News from 2017-2018

  • Hands-on Learning Experience for Public Services Students

    Selby College’s Public Services department has received a donation of body armour from Leeds-based SafeGuard Clothing. The industry-standard bullet proof vest will be used by lecturers to illustrate the necessity for safety equipment for frontline service operatives and educate students on different standards. The aim is to create a more immersive, hands-on learning experience that will benefit students pursuing careers in law enforcement, the military and security services.

    The North Yorkshire college is the latest to take part in the company’s social initiative to provide materials and information that benefit students enrolled on Public Service courses to give them a unique insight into how safety equipment works.

    Public Services Lecturer Grant Gibson thanked SafeGuard Clothing for their generous donation, adding: “Having real-life examples from industry really helps students advance their knowledge and skills in their chosen field and creates vital learning opportunities”.

    Thomas Bowman of SafeGuard Clothing, said: “We have made it a priority to partner with local colleges such as Selby College to prepare them for the line of work they have chosen. We work very hard to implement an applied industry-based model in our manufacturing process; our continuing and strong collaborations with the Police, Ministry of Defence, Fire Service and Ambulance services have really enhanced the quality of our tactical vests.”

    SafeGuard Armour and Clothing is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of body armour and is involved in research and development for new materials to enhance the wearability of protective body armour for front line services.

    Find out more about our Public Services courses:


    Monday 21 May 2018

  • Public Services students join in with ‘Big Conversation’ for Youth Crime Commission

    Back in September, four of our second year Level 3 Public Services students, Chloe Williams, Connor Taylor, Lauren Zagorski and Jacob Feetham were selected to be part of a county-wide panel of just 20 young people to represent the North Yorkshire Youth Crime Commission on Police and Crime.

    The NYPYCC allows young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

    The commission’s volunteers carried out a ‘Big Conversation’ comprising of consultation events at colleges, youth clubs and other venues across the county, including Selby College, in order to gather the views of more than 1,500 young people. The co-ordination team came into college back in December to gain student viewpoints on three topical areas: Abusive Relationships; Missing Young People & Exploitation and Drugs & Alcohol.


    Following on from these discussions, in April, two of the Selby College student representatives, Jacob and Connor, were given a brilliant opportunity to deliver a presentation at the ‘Big Conversation’ Conference about how the panel has been listening to young people across the county to help advise police on how relationships and services for young people can be improved.

    Julia Mulligan and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain were in attendance at the forum, as well as a wide range of senior North Yorkshire Police officers, community police officers and volunteers so this was a big deal for the Public Service students to get involved! Well done!

    The Youth Commission comprises of up to 30 young people who are team players and willing to get involved. They are from a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and the criminal justice system. Anyone aged between 14 and 25 years, and living with the North Yorkshire policing area is eligible to apply to become a member of the Youth Commission.

    Find out more about our Public Services courses:

    For more information about the Youth Commission:

    Thursday 17 May 2018

  • Selby students host exhibition at Spark:York

    Photo: Frank Dwyer/York Press


    Students on the Higher National Diploma in Art and Design from Selby College have recently embarked upon an exciting artistic partnership with York’s newest arts and culture hub, Spark:York. The students worked closely with the Spark team to get the space ready for an exhibition comprising of samples from their current college final projects and some thought-provoking new pieces. The work on display is a mixture of Fine Art, Photography and Graphic Design.

    The students’ work will be displayed in a commercial event space in the city centre hotspot and includes a typographical piece using Yorkshire slang phrases, intended to spark friendly debate. Other pieces to be showcased includes photography of both the Yorkshire landscape and familiar sights from around the city captured in a different light, encouraging the viewers to look more closely.

    Kate Grafton, Lecturer in Art and Design said, “Spark have been really supportive in giving our students a platform from which they can share their work with the general public. All the students have produced different and exciting pieces and they hope the work resonates with the residents of York.”

    The official opening night of the exhibition is on Friday 11th May from 6 – 8pm, where people will have the opportunity to meet the artists who will be graduating from Selby College in a few weeks’ time. 

    The exhibition runs until the 24th May at Spark:York on Piccadilly.

    Friday 11 May 2018

  • Selby College student braves the shave for charity

    A Bricklaying Apprentice from Selby College recently took on a courageous fundraiser to raise money for UK cancer charity ‘Target Ovarian Cancer’. Joe Brooks, who took part in the college’s Bricklaying Skills Competition last month, was motivated by his mum’s ovarian cancer diagnosis four years ago, and decided to give something back to the charity which aims to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide support to women suffering with the disease.

    When the big day arrived on Friday 27th April, Joe was overwhelmed with the support he received from friends and family. He successfully raised £450, three times more than his original target of £150.

    Tuesday 8 May 2018

  • Selby College handed eighth consecutive ‘Gold Medal’ for health and safety practices

    Selby College has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff and students get home safely at the end of the working day.

    Selby College has achieved its eighth consecutive Gold Medal in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

    The award will be presented to staff during a ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

    The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

    Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

    The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

    Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

    There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

    Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2018 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 13th consecutive year.

    For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit

    Wednesday 2 May 2018

  • Selby College Principal Announces Retirement

    After 26 years at the helm of Selby College, Principal & Chief Executive Allan Stewart OBE has announced his plans to retire at the end of the academic year, after more than 40 years in education.

    Allan worked as a Senior Education Officer at North Yorkshire County Council and was an Academic staff member at the University of Manchester before joining Selby College. He began his career in education at a Merseyside Comprehensive School and also worked at colleges in Lancashire – Preston College and Leigh College. The Principal was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for his services to local and national Further Education in 2009.

    Speaking of his retirement plans, Allan said: “I am so pleased to be in a position to leave our community with such a wonderful college campus and will obviously be very sorry to leave the College that I love and also the many colleagues and friends, whom I so admire. However, I feel this summer is the right time for me to now retire. I will have been in the all-consuming role of Principal for 26 years, which is far longer than the average college Principal!

    “I would like to thank colleagues, former staff and students for all their support in building one of the top colleges in the country, of which we can all be truly proud. I intend to play my part in ensuring a smooth leadership transition, to facilitate the College in going from strength to strength.”

    Vernon Wells MBE, Chair of Selby College Corporation added: “Selby College has been at the heart of Allan’s life since his appointment in 1992. Anybody who has ever met Allan could not possibly doubt his immense love, dedication and pride for Selby College. Over the years he has driven college forward and will be leaving us with an exceptional campus and very well placed to build on our history and our role in the community.”

    The college has more than doubled in size in Allan’s time. It now has 220 Higher Education students, some at degree level, and delivers more than 800 Apprenticeships to local and regional employers.

    Allan is especially proud of the redevelopment of the iconic campus, which was completed in 2010 and is widely regarded as one of the most attractive in the country: “When I arrived the college was spread over the town with Construction and Engineering in the town centre and the college using the premises of the former high school. We only had a small number of computers – BBC and Commodore PET. Staff used blackboards and overhead projectors, now they have interactive whiteboards! Today we have exceptional IT facilities as a Centre of Excellence.”

    Thursday 29 Mar 2018

  • Selby College hosts The FA People's Cup

    Last week Selby College’s Sports Department hosted the semi-finals of the 2018 FA People's Cup - the biggest five-a-side tournament in the country - with more than 50,000 players taking part across the UK in 278 venues. The competition welcomes male, female and disability players across 18 categories, so there is a version for everyone.

    The top-performing North Yorkshire institution welcomed teams from Lincoln College, Leeds City College and Sheffield College for the regional semi-finals of the Futsal (16-18) competition, an indoor version of the game, alongside our very own entry from the ‘Jeffers 5’ (comprising of first-year Sports students). Four teams took part in the Men’s category and two in the Female.

    The Female tournament resulted in a one-sided affair as Lincoln College brushed aside Leeds City College by 12-2 and 9-1 despite their best efforts, to win the tournament at a canter and take their place in the finals.

    The Men’s tournament was an even contest with all four teams in with an equal chance of winning, games were played at a high tempo and the players gave their all for a place in the final. Eventual winners Sheffield College beat our own Selby College representatives (Jeffers 5) by just one point to advance in the finals.

    The Finals weekend takes place from the 28th to the 29th April at The FA’s National Football Centre, St George's Park in Burton-Upon-Trent, the home of England's national teams. The 18 FA People's Cup winners will also go on to the FA Cup Final to lift their trophy on the pitch at half-time.

    Selby College’s Sports Development Officer Ed Grady said: “This was such a fantastic day for all the teams involved to feel part of the greatest and biggest cup competition in the world! All of the teams involved enjoyed their day. We wish Lincoln College and Sheffield College the best of luck in their finals.’’

    Monday 26 Mar 2018

  • E-learning at Selby College - Digital Technologies Network Event


    Selby College is proud to be part of the University of Hull Federation of Regional Colleges for Engagement (FORCE), a regional network whose aim is to help schools and educational professionals support learners to achieve their potential through raising aspirations and increasing participation in Further Education and Higher Education.

    An offshoot of the partnership is the Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network (and Augmented Realities), which was formed to help support the enhancement of teaching and learning across the 11 Further and Higher Education partner institutions across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

    The network’s annual ‘Digital Spring’ event returns this month, with a programme of development events to inspire and engage teachers in both FE and HE. All of the 2018 events will be scheduled as live events and broadcast through webinars.

    Gabriel Horgan, Lecturer in Sports Studies at Selby College is presenting a seminar at 4pm on Friday 9th March titled ‘Whose e-learning is it anyway?’, which takes a look at decentralising the role of the teaching with regards to e-learning and allowing the students to use e-learning technologies for themselves.

    Each of the partner institutions are committed to supporting their teaching staff and students in exploring and developing new teaching methods through the use of mobile technologies, with the network itself acting as a central hub for activities including enterprise, grant applications and research.

    Gabriel said: “I’ve been exploring the use of e-learning in my own practice for at least six years and continue to be involved in staff training across the college. This interest in e-learning has seen me pick up some excellent applications and I attempt to use them in my lessons.

    He added, “In the last few years it occurred to me that by placing the students in control of the e-learning it actually increased their ICT skills, understanding and engagement. This has been the focus of the work with the University of Hull.”

    Other regional institutions such as Doncaster College, Grimsby Institute, East Riding College and Bishop Burton College are focusing on the use of Google Hangouts in Teaching, Using OneNote Class Notebook, How to Use E-learning to Engage Learners and Using Infographics in Teaching as part of the ‘Digital Spring’ event.

    For more information about the network and upcoming events, please check out or follow @digitechnet on Twitter.




    Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

  • MP backs Selby student’s Charity Readathon


    An ambitious A Level student from top-performing Selby College has recently returned to her studies after a two-year-long battle with anorexia, and now she hopes to make a change not only at college but in the local community.

    Former Holy Family student Georgie Morrison was admitted to hospital at a critical weight in January 2017, but was able to return to college last September and restart her A Levels. Now that she has been signed off from all medical services, the 17-year-old wants to give something back to the community that helped her through such a difficult time.

    As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week from 26th February – 4th March 2018, Georgie is hosting a week-long sponsored Readathon at Selby College, and all staff and students can take part. Georgie said, “I decided to organise my 'Readathon' fundraising event as reading is one of my favourite things to do. Due to my illness, my concentration suffered immensely and I found I could not read anything and retain anything I read, and this upset me deeply. Reading has always been a passion of mine and it is one of the main reasons I chose to recover.”

    During one of his recent visits to the college, Georgie grabbed the opportunity to ask Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams for his support with not only her fundraising event, but also for help with raising awareness of the disease in the local community.

    Nigel said: “I’m delighted to support Georgie’s Readathon which will raise funds for a great cause. Georgie is an incredibly brave young woman who has battled and beaten a serious condition which affects so many young people. She now wants to help others with eating disorders and I know her story will be a great support to many. Her friends and family should be so proud of what she is doing.”

    The English Literature student is encouraging anyone who picks up a book during this time to donate any amount of money to this worthy cause, which she believes helped to save her life. She added, “I hope you can all get involved and help to raise money for the charity Beat to raise awareness of this nasty illness and help keep this fantastic support system up and running. What I’ve been through has brought out the best in me. I am so much more confident now and really eager to make a change.”

    To sponsor Georgie, visit

    Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

    Thursday 22 Feb 2018

  • Selby College Volunteer celebrates 20 years’ service

    There was cause for celebration at top-performing Selby College on Thursday 8th February, as Simon Harris, a volunteer member of staff in the college’s Refectory, was awarded his bronze certificate for 20 years’ service.

    College staff alongside members of Simon’s family gathered in the Refectory to watch him receive his award, presented by college Principal and Chief Executive Allan Stewart OBE. Allan thanked Simon for his long and meritorious service, praising him for his consistent service with a smile and willingness to help the team.

    Simon began volunteering for Selby College in 1998 when he was just 18-years-old, and has continued to provide excellent service to the Catering team ever since. He is now the team’s longest serving member of staff. Bev Welsh, Catering Manager said, “Simon is always willing to take on any task that I ask of him and has a friendly attitude towards both staff and students. Simon has become more than a volunteer, he is a very valued member of the team and we really miss him on Fridays when he isn’t here!”

    Simon added, “I was very surprised and pleased to receive this award. I love working at Selby College and getting the chance to speak to different people every day.”

    Tuesday 13 Feb 2018

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