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This week has been “Wellness Week” at South West College, as we’ve invited staff and students to join us in a week of fun, self care, exercise and mindfulness. The aim of the week has been to encourage everyone to look after their physical and mental health in a positive way, and a mixture of activities have hopefully allowed everyone to do this in some way. The timetable below highlights the events that have been offer. The QUIZ IS AT 2PM THIS AFTERNOON and all staff are invited to participate.

‘beneficial sessions and excellent FACILITATORS’

Nicki Gregg said: “As we come to the end of the Wellness Week, on behalf of Tracey, Niall, Decky and myself I would like to say a huge thank you for supporting the Week. There has been a lot of work going on in the background, setting up the sessions and promoting it so a huge thanks to the marketing team who have been brilliant, despite having so many other plates to spin!

We also want to thank those who facilitated the sessions, including Jeannette Clingen for her ‘Food & Mood’ demo, Shauna Moynagh for the exercise & Pilates classes and to Gareth Kennedy who is hosting the quiz to round of the week. It’s not too late to join in! They all gave up their own time to support us and we really do appreciate it. The external facilitators were excellent and we received great feedback from participants.

Thank you to all of those who took part in the sessions. At the end of a difficult term, we hope you felt the benefit of some of the sessions and can hopefully take something from them going forward. There are a list of resources on the blog if you want to follow up on anything.

Lastly, do not forget that our 2.6 challenge fundraiser for Action Mental Health is still open, so please take part, have a laugh and donate to a great cause. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swc-2point6-challenge


Work has continued on the Erne Campus site, with the contractor Traceys Bros. Ltd. returning at the end of May. Significant steps have been taken to maintain a safe working environment for those operating on site in accordance with government guidelines including retraining and site induction for all workers, digital sign in and approval for all site visits, internal and external site marked out to ensure social distancing, significantly increased provision of washing facilities on each floor and externally, safety signage and reminders of safe operating procedures. This 360 degree throughway shows the work that has been carried out.

Meet the student: Mansoureh, a PhD student with the Renewable Engine Project.

Mansoureh gives an account of her experience as a PhD student at South West College:

My background is Mechanical Engineering and after my master’s degree, I decided to broaden my knowledge by working with a highly prestigious international research group. So I started to learn English, and after two years, I moved from Iran to Northern Ireland and joined Renewable Engine in 2018. Currently, I am working in the field of energy storage and my time is split between InnoTech Cookstown, Queen’s University Belfast and with B9 Energy –a renewable energy company based in Larne who are my project’s industrial partner. Currently, I am in the final year of the PhD and like a lot of others have had to adapt to this unusual situation of lockdown– thankfully however I have been able to continue my research remotely. This project is exciting for me due to the novel concept, sustainability aspect and industrial link; with the overall aim of the project being to develop an environmentally clean and efficient energy storage system. Although immigration was a big challenge for me, so far it has been an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from people with different working culture and language. New experiences, learning and making new friends is always exciting.


Last month our ‘Aim Further’ campaign allowed students, prospective students, and parents, to find out more about the range of Further Education courses, Alternative programmes and Apprenticeship options available to them, through a series of webinars. register online for our webinars. The webinars began on Monday, with BBC Television and Weather Presenter, Barra Best, talking to South West College students and lecturers, and giving a forecast to future students.

This week, we have been sharing videos of these webinars across our social media platforms, and staff are requested to share them so that the information can reach and help as many prospective or returning students as possible.


The Celebration of Success continued across our social media pages this week. This is always an exciting and vibrant event within the South West College calendar, and we are continuing it online this year, by sharing pictures of our winners every afternoon this week, so that their achievements can be celebrated despite the current circumstances. The pictures have been accompanied by congratulatory messages from our tutors and have received a terrific response across our social media platforms, ensuring that the success of our students is given the attention it deserves.

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