will oelrichA Northampton College student has been shortlisted for a coveted national award aiming to recognise the ‘Rising Stars’ of radio.

Will Oelrich, who is studying a BTEC in Multimedia Journalism at Booth Lane, is one of three finalists in the ‘BBC Sounds Rising Talent 16-18’ category of the Young Audio Awards.

Having secured a series of work experience opportunities with regional broadcast media, including BBC Radio Northampton and ITV Anglia, Will has developed his presenting skills on NLive Radio 106.9FM – the community-focused local radio station run in partnership with The University of Northampton.


Four Northampton College business students are holding a charity fun run to raise money for a teenager who suffers hundreds of seizures every single day.

Olivia Stokes, Lewis Knowlton, Isabelle Bull and Maria Sirghi – who are all studying Level 3 Business Project Management – are staging the 5km event in Abington Park from 11am on Saturday, February 29 in support of local charity LifeForLewis.

Lewis, aged 17, has tried numerous ways to manage his condition, including dietary changes and oxygen therapy, but he still suffers from multiple severe seizures on a daily basis.
Olivia said: “Lewis is diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, a rare and severe kind of epilepsy which starts during childhood. Lewis' parents have continued fundraising for their son as they need numerous disability-specific items and equipment that are not available through the NHS or statutory services.

“Lewis is severely disabled and unable to do anything for himself. He relies on his parents for all his personal care needs. He requires 24 hour care on a daily basis, his parents had to give up their work to look after him.

“We have chosen to do a small 5k fun run in honour of Lewis' father, Gary Herbert. Gary is doing 52 marathons in 52 weeks for Lewis' appeal, and has already completed 22 runs.”

The 5km fun run in Abington Park costs £5 to enter. Anyone interested in taking part can register via a dedicated Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/RaceForLewis/

ar media releaseGames Design students from Northampton College have created a virtual reality teaching tool to help future construction workers better understand the importance of health and safety on building sites.

The project, supported by Digital Northampton and AR Media, saw students devise a way for aspiring builders, plumbers, plasterers and carpenters to visualise the potential dangers in a host of different scenarios on a typical building site, all from the comfort of their own classroom.

The programme will now be used by tutors to teach health and safety and highlight the importance of following guidelines to avoid potential accidents in the workplace.

The competition was won by Level 3 Games Design student Julia Olchawa, who said: “It was very exciting to win. It’s been quite a stressful time because we have had so many projects going on but I’m really happy and very proud of myself.

“It’s been a good effort from everyone, a lot of the assets we did together as a class so it was important to try to get it all to mesh together and it’s ended up working really nicely.”

Julia received a state-of-the-art Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as her prize.

Wayne Roberts of AR Media, one of the judges for the competition, said: “It was nice to see so many students, who put so much hard work into this competition in such a short time. They produced high quality work, what the students have achieved is extremely impressive. It was a very tough decision to pick a winner.

“We’re living in an ever-evolving world and digital skills are becoming increasingly essential for young people. I have kids of my own and they are far more advanced than I am on certain things. Schools and colleges need to encouraging digital development – this generation are the guys who are going to be leading the way in years to come.”

The teaching aid adds to the technology available to students in the college’s new Advanced Construction Engineering Centre at Booth Lane, a bespoke building training the next generation of construction workers.

Richard Beards of Digital Northampton said: “We do lots of work towards creating career pathways for students through from schools and colleges to show them the opportunities in the digital and tech industry in Northamptonshire. It inspires us to know there are talented young people here who can help the county flourish.

“We want to put Northamptonshire on the map for digital innovation and the quality produced by Northampton College students in this competition has helped to motivate us even more in that aim. All the virtual workshops we saw were excellent.”

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