Articles from North West Regional College (NWRC)

College Innovation Day predicts Smartphones will be a thing of the past

The world of virtual and augmented reality is progressing so rapidly, the smart phone could become extinct in the next five years.This was the view of Bafta nominated filmmaker Brendan McCourt, a former BBC journalist and now CEO of Newred TV and Cloud Rupture, who was a guest speaker at a Digital Innovation Day at North West Regional College in Derry~Londonderry. Delivered by the college in partnership with BBC Academy and Connected, the event consisted of workshops and demonstrations exploring the applications and possibilities offered by emerging VR/AR technology in the field of Digital Media.Attendees included those currently working in Creative Media industry.Mr McCourt revealed how as a journalist he was always looking for new, more exciting, challenging and immersive ways to tell stories.He said:  “That arrived, probably about three years ago, when I was introduced to Virtual Reality. Putting on a headset and a set of headphones that transport you to a different world.”He revealed how retail outlets, estate agents and construction companies are already experimenting with augmented and virtual reality.He added: “Virtual Reality brings people closer to real life situations. You can see Virtual reality experiences that explain what it’s like to live in a Syrian refugee camp, a Coldplay concert, the story of dance in Cuba. It opens people’s eyes to a different world in a way that’s never been done before.“I believe that VR and AR is not only here to stay but set to grow massively in the next ten to twenty years in ways we cannot yet imagine.”Mr McCourt predicted that just as the mobile phone put the desktop PC out of business, the days of the smartphone could be numbered too.“Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever,” he said. “There are certain ideas that we have and we are waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea. Smart glasses will put the phone in your pocket out of business probably within the next 2-5 years. “

NWRC student awarded £3,000 mentoring grant by Acorn

A Hospitality and Catering student who received a £3,000 bursary from the Acorn Fund, has chosen his lecturer at North West Regional College (NWRC) to become his mentor.

£5k a year scholarship for North West Regional College graduate

A graduate of North West Regional College (NWRC) who is now studying Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, has been awarded a J P McManus scholarship worth £5,500 a year. Ashleigh Newton who graduated from NWRC with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health Sciences is one of six Further Education graduates who have been selected to receive the award at a ceremony taking place at University of Limerick on November 25. The All Ireland Scholarships are awarded annually to the top-performing students in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), who reside in Northern Ireland (NI) and attend a grant aided Post Primary School or Further Education (FE) College in NI. “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen to receive this grant,” said Ashleigh. “I was encouraged to apply to the JP McManus Trustees by my Year Head at NWRC Annmarie Hunter. “ Now studying for a BSc in Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, 21 years-old Ashleigh hopes to progress to a career in chartered physiotherapy in the health sector, and has aspirations to work in Sports Physio.” She commented: “I decided to attend NWRC after my A Levels to improve my UCAS application and qualifications. “The teachers at NWRC are a credit to themselves. I am particularly grateful to Annemarie Hunter and Karen Moore for their teaching, advice and guidance during my time there. “I feel thatNWRC prepared me a lot for University and what level of work was expected by me when I got here. “The NWRC also helped me gain a lot of extra qualifications such as CPR and manual handling, putting me one step ahead of my classmates.”

NWRC students driven to succeed at Skills Show Finals in Birmingham

Four Automotive students from North West Regional College (NWRC) have made it into the finals of WorldSkills UK National Competitions in Birmingham, (Nov 16-18).

Errigal Contracts and North West Regional College provide new jobs for 15 young Apprentices

15 young men from the North West have begun a two year apprenticeship in Interior Systems, with Errigal Contracts as part of a new partnership with North West Regional College (NWRC).

College Support Serves Up Irish Food Success

The innovative Foodovation Centre at North West Regional College is celebrating the news that five of its clients have won a record nine prizes at the 2017 Irish Food Awards held at Dingle, County Kerry. Often referred to as the ‘Academy Awards of Irish food’, Blás na hÉireann is the largest blind tested food awards event in Ireland with more than 400 finalists competing across 130 categories. Foodovation clients Corndale Farm swept the boards winning Gold for their Fennel Salami and a Silver for their Chorizo. They also won Best in Derry. Fusion client Clarke’s Fresh Fruits picked up a Silver gong  for their revolutionary no added sugar jam, while Broighter Gold were awarded Bronze for their acclaimed Rapeseed Oil. Ballinteer Quail Farm received a Bronze Award for their produce and their farm meat was also named ‘Best in Farmer’s Market’ and given a Chef’s Choice Award for their quail eggs. And Carol’s stock, made by Foodovation’s first ever client Carol Banahan, scooped  the Chef’s Larder prize for her natural chicken stock. Manager of NWRC’s Foodovation Centre Brian McDermott who travelled to Dingle for the awards congratulated all of the winners. He added: “We are delighted with this multi awards win by our clients at Foodovation. This is an exciting time for food in Ireland. At North West Regional College we continue to support businesses develop their products as they are brought to market. “The success at the Irish Food Awards is testament to the huge strides that Foodovation has made in supporting local food producers, since it opened its doors in November 2016. “We look forward in continuing to lead the way in developing skills and supporting  industries to develop new product ideas.” Artie Clifford chairperson of Blás na hÉireann said: “ I have this year noticed the energised input in innovation and development from producers  in the North West and this is without doubt assisted with the collaboration of producers with Brian McDermott  and the team at Foodovation Centre at North West Regional College and I congratulate them on this model of support “

North West Regional College restaurants restaurants get half a million pound makeover

North West Regional College (NWRC) has unveiled its newly refurbished training restaurant at Strand Road Campus in Derry~Londonderry.

Hospitality and Tourism graduate secures dream job

A successful local chef who returned to education after ten years of working in the kitchen, says he would never have gone on to achieve a full honours degree without studying first at North West Regional College (NWRC).

NWRC graduate Engineering a bright future in Australia

A former graduate of North West Regional College who completed a Higher National Diploma in Building Studies, is helping raise the profile of female engineers in her new home town of Darwin, Australia.

NWRC Academy prepares graduates for employment with Bemis

16 participants have just completed a five week academy at North West Regional College (NWRC) designed to equip them with skills to secure employment with Bemis Company, a global packaging company. 

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