College hosts annual Humanities Conference

This year’s Humanities Conference and Higher Education Fair took place on Wednesday 5th December and Wednesday 12th December at the Colleges Crewe and Ellesmere Port Campuses.

It was the perfect opportunity for learners to meet some of the UK’s leading universities, speak to representatives about courses, find out about university entry requirements, as well as having the opportunity to speak to our staff about the College’s Higher Education experiences.

Each year over 30 universities attend from across the UK, giving learners the chance to explore their higher education’s options. A number of specific workshops also took part on the day, sessions included topics within Poetry, Law, Geography, English Literature and Language, to help attendees make informed decisions about subject areas, before the main UCAS deadline on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Neil Borg-Olivier, Assistant Principal Curriculum, opened this year’s event by welcoming guests, before introducing keynote speaker Paul Ward, Professor of Public History at Edge Hill University.

Paul gave an insightful talk about the importance of humanities subjects and the value of them in industry. Paul said: ‘’We think that humanities disciplines like ours have much to contribute to understanding the incredible variety of human experience, as well as equipping our graduates for their personal and professional development, to contribute to the major issues facing humanity in the 21st century.

‘’Humanities foster core skills in research, analysis, cultural literacy, critical thinking, communication and persuasion valued by a wide range of employers.’’

The following Wednesday, 12th December, Simon Stewart, Dean of Faculty – Social and Life Sciences at Wrexham Glyndwr University, opened the Ellesmere Port event, with an inspiring and interactive presentation focusing on how our skill sets need to develop in order to suit the futures ever changing economy. Simon said: ‘’The future economy is constantly changing and in recent years there has been a shift towards critical thinking and creativity. It is essential for learners to develop their skill sets, so they are prepared in these ways.

‘’Teachers need to ensure they are speaking positively into learners lives, as this asserts and confirms potential. It is essential for today’s learners not to settle for second best. Seek out people who will aid your achievements and support your development.’’

Representatives who attended the Fair, included; Keele University, Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Derby.

The conference was delivered as part of the Colleges’ Futures Programme. Futures Coordinator at Cheshire College – South & West, Fiona Burgess, commented: ‘’The event has inspired our learners to realise their potential to study at University and to experience exciting workshop delivered by leading academics.

‘’This was the first time we held the event at our Ellesmere Port Campus. It has provided an exciting platform for the learners to explore subjects they may not have considered before.’

The College’s Careers Team organised and led the Higher Education Fair. Lorraine Murray-Fletcher, Admissions, Reception and Careers Lead also commented: ‘’It was delightful to see so many learners interacting at both the conference and the fair

‘’Ensuring learners are exposed to and encouraged to explore their different options is part of our careers strategy, linking back to the Gatsby Benchmarks.’’

Dhesi, Principal and CEO, said: ‘’The event was a huge success and encouraged learners to engage with academics through a unique style of learning.

‘’The idea of bringing together a wide range of leading universities to deliver such an event, stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations.’’

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses) or visit