Alix Robertson

  • Foundation Degree awarding powers granted to Hull College Group as government moratorium lifted

    Hull College Group has become the fifth college in England to be granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers (DAPs), after passing Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) scrutiny and receiving approval from the Privy Council. It means the Group, which is comprised of Hull College, Harrogate College, Goole College and University Campus Scarborough, will now be able to award foundation degrees from January.

    16.50 Nov. 6th, 2015 | News

  • Targets for different apprenticeship levels in race to 3m starts dismissed by Treasury and BIS

    Government representatives today dismissed the suggestion of targets for different apprenticeship levels in the race for 3m new starts by 2020. Lord O’Neill of Gatley, commercial secretary to the Treasury (pictured above), and Small Business, Industry and Enterprise Minister Anna Soubry were challenged by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee. The duo were quizzed

    22.12 Nov. 3rd, 2015 | News

  • UTCs 'do work colleges have done for years' hears House of Lords committee

    University Technical Colleges (UTCs) have been criticised in front of a Lords committee for stepping in where “colleges could already do the work”. In the tenth evidence session of the House of Lords committee on social mobility’s inquiry into the transition from school to work, witness Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal of Northampton College (pictured above), said

    12.23 Oct. 30th, 2015 | News

  • DfE to go public with subcontracted student numbers for first time

    The Department for Education (DfE) will publish information on subcontracted student numbers for the first time at the end of this calendar year, FE Week can exclusively reveal. The total number of learners in roles from sub-contractors will be made publically available in December/January, according to a DfE spokesperson. The DfE revealed its plans in

    10.05 Oct. 30th, 2015 | News

  • LGA calls for exemption from apprenticeship levy for local councils

    Local authorities should be excluded from the large employers’ apprenticeship levy, according to proposals put forward by the Local Government Association (LGA) in response to the Enterprise Bill. In an employment and skills update paper, the LGA encouraged members to raise concerns about the levy with MPs and called on them to highlight other ways

    9.44 Oct. 30th, 2015 | News

  • Negotiations over AoC pay freeze fail as UCU sticks to strike threat

    The threat of strike action was today hanging over the FE sector as talks between the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the University and College Union (UCU) failed to resolve an ongoing dispute over pay. A spokesperson from the UCU told FE Week that although talks took place on Wednesday (October 28) to discuss the

    9.36 Oct. 30th, 2015 | News

  • College sector leaders to give Lords evidence on employment opportunities for young people

    College sector leaders will add their voices to an inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility tomorrow, discussing funding changes and how to improve employment opportunities for young people. The witnesses will help the committee explore the choices and opportunities available to young people from age 14 in the UK education

    11.19 Oct. 27th, 2015 | News

  • 'Significantly fewer' FE colleges likely in future, BIS permanent secretary tells Commons Committee

    It is likely that the FE sector will feature “significantly fewer” colleges in the future, the permanent secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has told MPs. Martin Donnelly looked ahead to how he expects the sector to look after post-16 education and training area reviews have been completed across the country,

    20.44 Oct. 19th, 2015 | News

  • Policy Exchange report says large slice of university reserves cash should go to FE

    University reserves of around £12bn could play an important role in rebalancing the funding deficit between higher education and FE, a report by Policy Exchange has said. The think tank reported that the university sector now holds a “staggeringly high” level of discretionary reserves, which stands at £12.3bn even after accounting for pension liabilities and

    0.01 Oct. 19th, 2015 | News

  • 'Boost FE with higher education cash' report from Policy Exchange due

    The government is expected to face calls to boost FE budgets with funding from the higher education sector in a new report. The Policy Exchange is due to publish its report on Monday (October 19) and it is thought the conclusions will include a rebalancing of government finances towards the two sectors. It comes after

    12.35 Oct. 16th, 2015 | News

  • Lords demand quality and quantity in debate on apprenticeships

    Quality must not be compromised in the government’s drive to create 3m apprenticeships by 2020, members of the House of Lords said in a debate on ‘the availability and quality of apprenticeships’. The debate was opened by Labour peer Lady Prosser (pictured above), former deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union and

    12.30 Oct. 16th, 2015 | News