The Henley College logo

@henleycol launches first Virtual Information Event & Tour

The Henley College in Oxfordshire launched its very first live Virtual Information Event and Tour on Thursday 21st May.

The two-hour event, delivered via Zoom, included an extensive line up of speakers covering all areas of the College, both curriculum and pastoral.

Guest speakers included SVP and GM Customer Experience Group (CX) EMEAR at Cisco; Alistair Wildman who talked about industrial placements and the partnership Cisco is developing with The Henley College. Also speaking were Freya Ruparel, a former student who is now an undergraduate at University of Cambridge, Amrit Kaur, a current A Level student and Joe Gater, a Performing Arts student who has just been offered a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Head of Faculty for Business, Humanities and Languages, Tristan Arnison, talked about the history and origins of The Henley College and the Henley Quad - a series of principles that guide all teaching and learning. He also explored how our current staff have adapted to teaching on Microsoft Teams, adapting to new ways of working and preparing students for employment and their future careers.

Dr Julian Brinsford, Head of Faculty for Science, Technology and Media, talked about student destinations, both at universities in the UK and abroad, also degree apprenticeship opportunities with companies such as Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Cisco and Formula One. Julian also showcased the brand new aerial footage of the campuses which was shot in lockdown, along with a preview of the new virtual tour.

Kathryn Mogford, Head of Student Services, covered student support including the Personal Tutor system, enrichment, student leadership, pastoral support and the College Welfare Dog, Otis! An entire team of curriculum and support staff worked behind the scenes answering live Q&A.

Feedback from attendees included comments such as:

“The range of speakers was interesting, and quality of communication good even when over Zoom.”

“As a parent I watched this with my son - it was brilliant so informative. My son is looking forward to finding out more about the courses offered and his options. Thank you”

“It was very informative and reassured my concerns with the current circumstances and I now feel more ready to join in September.”

“For your first time at hosting something online I felt it was run very well. My son was sure he wanted to come - we had only been able to catch the end of an Open morning in Oct/Nov 19 and hadn’t listened to the heads re the ethos and feel of the college. The talk gave me confidence that it is the right place for my son. My questions were answered promptly. Obviously I am worried about the gap in his learning but you are doing everything you can to fill it. His friends have already been set sixth form work by his current school and I was worried he had 6 months with no learning - so the transition work is also very helpful. Thank you so much and I look forward to partnering with you from Sept 20 for the next stage of my sons education.”

“A triumph, really. Huge potential for the college, with or without lockdown.”

Principal and CEO, Satwant Deol, who introduced the event, said: “I am so proud of all our staff at The Henley College who have risen to the challenge of remote learning magnificently. They have truly adapted in such a short space of time, which is evident by our extensive use of Microsoft Teams helping students prepare for a whole new way of working. We are also enormously grateful to all of our special guests who took the time to share their knowledge and experience of The Henley College.”

Rhian Mason and Robyn Vitty, joint Heads of Marketing and Business Development, who organised the event said: “Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we will now use this experience to plan future subject-specific sessions bespoke to each audience. We couldn’t do this without the support we have had from staff, it’s so rewarding to be part of such a brilliant team ethos in these challenging times.”

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel shared a video in channel. 14 hours 50 minutes ago

The three things Rishi Sunak needs to address in...

Senior IFS Research Economist Jonathan Cribb looks at the Chancellor's options for the Budget. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has...

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page