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North East colleges to offer courses to 14-year-olds

Colleges in Newcastle and Middlesbrough will be some of the first in the country to start offering courses to 14-year-olds.

Under new Government plans, further education colleges will be able to enrol 14 to 16-year-olds on vocational courses.

Newcastle College and Middlesbrough College will be the first in our region to start taking on younger students from this September.


Newcastle's best photographers showcased at Ex-25

Photographers who now work around the world snapping models, celebrities and international news events have their work on display at a new exhibition celebrating Newcastle College graduates.

The Ex-25 exhibition features 25 alumni from the college's photography course. It is open at the Mandela Building at the Rye Hill Campus.

The exhibition features 25 alumni of Newcastle College Credit: ITV
The display is open until the end of January Credit: ITV

Newcastle College launches world-class exhibition

Newcastle College is starting the year with a world-class exhibition of work done by ex-students who have achieved enormous success since completing their studies.

The 'Ex-25' exhibition will show off the work of professional photographers who have made a name for themselves over the past 25 years.

The exhibition is free to the public and will run for three weeks in January, with a preview set for 6 pm on January 10th.

Thirty-five ex-college students have been invited to exhibit their work - including North East born Paul Kavanagh, who has won awards for his work as an Avatar animator.

Paul Kavanagh, who left Newcastle College in 1990, now works in Los Angeles for a visual effects company, where he has been responsible for the animation in blockbusters such as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

"We stay in touch with most of our ex-students who remain in the region or move down to London to work, but recently I started searching online for the names of ex-students that I had lost touch with to see what they were doing now.

I was amazed by how many are successful photographers now located all round the world."

– Graham Stouph, Newcastle College