We caught up with Louise Kendell, Lecturer in Art and Design to find out why she chose to work for Newcastle College and how she has enjoyed her journey so far!

When did you join the College?

I joined Newcastle College in February 2021 covering adoption leave. Once that fixed term contract finished, I was offered a permanent role in 2022.  

Why did you apply for the role?

I studied here for 6 years and my experience of being at Newcastle College made me want to work here. I got lucky, and a role became available that I knew I really wanted to do.

How did you find the application process?

I found the application process to be smooth, and the interview was pretty standard for the sector: a standard interview discussion and a micro teach (a small teaching sample lesson).

What’s the best thing about your role?

The best thing about my role is working with students. I work with students from all different backgrounds and abilities. It is so rewarding to watch them grow from starting their course to finishing at the College.

What’s the best thing about working at the College?

The best thing about working at Newcastle College is the smaller class sizes and the calibration across courses. We do teaching swaps to share experience and knowledge with the students, ensuring they get the best possible learning opportunities. As I studied here, I can see it from both points of view, which really helps with my teaching. 

Have you had any opportunities to progress at the College?

The college have a lot of progression opportunities and with a bit more experience I can see myself progressing into a role with greater responsibilities. 

What are the benefits for you working at the College?

The CPD opportunities and staff development at the College are good. You are encouraged to develop your industry knowledge and use the facilities the College have on offer. The facilities are industry standard, which is superb for what a college can offer!

What advice would you give you someone looking to apply at Newcastle College?

Apply! If you are wanting to work with a supportive team and keen students: Apply!

What has been your highlight in teaching to date?

Graduation is always a time to celebrate and take the opportunity to see students who have made their education goals come true.

Could you describe your time at the College in one sentence?

I have learnt so much in a short period, I am excited to see what the future holds.