Football academy manager takes winning ways to City
The manager of Hartpury College's football academy has been signed by big-spending Manchester City to become a new elite development analyst for youth players. Tim Jenkins took the Gloucester college's under-18 team to Sweden earlier this year for the Gothia World Youth Cup - the world's largest football tournament by number of participants - earning third place. His side also won the under-19 England Colleges Cup in 2008 and the under-18s were England Schools Champions last year. This year he won both competitions. Tom Radcliffe, director of football at the college, said: "Tim has played a massive role here in terms of input and development of players. We've got a lot to thank him for. It speaks volumes for his success that he's got this job at City, one of the biggest clubs in the country."
Apple helps catering students pick up cookery pointers
Catering students at Yale College in Wrexham, Wales, have each been given an iPod Touch to help the department deliver cookery lessons. Students will pay #163;2.60 a week to receive the iPods to download instructional videos on advanced cookery skills such as fine sugar craft, fishmongery and butchery. Mark Parsons, the college's catering and retail manager, said: "Our students have to learn intricate techniques. There are many barriers to learning: for example, some students might be afraid to show that they haven't understood by asking questions; the videos aim to help to address this problem."
Wiltshire College impresses trust with safety thinking
Wiltshire College has won an award from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust for its work in improving personal safety for students and staff. It was second time lucky for the college, which was nominated in 2008 for the award, set up by the parents of the 25-year-old estate agent who went missing in 1986 and is presumed murdered. The judges said they were impressed by the way the college involved students in considering which aspects of personal safety were most important to them, in its Community Campus initiative.
Financial wizard comes close to awards double
Hadlow College's head of resources was named runner-up in awards for the public sector finance director of the year. Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, who previously won the award for taking the Kent college from the brink of bankruptcy to financial stability, was again nominated after it managed to reduce its reliance on dwindling public funding by making commercial activities a third of its revenue. A spokeswoman said: "Far from accepting that cuts must result in a reduction in the quality and aspirations of the core business, he has reviewed the new operating environment, invested in new commercial activities, developed new and effective partnerships, and sought new and innovative business opportunities."
Pentathlete star Ennis drops in for Olympic warm-up
World champion pentathlete and 2012 Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis visited students at West Nottinghamshire College last week. Unveiling a plaque marking the college's commitment to Olympic values - part of Get Set, London 2012's education campaign - Ms Ennis talked to 100 students about her sporting success and Olympic dreams. Rachael Evans, the college's sport co-ordinator, said: "To have someone as inspirational and motivational as Jessica come to meet our students was a great way to kick off our discussions about how we're going to be celebrating the forthcoming Olympic Games."