News from 2019-2020

  • STEM students at Selby College head to New Scientist Live

    On Friday 11th October, a group of 18 students from the Science department at Selby College attended the New Scientist Live event at the ExCeL in London.

    The students and lecturers had a great day, even getting the chance to build and launch rockets and interact with and hug robots! They also had the opportunity to try out keyhole surgery at King’s College London’s stand and ride a virtual reality rollercoaster thanks to Middlesex University.

    Described as the ‘World’s Greatest Science Festival’, the event showcased over 120 talks and even more inspiring speakers across seven stages, alongside more than 150 exhibits for the students to explore, including universities promoting their STEM courses to visitors.

    Biology Lecturer Kirsty Butterworth said of the experience: “It was a fantastic day which highlighted the career opportunities available for STEM students; which range from becoming a VFX Apprentice to guiding planes to land safely as an Air Traffic Controller. The students also seemed to enjoy navigating their way through the London Underground!”

    Well done to the STEM group for being great ambassadors for the college and making the most of a brilliant opportunity to start thinking about their progression routes and career paths after they complete their studies at Selby College.

    Thursday 31 Oct 2019

  • Higher Education Art & Design students head to Venice Biennale

    On Thursday 3rd October, Year 1 and Year 2 students studying for a Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (Arts Practice) headed to Venice to visit the Biennale International Arts Festival.

    The 58th Art Exhibition, which is titled May You Live In Interesting Times, runs until the 24th November and features the work of 79 participants from all over the world.

    The group of 10 students and lecturers stayed in the City of Water until Sunday 6th October and were able to experience all the creative and vibrant culture and sights Venice has to offer, not forgetting the famous Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square.

    The students said: “The galleries were amazing and included some really interesting work… the Biennale was visually beautiful, along with the whole location, there was something inspiring round every corner.”

    They added: “The tutors did such a good job with planning the trip, Venice was superb! It was so pretty and the art was unbelievable, we loved it.”

    Tuesday 22 Oct 2019

  • Hull FC relaunch Rugby League team and partnership with Selby College

    Students at Selby College are benefitting from a fantastic partnership with Rugby League team Hull FC which relaunches this autumn to new First Years as well as existing students. 

    For the past two years, Selby College has been working alongside Hull FC Foundation and they are delighted to announce that all learners will now have the opportunity to train and play Rugby League for a Selby College team in the Yorkshire 2 League, following training sessions aimed at creating and building a team to compete in the 13-a-side competition.

    Other benefits of the scheme organised with the Hull FC Foundation include weekly training sessions and match day, as well as lunchtime Touch Rugby sessions and tournaments for both men and women to encourage more students to get involved with the sport.

    Selby College Sports students also have unique access to the Hull FC Training ground for 'masterclass' sessions from the Club’s Coaching, Sports Science (Strength & Conditioning) and Physiotherapists.

    The students that get involved will have the opportunity to observe First Team training and Super-League matches at the KCOM Stadium in Hull, the home of Hull City Football Club and Hull FC Rugby League Club. There may also be Work Placement opportunities to help students take the next step in their dream sporting careers.

    Carla Cantrell, Subject Area Manager for Sports & Public Services at Selby College said of the partnership: “We are excited to further develop and strengthen the partnership with Hull FC this year, allowing talented Rugby League players to train and compete under the banner of a professional club with experienced coaches in both a league and cup format. The players will also be completing their studies here at Selby College, and so the Rugby League opportunities are an excellent addition to their study programme”.

    Hull FC’s Lead Coach for the Selby College programme Richard Tate said: "We're really pleased to continue our involvement with the College after a successful few years”.

    He added: "We've given a lot of students the chance to learn basic skills in the game and now they have the chance to take part in competitive 13-a-side fixtures for the first time this year - after two years of hard work playing 7s and 9s rugby, they now have the chance to take their progression to the next level in the College league.

    "The students at Selby College are really enthusiastic about the programme, and we've even managed to bring some into the game from other sports which is really impressive.

    "Hopefully this continues to provide a pathway into playing sport at a higher education level when their time with the college comes to an end."

    Please contact Sport Development Officer Matthew Duck on Tel 01757 211025 or email for more information or to enquire about coaching dates. Students are also welcome to call in to the Sport Office on the First Floor of the Jubilee Building to register their interest.


    Tuesday 15 Oct 2019

  • Selby College celebrates another year of Higher Education success

    The sixth annual Selby College Higher Education Graduation was held in the magnificent surroundings of Selby Abbey on the afternoon of Friday 11th October.

    Selby College’s Chair of Governors Richard Stiff, welcomed around 250 friends, family, teaching and support staff, governors and special guests to celebrate the achievements of the Higher Education students who successfully completed their studies this year on 12 programmes including Business, Computing, Education, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Learning Support and Sport.

    Special guests in attendance included the Mayor of Selby, Cllr Malik Rofidi and his wife Cllr Lisa Rofidi, who were joined by the Mayor of Snaith and Cowick, Cllr David Butterfield and his consort, as well as Selby District Council’s Cllr David Buckle and Dave Caulfield, Director of Economic Regeneration and Place.

    Before the event guests enjoyed music from violinist Nadia Vkovs, followed by a performance by former student and Selby’s very own classically trained tenor, Jacob Walsh, who returned to the awards to perform songs from his repertoire.

    It has been a fantastic year for Selby College’s Higher Education provision with more than 200 students on programmes in the past academic year, and the addition of even more new courses this coming academic year.

    The College’s highly regarded and growing Higher Education course provision, across nine curriculum areas, now ranges from an Access to Higher Education programme in Health Science Professions, to our flourishing Higher National Diploma in Art & Design and also in General Engineering.

    Selby College’s Higher Education provision is making an increasing impact on the Selby area, enabling the training and education of employees to higher levels locally, enabling businesses and the public sector to be more productive, to innovate and to grow.

    Guest speaker Colin Johnson, Associate Dean, Student Experience for the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Hull formally presented the certificates to the graduates, as well as three special awards for notable Effort & Achievement. The University of Huddersfield prize was awarded to Professional Graduate Certificate in Education student Katy Grafton, who made outstanding progress throughout her studies despite a range of challenging circumstances.

    The Pearson prize went to Higher National Diploma in Business student Bethany Welford, who achieved straight distinctions throughout her HNC and HND, combined with working throughout the two-year course, and also achieving a promotion in her workplace.

    Finally, the University of Hull prize went to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Exercise Science student Adam Sawden who achieved a first class honours degree and demonstrated excellent academic skills throughout. He has now gone on to study for his PGCE at Selby College to become a teacher, and is working within the College’s Sports department, alongside a job at Tadcaster Grammar School as a teaching assistant four days a week.

    Closing the Graduation event, Selby College Principal Phil Sayles said: “It has been fantastic to celebrate the achievements of the graduates amongst us today. We are proud to offer Higher Education courses that are technical and career-focused.” 

    He added: “In fact, from talking to our learners, I know that for many, if Selby College did not offer the higher education courses it does, they could not study to this level. I also know from meeting our Higher Education students that our staff care, support and challenge them to succeed.

    “Our students are dedicated and work hard, they are resilient and intelligent – and are the next generation of contributors to life in Selby – congratulations to them all.”

    Selby College will return to Selby Abbey to celebrate the Further Education student successes of the past year at a special Awards Ceremony on Monday 16th December.

    Tuesday 15 Oct 2019

  • Sport students at Selby College start the academic year on a high

    Principal Phil Sayles presents the Second Year Sports students with their certificates

    Sports students at Selby College have been awarded certificates for additional qualifications they have recently achieved as part of their Sports courses - these include Sports Leader UK, Rugby Young Leaders, Volleyball Young Leaders and Emergency First Aid at Work.

    As part of their extra qualifications, the College’s students have been working with local primary schools. In the last year this has seen them volunteer and host events at Selby College for over 500 primary school pupils including cross-country, tri-golf, girl’s football, multi-sports, cricket, boccia and curling. Students have also ran events externally including girls-only dodgeball at Selby High School, tennis at Staynor Hall Primary School and the annual school cricket competition at Selby Cricket Club.

    Sports students Matthew Pooley and Louis Almond

    Student Matthew Pooley, 18, who has been working and volunteering at Brayton C of E (VC) Primary School since July also received some fantastic feedback following his involvement in their Summer Holiday Camp programme, as well as a number of other school events, teaching PE and recently a PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) teaching role, where he is also delivering an after-school club.

    Brayton Primary Teacher Jamie Wheeler said: “Matthew has made a massive impression on not only myself, but also on the whole staff team here, who are always happy to have him work with their class and help out where he can. The children have also thoroughly enjoyed him teaching them.”

    Former Selby High School students Matthew and Louis Almond, 17, have also been working with Hambleton FC Juniors for the past year after taking up an opportunity the College offered after they were approached by the club and their lecturers are delighted to have received such glowing feedback from Club and Coach Development Officer Steve Richards.

    Steve said: “Matt and Louis have been fantastic, they have committed to every session for the whole season and both are now completing FA Level 1 Coaching courses paid for by the club – they have been a real credit to themselves and to the College. 

    He added: “They have not only supported the coaching but also taken on responsibilities including team management, pitch improvements and lots of other jobs that come with running a community club.”

    More Selby College students have been offered the opportunity to get involved with Hambleton Juniors this season with three different age group teams (U12, U8 and U7), as well as the chance to support match days and get involved in the coordination of the club including fundraising, photography and website management. 

    If a local organisation would like to offer work experience opportunities to Selby College students please get in touch with Sport & Public Services Subject Area Manager Carla Cantrell or call 01757 211023, alternatively contact Work Placement Coordinator Rebecca James or call 01757 211050.

    Monday 14 Oct 2019

  • Selby College welcomes Primary students for District Cross Country Finals

    On Wednesday 9th October the Selby District Cross Country Finals were held at Selby College.

    Students from 30 local primary schools were involved including Camblesforth Community Primary School, Barlow Church of England Primary School, Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy, Appleton Roebuck Primary School, South Milford Primary School, Riverside School Tadcaster and Selby Abbey CE Primary School.

    The top eight students from each school's year group qualified to race in today's event, following last month’s competitions at Selby High School and Tadcaster Grammar School on the 19th September.

    Sport Development Officer Matthew Duck and Lecturer Laura Stanworth

    The Primary children raced in four different categories with Boys’ and Girls’ competitions for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and an Inclusive Category.

    The younger students ran two laps of the College playing fields to cover 1200m, with Year 5 running 1500m and the Inclusive race covering 900m.

    The winners will progress to the North Yorkshire Primary Schools’ Final at Dalby Forest on the 5th November.

    Thank you to the Selby College Sports department staff that helped oversee the running of the event and Level 2 Sports students that marshalled the races.

    Well done to the runners that took part, you were all fantastic!

    Wednesday 9 Oct 2019

  • Refectory Manager Bev ‘Braves the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support

    On Thursday 3rd October, Selby College’s Refectory Manager Bev Welsh will be getting her hair shaved off at the onsite Aspire Hair & Beauty Salon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave fundraiser.

    Bev, who will be a familiar face to many former students and staff, has worked at the College since 2011, first in the Coffee Shop and since 2016 as Catering Manager, and has always wanted to give something back to the charity as her late father was cared for by a team from Macmillan in 2003 as he battled cancer.

    The amazing support he was given by the Macmillan nurses that looked after him, covering everything from nursing to practical financial advice, gave Bev the push she needed to take the plunge and get a pack for this year.

    The keen fundraiser, who has also previously hosted a number of Macmillan coffee mornings with a neighbour, as well as supporting the local Selby ‘Spirit of Christmas’ charity that runs inclusive Christmas family parties for the first time last year, said she will be “embracing my new look and be bald and proud” – despite the weather turning colder!

    Bev is hoping that as many of her Catering team as possible, including her son Jonathan, and staff from the College will come and support her during the shave on Thursday afternoon - which will be tasked to Hair, Beauty, Hospitality & Catering Subject Area Manager Stewart King who normally styles her hair.

    So far Bev has raised around £350, beating her original target of £200. If anyone would like to support Bev there is a Sponsor Form and Donation Box at the College’s Main Reception in the Jubilee Building as well as in her office. You can also donate via her Just Giving page set up on Facebook­­_source=messenger.

    Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

  • Art & Design students hold Bake Sale for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

    On Monday 23rd September, Selby College’s Art & Design department held a Bake Sale in the Jubilee Building for staff and students to raise vital funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

    Year 2 Art & Design Course Leader Kiku McNaughton and Lecturer Nicky Croft supported the Second Year students throughout the morning - their delicious home-baked cookies, brownies, cakes and cupcakes were quickly snapped up during the morning break and over lunch.

    The charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations in order to provide state-of-the-art emergency medical care throughout Yorkshire.

    Monday 23 Sep 2019

  • New students welcomed with Freshers’ Week activities

    The highlight of a week-long programme of events to welcome all new students at Selby College was Wednesday’s Freshers’ Fair when the Abbot’s Road campus was transformed into a Freshers’ Fairground for the afternoon!

    The lunchtime event saw everyone from students to staff having a go on the traditional Fairground stalls including ‘Hook a Duck’ and ‘High Striker’, not forgetting the challenge of the Rodeo Bull, Giant Buzz Wire and Gladiator Jousting on the mound - which even had Selby College Principal Phil Sayles taking on Director of Estates Mark Gent! Students were able to enjoy popcorn and candy floss and a return visit from LoubyLou's ice cream van.

    The local business and support service stands in the Jubilee Building included DW Fitness First Selby, Selby Leisure Centre, Yorkshire Bank and Arriva, alongside the College’s support teams. Domino’s Pizza were also in attendance handing out pizza slices!

    After the Freshers’ Fair, the Sports Department held its Sports Trials for Men’s and Women’s Football, Rugby and Netball on the playing fields and in the Sports Hall. The department also ran a Bubble Football lunchtime session earlier in the week, as well as tasters by Hospitality & Catering and Hair & Beauty, and sign-ups for clubs including Computing and Sport. 

    Throughout the week the Student Admin Help Desk was available for queries about transport and bursary, as well as Careers Advice from the College’s specialist advisors.

    To sign up for a Sports Club visit the Sports Office in the Jubilee Building, alternatively contact Sport Development Officer Matthew Duck on Tel 01757 211025 or email

    Remember, it’s not too late to apply for a course at Selby College this September, please email the Student Admin Team on or call 01757 211040 to find out about availability.

    Tuesday 17 Sep 2019

  • Former A Level student Hannah interviews Olympic Boxer on BBC Sport Placement

    It’s great to see our former students on the way to achieving their dream careers! 

    Former A Level student Hannah Lucas progressed to the University of Sheffield last September to study BA Journalism Studies.

    Hannah, who studied History, English Language and Art & Design at Selby College dreams of being a Sports Broadcaster after she graduates. After applying to be a BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter she was delighted to be interviewed and chosen to get a five-week placement as a reporter for BBC Humberside.

    The former Howden School student has interviewed football players, read the 16:25 Sports Bulletin live on the radio and created a project on a sports story in the local area. A passionate boxer from the age of 12, she decided to do her feature on local Hull Olympic Champion Luke Campbell’s world title fight against Vasiliy Lomachenko. She was granted exclusive access to attend Luke’s training camp in London to spend time with him and interview him one-on-one.

    Hannah’s final project aired on BBC Humberside on Saturday 31st August before the fight. She will head to Media City in Salford for her BBC Showcase later this month, before she returns to university for her final two years.

    Hannah said of her time at Selby College: "The staff here are dedicated to helping you achieve the best you can and genuinely care about their students' ambitions."

    She added: "I found my A Level courses to be fun as well as very challenging, which made me want to put in the extra work needed to do well. I really enjoyed my time studying here. Selby College gets people to the places they want to be. I could not recommend the College and the course I studied enough!"

    You can listen to her report here:


    Thursday 5 Sep 2019

Prev | 1 2 | Next