Lecturer joins PPE production line to help health workers

A Northumberland College hairdressing lecturer has joined a team of volunteers producing much needed clinical gowns and scrubs for NHS staff across the North East. Michelle Craggs, an experienced seamstress, is working alongside machinists and design technicians at Northumbria University’s School of Design to produce protective garments which are being distributed to hospitals, hospices and … Continued

Equine team move on campus to look after horses and ponies

Northumberland College’s dedicated equine team have moved on campus to care for Kirkley Hall’s horses and ponies during the COVID-19 lockdown. John Tilley, Equine Resource Manager, and Groom Technician Leanne Rowe have been self-isolating full-time on campus carrying out daily checks, administering medication, changing rugs and cleaning paddocks so the animals are well looked after. … Continued

College producing vital PPE for frontline NHS staff

Northumberland College has responded to the urgent need for personal protection equipment by producing face shields for health care workers in the fight against COVID-19. Electrical engineering lecturer Freeman Thondhlana has been working around the clock at Ashington Campus to manufacture PPE after the college offered use of its 3D printers to Northumberland County Council. They will also be distributed to Northumberland and Wansbeck Hospitals to keep … Continued

Colleges supporting vulnerable students during COVID-19 lock down

Colleges across the dynamic Education Partnership North East group are providing thousands of young people across the North East with access to vital support and resources following the COVID-19 outbreak. The group, which includes Hartlepool Sixth Form, Northumberland College and Sunderland College, established protocols to ensure its vulnerable students would be supported as part of … Continued

Students take on Great Farm Challenge

Northumberland College students have been studying the impact of agriculture on water sources and air quality in partnership Northumbrian Water and Natural England. The students worked in groups to assess a case study farm, producing a report which recommended how farming practices – such as minimising run off from pesticides and nutrients – and the … Continued

Developing health care professionals of the future

With the NHS and health sector under increased pressure during unprecedented times, Education Partnership North East continues to lead the way in producing the next generation of frontline health care professionals. Challenging the growing skills gap across the region, multi-million-pound investment in facilities will see a state-of-the-art ‘Health Hub’ open at Northumberland College, mirroring those … Continued

Highways apprentices are on the right path

Northumberland College construction apprentices have been putting their skills into practice by transforming an area of wasteland into a new paved footpath. The students dug out a patch of grass and mud at the college’s Ashington Campus, bringing what they have learned in the workshop into a live project. Gaining confidence and experience in path … Continued

EPNE colleges launch virtual open days

Education Partnership North East is offering its prospective students the chance to experience college life without leaving their homes.  Sunderland College, Northumberland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form have moved their open days online during the COVID-19 outbreak to reassure school leavers, offer advice and guidance and help them prepare for their future.  These innovative live and interactive events will give students the opportunity to talk to directly to teaching staff … Continued

Zookeepers move into Kirkley Hall Zoo grounds to look after animals

Zookeepers at Kirkley Hall Zoo in Northumberland are living in self-isolation for three months to care for the animals. Mark Tabone and Loren Elliott decided to move away from their families and into student accommodation to ensure the animals are well looked after during the COVID-19 crisis. Following the outbreak of Coronavirus, senior staff at … Continued