Student Group at Runshaw College
JENNIFER Kay, from the
Howard League for Penal Reform recently visited Runshaw Adult
College to speak to degree students who had a specific interest in
penal reform. Jennifer is the National Student Officer and her role
involves travelling around England and Wales informing and
supporting students with an interest in setting up a student group.
Students from courses including the BA (Hons) Criminology & Criminal
Justice, BA (Hons) LLB Law with Criminology and BSc Psychology
attended a presentation delivered by Jennifer, in which she
discussed the overall aims and vision of the Howard League.
In the afternoon Jennifer held a smaller focus group with students
interested in setting up Runshaw College's first ever Howard League
Student Group. This was an extremely successful session which
resulted in official affiliation with The Howard League for Penal
Reform. During the academic year (2011 to 2012), the Student Group
will be organising a range of meetings as well as visits from guest
speakers within the area of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
"Runshaw College has excellent facilities for students. I was really
impressed when I saw the teaching and learning facilities available.
The students were enthusiastic and it is clear they are thoroughly
enjoying their studies at Runshaw. I am really looking forward to
working with them over the next academic year." commented
Laura Monteith, Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology &
Criminal Justice course at Runshaw College added:- "Having
been a member of a Howard League group while I was at university, I
wanted our students to have the opportunity to get involved in this.
It really helps bring learning to life and allows for debate and
discussion with guest speakers and academics with real experience
and knowledge within this sector, which is invaluable when studying
Criminology and Criminal Justice at degree level."
struck at St Helens Theatre Royal!
WHILST polishing his magic
lamp in preparation for the Pantomime season in St Helens, Genie
accidentally picked up Widow Twankey’s Veruca cream instead of the
Brasso and completely ruined the 1000 year old relic he calls home.
After the biggest diva fit in St Helens Theatre Royal history, yes,
even bigger than Freddie Starr’s, Genie is without a place to live
and the panto is without a lamp, so his friends are bringing him to
Liverpool to go shopping for a new one.
So Aladdin (Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane), Jasmine (Leah
Murphy), Abernazer (Master of illusion Richard de Vere), Widow
Twankey (Si Foster), Slave of the Ring (Radio City 96.7’s Claire
Simonsen) and of course Genie (Marc Lawlor) are coming to Liverpool
on an amazingly magical contraption known as a train (magic carpet’s
carbon emissions are just too high to fly that far sadly, think of
the planet) before having a look around the magical, alternative and
antique boutiques and emporiums of Liverpool including 69A.
Genie said:- "I was so upset and annoyed with myself and with
Widow Twankey for leaving her cream out in the middle of the
dressing room like that. When I saw the lamp, my home, disintegrate
in front of my eyes my heart broke into a million pieces and since
then I haven’t felt like granting a single wish since, which isn’t
good with the panto opening in only a couple of weeks. Lucky for
Widow Twankey, I don’t hold a grudge and won’t be swapping the cream
with Brasso (muahahaha). I just want to find a new home and put this
whole sorry episode behind me. I’ve been watching a lot of that
Kirsty Allsopp’s ‘Kristy’s Homemade Home' over the last few weeks
though and now I can’t wait to decorate, which has softened the blow
a little, I suppose!"
Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager at St Helens Theatre Royal and the
show’s Director said:- "I was sat at my desk in the office and
heard the most incredible screams, I couldn’t believe it. When I ran
down to the dressing rooms, I saw Genie in a heap crying and
Abernazer in such a flap, I didn’t know what had happened. I feel so
sorry for Genie losing his home in that way, especially so close to
Christmas and have had some stern words with Widow Twankey since. I
hope that Genie finds a new home he can live in for the next
thousand years during his trip to Liverpool and save the show in the
process. After all, we can’t tell the tale of Aladdin without a
magic lamp, can we boys and girls?"