Community links

Thinking Outside the College Report Planning and Delivering Local Accountability: An Action Framework for Colleges in the Further Education Sector 2011

157 Group Community Engagement Case Studies 2009

Higher Education Community Engagement Model Created in 2003 by several Russell Group universities, in collaboration with the Corporate Citizenship Company. It is based on the London Benchmarking Model which is used by many large companies to measure their contributions to the community, but has been adapted for use by any Higher Education Institution. The model was piloted in 2004, underwent a large scale evaluation and was opened up for use by any HEI in 2006. The aim of the model is to capture community activities which are conducted over and above the University’s core purposes of teaching and research. ‘Community’ is here defined in its broadest sense – i.e. any contribution which would be broadly accepted by society as charitable.

A Dynamic Nucleus: The Final Report of the Independent Commission on Colleges in their Communities This final report from the Independent Commission on Colleges in their Communities presents a vision of further education colleges as a dynamic nucleus at the centre of their communities, creating links and establishing networks of partnerships.

The Commission was set up in January 2011 to investigate the role that FE colleges can and do play within their communities, and the added public value that they can bring to those communities in their role as leaders of learning. The report concludes that colleges can not only help people into jobs through skills training, but, by being proactive in their work with local communities, can also harness the energy of those communities towards positive outcomes which in turn promote health, happiness and social cohesion. Published by AGCAS, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the Association of Colleges and the 157 Group 2011.

New Challenges, New Chances: Next Steps in Implementing the Further Education Reform Programme was published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  in 2011, building on earlier Coalition policy.  The policy was welcomed by LSIS because it “offers Colleges greater freedoms and flexibilities in order to meet the needs of, and be accountable to, their communities; a shift from ‘vertical’ to ‘horizontal’ accountability.” (AoC report, Thinking outside the College). A LSIS summary paper is also available.

Useful links from University of Warwick To other university websites with strategies and information about community outreach, staff and student volunteering.

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