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Welcome to The College Alliance

Reimagining the role of colleges for the future

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Established in 2017, The College Alliance is a collaborative network that brings together College Principals and Chief Executives from England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with representatives from key sector organisations and senior government officials from the national governments.

Our vision is to become the preeminent hub for peer exchange and discussion. Aligned with the forward-thinking vision set forth by the Independent Commission on the College of the Future, we are committed to championing the "reimagining" of colleges over the next decade.


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Our mission

Foster a dynamic forum

We serve as a dynamic forum for discussions on the tertiary education and skills systems across the UK and Republic of Ireland, facilitating valuable exchanges and enabling learning from the diverse approaches. By providing unique opportunities for stakeholders to engage with college leaders and policymakers we will nurture dialogue and encourage a unified approach.

Co-develop policy and practice

By actively identifying areas for collaboration, we strive to co-develop policy and practice, driving positive transformations in the college sector.

Empower our sector

We are committed to sector development; commissioning policy work and research. Most notably the work of the Independent Commission on the College of the Future, headed by Sir Ian Diamond. We will champion the vital role that Colleges play in society to redress inequality and create increasing opportunities.

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College of the future

At a time when seismic shifts are happening across the UK - from demographic change and the climate crisis, to technological revolution, and the changing demands of the labour market - these are important questions. The pandemic has accelerated the need for change. It is clear that colleges can and must be at the heart of meeting these challenges.

Commissioned by The College Alliance in 2019 - The Independent Commission on the College of the Future was set up to answer two simple but fundamental questions:

  1. What do we want and need from colleges in 10 years’ time?
  2. What changes are needed in order to achieve this?
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WEBINAR: Fostering a more sustainable and resilient society: role of skills policies

Tuesday 6 June 2023

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14 February 2022

WATCH: Going Further and Higher report launch

Want to catch up on our Northern Ireland specific final report launch event or watch again? Find the recording here....
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