In response to today's cabinet reshuffle, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “I was sorry to see Justine Greening leaving this post. She did a lot of good work to build collaboration with AoC and colleges, she had a strong and personal commitment to social mobility and she was one of a few in Government with direct experience of learning in a college. Her legacy will include a commitment within the Department for Education to greater investment in technical and professional education and stronger support for colleges to help them deliver great learning opportunities across the country.
“I am looking forward to building a relationship with Damian Hinds in his new role as Education Secretary. We know from his time at DWP that he is someone we can work with and who will share our strong commitment to social justice. He faces many challenges across schools and universities policy, as well as many opportunities which colleges offer to his Department in delivering the education and skills our country needs.”