Nottingham College signs civic agreement as the latest collaborator with universities for Nottingham

Nottingham College is the latest organisation to commit to the Universities for Nottingham (UfN) partnership.

The move means an expansion of the network, which champions the interests of Nottingham residents and communities.

Janet Smith, principal and CEO of Nottingham College, joins the vice chancellors of both universities in Nottingham, local authority leaders, leaders of local healthcare trusts, Integrated Care Board and the principal and CEO of Vision West Nottinghamshire College, as a signatory of the Universities for Nottingham Civic Agreement, committing the college to a shared mission to improve levels of prosperity, opportunity, sustainability, health and wellbeing of local communities.

Smith said: “Our college plays a vital role in delivering educational and economic impact, with tens of thousands of people, every year, gaining qualifications, upskilling and training to attain jobs and careers that support local and regional economic growth and prosperity.

“But, as a college, we serve an important social purpose too. As a general FE college, serving Nottingham, the wider conurbation and significant parts of our county and neighbouring counties too, we connect people to learning experiences that enhance their livelihoods and their life chances.

“I’m convinced that through this partnership we will be able to extend and enhance our impact further, making a real difference to the communities we serve.”

The vice chancellors of Nottingham’s universities, professor Edward Peck CBE, DL and professor Shearer West CBE DL, said in a join statement: “Our Civic Agreement is underpinned by a recognition that, as ‘anchor institutions’, each of the signatories to this agreement is linked integrally to the place and people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

“As partners in this pioneering project, we are passionate advocates for our place, people, and communities, sharing a mission to improve levels of prosperity, opportunity, sustainability, health and wellbeing for residents and the communities that unite us. We look forward to working ever closer together in our shared endeavour.”

Nottingham College is the largest further education college in the East Midlands and one of the largest in the UK. The College has around 8,000 young people, 15,000 adults, 1,500 apprentices and around 500 higher education students. It says it has a “significant” role to play in delivering economic prosperity and social cohesion for Nottingham and the wider county.