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John Widdowson discusses localism and FE Funding

FE News chats with John Widdowson, president of the Association of Colleges and principal of New College Durham, about FE Colleges and localism.

Provision up to Level 1 should be seen as transformational rather than transitional

Entry and Level 1 Pathways for 16-18 Year Olds in FE CollegesMuch of the debate around technical and vocational education has focussed on the need to create new qualifications which will have equal value to existing academic awards and aimed at high achieving students at Level 3.

Leading from the front: New College Durham granted degree awarding powers

At the end of July, I was delighted to receive confirmation that New College Durham's application to be one of the first FE colleges in the UK to be granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council had been successful.

Exclusive with John Widdowson

The current situation is this: if a college wants to validate a foundation degree, it has to do it with a partner university. Now in many cases that works fine, but there are cases where those universities find it either very difficult to validate in areas they have no expertise in; for example, a partner university may not have a department for construction.

New College Durham and Newcastle College first to award own foundation degrees

New College Durham and Newcastle College have become the first institutions to be given the right to award their own foundation degrees.Under the provisions of the Further Education and Training Act 2007, the Privy Council has granted foundation degree to these two north-east further education colleges after a detailed scrutiny of their application by the Quality Assurance Agency.New College Durham principal John Widdowson said that these awarding powers "give the college the flexibility to develop new Higher Education courses to meet the needs of employers and students".Explaining the next goal for the Newcastle College Corporation, Jackie Fisher, its chief executive, said: "Foundation Degree Awarding Powers create a platform for us to forge ahead with our plans for Taught Degree Awarding Powers and gives us the opportunity to provide students with degrees that will give them the powers to get jobs and progress in their careers."The importance of foundation degrees was also stressed by Business Secretary Vince Cable."Foundation degrees have grown in popularity in recent years, with around 100,000 students enrolled in them last year. We want to increase the study choices for students by enabling FE colleges to offer higher education qualifications; they can often do so in a more flexible way," said Cable.The Privy Council has also agreed to award the School of Oriental and African Studies, a constituent college of the University of London, taught and research degree awarding powers.Apostolos Kostoulas

New College Durham Students Lone Soldier Figures Raise £1145 for the Royal British Legion

Engineering students from the fabrication and welding department at New College Durham raised over £1145 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2018 by producing and selling a range of metal Lone Soldier figures. 

New College Durham Framwellgate Moor Campus STEM Centre gets go ahead

Planning permission has been granted by Durham County Council for the next phase of development on the New College Durham Framwellgate Moor Campus.

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