Yeah, so apparently the UK has 7 natural wonders. I’m hedging bets that you didn’t know that either! I’m not talking daft things either, but proper phenomenons of nature.
People travel the world in search of nature’s most incredible wonders. But do you know that seven breath-taking phenomena can be seen right here in the UK?
From seashores that glow in the dark, to a rainbow that appears in the dead of night – these remarkable events can seem almost magical. Yet their true origin is even more extraordinary. Each beautiful phenomenon is a product of the great forces of nature that govern us and our planet.
2.The seven wonders
- Bioluminescence may look like a scene from a sci-fi film but it’s actually a very real phenomenon. During exceptionally warm spells, electric blue waves can be seen dancing along the UK’s coastline.
2. The Severn Bore is one of the UK’s most famous natural wonders. Surfers and spectators flock to see the tidal wave reach heights of up to 3m as it surges upriver.
3. The Northern Lights are nature’s own multi-coloured lights show. People often travel abroad to see them but you don’t need to. They can be seen illuminating our skies after periods of intense solar activity.
4. Starlings can flock together in their thousands to form a murmuration. The birds swoop and dive in such unison they look like a single organism-generating complex, fluid shapes moving through the sky.
5. Usually found in the Antarctic, Ice Pancakes are a strange phenomenon that have been known to be found in British rivers when conditions have been right.
6. The Moonbow. Pretty much what you’d expect; a rainbow, but at night!
7. A Lunar Eclipse is an eerie phenomenon that’s seen between 2 and 4 times a year from earth. If an eclipse reaches totality, the moon appears to turn bright red.
Pretty cool stuff really! If you want to find out more about the UK’s natural wonders, check out our Geography course today!
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is about done for another year. With thousands upon thousands flocking there each year, it’s hardly a surprise that some of you favourite comedians and actors started off as nobody’s at the fringe. There’s hope for us all!
Here are just some of the actors and comedians who made their name in the capital, along with some rare photos from the archives…
Glasgow’s finest co-wrote and starred in The Great Northern Welly Boot Show in 1972, a parody of the Upper Clyde shipbuilders in which workers try to takeover a welly boot-factory. Actor Bill Paterson, who also starred in the show, told The Telegraph how Billy stepped in and saved the day when lighting issues hampered the show: “Billy went on with his guitar and banjo to fill the time. Nobody will ever forget it. He did everything – improvised, played a tune, told a story – and the audience were delighted.”
Long before he was Hans Gruber, the late Alan Rickman took to the stage of Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms. Rickman starred as Friar Peter in Shakespeare’sMeasure for Measure and Wittipol in The Devil is an Ass, describing his appearance in the latter as his first major acting role. Speaking to The Scotsman, Rickman had this to say about the festival: “It just defines the word theatre when you come to the Festival, I’ve had amazing times here.”
Before Not The Nine O’Clock News and a long time before Mr Bean, Atkinson was taking his first steps into the world of showbusiness, performing in a straight role with the Oxford Theatre Group in 1973 and then returning two years later with The Dundee University Theatre Group. In an interview with author Michael Dale, Atkinson talked about his earliest memories of the Fringe: “I remember the Fringe reception, with people wandering around in white masks holding spoons in front of them trying to attract the media’s attention, and I thought, I hope I never have to do that.”
John Thomson and Steve Coogan
The future Alan Partridge made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 1990, starring alongside Frank Skinner, but it wasn’t until 1992 that he and John Thompson appeared in Steve Coogan in character with John Thomson, subsequently winning the Perrier Award. By all accounts this was a tough period for Coogan, with his well-documented drug abuse leading to him being hospitalised in the city after a night of drug taking. Thomson went on to star in The Fast Show and ITV’s Cold Feet, which is making a comeback in 2016.
The League of Gentlemen
Though Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson have gone on to carve out impressive careers individually – look out for Gatiss in the BBC’sSherlock and Shearsmith & Pemberton in the peerless Inside Number 9 – it was as The League of Gentlemen that they were better known way back in 1996. The show brought them to the attention of the BBC who gave them a radio show, and in 1997 they returned to the Fringe to scoop the Perrier Award (pictured).
The Mighty Boosh
Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt took The Mighty Boosh to the Fringe in 1998, picking up the Best Newcomer award and securing a radio series soon after. They returned in 1999 with The Arctic Boosh (pictured) and were nominated for the Perrier, only to lose out to Al Murray’s pub landlord.
Even the best struggle at the Fringe, just ask Russell Brand, who was chucked out of the Gilded Balloon for throwing a microphone stand at a particularly tough crowd. However the comedian-come-social activist returned to the stage in 2004 opening up about his drug addiction and won favourable reviews.
As part of Da Ali G Show in 2000, Borat headed to Edinburgh to find the worlds best performers to bring back to his homeland Kazakhstan. Cohen’s character interviewed aspiring comedians Ubersausage with hilarious results.
And whilst you’re working your way to Edinburgh, there’s no better to refine your Performing Arts craft than at The Sheffield College. Click here to view our courses…
Do you have an interview coming up? Whether it’s for a job or a place on a course you’re going to be wanting to leave some seriously good impressions. Good news for you, then, that notgoingtouni.co.uk have produced this mega guide of what how to ace is like a boss!
How to prepare for an interview
Hopefully you already have a fairly good understanding of the job role that you have applied for and a pretty good idea about the company too. It never hurts to go over some details though and dig a little deeper. This way, you won’t get caught out by typical interview questions like the ones below.
Typical interview questions
Why do you want the job?
One of the frequently asked questions at interview is why do you want the job? Now you might be thinking that the obvious answer is ‘because I need to earn a living and you’re advertising’ or ‘because your office is conveniently located’ and these are relevant factors in applying for any job. The question is – why is the employer asking you this question and what is a good way to answer it?
Try to remember that an interview is part of the employer’s selection process and not just a chat. This means that although the location of the offices might be a key factor for you wanting the job – this clearly isn’t a primary factor for the employer in choosing the right candidate for the role.
Ask yourself (before you get to the interview) – what is a key part of the job role that you are applying for? For example, imagine that you are being interviewed for the role of a teacher; a failure to mention the role of a teacher in helping children progress educationally is likely to put an employer off you because it is a fundamental part of the job.
With this in mind, make sure that you have a very good understanding of the job role, read the job description and job spec properly (ideally you will have done this before you even apply) and consider how your desire for this job fits with that role and the duties associated with it.
Interview questions about wider aspects of the role
Keeping in mind the example of a teaching role, it should be clear that although the primary role of a teacher is to educate, there are many other aspects to the role of a teacher such as special educational needs, child protection, equality, diversity and inclusion and family liaison to name just a few. Interviewers will want to discover how well you understand these different aspects so be sure to prepare.
Interview questions about working with others
Often the kind of questions that you get at interview that relate to working with others will differ depending on the level of role that you are applying for. In the role that you are applying for is entry level then the chances are that the employer will want to find out how you deal with taking instructions and how effective you are as a self-starter. For more senior positions, particularly when it involves working with a well-established team, the employer will probably want to gauge how well you would be able to establish the trust and cooperation of that team as a newcomer.
Understanding the values of the company
It is very important that you do your research as regards the company’s ethos. This means more than quickly looking up their mission statement online and then quoting this back to them. When an interviewer asks, for example, ‘what do you think you could add to the company?’ they want to gain an understanding as to how your work in practice would reflect that mission and also go beyond it that mission statement and add to it.
The problem of being literal at interviews
If like many of us, you have a tendency to be literal, some interview questions can be a real stumbling block. For some people, the seemingly simple question ‘what gets you up in the morning?’ results in a kind of mental nightmare – ‘my alarm clock’, ‘my mum’, ‘the physical result of having had an adequate night’s sleep’ all seem legitimate answers and somehow the underlying question of ‘what motivates you?’ is lost in translation (or rather a lack of) so to speak, leaving you going home and kicking yourself for having given what is sure to be seen as a totally stupid answer.
It’s a bit of a tricky one – either you fess up before the interview and admit to your literal tendencies, or you consider carefully beforehand these types of questions so that you are prepared for them.
The problem of interview nerves
Everybody gets nervous before an interview and often those interviewing get a little nervous too. If you are feeling exceptionally nervous though, perhaps just admit it. Ordinarily any polite interviewer will ask how you are before they commence and it’s okay to reply ‘I’m a little nervous actually’. Most interviewers expect interviewees to be nervous and they do all that they can to put you at ease and also take this nervousness into account when assessing the answers that you give.
At The Sheffield College we offer all of our students advice and guidance on how to make yourself more employable, including interview tips! To get your hands on such advice you’ll need a course first. They’re found here http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/courses
Of course, it’s bank holiday weekend in August! 3 days to enjoy summer at it’s peak. Revel in the sun. Well, that’s according to the script. What we all actually know is that the script is always ripped up at this time of year and we’re due a soggy weekend. True to form, it’s be rubbish. To make your day a little better, here’s some animals have a waaaay better summer than you have. It’s a dogs life…
This golden boy in his pool.
And this little pug cooling off in his own private pool.
Look at these swan babies taking it in turns to swim!
This doggy cooling off from the heat.
And this alpaca pool party.
LOOK AT THEM ALL.
And this sneaky raccoon taking a dip.
And this kitty enjoying the weather.
This hound who’s not quite got the hang of relaxing yet.
And this cat who’s maybe about to make a huge mistake.
This pug puppy making a splash.
And this Frenchie having fun.
This duck having a nice time in the pool.
And this doggy just having the best day.
A good way to think of education is like a series of stepping stones. A stepping stone to where you want to be in the future. You build your qualifications, level-up, and achieve the end goal – a career. The course below sounds incredible, but remember you can’t just join a post-grad. You’ll need a degree first and this HND in Creative Media is about right for you!
If you’re an budding animator, you’ve definitely heard of Animal Logic.
The Australian digital production studio is home to the creatives behind movies like Happy Feetand The Lego Movie, and it’s decided to start moulding the type of savvy animators the industry will need in the future.
Animal Logic’s head of production Ingrid Johnston told Mashable Australia the studio has a long tradition of promoting training and development. “What we’re really trying to do is build a cohort of students who are industry-ready,” she said.
Generally, animation graduates are at an intern level when they complete their degrees, she explained, so the new course is designed to reflect a real studio environment where students can work collaboratively as well as develop their technical skills.
The A$45,735 ($34,769.81) course will be taught in a purpose-built campus studio with meeting spaces and review rooms, UTS Animal Logic Academy.
Ultimately, the degree aims to build technical skills for effects and animation techniques that may not yet be fully developed, such as virtual reality and augmented reality.
“It’s not a course designed to have people come out and just work for Animal Logic,” Johnston said. “There is a focused on augmented reality, virtual reality and games, as well.” She also suggested students could work with big data, whether for storytelling or research and future projections.
UTS vice-chancellor Attila Brungs agreed, telling Fairfax Media the course’s “studio study” model was designed to foster such innovation. “UTS is trying more and more to link with industry, to create skills that don’t even exist yet,” he said.
According to Johnston, Animal Logic will be involved with selecting the first student group, but they won’t necessarily need an animation background. “It is the people who we could imagine working at Animal Logic or any studio in Australia,” she said. “We’re trying to build the industry here and the talent base for the industry as a whole.”
Although the studio makes no promises about employment, you never know. If you’re good, you could end up working on upcoming Animal Logic project, Alien: Covenant.
Getting this beautiful head right won’t be easy.
Job of the Week- it’s been a while. But we’re back with something a little different for you!
This week’s weeks job profile is that of the Butcher. It’s a trade which has been around since time began and, with people making a conscious effort to eat local and eat healthy, it would appear to be on the rise again.
As people and restaurants alike seek to use locally sourced food more often the Butcher’s role is increasingly important.
As you can see in the table below, there are currently 5,743 Butchers employed in the Sheffield City Region and a over 100 further Butcher’s who are self-employed – loads of jobs!
|Jobs (2016)||% Change (2016-2021)||Median Earnings|
|1,165||8.8%||£8.50 per hour|
Things are looking good though if you fancy a career as a Butcher! Over the next 5 years there will be 103 new jobs created in the Sheffield City Region. That’s on top of the normal turnover of vacancies from staff leaving their jobs and going elsewhere.
In the Sheffield City Region average earnings as a Butcher are around £8.50 per hour. Starting in the £12,500 -£16,000 a year bracket, a bit of experience can soon see this rise to between £16,500 and £22,000 or more a year. Stick it out long enough to be a Manager and you could be earning up to £30,000. Sounds alright that!
|Region||2016 Jobs||2021 Jobs||% Change|
|●||Sheffield City Region||1,165||1,268||8.8%|
The table above compares the state of the trade compared to how it’s fairing nationally. As you can see, there is an increase in jobs nationally not just locally. That’s a great sign for the industry as it’s growing across the country, but even better for us in Sheffield as we’re growing even quicker!
Statistics are great. You know exactly what you’re getting but they don’t really tell you what kind of a person you need to be and what skills you’ll need to succeed. You want to be a little something like this…
- Good practical skills
- A high standard of personal cleanliness
- The ability to work well in a team
- Good communication and customer service skills
- In-depth product knowledge
- Good visual sense for counter and window displays
- Maths skills for handling payments
There you have it. If you have a love of meat and fancy giving Butchery a crack then the industry is in a strong state for you. As if you’ve not already had enough good news, we at The Sheffield College offer a Butchery Apprenticeship, the perfect route in. If you’re interested, click here now!
We like research like this. Research that’s a bit mad, a bit daft and a lot silly.
A new research paper claims to have found a link between appreciation of “trash films”, and high levels of intelligence.
By using an online survey, its creators claim they found that bad low-budget films are most likely to be enjoyed by educated arthouse fans.
The authors state, in slightly arty-farty fashion:
“Viewers attribute to trash films not just amusing/entertaining qualities, but also a positive, transgressive deviance from the cinematic mainstream, and their appreciation of these films is coupled with marked preferences for art cinema.
“The majority of trash film fans appear to be well-educated cultural ‘omnivores’.”
If you fall into that category, you can feel all smug now.
These findings certainly tally with the emerging boom in prominent attention for, commentary on, and even widespread screenings, events and festivals celebrating ‘so bad it’s good’ cinema.
Cult followings for movies like The Room, Samurai Cop and Birdemic are mostly fueled by ardent cinephiles, who – as the paper points out – “conceive of their preference for trash films in terms of an ironic viewing stance.”
In other words, it’s not the lowest common denominator that’s sending total schlock stratospheric, and giving it an extended shelf-life. It’s the insufferable, knowledgable movie snobs who like to laugh at that kind of thing.
You can probably blame the four Sharknado films on so-called smart people too.
So if you love a bad movie, you’re obviously super intelligent! And you’ll definitely love our Film Studies course. Click here to see more…
Trying to decide what you want to do next is easy. Thinking that you want to go to university is easy to do, but knowing what the long-term plan is? Well that’s different. The fact is whichever route you take, you’re ultimately going to end up at the same point. In employment. While there are many different options available – apprenticeships included – university isn’t for everyone. Notgoingtouni.co.uk explain how Apprenticeships might actually make your more employable.
There is no way around the fact that there is still a level of snobbery among some employers, who will see the best graduates from the top universities as more employable than anyone else. This belief is based on years of ingrained thinking through our society, and certainly serves those who are fortunate enough to achieve good grades from the likes of Cambridge University. While the truth of this belief is open to question, it still seems to hold sway among many employers.
However, for the majority of young people the choice of how to get into their career has a number of other important considerations. These include the cost of the training or tuition fees, what you hope to get from it, and what your career goals are. There are also other factors, such as whether you want to move away from home, if you have other obligations, and even how you prefer to learn (hands-on or theoretical?).
That said, it seems that apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly viable route into all manner of different careers. No longer just the preserve of the manual worker, apprenticeships have seen a surge in their appeal, and this looks set to grow as the government continues to pledge the creation of millions of quality apprenticeships over the next four years.
The apprenticeship levy means that employers are paying into the system, and you can bet that no business worth its salt would want to waste this money when they could use it to genuinely train and prepare a future generation of workers.
The great thing with apprenticeships is that you get invaluable on-the-job experience and training, which simply cannot be replicated elsewhere. Not just this, but as you train you will also get a wage like any other employee. Yes, the apprenticeship minimum wage is lower than that for regular employees, but even this is better than paying out for tuition and getting no wage at all, right? Plus, not every apprenticeship pays at this minimum, with many offering pay much higher as you train.
Apprenticeships are not just about this on-the-job experience, but also about dedicated training. Since you will get the training from your employer, you will learn exactly how to do the job in the way that employers want. You will learn from people who are doing the job right now, which can make a difference when compared to learning from an ‘expert’!
Finding and applying for an apprenticeship is a lot like applying for a regular job, which can put some people off when compared to the simplicity of submitting your application to UCAS. But, even graduates will have to look for work at some point, so why not bite the bullet and get on with it now?
Employers have a vested interest in making sure you get the skills you need to succeed, as well as the qualification to prove it. Plus, while a lot of graduates find it tough to find appropriate work, many apprentices walk straight into their chosen career once they are qualified.
Looking beyond the next step, and towards your ultimate career goal may change your view of apprenticeships. Why waste time (and money) when you can get straight into training directly for your dream career? Take a look at the range of apprenticeships on offer by following this link – you may just find an alternative route into your own chosen career!
The best story ever written wasn’t measured in pages.
In fact, it didn’t even come close to one full page — it was six short words.
Penned by the great Ernest Hemingway, the following six-word story challenged the world to think simpler, and to this day, still inspires our aim to communicate with less via social media:
“Baby shoes. For sale. Never worn.”
Of course, some might argue that it’s not a story at all. They might even call it “odd” or “peculiar.”
Acclaimed actor and writer, David Schneider, has left you some top-tips of how to start making waves!
1. Size Counts
“When writing tweets, even though there’s a 140-character limit, I always aim for 100. The shorter, the better. With anything I write, from films to tweets, I’m always asking if there are any more words I can strip out. Remember, as the saying almost goes: brevity is the central plank and the essential ingredient and the main thing of what people tend to call ‘wit,’”
2. Bring back ‘The Twist’
“The shorter the story, the more it needs to be structured as a set-up and a punch-line or twist, like Tim Vine’s beautiful joke: “Crime in multi-storey car parks — that is wrong on so many different levels” (fans of Tip 1 might suggest losing the word ‘different’). It doesn’t matter what genre your story is, whether it’s comic or not, you still need to set it up perfectly and then spin it off in an unexpected direction at the end. Give your readers the metaphorical bends. They’ll thank you for it.”
3. Don’t forget about Miss Direction
“The greater the twist, the greater the impact. But that isn’t just dependent on the twist. Use the set-up to head people off as far as you can in the wrong direction so that the final twist is that much more effective. Really pile it on: ‘Terrified, she gasped as she read it. Fear made the words swim in front of her eyes. It was a Facebook request from her mum.’ A successful mini-story, like a successful joke, is one where going from set-up to pay-off can give you the bends.”
4. 100% from concentrate
“Try to convey as much information in as few words as possible. ‘The man was getting ready for the party’ doesn’t tell me as much as ‘Reginald was getting ready for the party’; or ‘Major Reginald Paterson-Farquhar was getting ready for the party.’ And if I wrote ‘Major Reginald Paterson-Farquhar was getting ready for the princesses and fairies party,’ then (hopefully) you’ll want to know more. The ideal short story is short but incredibly dense, like a very stupid jockey.”
5. Win, lose or drawer
“Once you’ve written your piece of genius, put it in a drawer for a while. This doesn’t have to be a literal drawer, like a flat-pack one that took you 14 hours to put together and there are still several screws left over. You just have to go away from it for as long as you can — a few hours, a couple of days, whatever — and then go back. You’ll always find bits you can improve. For instance, if I’d had time to put this tip in a drawer before submitting it, I bet I’d have come up with a better title than ‘Win, lose or drawer.'”
“Writing is all about being match-fit. All the time I’ve spent on Twitter making my tweets as shiny as possible has made me, I think, a much better writer. And even if it hasn’t, I’m still going to use that as an excuse for why I spend so much time online. So write as much as you can, keep writing, ignore your family, your friends, your children, and you simply won’t go wrong*. Good luck!”
Not even a week has passed since A Level results day, but we’re here again as GCSE results are about to come flooding through the doors with 16 year olds all over the country probably feeling a little nervous right now. There’s no need to be nervous though, what’s done is done.
But they will impact on what you do next. Remember, though, you have options!
When is it?
This year GCSE results day is on Thursday 25th August.
What time can I collect my results from?
You’ll need to check with your school what time they are planning on opening for you to get your results. If you have taken any GCSEs with us at The Sheffield College, our City and Hillsborough campuses will be open from 8.30am until about 2pm.
What to look out for
When you get your results it’s up to you where you open them. They’ll be in a brown envelope so you can take them home and open them if you can stomach the wait, although not many do!
You’ll have a few certificates with results on dependent on which exam board your course was with. The most important results to look out for (yes we know they’re all important)? Well they would be:
- Maths and English
- The subjects you are wanting to continue to study
I didn’t get the grades I wanted or needed, what shall I do?
First of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that this is the start, not the end. You still have loads of options open to you here at The Sheffield College such as an Apprenticeship or a Vocational course, not just A Levels.
The first thing to remember is that it’s not too late. We still have enough spaces on our courses for you to apply and enrol all before the start of term.
If you feeling a bit stuck or unsure of what to do next then we’re on hand straight away. If you want to talk to somebody face to face and as soon as possible, all of our sites are open on results day for information and advice from our expert careers team and student support team so please pop in and see us.
If you need a bit longer to have a think about your next steps, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 and arrange an appointment with either our Careers Advisors or our Learner Recruitment Team.
You don’t have to study A Levels
With the change in law meaning you have to stay in education until you’re 18, and it being a traditional route, many people think that you have to study A Levels when you finish at school.
That’s simply not true. As long as you’re in full time education you can study a few different types of courses. Of course you can still study A Levels but, like we said, you can also enrol on an Apprenticeship or a Vocational (more hands-on) course. Whatever suits you best!
Our vast array of vocational courses at a variety of levels covers everything from Bakery to Business Administration, Computing to Construction. There’s so much on offer to you and our facilities rank amongst some of the best in the country.
As well as that we also offer Apprenticeships in around 20 different subject areas if you fancy earning whilst you learn. Apprenticeships range from Accounting and Catering to Engineering, Gas Fitting and Horticulture.
I didn’t get a C in Maths and/or English
Look, don’t panic if you only missed out on your Maths and/or English grade. At The Sheffield College we’re here to help you get that elusive grade so please still come in. You can study for your Maths and English GCSE alongside your course. It’s not even that much extra work.
The first resit is in November so you don’t have to wait too long, but it is really important you do retake it. Find out why here…
For further information, course listings and to apply today please visit our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk or give us a ring on 0114 260 2600