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UCAS 2018 Registration Day - Friday 30th June

Student News Feed - 1 hour 3 min ago
by Kim Small.  

In order to apply to university you need to complete an application through the UCAS system.

We will be holding a UCAS Registration Day for 2018 applications this Friday, 30th June in the LRC.

Please choose an appropriate slot below and make sure you arrive at least 5mins before the session start time. Late comers will be turned away and asked to attend the next session.

Session times: 9.15am / 10am / 10.45am / 11.30am / 1.30pm / 2.15pm / 3.15pm / 4.00pm

Registration is just the start of the application process. You will be provided with further information on how to apply on the 6th July (Progression Fair Day).

If you are unable to attend on the 30th June please email

To prepare, start thinking of a password - it must:

  • be at least 8 characters long
  • have at least one lowercase letter (a-z) and one uppercase letter (A-Z)
  • contain at least one number (0—9)
  • use at least one special character, such as: % $ £ & @ * ! ?

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College Chaplain- now on leave

Student News Feed - 16 June, 2017 - 08:09
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Just to let you know that David Hinks our college Chaplain, is currently on a well deserved break.

He will return for 1:1 appointments on Tuesday 27th June. You can book on Moodle through the student resources page- support & counselling.

He is based in the Reflection Room in Austin, room 719 and offers spiritual guidance for all faiths and those of no faith.

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Emergency Contraception service

Student News Feed - 15 June, 2017 - 15:37
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Lloyds Pharmacy in Alton has in the past offered a free emergency contraception service (morning after pill).

This is now up and running during opening hours below:

  • Monday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Tuesday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Wednesday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Thursday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Friday: 09:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday: 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sunday: Closed

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Bournemouth University - Summer Breaks Programme - deadline extended

Student News Feed - 13 June, 2017 - 20:47
by Kim Small.  

Bournemouth University offer a Summer Breaks programme to give students a taste of what university will be like – all condensed into a week staying on their Lansdowne campus. This is all fully funded and students get to experience not only academic sessions, but also social aspects of university, including BBQ’s and nights out (alcohol free) at the Student Union.

At present, numbers are low for Year 12 students in the 3rd week (18th – 21st July) and Bournemouth have therefore extended the deadline to apply. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight to what you can do after compulsory education, may that be Higher Education, Apprenticeships, or other options.

Here is the online link, please use the buttons on this page to apply:

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Alton Sports Centre Consultation 30th May to 23rd June 2017

Student News Feed - 13 June, 2017 - 14:48
by Barbara Baldwin.  

Alton Sports Centre Consultation 30th May to 23rd June 2017

Alton Town Council would like to hear your views on the new Sports Centre for Alton. East Hampshire District Council have already determined the facilities mix (design) for the new building see:

The Town Council recognises that this design has been finalised without a wide public consultation and they would like to understand if the new Sports Centre to be built fairly reflects the needs of the local community and if users are supportive of the design. The results of the survey will be collated, analysed and presented back to the next meeting of Alton Town Council on the 12 July 2017.

To complete the survey please go to:

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REMINDER: Welcome to Year 2 - extra session TODAY (13Jun17)

Student News Feed - 13 June, 2017 - 11:56
by Kim Small.  

If you missed the Welcome to Year 2 meetings held yesterday, a further session is being run today at 1pm in room 32 (next to Reception).

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Important Information from UCAS for 2017 applicants

Student News Feed - 9 June, 2017 - 13:39
by Kim Small.  

Important Information from UCAS

UCAS have advised that they will be contacting students whose AS / A level qualifications entered on their UCAS application don't match the data received from the examination boards.

UCAS will be emailing any affected students this month - please check your emails regularly and if you receive a message respond immediately.

If you have any questions regarding the above please email UCAS direct via or contact Kim Small in the Hub.

Likewise, if you know of any changes to the exam details you entered whilst applying, please let UCAS know by emailing You should also let your firm/insurance university choices know too.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER - Welcome to Year 2 Meetings - Monday 12th June

Student News Feed - 7 June, 2017 - 16:08
by Kim Small.  

ALL students on the first year of a two year programme MUST ATTEND a ‘ Welcome to Year 2 ’ meeting on Monday 12th June in the Martin Read Hall as follows:

  • Session 1: 10.10am
  • Session 2: 10.35am
  • Session 3: 11.00am

The table below shows which session you must attend along with your tutor

The above meetings are in place of normal timetabled lessons between 10.25am-11.25am – all other lessons run as per your timetable, i.e. the lesson before and lessons after.

An alternative session will be held on Tuesday 13th June at 1pm in room 32 for those who are in Exams on Monday morning.

Students who are unable to attend on either day must advise the Student Hub.

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 201A Inma Menendez 202F Darren Della Maestra 250N Phil Thorn 204A Mick De Pomerai 203N Steph Forward 252A Ivan Bicknell 205A Steven Hanson 207F Mary Willis 254A James Harding 206A Lindsey Cole 209N Trish Wilson 255N Chris Revell 211A Danielle Hosford 210N Simon Durdan 257N Joshua Reeves 215A Richard Lovejoy 214N Bianca Junge 258N Nicola Maxfield 226A Lizzie Podger 218F Emily Ludford 260N Ros Cranham 232A Lilian Kesic 219N Jenny Bray 261A Vanessa McGlone 235A Paul Williams 222N Adem Omar 262A Laura Ryan 227N Lesley Brewer 264A Louisa Church 228N Simon Blomfield 265N Adrian Dee 234F Natalie Moran 266N Trevor Osprey 267N Jo Edmonds 268N Denise Hopper

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GENERAL ELECTION - British Values in Action

Student News Feed - 7 June, 2017 - 13:53
by Jon Myers.  

In the last General Election in 2015 only 43% of 18-24 year-olds voted. This was the lowest turnout from any age category (54% of 25-34 year-olds, rising to 78% of over 65s)

If you are 18 and you have registered to vote please use your democratic right and vote!

Want to know more about what the different parties are saying? Have a look at the BBCs manifesto guide at:


  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
  • Individual Liberty
  • Rule of Law

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Research help - University of Sheffield - Newly qualified drivers

Student News Feed - 5 June, 2017 - 08:52
by Darren Della Maestra.  

The University of Sheffield are studying driving behaviour in young newly qualified drivers (aged 17-21 years) who have passed their driving test within the last 6 months. 

This information may be helpful in predicting crash risk in young drivers and suggesting improvements for driver training. This study has received ethical approval from the Research Ethics Committee of the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield (ref 011465).

Taking part involves filling in an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20-25 minutes.

The questionnaire asks about social background, driving experience, and your attitudes to driving and life in general.

All participants who fully complete the survey will be sent a £5 Amazon voucher as a thank you for participating.

All responses will be confidential and no identifying information will be reported when we write our results.

Please take part in the survey by using this link:

If  you have any questions about the study you can email

Very many thanks for your help with our study

Yours faithfully

Marianne Day
Professor Richard Rowe

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Last call for mentoring red polo shirts

Student News Feed - 25 May, 2017 - 10:15
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

To all 2nd years who were college mentors/ambassadors and are about to leave, please return your red polo shirts to the counselling area in the hub (through the orange door).

Many thanks and good luck in your new venture.

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In response to last night's terrible attack in Manchester

Student News Feed - 23 May, 2017 - 08:40
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

In light of last night's cowardly attack in the Manchester Arena, our Chaplain David Hinks will be available in the Reflection Room (719 in Austin) for students today between 11-2pm. You can come along between these times or email David for a 1:1 session:

There is also the Reflection Garden outside behind learning support, for anyone needing a quiet space at any time throughout the day.

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Less than 3 hrs to register to vote!!

Student News Feed - 22 May, 2017 - 21:53
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Register by MINDNIGHT TONIGHT to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.


For advice and information:

As of this morning 34% of eligible 18-24 year olds had not registered...your vote is important for your future.  DO IT NOW!!

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If you are 18...don't forget to register to vote - MONDAY DEADLINE!!

Student News Feed - 19 May, 2017 - 11:30
by Darren Della Maestra.  

Register by 22 May to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.


For advice and information:

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Further update regarding roadworks in Alton

Student News Feed - 18 May, 2017 - 13:13
by Debbie Hallier.  

Southeast Water have informed us this morning that the current roadworks and traffic lights on the Butts Roundabout in Alton should be completed by the end of this week, restoring the roundabout to full flow.

Once the Butts Roundabout is completed works will then commence on Butts Road until either the beginning of Jane Austen week (17th – 25th June) or they reach their scheduled end point at the end of Butts Green. Southeast Water are hoping that all of this will only take 3 weeks. We have also asked that they maximise the half term break to hopefully shorten the disruption during term time.

We therefore urge that all students travelling to College, that use this route, allow at least an hour extra for their travel to enable them to arrive at College in time for their scheduled exams.

Thank you.

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Please return Student Mentor red polo shirts ASAP

Student News Feed - 17 May, 2017 - 11:57
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Please can all current year 2 student mentors about to leave please return you red Alton College mentoring top as soon as possible.

These will be needed for the new year 1 mentors. 

Please return tops to Vanessa, Welfare Manager in the counselling area (through the orange door at the back of student services) or hand them to the person on reception in the student hub, addressed to the Welfare Manager.

Many thanks!

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URGENT Notice from Exams regarding roadworks causing delays

Student News Feed - 17 May, 2017 - 10:03
by Frances Standen.  

For the NEXT THREE WEEKS there are major road works at the entrance to Alton from the A31 at the Chawton Park road end of town. These extend along the side of the Butts.  Very severe delays are expected.

Getting into college in time for exams is very likely to be affected.  Please note the following:

If you usually travel by BUS along this route and are able to make alternative arrangements we strongly advise you to do so.  Please note if you make alternative arrangements you will need to leave plenty of time for your journey.

If you have to use the busses the college will be informed of delays to the buses arriving.  The exams team will be aware.  If you arrive at College before 9.30am for a morning exam or 2.00pm for an afternoon exam please go straight to your exam room.  You will be permitted to start your exam and will receive the full time allocated.

If you arrive after 9.30am (or 2.00pm) please go the student hub where the Exam team will inform you what to do next

If you come to College by car please allow PLENTY OF EXTRA TIME FOR YOUR JOURNEY- we recommend a minimum of ONE EXTRA HOUR.

The college is working with other schools in the area to see if this situation can be eased in any way.  Further information will be available later.

Frances Standen


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For all English Literature and English Language/Literature students studying 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Student News Feed - 15 May, 2017 - 13:03
by Susan Greenhalgh.  

The English Department will be showing the acclaimed 2014 Young Vic production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire', directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, in the DLC at the following times:

Tomorrow, Tuesday 16th May, from 1pm-2pm
Thursday 18th May from 12.30-2pm
Tuesday 23rd May from 1pm-2pm.

This production will enhance your understanding, be essential revision and will change the way you think about Blanche!

(If you can't manage all three sessions, even seeing some of this will be useful, so do come along!)

Bring your lunch!

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Sexual Health Clinic Cancelled today- apologies!

Student News Feed - 12 May, 2017 - 15:49
by Vanessa Edworthy.  

Just to let you know sexual health clinic was cancelled this week due to unforeseen circumstances.

It will resume as normal on Friday 19th May 12-2pm in room 504b in the counselling suite.

Should you need emergency support or advice on sexual health, please feel free to come and see Vanessa this afternoon (Friday 12th May at 3-5pm) or visit your local GP.

Anyone under 25years old can also get free contraception and advice at the following walk-in clinics:

- Chase Hospital, Bordon:                                                   Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm & Wednesdays 12:30pm-2:30pm

- Alton Hospital: Tuesday 4-7:15pm

- Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford: Walk-in Wednesdays for under 25's 3-5pm

- Aldershot Centre for Health: Mons 2-5:45pm, Weds 4-6pm, Thurs 2-6pm, Fri 8:30-11:45am


1:1 Appointments can be made by calling: 0300 300 2016

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Exams Presentation with Explanatory Notes

Student News Feed - 12 May, 2017 - 14:30
by Kate Cave.  

Please find the Exams Presentation which was shown in PLD sessions this week including Explanatory Notes

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