Students help with on farm coppicing

Reaseheath Level 2 arboriculture students have been undertaking practical habitat enhancement works at Charity Farm, near Bangor-on-Dee.

Tapestry of Reaseheath Hall comes home

A tapestry picture of Reaseheath Hall made to commemorate a wedding 18 years ago has been gifted back to college.

Cheshire & Warrington Rural Business Funding Launch

Cheshire and Warrington businesses and organisations wishing to apply for grants from the latest and final rounds of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) can find out more information at a Rural Funding Launch on the 24th March. The event will include an introduction from the Chair of the LEP Rural Strategy Committee and Cheshire and Warrington LEP followed by a presentation from a rural business that has previously received support for tourism or food processing.This will be followed by a presentation from the Rural Payments Agency about the national EAFRD programme and application process. Including:

  • An overview of the business development, tourism infrastructure and food & drink grants in Cheshire and Warrington,who can apply, what the grants will fund and how much funding is available.

AGENDA

9:30– Coffee and Reception

10:00– Welcome – Meredydd David- Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Rural Strategy Board

11:15- The Strategic Economic Plan and Growth Hub – Mark Livesey- Cheshire and Warrington LEP

11:30– Local Business Perspective on Business Support

11:45– Q&A

11:55– The Rural Payments Agency: the EAFRD programme calls in Cheshire and Warrington and the application process- Andy Tordoff & Mike Baker- Rural Payments Agency-

  • Business development grants
  • Tourism infrastructure grants
  • Food and drink processing grants

12:25– Q&A

12:30- Buffet Lunch of local produce. Following the presentations there will be a local produce lunch and time for interested businesses and stakeholders to discuss in more detail potential projects as well as networking with other interested parties.

For interested attendees there will be optional tours of the Reaseheath Food Innovation Centre which is an industry leading academy with an international reputation within the food and drink sector.

This event is jointly organised by the Cheshire & Warrington LEP and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Booking

To book your FREE place, please click here which will take you to an Eventbrite booking page.

Enquiries

If you have any questions about this event please contact Beth Chinn- bethc@reaseheath.ac.uk, 01270 616492

STEM enrichment events – contact us for dates

STEM enrichment events are available for full or half day sessions between now and the end of term, please contact us for availability of when we can come into your school. Events will also be available for the new academic year.

Topics covered:

  • Animal morphology and co-evolution – find out why animals are designed the way they are. What drove them to be this way- finding food? Finding mates? Avoiding predators? This session looks into animal physiology with relation to their behaviour and how species have evolved to exist and exploit each other. Linking ecology, evolution and anatomy and physiology in a practical and interactive way
  • Plant cloning and propagation – find out how to reproduce plants from cells in micro propagation. The session will look at how plants have adapted to be able to reproduce asexually
  • Primitive technologies (experimental archaeology) – experimental archaeology is a field of study which generates and tests archaeological hypotheses. This is achieved by replicating archaeological artefacts, or utilising primitive technologies that ancient cultures may have undertaken. By employing primitive technologies we gain a greater understanding of the lives of our ancestors, the environments in which they lived and the ancient skills that they possessed. The demonstration will include; drilling through stone with flint and making cord from tree bark

Bespoke courses can be arranged on your choice of topic. For further details and to check availability please contract Tracey Walker – call 01270 613180 or email traceyw@reaseheath.ac.uk

Reaseheath praised for innovative online store

The Reaseheath Online Store has been commended for its quality and innovation by being awarded the WPM ‘Most Innovative Use of the Online Store Award’ at its recent annual user conference. The award comes less than two years since Reaseheath introduced the online store function to the college and recognises the success it is bringing for both Reaseheath staff and students.

This fantastic achievement is due to the college wide support of the store by all departments.

In less than two years the annual use of the online store and payment gateways has gone from £0 to £500k in year one, to over £1 million in year two. The benefits for our customers are huge, with the system being easy to use and available 24/7 making it a simple and convenient way to make payments.

WPM are the largest supplier of online store/payment gateways within the education sector, working with over 170 HE and FE clients, approximately 2 million students in the UK and process around £4 million transactions with a value over £2 billion annually.

This award recognises outstanding examples of innovation across the sector specifically within the Online Store. Whilst every institution has typically found ways of adapting the functionality to cater for, and typically improve, their service offering and efficiency, the award is aimed at those which really stand out from the crowd and are worth highlighting and rewarding.

Reaseheath was recognised has having a varied and interesting online store ranging from automotive repair to student events. The inclusion of a parent guide and the success of selling over 90% of the summer ball tickets online and the majority outside of normal college working hours. It was also recognised that the college is working hard to drive staff and student engagement with the Online Store.

Reaseheath’s Head of Finance, Stuart Cooper, commented: “This award is recognition for all the hard work and dedication by everyone involved in the online store from its implementation to day to day running.  It’s been a successful journey so far and we intend to build on this success by continually looking for ways we can improve the online store with customer experience being a key driver.“