of the judges and presented certificates.

Crawley College is home to the Advanced Technology Centre, a specialised facility where engineers can study using cutting edge resources which have been developed in partnership with local employers.

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Local musician holds workshop with Crawley school promoting Anti-Bullying

Schools up and down the country recently spent time marking Anti Bullying Week. At OLQOH School in Langley Green, the 2019 theme was “Change Starts with Us.”



Workshops at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven primary school were led by local musician Ollie Heath, who used the unifying and all-inclusive medium of music to get everyone fired up chanting values of team spirit, resilience, focus and respect.

The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, mirroring the type of experience you usually get in a sports arena, with Ollie using his guitar and loop station to whisk up on the spot beats, the type of which you’d usually only hear at an Ed Sheeran concert! 

Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the special event with one pupil commenting, ‘today was an interesting, exciting and really enjoyable day which I will remember for a long time – thank you, Ollie.’

In response, Ollie said,
“when you hear an entire arena clapping and chanting in a concert, it’s electric and unifying. I use that same power to remind children how amazing they are and that anything is possible when people work together.

I’ve been coming back to Our Lady’s for years leading themed days and always have the best time! It’s an incredible school with phenomenal pupils, parents, Governors and staff!”.

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