Chinese New Year Celebration


University Centre Telford heralded the Chinese Year of the Pig with an event for people of all ages. The event included a brush painting and writing demonstration by artist Li Huisen. There were also paper cutting and lantern making workshops for children offered by the Chinese Arts and Culture Centre co-founder Grace Tong and artist Rose Zhang. There were Chinese Red envelopes containing Chinese ancient coins for all the children and fortune cookies and Chinese sweets. The evening was rounded off with a Public Lecture on Chinese Art by Professor Zhao Tingting, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton's Faculty of Arts. 

 Exhibition of Children's art entries for the 'Kids witness the world' International Competition


Artist Li Huisen, University Centre Telford Coordinator, Paula Harrison & Grace Tong & Rose Zhang from the Chinese Arts & Culture Centre
Mr Xavier Fostier and the three paintings from the Exhibition that he has purchased

The Centre also hosted an exhibition of 90 pieces of artwork from China as part of the 'Kids witness the world' International Competition. People attending the Chinese New year celebrations had the opportunity to view the exhibition as well as members of the public who visited the Centre throughout the month of February. University Centre Telford is a partner in a cultural exchange programe which will see workshops and forums taking place later this year for arts teachers from Shropshire as well as from China. 

Leader and Cabinet Members Young Persons Grants Scheme


University Centre Telford was delighted to host the 2nd awards presentation evening for the Leader and Cabinet Members Grants Scheme. Successful applicants attended the prestigious awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 13 at University Centre Telford on the 3rd floor of the Southwater building where Cabinet Members met and congratulated some of the Borough's most ambitious residents and their supporters.

Already, almost £33,000 has been awarded to a total of 124 children and young people, helping them continue to achieve their aspirations and goals.  

The Young Person’s Grant Scheme, created by Telford & Wrekin Council, is funded through voluntary reductions in cabinet member allowances. 

In 2011, the Council’s Cabinet chose to forgo ten per cent of its special responsibility allowance, helping to create a bursary fund for 2018 of £12,000. 

From 43 applications, 39 grants were awarded, totalling £11,840 in areas including sport, performing arts and education, training and employment. 

This round has also included a combination of funding from the Telford 50 legacy fund. 


Universities Association of Lifelong Learning (UALL) Conference

Hosting the UALL Conference (Universities Association of Lifelong Learning)

'Lifelong Learning and Innovation'

The Telford Innovation Campus, Priorslee and University Centre Telford

Our conference has three sub themes all relating to Lifelong Learning and Innovation. We are excited to announce that we will have three guest speakers presenting on each of these themes

Learning and Place: focusing on where innovation occurs including both the role of learning in responding to innovation and new initiatives linked to place and the way learning is embedded in it, for example, Learning Cities, Towns or Communities, or learning in the changing context of work, leisure, family, travel and tourism

Speaker: Mr Anthony Painter, Director of the Action and Research Centre, RSA

Transformational change: focusing on how innovation occurs and the link to Lifelong Learning for example emerging technologies, practice based approaches

Speaker: Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), Dublin City University

Innovation in Daily Life and Lifelong Learning: focusing on ensuring that innovation is shared by all for example innovative inclusive or accessible responses to learning in work, leisure, travel education

Speaker: Professor Keith Grint, author of Wicked Problems and Clumsy Solutions, Founding Co-Editor of Leadership


Other recent events at the Centre

Information Sessions for Sport/Health


The Institute of Sport offered a series of Sport and Health related Information sessions at the Centre from January through to March. Participants heard presentations delivered by Dr Chris Sellars and Dr Martin Longworth on Sports Psychology, Careers in Sport and Sports Analysis for Sports Coaches.

Free STEM Workshops for families

    In February half-term, the Centre hosted two hugely popular workshops for parents and children aged 7 – 14 years. The theme was Human Anatomy – What’s Inside Me? The University’s STEM Outreach Team delivered the workshops which were linked to the KS2 and KS3 curriculum & were enjoyed by children and parents and carers alike.

Learn the Secrets of Developing an Impressive Creative Portfolio

In February staff from the Faculty of Arts at The University of Wolverhampton offered a 'Create Your Portfolio' session to help Level 3 students develop their creative portfolios, covering issues such as:

  • What interviewers are looking for;
  • Selecting your best work;
  • Organising your portfolio;
  • Key points to make when talking about your work.


All the sessions were very successful and University Centre Telford plans to host lots of similar events in the future.  



Events and Monthly Activity

Each month, the Centre hosts a range of activities which focus on careers, research and innovation, and emerging trends in specific subjects.

Activities include:

  • Lectures by leading University researchers and professors
  • Workshops
  • Events for employers, including lectures
  • Activities for schools in Telford and the surrounding area




Every Friday

12.00 - 14.00

English classes for people whose first language is not English

English classes for anyone for whom English isn’t your first language. Come and improve your fluency in spoken and written English. The classes can help you to apply for visas and progress into work, training or higher education. Progression to IELTS courses is also available through the Centre (see below).


01 February 2019 - 12 April 2019


IELTS Preparation course

Duration is 10 weeks, £120

If you need to gain an advanced qualification in English for study or employment, the Cambridge IELTS is one of the most widely accepted in the U.K.

Our qualified and highly experienced team from the International Academy offers the IELTS Preparation Course to help prepare for this test by providing:-

  • Specific guidance for all four skills
  • Sessions on exam technique
  • Exam practice
  • Personalised feedback

       in order to give you every chance of reaching your target IELTS equivalent.

The Cambridge IELTS test is required by professional registration bodies such as The Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Please note this is a preparation course only; the IELTS test must be booked and paid for independently at a registered IELTS Test Centre.


13 March 2019



Create your Portfolio Session

Learn the Secrets of Developing an Impressive Creative Portfolio

Staff from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton are offering a 'Create Your Portfolio' session at University Centre Telford to help Level 3 students to develop their creative portfolios, covering issues such as:

• What interviewers are looking for;
• Selecting your best work;
• Organising your portfolio;
• Key points to make when talking about your work.

These sessions will be of greatest benefit to students who are considering applying for creative Art and Design courses. Attendance is free but space is limited so pre-booking is essential.


03 April 2019

18:30 - 20:00

History Public Lecture

Professor Dieter Steinert

The title of the talk is' Echoes from Auschwitz: Jewish Child Forced Labourers and the Holocaust'.

Places are free but pre-booking is essential as these events are very popular. 

Tickets by Eventbrite: 


8 April

13:00 - 14:30

18:00 - 19:30 


British Sign Language Taster sessions

Come along and find out more about our British Sign Language Courses. We are offering a Post Beginners Course (Signature 102) from Wednesday 1st May for 7 weeks. See below. We are also hoping to offer a Beginners Course (Signature 101) at a similiar time. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details of the Beginners Course. 

Tickets by Eventbrite: 


15 April 2019 - 29 April 2019

All day

Easter Words Hunt

This is open to all children all day during the Easter Holidays, children who can solve the word puzzle will get a prize.



15 April 2019

18:30 - 20:30


An Introduction to Forensic Psychology Taster session 

Forensic Psychology is a very wide area of research, and one that is often misrepresented in the media. The session will be delivered by Dr Chelsea Slater from the University of Wolverhampton and she will be discussing what the field of Forensic Psychology actually is and some of the unique history of the area. Additionally, we will discuss how one becomes a Forensic Psychologist and the jobs that they perform.

This is suitable for ages 14 / Year 9 upwards.

Tickets by Eventbrite: 

For more information please ring 01952 277777 or email


24 April 2019

11:30 - 13:00

14:00 - 15:30

Two STEM Workshops for Families

The workshops will be run by staff from the University of Wolverhampton’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Team.

Participants will be able to design, make and test their own rockets. They will be launched outside with an air pressure launcher. There will be a talk on real life space rockets, looking at forces and gravity and also a competition for who can make their rocket go highest. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 students and their parents/carers.

Tickets by Eventbrite: 


27 April 2019

12.00 - 16.00

Spring into St George's Day event

University Centre Telford will have a stand at this event. Come and find out more about all the opportunities available to you at our Centre and at the University of Wolverhampton. 



1 May 2019 - 12 June 2019

18:00 - 21:00

British Sign Language Post Beginners Course

University Centre Telford at Southwater Telford is offering a BSL post-beginners course from 1st May for 7 weeks. The cost will be £150.

This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.

To register for this course learners will need to have completed BSL101 or any other introductory courses i.e. ABC

If you wish to find out more information regarding Signature and this course please use the link below:


11 May 2019

12.00 - 19.00

Telford Balloon Fiesta

University Centre Telford will have a stand at this event. Come and find out more about all the opportunities available to you at our Centre and at the University of Wolverhampton. 

Dr Martin Khechara from the Faculty of Science and Engineering's STEM Team will be joining us to showcase fun activities in Science. 


All places must be pre-booked.  To register for any of the above, please ring on 01952 277777 or email on