Richmond upon Thames College

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Richmond-upon-Thames College
A view of several department buildings of the college
Type Public FE
Established 1977
Principal Robin Ghurbhurun
Chair of Corporation Barbara Gilgallon
Students 3,000
Location Twickenham, Middlesex, England
Campus Urban
Nickname RuTC

Richmond upon Thames College (formerly Twickenham College of Technology) is a College of General Further and Higher Education located on a single site in Twickenham. It provides education and training to 16- to 18-year-olds and adults from across Richmond, London, Surrey and Berkshire. The college offers a wide range of academic and technical vocational qualifications (entry level through to level 4) including a wide range of A Levels and a raft of technical vocational qualifications, higher education courses and Apprenticeships.

The college is currently involved in a redevelopment project of its existing 22-acre estate. This redevelopment involves a number of partners - Richmond upon Thames College, Richmond Council, Clarendon School, Haymarket Media Group, Achieving for Children, Waldegrave School and Harlequins - to create an Education and Enterprise Campus on one site. This project will result in a college of further and higher education, a new 11-16 secondary school, purpose built accommodation for Clarendon School's secondary pupils and Haymarket's new 'tech hub' and digital media incubator. The first phase of this project should be completed in 2017.[citation needed]


The College was formed in 1977 by a merger of the sixth form colleges from Shene and Thames Valley with the former Twickenham College of Technology on its site.[1]

The college currently has around 3,000 full-time students. All students have access to the college's onsite facilities, which include sports fields,sports hall and gym, a large learning and resources centre and many specialist facilities for the college's performing arts, media, art, construction craftes, engineering, science, languages, sports and catering students. Parking is available on the campus for both staff and students and there are a number of food outlets. The college is one of the largest suppliers of students to university (including Oxbridge and Russell Group)[citation needed] and also has excellent employer links to help students find employment.[citation needed]


The college is situated in Twickenham, Greater London less than a kilometre from the English national rugby stadium. The nearest rail link is Twickenham Station and the nearest underground connections are Richmond and Hounslow Central. It is also served by local bus routes notably the 281 between Tolworth and Twickenham and the 267 between Fulwell and Hammersmith.


The college has an extensive enrichment programme for its 16- to 19-year-old students, this includes music, recreational sports and Sports Academies and a number of clubs and societies e.g. Amnesty International, Film Club.

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Coordinates: 51°27′04″N 0°20′28″W / 51.4512°N 0.3411°W / 51.4512; -0.3411