Barnsley College Welcomes Chinese Housebuilders

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Barnsley College recently paid host to staff from the largest residential estate developer in the People’s Republic of China.

Senior staff from the Vanke Architectural research Centre, made a visit to Barnsley College ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’. Vanke is arguably the largest domestic house building company in the world, which develops and manages estates across 20 cities in China and has its headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong.

Two members of staff were undertaking a fact finding mission to the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ at the College’s Honeywell Campus site, in connection with their planning for an innovation centre and low carbon park in Beijing, China.

Huang Cheng, Vanke Construction Research Centre Manager said “We had a very warm reception, and a fantastic experience in Barnsley. We left with a very good impression of the Think Low Carbon Centre. In my experience, there is no project to have the same high quality construction level in China. We plan to have a similar facility in our visitor centre in Beijing”

Chinese colleagues had a guided tour of the ‘Think Low Carbon Centre’ and were given an insight into the College’s wider training and development programmes, and were able to witness first hand how advanced technologies have been combined within arguably Europe’s most advanced low carbon construction centre of its type. The Think Low Carbon Centre is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2.75 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013. The remainder of the project is being funded by the College.

Neil Brown, Barnsley College’s International Director, who hosted the visit said: “The interest in the Think Low Carbon Centre continues to grow internationally, and the fact that the worlds’ biggest house builder is keen to examine the technical capability we have at the College is something we should be very proud of. Our Chinese guests were incredibly impressed, and they hope to emulate the quality and technical complexity of the centre in the innovation centre they build in China’

Barnsley College continues to develop business opportunities and partnerships overseas, as part of its drive to grow international business and encourage international students to study specialist Higher Education courses in the town.

For more information about this and the international courses available from January 2013 at Barnsley College please visit For information about the Think Low Carbon Centre visit

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Great money saving tips for students at Barnsley College

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  1. Set yourself a budget. If you have a smartphone this is easy to do, there are many apps to help you. If not, try the budget tools at or lets you search for the cheapest price online.
  2. Check out Moodle for offers at Haircuts at Images studio in the College, for meals out, gym membership etc look for online discount vouchers. Check  or sign up to the newsletter.
  3. Do not choose a student bank account based on the freebies attached to it; go for the one with the biggest free overdraft and cheapest over-draft fees. Unauthorised borrowing can be outrageously expensive, wiping out the value of any perks you get when you open the account.
  4.  is a broadband comparison site, currently it features a nine-month Virgin Media deal especially for students. You may also want to consider a broad-band dongle, which does not require a landline, has a list of the best deals.
  5. If you do not have a car, split an online supermarket shop between you and your friends. Delivery is usually free at most supermarkets if you spend over a certain amount, and getting your shopping delivered means you can buy heavy items in bulk. Use  to compare prices across all stores.
  6. If you use the train, buy a 16-25 Railcard. For £28 you get a third off all rail travel and the London Underground and bus network if you have an Oystercard. Mature students can also apply.
  7. Go for a mobile phone deal that suits your student lifestyle. For example, you may want a package with free minutes during the day when you are calling friends between lectures, rather than at weekends. Orange has recently launched a contact called U24, where anyone under 24 can receive free unlimited UK calls and texts to anyone on Orange and T-Mobile and an additional 1GB of free mobile internet data.
  8. When you move into student accommodation, shop around for the best utility/energy deal. You will usually save most by having a dual fuel tariff, searching for your deal online and paying by direct debit.  has a list of the cheapest tariffs.
  9. Make the most of all the household discounts that you are entitled to. For example, you can get back about £36 on your TV licence if you are living in your student house for only mine months of the year and your household will be exempt from council tax.  has more information.

Do you want an Outstanding education and to live amongst Olympians ?

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“ Study in Yorkshire – ranked 12th in the London 2102 Olympic Medal Table “

Given that if Yorkshire was a country it would be 12th in the medal-winners’ table, it is hardly surprising that the area hosted some of the first Olympic homecoming celebrations, and has a lot to shout about.

From gold medal boxer Nicola Adams’s distinctive Leeds accent to Jessica Ennis’s less distinctive Sheffield tones, it’s hard to escape the Yorkshire factor. The encomia to the sporting prowess of “God’s Own County” note that its athletes won more golds than Spain, Brazil or Canada despite having a population of just over five million.

Yorkshire has produced, and is the home to many of the 2012 Team GB Olympic medallists, so why not apply the Yorkshire effect to your education by studying at Barnsley College, and see what it does for your personal and professional development.  With a range of specialist high quality courses, this makes Barnsley College the number one place to study in the region.

Barnsley College Sports Academy has a national reputation for supporting individual athletic development, and producing some of the regions strongest and most successful sports teams.

Over the past two years the College has invested heavily in its capital build programme with excellent new teaching and sports facilities.

Honeywell Campus, the home of our Sports Academy is host to approximately 400 full and part-time Sport and Public Services students, whilst at evenings and weekends the excellent facilities are available for hire to the community and a wide range of sports clubs.

Our wonderful facilities can accommodate a wide range of activities such as Football, Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Hockey, Volleyball, Badminton and general skills and fitness programmes. Community Sports Clubs and more informal groups are a daily feature and very welcome at our facilities.

If you want an ‘Outstanding’ education, in the heart of ‘Gods own Country’, then Barnsley College is the place for you.

Barnsley College welcomes Russian Minister

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On Monday 30th July 2012, Barnsley College welcomed The Minister of Industry and Energy from the Krasnodar Region of the Russian Federation, who came to visit the Think Low Carbon Centre at the College’s Honeywell Campus site.

Mr Brizhan Vitaliy was undertaking a short visit to the UK on a fact finding mission in connection with his Industry and Energy portfolio, linked to the fact that between 7th – 23rd February 2014, the city of Sochi in the Krasnodar region will host the winter Olympic Games.

Minister Vitaliy visited the London Olympics site to view power supply arrangements, and identify good practice that could be applied in the preparations for the winter Olympics in Sochi.

As part of his Ministerial portfolio, Mr Vitaliy also has responsibility for policy development and implementation of energy efficiency initiatives, and he was keen to visit the Barnsley College Think Low Carbon Centre to learn about training and development programmes, and witness first hand how advanced technologies have been combined within arguably the UK’s most advanced training centre of its type.

Mr Vitaliy was given a guided tour of the Honeywell site, and had a briefing in relation to the ongoing development of the College’s innovation park.

Neil Brown, Barnsley College’s International Director, who hosted the Ministers visit said: “This visit arranged at the Ministers request is a real feather in our cap, and it has been a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding training facilities we have to offer to local and international businesses.
He was particularly interested in our links with industry, and our vocational and apprenticeship training programmes. The Minister was highly impressed , and his visit further cements the relationship we have with the Krasnodar region – as we look forward to welcoming a delegation of staff from a Russian Energy Company to the College in the coming months.”

Barnsley College is developing business opportunities and educational partnerships overseas, as part of its drive to encourage international students to study specialist Higher Education courses in the town.

Areas of study available include Environmental and Sustainable Construction, Business and Management and Engineering for Mining.

Mr Brown added: “ International interest in our facilities is growing, and having invested in and developed one of the most advanced training centres in the world, we can quite rightly be proud to showcase the College and the town, our international work is entirely consistent with the cultural and economic regeneration of Barnsley.”

For more information about this and the international courses available from January 2013 at Barnsley College please visit

Minister of Industry and Energy of the Krasnodar Region, Brizhan Vitaliy (in the red tee shirt), with Neil Brown, Director – International Development, Barnsley College. Also present outside the Think Low Carbon Centre ( are Wendy Bussey, Think Low Carbon Centre Manager, and Mr Alexander Zhabin, Consultant from sot2k

Barnsley College welcomes Chinese visitors

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Last week Barnsley College tutors shared their classroom secrets with a group of teachers from Shaoxing College, China.

The 12 teaching staff from the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, visited Barnsley College to examine and develop understanding of good teaching practice with tutors from the Business and Management department. With the aid of a translator, the teachers observed lessons delivered around specialist areas of accountancy and teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

In addition to classroom sessions, the teachers also visited local accountancy firm Gibson Booth who have worked with the College to provide Apprenticeship opportunities. Helen Dickinson, Practice Manager at Gibson Booth, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Chinese delegates to our office. It was a great opportunity to showcase the successes of accountancy in Barnsley in providing not only excellent education but work opportunities to match.”

The 10 day visit was organised by the College’s International department and started on the 16 July with an introduction to the College and town. Activities included a visit to the Town Hall where they were given a civic welcome by Deputy Mayor Elect Ken Richardson and this was followed by a formal reception dinner at the College’s Zest restaurant where other local dignitaries joined staff from across the College to celebrate the partnership between the two organisations. The Chinese staff group have also had the opportunity to examine the rich culture and heritage of the local area and County.

Neil Brown, Barnsley College’s International Director, who first made the link with the Chinese College said: “This visit has been a great way to enhance our links with education partners in China, and we look forward to continuing to work with Shaoxing College in a mutually beneficial way in the months ahead.”

This is the first of a series of visits to develop business opportunities and education partnerships overseas, and encourage international students to study specialist Higher Education courses at Barnsley College. Areas of study available include construction and environmental sustainability, business and management and engineering for mining.

Mr Brown added: “A new international student population in Barnsley fits in perfectly with the cultural and economic regeneration the town is currently going through. There are also specific benefits to the residents of Barnsley through our Homestay programmes.”

The Homestay programme offers households the opportunity to earn up to £4,250 tax free income a year through letting furnished rooms to international students. For more information about this and the international courses available at Barnsley College please visit

International Partnerships

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In July 2012, Barnsley College will deliver a Chinese Vocational Teacher Training Programme focussed in the field of Accounting, to a delegation of staff from the Shaoxing Secondary Technical School, Zhejiang Province, South East China.

The visiting delegation will comprise 12 staff , with the main objective of the of the group visit being to explore and learn from the ‘progressive’ management and delivery of the Accountancy Vocation from an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ graded partner College in the UK.

Colleagues from China will undertake a Professional Development Award in Learning and Development. Barnsley College offers bespoke training to individuals, international education institutions and companies wishing to develop their staff in bespoke areas.

Particular specialisms at Barnsley College include:

  • Accountancy
  • Business and Management
  • Environmental and Sustainable Construction
  • Low Carbon Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • ISO 50001 in Energy Management
  • For further details of bespoke training programmes, please contact:

    Neil Brown
    Director – International Development
    + 44 (0)1226 216708

    Why Study at Barnsley College?

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    • In February 2012 the college opened a new £40 million purpose built main campus building which provides truly state-of-the art facilities in every department and allows students to study with the most advanced technology available in any UK educational institution.
    • Our College classes are usually smaller than those of UK Universities, and as a consequence our students get a much more intimate experience and a very high level of interaction with academic staff, in addition to high levels of care from support staff and student advisers.
    • We offer an extremely high standard of teaching from highly qualified, committed staff. Barnsley College is rated as ‘outstanding’ and one of the best Colleges in the UK by Ofsted, the independent UK education inspection agency. This is an accolade which reflects the performance of teachers and students, as well as the exceptionally high quality of our courses and resources.
    • Over 6,500 students study with us either full or part time, and our goal is to help them achieve their full potential. We currently have students from over 70 nationalities attending our courses. The College has also been awarded the prestigious Beacon Status from the UK Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), and this is confirmation of our exemplary teaching and learning practice. The College has some wonderful resources, and in a number of areas is an exemplar of good practice within UK education.
    • We have an International Office which provides dedicated support to all our international students.
    • The College has dedicated careers advisors to assist and advise students with University applications.
    • The cost of living in Barnsley is lower than in most other parts of the UK and our town has a 24 year low crime rate, making it a very safe place for international students and visitors.
    • Our tuition fees are lower than University fees and pursuing a path to a degree in the UK through our College and linked partners, offers substantial savings in achieving a degree.