23. November 2020



If you are using the designated rooms around the college during break and lunchtimes you need to tap in with your ID card. The light won't go green but nevertheless it will record your presence. . So we need you to do this in order to be able to trace you if we need to and know who was in a room at any point in the week.

The UK Supreme Court writing competition

The UK Supreme Court writing competition is a great way for those with a keen interest in law and the UK justice system to get involved and put their skills of persuasion to the test.

Students in year 12 or 13 in England and Wales, S5 or S6 in Scotland and Year 13 or 14 in Northern Ireland are eligible to apply for this fantastic opportunity and the chance to meet a Supreme Court Justice.

This competition is a unique opportunity to build research skills, learn more about law in the UK and looks great on UCAS forms too!

All entrants receive individual feedback from our Judicial Assistants, with the final winner being chosen by a Supreme Court Justice. The winner also gets to spend a day with us at Court, (depending on the situation with COVID-19).

The competition will open on Wednesday 18th November with a deadline of Monday 8th February 2021.

Prizes are:

  • First place: £100 Book Voucher, spend a day at the Supreme Court and have tea with a Justice (depending on the situation with COVID-19)

  • Second place: £75 Book Voucher.

  • Third place: £50 Book Voucher.

More details available here: https://www.supremecourt.uk/student-writing-competition.html


Storytelling Society

Learn how to work with story.

Join via Google Classroom join code flqr45f We meet every Thursday lunch time, online via the Google Classroom Meet link and live in Room 13. A different traditional oral story will be told and discussed each week. This week Fleur tells The Juniper Tree.

Philosophy Society

To join, use the Google Classroom 'join code' e2mjmga

We meet on Tuesday lunch times, starting 1st Dec

it is online via the GC Meet link and live in Room 13.

Phil Soc Programme:

Dohara De Silva on Repatriation of Material Culture 1.12.20

Zach Jacobs on Nietzsche 8.12.20

Alex Woodhead on Capitalism and Depop 5.1.21

Philosophy Book Group

Happens once every half term. Our first meeting will be on Wed 2nd Dec at 4pm. It is online via the Meditations Book Group, Google Classroom Meet link. Join the Google Classroom using this 'join code' 4v7kvie

There are links to all texts and relevant resources. For our first meeting we discuss Descartes First Meditation. http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/descartes

Politics Society

Why don't more women run for office in the USA?

Avril Mackenzie-Parr will share findings from her postgraduate research into why more women don't run for elected office in America.

Join us on Friday lunchtime in room 102 or online - email esb@varndean.ac.uk for the link.

PS AVM (1).pdf


Free Sanitary Products =Period Equality=

Come and get free sanitary products from the Welfare Office in the Tutorial block at lunchtimes (except Thursdays) To contact the welfare officer email dss@varndean.ac.uk

YPC & West covid clinics.pdf

SPORT at Varndean

Badminton/Table Tennis - Monday - 12-12.50pm - Main Hall

5-a-side Football Tournament - Wednesday - 2pm - Bottom Field - sign up sheets in sports hut or email asa@varndean.ac.uk

Girls Only Gym Sessions - Wednesday - 12.30pm

Girl's Netball - Wednesday - 1.30pm - Main Hall

Yoga - Friday - 9am - Dance Studio

Any questions please email asa@varndean.ac.uk


University courses, events, open days and information

Careers appointments can be booked via My Varndean homepage

Any enquiries email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

University Communications 4/11/2020



Unfortunately it is not possible to browse the library shelves at present, but it is still possible to borrow books. Please ask at the library helpdesk if you would like to borrow any of these books, or email us on issues@varndean.ac.uk and we will prepare them for you to collect. For ebooks, use the direct links below.

Vitamin T:
Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art
The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment
Bletchley Park Brainteasers
100 puzzles, riddles and enigmas
We Are OK
by Nina LaCour


Biology for the IB
Diploma Study &
Revision Guide
AQA GCSE Biology

Physics for the IB
Diploma Study &
Revision Guide
My Revision Notes: AQA A Level Philosophy Paper 2

Aiming for an A
in A Level Politics


Watch the series Small Axe on ClickView. Directed by Oscar winner Steve McQueen, it tells four true stories and one imagined, set between the late 60s and mid 80s. The first episode, Mangrove, is the story of Frank Crichlow, whose West Indian restaurant Mangrove, a lively community hub in London’s Notting Hill, attracted locals, activists, intellectuals and artists but also became a target for police harassment. In response, 150 people marched to the local police station, resulting in arrests for “inciting a riot” and the subsequent history-making trial of nine people.


Last month we regained our position as top ebook user! These are statistics from eBook Central, for further education colleges nationwide, so well done to everyone who is using and promoting them. The most read ebooks by students nationwide include BTEC Health & Social Care, CACHE Level 3 Childcare & Education, BTEC Applied Science and BTEC Business.


Did you know it's possible to leave a review of our resources on the library catalogue? Let us know what you've enjoyed reading/watching by using the RATE THIS link that appears on the book record. You can also add a book review by clicking on the CREATE REVIEW button.


If you would like some help with research for your EPQ dissertation or any other project, why not book a one to one session with one of our subject librarians? We can help you choose the best resources for your research. Contact us on issues@varndean.ac.uk to arrange one.


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