Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
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|Coleg Llandrillo Cymru|
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru logo
|Type||Further Education College|
|Location||Colwyn Bay, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Campus||Rhos-on-Sea, Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, Dolgellau, St Asaph, Llanrwst, Glynllifon, Pwllheli, Rhyl, Bangor, Llangefni, Caernarfon, Parc Menai|
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (English: Llandrillo College Wales) is the largest College in the north of Wales with around 34,000 learners studying either on campus, in the community, in the workplace or over the Internet.
The college employs approximately 2000 staff and offers over 4,000 full and part-time courses. Courses range from A levels, BTECs, Modern Apprenticeships and NVQs to Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees and Postgraduate Studies offered in association with the University of Wales, Glyndŵr, Bangor and Cardiff Metrolitan University. .
The college (which originally only composed of the main campus), was opened as Llandrillo Technical College by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 23 June 1965.
The word technical was removed from the name of the college in response to the college's shift towards teaching academic as well as vocational subjects. The current name, Coleg Llandrillo Cyrmu, was adopted around 2002 and was designed to imply that the College is for the whole of Wales.
The base name Llandrillo derives from Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, the original Welsh name for the town, Rhos-on-Sea, where the primary campus is located.
2010 merger 
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru formally merged with Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor on 1 April 2010. The merged college (which retains the Coleg Llandrillo Cymru name) is one of the largest further education colleges in the UK, located at nine campuses across three counties. Although the colleges have merged their management and have a central administration, The Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor campuses retain the Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor name. Coleg Llandrillo Cymru formally merged with Coleg Menai on 2 April 2012 making it the largest college in Wales.
The college network includes a main campus in Rhos-on-Sea, a medium size campus in Rhyl, smaller sites in Denbigh and Abergele, the Glasdir Centre in Llanrwst, a specialist business services centre in Cefnmeiriadog, near St Asaph, and approximately 120 learning centres across the counties of Conwy and Denbighshire. Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor & Coleg Menai recently became part of the Llandrillo group adding 7 extra campuses in Dolgellau, Glynllifon and Pwllheli, Llangefni, Bangor, Caernarfon & Parc Menai, making the Llandrillo-Menai group the largest college in Wales.
The main site or campus is on Llandudno Road at the westerly extremity of Rhos-on-Sea, bordering Rhos-on-Sea Golf Course and close to Penrhyn Bay.
The main campus at Rhos-on-Sea has a new £8.2: Marine & Built Environment Centre (MBEC) which was completed in 2009. Included within the MBEC is the Renewable Energy & Sustainability Centre for Wales (RESCW). The campus also has a library, IT workshop, sports centre & gym, hair & beauty salons, training kitchens, sports academies and childcare centre.
A new Institute of Health & Social Care was due to be completed by September 2010.
At the Rhyl site the college has the Centre for Automotive Technology along with hair & nail salons, library and IT workshops. The Rhyl Sixth Centre was also due to open in September 2010.
The College also has sites in Abergele, Denbigh and Glasdir. There is a Family History Centre at Abergele and a Music Technology Centre at Denbigh.
The College provides a range of courses from entry level courses through to degrees and post-graduate qualifications. These courses cover six main areas – 14-19 education such as A Levels, International Baccalaureate and BTECs; university and professional qualifications; work-based training including apprenticeships and NVQs; business to business training and courses for international students.
The College also offers the recently created Welsh Baccalaureate alongside its Further Education courses.
Foundation Degrees and Bachelor’s degrees at the College are offered in association with the University of Wales, Glyndŵr University, Bangor University and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC).
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The college has won a wide range of awards and accolades:
- 2010 - Wales Public Sector Sustainability Award
- 2009 - British council beacon award for international student support for achieving excellence in its international operations
- 2009 - Fforwm Award: Digital Learning resources sponsored by WJEC
- 2008-2009 - Welsh Assembly Government Beacon Award Winners for College Engagement with Employers
- 2009 - Fforwm Award: Leading innovation in the management of quality sponsored by Edexcel
- 2009 - Green Dragon L5 Environmental Improvement Award
- 2008 - Level 4 Green Dragon Environmental Management Award
- 2007 - Chartermark – successful re-audit
- 2007 - Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) Seal of Recognition
- 2007 - Management Award for Sustainable Development in the Public Sector.
- 2007 - European School of the Year (Hospitality)
- 2007 - FFORWM Award – Workforce Development (joint winners with Coleg Menai)
- 2007 - Best Companies Award – Star Status
- 2006 - FFORWM Award – e learning
- 2006 - Careers Wales Quality Award – Independent Living Skills
- 2006 - Edexcel Trophy – Top Sporting College in Wales – for outstanding student performances in Welsh Colleges Sporting Events
- 2005 - IiP – successful re-audit
- 2005 - Wales Quality Award - North Wales Prize
- 2005 - Charter Mark – successful re-audit
- 2005 - Green Dragon Environmental Standard level 3
- 2005 - CoLRIC Gold Award – Library & Resource Centre
- 2004 - Wales Quality Award – ELWa Learning Prize – Gold Award
- 2004 - ITE – Autotronics AT2000 – Centre of Excellence
- 2004 - Young Enterprise – Livecards – Business – Best idea, best presentation, best report, overall prize.
- 2003 - Beacon Award – ICT Teaching
- 2003 - Wales Quality Award – EFQM Excellence Model – ELWa Learning Prize
- 2003 - Charter Mark – re-award
- 2003 - Investor in People – successful re-audit
- 2002 - Beacon Award – New Deal
- 2002 - Basic Skills Quality Mark – successful re-audit
- 2002 - FFORWM Award – Promoting Occupational Skills through Welcome Host
- 2002 - FFORWM Award – Promoting Lifelong Learning within the Learning Network
- 2002 - FFORWM Award – 16-19 Developments
- 2001 - Beacon Award – Widening Participation
- 2001 - Beacon Award – Highly Commended in Information Technology
- 2001 - Digital College Award – David Duller – Teaching in a Second Language not Welsh
- 2001 - Digital College Award – Julie Hanson Williams – Any Subject or Skill Salaried Staff
- 2001 - Digital College Award – Best Overall Production – Chopsticks and Business Cards
- 2001 - Welsh Language Board – Bilingual Design Award for New Media – Rural Diversification
- Official WWW site
- Official WWW site for international students
- Coleg Llandrillo Cymru at the Open Directory Project
- Official Central Administration Website