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The college is open, and hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.
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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in some course areas.
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There are lots of opportunities to gain additional experiences and benefits of being a Kendal College student!


  • Student Ambassadors, a paid position to help promote the college
  • Class Reps, with the opportunity to attend national conferences
  • Student Governors, be part of the highest decision-making body in the college
  • NUS Totum Card - save money through this student discount card!

As well as the opportunity to set up student-run clubs and events.

Our students discuss these on the video below:

Student Ambassadors

A part-time, flexible job that can fit around your studies and commitments.

As a Student Ambassador you will:

  • Support college staff in promoting the college
  • Be fully trained and supported
  • Develop your skills
  • Join a fantastic Student Ambassador Team
  • Represent the college at various events
  • Be paid the national minimum wage

Student Governor

A Student Governor is a 2-year, part-time and flexible job that can fit around your studies and commitments.

Are you:

  • In your first year at college and/or continuing next year?
  • Reliable and able to attend meetings in the early evening?
  • A person who enjoys working with others?
  • Interested in how a large organisation operates?
  • Keen to improve the College and student experience?
  • On a full time, apprenticeship or part time course?

Then, being a Student Governor could be for you! Find out more in the Application Pack.

Your Feedback & Ideas

Kendal College is YOUR college and your views and ideas are really important.

We encourage you to let us know what you think by:

  • Completing surveys
  • Becoming a class rep and member of Student Council - with the opportunity to attend national conferences
  • Taking part in focus groups & meetings
  • Becoming a Student Governor
  • Gain experience, meet others and boost your CV.

If you are interested, speak to your course tutor or ask at reception. Elections for Class Reps & Student Governors take place in the Autumn Term.

Student Discounts

The College is linked to the National Union of Students, which means you can get the NUS Totum Card – giving you access to loads of savings on the high street and online. For more info and to purchase your card (£14.99 for 12 months) see:

Your Wellbeing

Your wellbeing and health is important to us. The Wellbeing Manager is keen to hear your views on these matters, and how best to help all students feel healthy.

We have a unique Wellbeing Website with lots of tailor-made advice, links and support. We promise to treat you like an individual and offer a non-judgemental listening ear, when needed. Keep an eye open for opportunities to get involved throughout the year.

Follow us on Instagram to keep up to date @kendalwellbeing and find out more here.

IT & Laptop Advice

The College has a large number of desktop and laptop computers for you to use on campus. For some courses it may be beneficial to also have your own laptop. Below is some advice on what to look for when purchasing a laptop.

What laptop to choose?

Our recommendation is to buy a laptop with the following specifications:

  • Intel i3/i5/i7 or AMD Ryzen 3/5 CPU
  • 4/8GB of RAM
  • 120 SSD
  • 13”/15” screen

We do not make official recommendations on the specific make of laptops. When choosing your laptop processing power is less important than weight (light) and battery life (long). The more RAM you have the better. An SSD hard drive can speed up some processes, but is not essential. A touch screen can be useful for annotating notes but is also not essential.

Operating system?

This depends solely on personal taste, OS X and Windows 10 will interact with the college network perfectly. If your using a Chromebook or Linux, some additional configuration may be needed. Please contact the network office for advice.

What about Software?

We use Office 365 at Kendal College. It is available free to all students and you can install it on up to five devices. We can also provide other free and discounted software packaged to help you complete your course.

Do I need to subscribe to cloud-based storage?

You do not need to pay for your own cloud. You will be provided with 1GB of secure file space in your Home directory, along with 5TB of cloud-based space on Microsoft One Drive.

Student Clubs & Events

Last year, student-run clubs and events included:

  • An LGBTQ+ Club
  • A Gaming Club
  • A Vegan Society
  • An events committee to run the end of year Summer Prom

There was also interest in Music, Yoga, a Mature Students group, and Women in Construction & Engineering. Clubs can be whatever you are interested in and give you the opportunity to meet other students across the college.

Student Services can help to set up & promote clubs, as well as finding places to meet.

Interested in running a club, or to join one?

Please complete this survey and we will be in touch!