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UEL and Newham College to develop new strategic partnership

Focus of alliance is to provide courses with clear progression routes

The University of East London (UEL) is joining forces with Newham College of Further Education (NC) to develop a new strategic partnership that will bring exciting benefits to students in east London, including improved access to Further and Higher Education and high-quality courses that really meet demand.

The two institutions, who are campus neighbours, have set up a ‘joint project’ to map out key areas of cooperation with the aim of developing a more co-ordinated approach to Further and Higher Education provision in the local area. 

The new partnership was cemented by the signing of a memorandum of understanding at a launch event at UEL’s Docklands campus on Thursday, 21 April.

Professor John Joughin, Vice Chancellor of UEL, said, “The synergies that exist between FE and HE are of increasing importance for all of us. This strategic partnership between our two institutions will provide significant future opportunities for our local community in terms of creating important new progression routes for education and employment.”

The focus of the alliance will be to provide courses across the two institutions with clear progression routes and, ultimately, to secure an integrated pathway from Further to Higher Education in the local area.

This will enable UEL and NC to work closely together to deliver flexible, efficient and inventive forms of education, training and business support.

The vision is to ensure that everyone with the ability to benefit from Further and Higher Education can do so with courses that are accessible, affordable and appropriate to them.

Di Gowland, Principal of Newham College, said, “We are delighted to be developing a strategic partnership between two of the largest providers of Further and Higher Education in London. This will enable Newham College and the University of East London to develop an unrivalled range of seamless education opportunities for both local people and our wider communities.” 

The alliance allows both UEL and NC to continue with their own individual, distinctive areas of activity tailored to their respective missions.

One of the key areas of collaboration between the two institutions will be sharing knowledge about the educational and skills needs of the local area, its learners and employers to assess how well the supply of Further and Higher Education courses meets demand in east London.

While the new partnership offers an exciting range of possibilities, both UEL and NC recognise that there is a range of other providers of Further and Higher Education serving the surrounding area and will be seeking to maintain the excellent collaborations with them that already exist. 

The partnership is designed to allow other providers to work with them to provide a range of appropriate Further and  Higher Education courses, progression opportunities and business support services that will meet the needs of the local area.