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HE Funding Catalyst Fund
The College is delighted to announce that it has been successful in a bid for HEFCE funding from the Catalyst Fund. The college is receiving the funding to raise awareness and support HE students facing mental health issues and domestic abuse.  

The project was launched last week with an awareness event where the students had fun taking part in the stress busting activities in the chill-out zone, they gave excellent feedback and ideas for what they would like from the project next year. There was supporting literature on hand as well as chill-out gift bags that students could decorate. 

There will be a series of events aimed at encouraging awareness of domestic abuse, and support and help for mental health issues. Planning is also underway to set up a café where students can meet on a regular basis to access support in a place where they feel comfortable discussing their issues and concerns led by appropriately-trained staff. 

For more information about the Catalyst funding, please contact the Higher Educaiton Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Eurovision fashion designsLucie Jones, who represented the United Kingdom performed her new song entry ‘Never Give Up On You’ at this year’s Eurovision Competition, wearing a stunning ensemble designed exclusively by Havering College’s previous fashion student Lesley de Freitas. Lucie was also styled on the day by current student Tsvetelina Yordanova, who is completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion.

Since the Eurovision Competition Finals aired last Saturday, the singer’s stunning dresses have been making headlines in the media. The talented students’ designs have had full exposure at the live competition and also in the official promo video with original pictures taken by the BBC quoting ‘another beautiful dress’.

This has been huge recognition and motivation for the fashion students at the College’s £6 million Centre of Creative Arts and 2017 has been a year full of successes. Tsvetelina’s journey at the College continues to grow as she commented:

I get the opportunity to be around inspirational people, it is really exciting and I am so happy to do this every day.

For further information on Fashion courses at Havering College call 01708 462 801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ardleigh Green Family Centre Tes Award
The Ardleigh Green Family Centre in partnership with Havering College of Further & Higher Education and Ardleigh Green Junior School have been nominated for a Community Award at the TES Awards 2017, an awarding body that celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK.

Tes Schools Awards, now in its ninth year, actively award and recognise schools who are raising the standards of education and making a positive impact on the personal and academic success of students and the wider community.

Ardleigh Green Family Centre Tes Award 3This has been a huge achievement for the non-profit charity located in Hornchurch, Essex. Having served the local community for over 8 years, particularly for parents and toddlers, the Centre Manager Theresa Jordan was overjoyed when she heard the news. She commented:

This is fantastic to hear as we work hard to provide as much as we can to the neighbourhood and hope to keep growing!

The centre provide a range of services such as the Baby Club every Thursday where parents can take children of all ages into their newly decorated Playroom for games and refreshments. Other services include counselling sessions called Ray of Hope which help those with addictions and other issues.

For more information please email the Centre Manager Theresa Jordan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Havering College’s acclaimed Jubilee Restaurant was recently successful in securing a £10,000 grant from The Savoy Educational Trust to modernise its facilities.

The college used the grant to purchase new equipment for the restaurant which gives Catering and Hospitality students the opportunity to learn in a real working environment under the supervision of trained chefs. Tony Pecoraro, Food Service Lecturer and Restaurant Manager commented

Purchasing new equipment for the restaurant enabled us to modernise our facilities in line with the catering industry. It will be of great benefit to our students.

The Savoy Educational Trust is an independent, grant giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry.

The Jubilee Restaurant, based at the College’s Quarles Campus, has gained a fantastic reputation for providing fine dining at a fraction of the cost and students with hands on experience to prepare them for their future careers. The restaurant is open to the general public during term time. If you would like to make a reservation, dining dates/times and menus can be found online. Call 01708 462 886 or visit the jubilee restaurant to book.

To find out more about Catering and Hospitality courses at Havering College, call our admissions team on 01708 462 801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Havering College fashion student Ruqiya Ahmed has been selected as one of 20 finalists on the acclaimed Fashion Futures course, securing herself a place at their Summer School with the opportunity to showcase her work at London Fashion Week 2017.

Ruqia has been attending industry led workshops on Saturday mornings for the past 10 weeks, preparing a garment to present to a panel of industry experts. The panel selected the 20 finalists from a group of 60 budding designers from Greater London and the surrounding areas.

Ruqia said:

I am super excited as I am loving being a part of FAD’s Fashion Futures Competition and cannot wait to show my work at London Fashion Week. It's an incredible opportunity.

The fledgling designer is currently studying at the college's £6 million Centre of Creative Arts in Hornchurch, Greater London. The college holds Artsmark Gold status from Arts Council England in recognition of its commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.

Havering College’s Assistant Principal for the faculty of Arts and Science, Pauline Franckel, commented “Ruqiya is a committed, hardworking and talented student, so it’s no surprise she made the finals of FAD Fashion Futures. We are extremely proud of her for getting this far and wish her the best of luck in the final stages of the competition!”

For further information on creative arts courses at Havering College call 01708 462 801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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