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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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Crawley students put a literary spin on their ‘lockdown’ life



Crawley College students have been putting a literary spin on their lockdown life.

Last month, the Maths & English team dared their students to enter a college-wide ‘LockDown WriteUp’ challenge.

Students studying GCSE English or Functional Skills were invited to write 250 words, either fact or fiction, about the lockdown experience and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Around 50 stories came in, with a selection of them chosen to appear on the college website. Amazon vouchers were  also up for grabs as prizes for stories that impressed staff the most.

David Towsey, Head of Learning for English & Maths, at Crawley College, said:

“We were delighted with the response from our students. Many of the entries came from our GCSE English students, which – for me – makes their accomplishments all the greater as many of them previously had less confidence in their writing ability.

“The aim of the competition was to provide an opportunity for us to share our stories in this unique time, and to make people smile and feel more connected to each other and to their college community.

“The variety of entries was fantastic, and it was inspiring to see how the students really tapped into their imagination and left us wanting more – the aim of all good storytellers!

“We’re proud to share just a small snapshot of these on the website, and hope people enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

You can read a selection of the ‘LockDown Write Up’ Crawley College stories at

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