From education to employment

I studied at NWRC and ended up playing Glastonbury

Singer and songwriter Roisin Donald (ROE), came to North West Regional College to study Music Performance in 2016, after achieving straight A grades in her GCSE exams.

She’s since gone on to play live at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Stendhal, and across the world in venues in India and Germany. She’s also had her work critiqued by the Irish Times.

With the top grades she received when she was 16, ROE could have taken her future in any direction, and chose NWRC.

Demand is high for full-time places at NWRC, but the college is still accepting applications for the majority of the courses that will commence in just a few weeks.

This week the college is holding Clearing Day events at Strand Road, Derry-Londonderry, Main Street Limavady Campus, and Derry Road, Strabane, on Thursday 23th, and Friday 24th, and Tuesday 28th August 10.00am – 4.00pm – when course information and careers guidance will be available.  

ROE explained why she chose NWRC: “Music was the only thing I could see myself doing in the future so I decided to do the Level 3 in Music Performance at Strand Road, because the course sounded great and had a good reputation. “

The multi-talented teenager said the support she received during her time at NWRC helped shape her music career, and she has gone on to become an award winning, popular artist.

She continued: “I got so much support from NWRC staff. The Music department were so supportive to me. They helped me develop myself as a musician and I felt like I could always go to them for advice and guidance.

“NWRC is where I met my now manager/producer Liam Craig who is also the head of Level 3 Music Technology, so without NWRC I wouldn’t be where I am now. It’s helped me become a better musician by giving me the experience I needed and helped me meet so many of the people who have supported me throughout my career so far. 

“The lecturers are really supportive and are active within the music community so they have a lot of expertise and contacts in the local scene.”

During her time at NWRC ROE also travelled to Finland and Estonia with NWRC for an Erasmus partnership project with colleges in Glasgow, Finland and Estonia called Musicreates.

NWRC offers a number of Level 3 Extended Diplomas, the exact equivalent of three A-Levels, in a range of subjects including Computing and I.T., Health and Social Care, Apprenticeships, Art and Design, Business, Construction, Early Years, Engineering, Media, Music, Performing Arts, Science and Sport.

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