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Going further and higher - How collaboration between colleges and universities can transform lives and places

A new report calling for greater collaboration between colleges and universities sets out recommendations for governments and sector leaders to support regional priorities and deliver UK-wide economic recovery.

Over the past nine months the Civic University Network, Sheffield Hallam University and the Independent Commission on the College of the Future have been engaging with leaders and policy-makers across the sectors through events and discussions.

These conversations have focused on a key question:

How can college and university relationships be further developed across the four nations of the UK to better support individuals, employers and communities?

This report is the culmination of these conversations. 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 work more collaboratively together - 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.

The report highlights the impact of unequal investment and a lack of clarity on the role that universities and colleges play, leading to a waste of potential and years of unnecessary tension. Post-16 education and skills systems can suffer from being too confusing and difficult to navigate for both students and employers, and competition between institutions exacerbates this.

The report calls on colleges, universities and governments across the four nations to commit to creating joined-up education and skills systems with a focus on shared responsibility for the sectors to deliver for people, employers and their places.

Open College Network West Midlands welcome the renewed focus on the importance of life-long learning that this report highlights.


Read the report here

Download the report:

Going Further and Higher: How collaboration between colleges and universities can transform lives and places.

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