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Tribute to John Callaghan

John was larger than life. Those of us who knew him, knew well his wicked sense of humour. He loved making others laugh, often placing himself at the butt of his own jokes. But his humour was underpinned by steely determination. Forthright and articulate, you always knew where you were[…]

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John Callaghan

Colleges West Midlands is really sad to learn of the death today, of John Callaghan, former Principal of Solihull College & University Centre. John was highly respected by all his colleagues and played a major role in the collaborative work of Colleges West Midlands. He will be greatly missed by[…]

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West Midlands has no plans to claw back AEB funds

Exclusive: West Midlands Combined Authority says it doesn’t see the need to raise threshold on adult education delivery Further education providers in the West Midlands will not see a clawback on devolved adult education funding, the director of skills and productivity at West Midlands Combined Authority, Julie Nugent has said.  In early April,[…]

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CWM Feature on BBC National News

Great item on BBC News on the coordinated work of colleges across the West Midlands in response to the pandemic – ‘the pandemic has left many at a career crossroads – the hope lies in building confidence & skills for the future’ Lewis Cooper Director  ‎Independent Commission on the College[…]

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Achieving an ambitious and bold new vision for the future of colleges – a new report from the Independent Commission on the College of the Future

Radical, long-term education and skills reforms and investment is needed to address current and future skills gaps and transform life chances for every adult. The Independent Commission on the College of the Future calls for colleges to be placed front and centre of those reforms across the UK’s four nations[…]

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The UK 2070 Papers

http://uk2070.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/The-UK2070-Papers-Series-Two.pdf Refer to Section 8 Creating Colleges of the future for a fairer and stronger society by Lewis Cooper, Director of the Independent Commission on the College of the Future which includes a contribution from Colleges West Midlands.

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Covid-19 recovery: Devolve authority for FE and skills

To tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis, regions must be able to design their own recovery, says Lowell Williams Last week, I was discussing the challenge of post-Covid economic recovery with the prime minister at Dudley College of Technology. Now, there’s a sentence I thought I’d never write.[…]

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