Chair of Colleges Inquiry visits Leicester

31 March 2011

Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Chair of the national Colleges in their Communities Inquiry – led by NIACE, the Association of Colleges and the 157 Group – visited Leicester College on Friday 1 April, in one of the Inquiry’s five place-based seminars designed to gather evidence.

The visit allowed Baroness Sharp, along with other participants in the Inquiry, to meet with Leicester College’s Principal – Maggie Galliers – and to speak with staff, learners and local employers. They also visited the college’s main sites and other local community organisations.

The Inquiry will report on the strategic role colleges can play in serving their communities and the added public value they can bring in leading adult learning, at a time when colleges are expected to take responsibility for the shape and balance of educational offer to their locality. It will publish its final report in November 2011.

Maggie Galliers, Leicester College’s Principal, said:

“It is a huge honour that the Commissioners of the Inquiry into Colleges in their Community have chosen to visit. As our track record and recent Ofsted report demonstrate, Leicester College, and others like it, make a massive impact on the communities they serve.”

Mark Ravenhall, NIACE’s Director for the Inquiry, said:

“Leicester has an excellent reputation nationally as a learning city. Our Inquiry is particularly interested in how colleges work with local communities and in including the business community. Leicester College is a national leader in employer engagement and Leicester City Council is well known for its work in community-based learning.”