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University and college members seek to strengthen ties

An event run by the Civic University Network will explore how UK higher education institutions can collaborate

By Olivia Mackenzie Smith

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The event will include speeches from Sir Ian Diamond Chair of the Independent Commission on the College of the Future, Smita Jamdar Chair of Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau and member of the Independent Commission’s expert panel, and Audrey Cumberford FRSE MBE among others.

Panellists will be discussing how education education reforms can help bridge the gap between colleges and universities and rectify inequalities in education.

Both colleges and universities offer education after secondary school.

On the other hand, universities also offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses while colleges offer a range of educational certificates from GCSEs to Higher National Diplomas.

When approached for a comment, the Civic University Network shared a press release stating:

“Today, the Civic University Network, the Independent Commission on the College of the Future and Sheffield Hallam University have published Going Further and Higher: How collaboration between colleges and universities can transform lives and places. With case studies and analysis from across the four nations of the UK, the joint report is a call to arms for the two sectors to work together.

“The report argues that further and higher education must no longer be pitted against each other - both nationally and locally - if post-16 education and skills systems across the UK are to deliver on pressing societal challenges such as closing skills gaps, supporting economic recovery, and delivering on net-zero goals.

“Amongst a number of key recommendations, the report calls on governments across the UK to commit to a more balanced investment and to define the distinct but complementary roles of colleges and universities through a new 10-year strategy.

Although registration for this event is now closed, spaces may be found by contacting


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