Education secretary makes first official visit to FE college

The new education secretary encountered dancing robots and learned about cybersecurity during his first official visit to a further education college.

Damian Hinds visited New City College Hackney on February 9 to find out more about digital and tech education, and met students on games design, media and computing courses.
As part of his visit, Mr Hinds was shown how computing students had programmed robots to dance, and watched 2D and 3D animations made by the college’s aspiring games designers.

To round off his trip, the college presented him with a framed print of a Transport for London Elizabeth Line advert, designed by the college’s own graphic design learners, and which are currently displayed in train carriages across London.

“Like Mr Hinds, we are passionate about providing students with the very best opportunities to progress to strong careers and we are encouraged that FE is high on his agenda,” said Gerry

McDonald, principal and CEO of the college group. “We are grateful to the Minister for taking the time to see such a good range of our students’ excellent work, and to hear from them about their studies and ambitions.”