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2018

Student meets her ‘Destiny’ after 4 Music work experience

Thursday 6 December 2018

Ex-student Destiny Taitts returned to Kings Cross on Friday 30 November after a college competition landed her a job at the Channel 4 music TV station, 4Music.

Destiny was studying her Level 3 extended diploma in Film & Television at Westminster Kingsway’s Kings Cross centre last year when a visit from 4Music changed her life. Dominic Williams, Editor and Manager for 4Music, visited the college and spoke to a group of media students, including Destiny, about different careers in the Media industry. He also showed some of his work from when we’d been a student, inspiring the students and showing them what they could become.

At the end of his visit, Dominic encouraged students to submit a 1-minute on the topic of their choice; the best video would earn its maker a work experience placement with Dominic at 4Music. Destiny entered despite competing deadlines for college work and other commitments. Her video was judged the best, and she started her 4 weeks’ work experience in the summer. During her work experience, Destiny was exposed to a number of teams within 4Music, meaning she was able to try out different skills and see what she did and didn’t like in the world of media.

Destiny impressed her colleagues so much she was offered a full time role in the subtitling team, that writes subtitles for all the channel’s shows. Destiny said “My teachers pushed me to apply and helped me with all my other work at the time. 4Music has been really welcoming and I have been exposed to a lot of different aspects of the industry while I have been there. Experience is key and they value hard work and dedication.”

Dominic and Destiny returned to Kings Cross last week to once again promote the competition and showcase Destiny and her story to this year’sstudents. Dominic – who has worked with the likes of Jason Derulo, Young Bane and Jorja Smith - explained how working hard and gaining experience is the way into the industry.has.

If you are a Westminster Kingsway College student and want to enter the competition please contact the Media department at King's Cross for more details.

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MP and Shadow Brexit Minister Keir Starmer grilled by King’s Cross students

Thursday 29 November 2018

Labour MP and Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer visited Westminster Kingsway College’s King's Cross centre last Friday (23 November 2018) and spoke to A Level Politics students about Brexit as a deal becomes imminent.

Keir was greeted by CEO Roy O'Shaughnessy and Principal of Westminster Kingsway Kim Caplin. He was then met by A level Government and Politics lecturer, Regine Pilling, who chaired a 45 minute Q&A in the college’s theatre, in which students were free to ask Keir anything politics related.

When asked “What do you think about lowering the voting age to 16?” Keir threw his weight behind the idea, saying that as 16 year olds could pay tax, have a baby and do a host other things, they should be able to vote too.  You can hear more of his thoughts here:

Keir Stamer was elected in 2015 as the MP for Holborn and St Pancras. In October 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appointed him Shadow Brexit secretary in addition to his responsibilities as an MP. Meeting someone so influential in UK politics is a great opportunity for students to widen their knowledge and learn from one of the best in this field. The Q&A was perfectly timed just days after Theresa May revealed her deal with the EU. A Level Government and Politics lecturer Regine Pilling organised the visit. She said: "It's vital that our students hear from those who are making the decisions that affect their lives. Holding a Q&A with Keir Starmer enabled them to ask questions and find out what is really going on with Brexit, trust in politicians, and the role of political parties in the UK. This enables them to make up their own minds and, hopefully, be more engaged with politics."

The talk concluded with Keir promising to visit the college again, and proposing work experience opportunities for students and  a trip to parliament which excited the students.

If you too would like to study A Level Politics at Westminster Kingsway  College, click here!

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