Judith Doyle, CEO of Gateshead College

The country’s best FE colleges are those that successfully focus on delivering their skills and education agenda while being at the heart of their communities.

I firmly believe that FE colleges have an important wider role to play and are at their most effective when they are an active ‘community resource’ in the areas they serve. It is therefore very important that we showcase all the great things that colleges do outside of the mainstream thereby highlighting the valuable, civic role the best of us perform and the broader positive impact on their respective communities.

Since becoming CEO of Gateshead College, I have been determined to throw open our doors and engage with as many people as possible. As a major employer, in receipt of public money, I take our civic responsibility seriously. We have a fantastic proposition and wonderful opportunities for so many people; I want as many people to know that we are there for them and can support their lives and their futures.

We at Gateshead College have a clear and well-articulated purpose: to make our students the most highly prized in the jobs market and, as such, help drive economic prosperity. This strategy includes playing a proactive role in the community, being a good partner and neighbour by sharing our fabulous resources, facilities and expertise to benefit communities across Gateshead and the wider North East, whether that’s business, the third sector, schools or community groups.

Such community engagement also helps our students develop the skills that will ultimately also make them better employees and employers. They realise what it means to be socially responsible, recognise the contribution they can make while at the same time building and polishing their practical skills, their self-confidence and ability to work with others.

I make it our business to reach out at every opportunity, to be highly inclusive and ensure my team are enthusiastically supporting this ambition. We are always trying to think of creative ways to integrate student learning with community-based activity so there are meaningful mutual benefits and impact.

For instance, our innovative retail unit and project Handpicked, based in Gateshead Metrocentre, not only helps students to develop skills and potentially launch new products but also supports sole traders to grow and develop their business with advice from our skilled staff.

We see primary school engagement as an important activity – getting involved in coding clubs and robotics to maths refreshers, sports coaching and STEM events – to name but a few examples. Children from one school, Lingey House Primary School, have come into the college to lead our annual Christmas celebrations for many years, bringing us together for a nativity and to join in the carols. In doing so we are not only inspiring the next generation, but also bringing families into the college which gives us an opportunity to engage with their parents who might also see an opportunity to develop their own skills to support their career aspirations.

Elsewhere, our students regularly support Age UK and Contact the Elderly. They host and manage events from the entertainment, music and dance to food and hospitality. Media students undertake film commissions for charities and have long-standing relationships with Show Racism the Red Card, Oasis Community Housing, and Dyslexia North East.

People quickly get to see we are approachable, consistent and more than happy to share our resources and offer the time and experience of skilled staff and students.

Our engagement policy means we are always open to establishing new relationships to deliver a real, positive impact for local people. As an extremely well-connected college with strong links into business, public and voluntary organisations, we are ideally placed to help forge new connections and foster new partnerships to help others.

Staff are genuinely engaged, and this approach is very much part of our culture. Through our ‘One Day to Make A Difference’ scheme, every staff member is encouraged to volunteer for a cause close to their heart. This has seen people supporting local dog shelters, the Old People’s Assembly creating a community garden, litter picking and supporting our local foodbanks and homeless charities.

It is important we celebrate our successes. A college that delivers on its core purpose, motivates its workforce and genuinely engages with its community is a hugely powerful force for good. #LoveOurColleges

Judith Doyle, CEO of Gateshead College

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

AELP Webinar Team added a new event 7 hours

Recognising and supporting learners who are at risk of, or...

Overview This webinar is intended to explain the nature of harm and abuse caused to learners who may be at risk of, or have experienced sexual...

  • Wednesday, 06 October 2021 10:00 AM
  • Online

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page