Student Services

STUDENT SERVICES

In short career services are here to help you in a number of different ways. More detail is available below but some of the roles performed by career services include; Individual guidance interviews, UCAS and advice and information workshops, support with career planning, CV and interview preparation.
It also provides on-line careers information resources to course teams and lecturing staff.

Guidance interviews:
If you are considering enrolling on a new course at the college and require advice please feel free to contact any of the advisers listed overleaf.
Appointments can be made by contacting the advisers directly.

UCAS Advice & Workshops:
Workshops on the UCAS application process are scheduled to run throughout the month of September. Any student wishing to avail of this service will be notified of times and dates by their course tutor and plasma screen announcements. Individual assistance can be offered on an appointment basis for specific UCAS queries.

CAO Advice and Presentation:
Individual assistance can also be given to those who have specific CAO queries.

Specialist Career Workshops and Industrial Links:
These events are organized in conjunction with individual school teams to meet the specific needs and interests of vocational course groups. The range of activities include presentations dealing with issues such as career progression, guest speakers, key updates on specific vocational information, industrial visits etc.

Individual Career Action Plan:
Students can make an appointment to discuss the development of an individually tailored career action plan. This plan allows students to reflect on their current situation and discuss their career aspirations with an adviser who will help them to construct an effective career plan.

CV Preparation:
We can provide guidance on how to develop a CV which is tailored to meet the specific requirements of the job application that is being targeted. Further tips can be found in our careers literature which is located in the College Careers Office.

Interview Skills Preparation:
Staff are available to discuss interview skills techniques with individual students or workshops can be arranged on a group basis. Further advice can be gained from our careers literature situated in the College Careers Office or downloaded from Moodle.

Careers Library / Support Literature:
A wide range of UK and Irish University Prospecti are available in our careers library based in the careers office. This literature can also be accessed in the Northland library, Northside, Strabane and Limavady campuses.
Further specialist Careers literature is also available in Strand Road and Limavady including, information on CV building, Interview Skills, Gap Year activities, UCAS & CAO Application, Career Path Changes etc.

Careers Software Packages:
The following software is available on all PCs in the Strand Road LRC, Limavady LRC, Strabane LRC and Northside.
• Skillcheck
• Pathfinder +HE

The College Strand Road Camus is staffed at all times; other campuses have advisors available at different times during the week. You can either drop into any of the campuses Student Sevices offices and you may be seen immediately by an advisor or you can make an appointment.
Appointments can be made by e- mail or by telephone.
Careeers Service contact details may be found on the College intranet or on posters located around the College.

Contacts

Ms Finneen Bradley
E-mail: finneen.bradley@nwrc.ac.uk
Work phone: (028) 7127 6080
Office Location: Strand Rd, Londonderry (Mon-Fri)

Ms Lynne Kelly Carton
E-mail: lynne.kelly@nwrc.ac.uk
Work phone: (028) 7127 8784
Office Location: Main Street, Limavady

The College Careers service works in close liaison with a broad range of other College sections including lecturing teams, Heads of Schools, Curriculum Managers, and College Senior Management.
External to the College the College Careers Service works with local Universities and Institutions of Higher Education, Department for Employment and Learning, ROI Voluntary Education Committee, schools and colleges careers tutors.

If you are considering progressing to university you must follow the application processes specified by UCAS and CAO.

The College will stipulate times by which applicants need to complete applications so that tutors will be able to provide personal references for applicants. You will be informed of these times throughout the academic year.

College Careers Service can help with:

  • UCAS and CAO application
  • Interview preparation

Advice session will be offered through application workshops; one-to-one appointments can be arranged by appointment with the College Careers Service.

Click here for more information on UCAS
Click here for more information on CAO

Useful Contact Details
UCAS Websitehttp://ucas.com
UCAS Helpline012 425 44683
UCAS Customer Service Unit08 714 680 468
Queen’s University, Belfast028 9024 5133
Ulster University08 700 400 700
North West Regional College Centre Numbers & UCAS Codes
Derry/Londonderry Strand Road UCAS Centre Number14121

The Local Careers Advisor also visits North West Regional College each Wednesday morning to provide guidance on careers and employment opportunities. Contact Student Services (Limavady) 7127 8770, or Student Services (Derry/Londonderry) 7127 6033 to make an appointment.

Additional websites, links and careers packages may be found on the College Careers Service Moodle web site.

Higher Education Applications:

A wide selection of books / resources are available to help students through the difficult path of applying to Higher Education, for example University Prospectuses. This literature can be accessed in either the Northland/Limavady Library, Learning Resource Centre or Student Services.

Higher Education Websites:

Learning Support

When you need a little extra help your studies

We have a dedicated team of Learning Support Staff who can provide you with additional support for your studies when you need it. Additional support is available from your Personal Tutor, who will help you review your progress and plan your study, while Learning Support Co-ordinators are also on hand to provide help and advice or specialist help in areas where you are experiencing difficulty. The support is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of individual students and enable you to work independently and achieve your goals.

Specialist support is available for students with physical and learning disabilities. We welcome students with a variety of abilities and will make every effort to help you with your study needs.
Applicants should ensure that the college is fully informed of any disability or special needs to enable us to meet with you on an individual basis before enrolment.

For more on Learning Support contact:
Strand Road Campus: 028 7127 6024
Limavady Campus: 028 7127 8754

*by contacting the Learning Support Team directly on 028 71276024 if you are attending a course in Derry/Londonderry or Strabane campus or 028 71278754 if you are attending a course in our Limavady campus.

Support for Applicants with Disabilities, Medical Conditions or Special Needs

(including dyslexia or specific learning difficulties). We welcome students with a variety of abilities and we will do all we can to help you with your study needs.

Applicants with a disability, special needs or a medical condition should inform the College on the application form, highlighting any facilities or support required as a result of your individual situation. This will enable us to discuss your individual needs before enrolment. You are welcome to visit the College to make sure that you are happy with the facilities that we offer. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Disability Access
We encourage people with special needs to use the many facilities available. The centre has full disabled access including a lift. If additional support is required, we will be happy to discuss and organise any help that might be needed.

Disability Statement

The College’s Disability Policy sets out the college’s commitment to both potential and existing students with a disability. North West Regional College will seek to encourage students to disclose a disability and to ensure that students with a disability are protected from discrimination and have equal access, where appropriate, to the full range of college facilities and services. North West Regional College will treat all students with respect and dignity, and seek to provide a positive learning environment free from disability discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

North West Regional College recognises its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995, Special Educational Needs Disability (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and its statutory obligations.

Definition of Disability
A disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities” (Disability Discrimination Act 1995).

Support for your studies

The College provides support for the following areas of disability:

  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Specific Learning Difficulties e.g dyslexia
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder e.g Aspergers Syndrome
  • Mental Health difficulties
  • Mobility, dexterity and/or chronic pain

The college may be able to help students with assistive technologies such as:

  • Specialist Software e.g Texthelp, Inspiration, JAWS
  • Alternative Formats e.g Braille, audio, large print
  • Communication devices
  • Ergonomics
  • Keyboard and mouse options
  • Hearing devices and loop systems
  • Magnification aids
  • Recording technologies
  • Reference software: Dictionary & Thesaurus
  • Scanning and reading devices
  • Writing aids

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

The disabled students allowance helps Higher Education students pay for extra studying costs they may incur as a direct result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. The allowances can help with the cost of non medical personal helper, items of specialist equipment, travel and other course-related costs.

If you want to apply for DSA you should do so as early as possible before your course starts so that arrangements can be made for any special support you need to be assessed and ready in time for the start of your course.

DSA application forms are available from the Learning Support Centre, C267
To check your eligibility for DSA, contact:
Cathy Coyle, DSA Officer, Studentfinanceni, 1 Hospital Road Omagh BT79 0AW
Tel:  02882 411235  or  go onto the website:  www.Studentfinanceni.co.uk

You are NOT eligible for DSA if you are an EU student and are eligible only for support with your fees.

Inclusive Learning Centres @ North West Regional College

The college currently has two Learning Support Centres based in Strand Road and Limavady staffed by experienced qualified personnel. The team will handle your enquiries in a professional and sensitive manner.

Contacts: Inclusive Learning Centres
Learning Support Co-Ordinator (028) 7127 6511 Email: anne.g.bradley@nwrc.ac.uk
Learning Support Officer (028) 7127 6017 Email: sarah.turner@nwrc.ac.uk
Learning Support Administrator (028) 7127 6024 Email: sharon.mcdaid@nwrc.ac.uk

Please contact us if you have a disability or medical condition that might affect your studies.

Disability Links

Other Areas

Our Students’ Union Clubs and Societies provide opportunities each year for all our students to participate in “active lifestyle activities” and social clubs as part of College life.

Clubs/Societies Activities 

Fun recreational sports activities are organised and tailored to suit the abilities of individual students. We meet every Wednesday at Templemore Sports Complex and Roe Valley Leisure Centre 2.00 pm—5.00 pm. All Students are welcome to take part.

The majority of activities planned for clubs and Societies are scheduled for a Wednesday afternoons held in two locations: Templemore Sports Complex & Limavady Recreation Centre. The outdoor activities take place throughout the North West region.

Activities available include:
• BADMINTON • BASKETBALL • CANOEING • CIRCUIT TRAINING • CRICKET • GAELIC FOOTBALL • GOLF
• HILL WALKING • ORIENTEERING • ROCK CLIMBING • RUGBY • SAILING • SOCCER • SQUASH • SWIMMING
• VOLLEYBALL • WALKING • YOGA 

The College’s Soccer, Gaelic, Rugby and Netball teams also train at these locations on Wednesday afternoons.

Clubs/Societies Events

A calendar of events our Clubs and Societies have participated in, this year can be seen here.

For information on Students’ Union Societies & Clubs contact:

Danny Lyttle

Student Services
Tel: 028 7127 6021
Email: danny.lyttle@nwrc.ac.uk
The Students Union sports teams take things a little more seriously and participate in some of the most competitive College and Universities sports leagues in Ireland. Please visit the links below for more detailed information on some of our clubs.

SOCCER
Luke McCloskey luke.mccloskey@nwrc.ac.uk
David McGinley david.mcginley@nwrc.ac.uk

RUGBY
Mike Poole mike.poole@nwrc.ac.uk
Ivor Neill ivor.neill@nwrc.ac.uk

GAELIC
David McGinley david.mcginley@nwrc.ac.uk

GIRLS’ SOCCER/GAELIC
Joan Gribben joan.gribben@nwrc.ac.uk
Linda Hegarty linda.hegarty@nwrc.ac.uk

NETBALL
Sinead O’Brien sinead.obrien@nwrc.ac.uk

SAILING
Ivor Neill ivor.neill@nwrc.ac.uk

OUTDOOR PURSUITS
Susan Thompson susan.thompson@nwrc.ac.uk
Michelle Gormley-McLaughlin michelle.gormley-mclaughlin@nwrc.ac.uk
Mike Poole mike.poole@nwrc.ac.uk

Library & Learning Resource Centre

The Library/Learning Resource Centre is central to all the college’s academic activities, and is here to support learning and teaching.

The LLRC at North West Regional College provides a comprehensive service to staff and students across all 3 main campuses:

  • Tower Building at the Strand Road Campus
  • Limavady Campus Library
  • Strabane Campus Library

All new students receive an induction to the Library Service and all full-time and part-time students may enrol as a library user allowing them to borrow books from any of our libraries. College student cards are used as library cards.

When are we open?

Derry~Londonderry

Library (Tower Building – Strand Road)
Term-time opening hours :

Monday – 8.30am – 5.00pm

Tuesday – Thursday 8.30am – 9.00pm

Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Limavady

Term-time opening hours:

Mon & Wed 8.30am – 1.00pm ; 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Tue & Thu 8.30am – 1.00pm ; 1.30pm – 4.30pm; 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Fri  9.00am – 1.00pm ; 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Strabane

Term-time opening hours:

Mon / Wed & Thu  10am – 2.30pm

Tues  10am-12.30pm ; 1pm – 4.30pm ; 5 – 7pm

Fri  10am – 12.30pm

What services are available?

  • Books & Book borrowing
  • Study Pods
  • Internet access
  • Printed Journals
  • Newspapers
  • E-Resources (incl. e-journals)
  • E-Books
  • IT Access
  • Study space
  • Help and assistance from qualified and experienced staff
  • Photocopying & Printing
  • Colour Printing
  • LISC INSPIRE – The College is a member of the LISC Inspire Scheme. LISC Inspire enables students to access books and journals from a consortium of libraries in the North West area and beyond. Participating Libraries include NWRC, Magee (UU) Altnagelvin Trust Library and WELB. Students can apply for a LISC Inspire passport at any of the college’s libraries.

College students and staff can find more details about the Library service and its resources on the Library Guide available from Student Portal.

For further information on the Library/LRC please contact
Jonathan Moore (Library Manager)
Tel : 02871 276124
Email : jonathan.moore@nwrc.ac.uk

LINKS TO RESOURCES ON MOODLE

If, at any point during your time at College, you have concerns about your studies or personal issues, make an appointment to talk to a member of our Student Welfare Team who will discuss with you the challenges you are facing in a safe and confidential setting.

Contacts:

Strand Road Campus
xxx xxxx Tel: 028 7127 8709 or
xxx xxxxx Tel: 028 7127 6021

Limavady Campus
xxx xxxxx Tel: 028 7127 8770.

Funding for Equipment costs may be available via the Hardship Funds which is a means tested fund, administered by the college.

Funding for essential equipment costs may be available, subject to household income, up to a maximum of £300. Catering, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Art and  Sports students  would incur the most expenditure for essential equipment costs however expenditure incurred by other students in Health & Social Care & Early Years may  also be eligible.  Students must obtain receipts of expenditure which, subject to eligibility, must be submitted with the claim. The College reserves the right to define what constitutes appropriate course equipment. We provide below a set of generic indicative costs for your information which may only be refunded if you are eligible for Hardship Funds & have valid receipts.

Students in receipt of EMA will not be eligible for Hardship Funds and therefore equipment costs.

DepartmentItem DescriptionApproximate Cost
Art & DesignA1 portfolio£45
Sleeve inserts£10
Kit – Sketchbooks, paints, brushes, fabrics, digital camera£200 Min
Beauty TherapyUniform£50
Kit (L2)£120
Kit (L3)£70
CateringUniform£59~£90
Early Years Children & Young PeopleUniform£20
HairdressingUniform£50
Kit£160
Health & Social CareUniform£50
SportTrainers
Football boots
Tracksuit
Hoodie
£300 Max

 

Bus Passes are issued by your local Education and Library Board (ELB), Transport Section to students who are under 19 years of age on 1st July in year of entry and who live more than 3 miles from their nearest College and who are studying a Further Education Course (FE) only.

If applicable Bus Pass Application Forms will be issued with your letter of acceptance for completion and must be returned to Administration immediately in order for your bus pass to be processed.

  • A bus/travel pass application may take up to one month to be issued so it is important that you return your completed application form as soon as possible for processing
  • Bus/travel passes will be issued from Reception at Strand Road/Limavady and Strabane and students must sign for their passes when collecting them.
  • If you have paid for more than one journey while waiting on your pass to arrive, you may complete a Refund of Student Travel Expenses form, available from Reception, attaching your tickets in date order.  College to approve and you must then forward to the Pass Office for reimbursement.
  • If you are in receipt of a bus/travel pass and change your address then your original travel pass must be returned and a new application form completed, if necessary.
  • If your travel pass is stolen lost or accidentally destroyed, then you must call to reception and follow the process to obtain a duplicate pass from your local Translink Office at a cost determined by Translink and one passport size photograph will also be required.
  • If you decide to leave your course you must inform the College and it is your responsibility to return your travel pass to Translink for cancellation otherwise you will be charged for the cost of the pass.
  • The fact that you are entitled to transport assistance does not permit misuse of the travel pass issued to you.

Please note:

If studying a Higher Education Course (HE) you are not entitled to a Bus Pass.

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Who may be considered,

  • Adopted children
  • Children cared for by grandparents, and other relatives or friends
  • Children and young people who are aged 18 years and under, cared for by single or two parents
  • Estranged, orphanedn andvulnerable young people under 21 living independently.

For further information visit the BUTTLE UK website www.buttleuk.org  or call in at Student Services.

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