Friday, 27 April 2018

Applied Students on trip to Medimmune

 Students from Applied Science joined their teachers today in a trip to Medimmune at Granta Park, Great Abington, as part of their Career Ready Programme.  This programme aims to introduce aspiring students to key businesses in the community, opening up new experiences and broadening horizons towards potential progression routes.  Activities on the day included an opportunity to speak with Apprentices and university students on one-year industrial placements. The aim was to help our students to get a feel for what it is like to work in such a business, from people of a similar age and background. This was followed by a guided tour around the main site, with exposure to company layout and structure.  For many students, it was the first time they had seen inside a major business.  Laboratories nestled closely to busy office spaces, breakout rooms allowed staff to engage in more focussed meetings, and students soaked it all up excitedly. 

The day was rounded off with a fantastic virtual activity:  A bespoke exhibition at Medimmune houses a layout of elements of a new Research and Development building being built by parent company AstraZeneca, next to our college.  Students were able to   able to take a virtual tour to look at the intended interior, via VR glasses.  They were then asked to complete a timed exercise, working their way through a series of small puzzles within mock rooms, set up intentionally to imitate how things will look in the new building: laboratories, offices, “huddles” (small, sound-proofed meeting spaces) and a restaurant, all showed what it should be like when the new R&D centre is finished.  Everyone enjoyed the activity, and many comments were made about how it really demonstrated how the company is interested in ensuring that the future sustainable working environment will not only be world-class in its business endeavours, but will also try to ensure that staff are looked after and enjoy working in such a positive space.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Opportunities for Y2 leavers in the summer



Could you help a student start their career?
Optionis appreciate the value that Apprentices play in their organisation, and developing new talent for the future of their business is very important to them. This once in a lifetime opportunity could be the beginning of exciting new careers for the right candidates. They have offices in the following locations - Warrington, Hemel Hempstead Poole and Blackpool are currently seeking Accounts and Business Administration Apprentices
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Why work for Optionis
At Optionis, they believe in providing all the right tools for their staff to succeed, from a great working environment to a structured career path.

The benefits of working for Optionis:
  • Up to 28 days holiday
  • Free car parking
  • Contributory Pension
  • Paid time off for volunteer work
  • And much more!


About Paragon Skills
Paragon Skills is an OFSTED Grade 2 Training Provider who have been inspiring learners to succeed for 20 years. They work with over 1500 employers across England and offer exciting opportunities for career success through Apprenticeships across multiple sectors.
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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Building a business within the creative industries: An evening with Flora Alexandra Ogilvy

Click here to find out more and to register via Eventbrite

Flora Alexandra Ogilvy is the founder of Arteviste, which helps companies to inspire their audiences by engaging with the contemporary art world. They create editorial, video, and events-based content with a focus on the younger end of the market for clients such as Soho House, Artnet and Frieze. Recent press includes The Daily Telegraph and W Magazine.
Flora also lectures on art and business at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, The Courtauld and Imperial College as well as writing for publications such as Artnet, Lula Magazine and Suitcase. Her focus is on empowering students with a lack of experience or resources to understand how they can use technology and networking to build a successful business within the creative industries.
Alongside internships at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, Flora started her business during her History of Art degree. As well as being an entrepreneur, she is also described as a motivational speaker, curator, art dealer, and journalist. Exploring multiple revenue streams and managing your money effectively is at the core of start-up culture - a practical issue explored during her lecture.
With a focus on building a business within the creative industries, Flora will offer advice on building an online presence, navigating social media, professional relationships, public speaking, and networking as well as questions like choosing a workspace or developing a routine. All of this information will combine with insight into the contemporary art market itself.
Instagram: @florarteviste

How do I get to West Court, Jesus College?

The entry to West Court is directly on Jesus Lane, near to the intersection with Park Street. Please DO NOT ENTER through the main entrance to the Porters’ Lodge, known as "the Chimney”. A map is included below to assist you in finding our entrance.

What transport options do I have?
There is no on-site car parking at Jesus College for those attending our events. There is limited on-street parking outside the College and the Park Street Car Park is very close. There are also multiple Park and Ride options to the City Centre, a short walk from the College.
A regular train services runs to Cambridge from London’s Kings Cross Station, London Liverpool Street Station and many other mainline UK stations. The College is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) from the railway station. Buses run about every 10 minutes and there is a taxi rank outside the station and one here in the city centre for your return.
What time do I need to arrive?
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before the event, and no later than the face time on your ticket. We may not admit latecomers, especially if seating is now full or filming is taking place. Our staff will be on site to validate tickets and so it would be helpful to have either an electronic or printed form of your ticket with you. Please also bring photographic ID for validation.
Does my ticket guarantee entry?
Unfortunately not everyone who receives a ticket turns up on the day and so we have to over-issue tickets to ensure a full event. We decide carefully how many tickets to issue as it is important to have a full event but the last thing we want to do is disappoint people. In order to be as fair as possible we admit ticket holders on a first come first served basis. It is helpful to us if you cannot attend that you cancel your ticket. More accurate numbers mean less overbooking in the future and reduce the risk that people with tickets will be denied entry. For some events we may be able to ticket at the door and this will be advised to the waitlist. Please join the waitlist if the event is sold out and we will let you know if this will be an option.
What can I bring with me?
There are coat hooks around our building, but there are no storage or coat minding facilities and we cannot take any responsibility for items left unattended. Mobile phones are allowed, but must be silenced or placed on airline mode during the event. Flash photography is prohibited.
What if I have access requirements?
West Court is access friendly and there are hearing loops. Please let us know about any access requirements at least three days in advance of any event via There is limited permit disabled parking, and again this must be prearranged. The building has extensive access-friendly bathroom facilities, and some limited seating in the waiting area.
Is there food or drink available?
For refreshments, our College Cafe or Bar will often be open across the courtyard selling drinks and food around our events. Details of the opening times for the cafe can be found at and for our bar can be found at