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The Independent Commission on the College of the Future

Commissioned by The College Alliance, the Independent Commission on the College of the Future brings together a group of experts to ask 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?

Following extensive consultation with the sector and its stakeholders throughout 2019 and 2020, the Commission shared our vision for the college of the future – centred around the role of colleges for people, productivity and place.

The Commission’s final reports for the whole of the UK (2020) and reports for each nation (2020-21) set out recommendations to deliver on this vision.

The Commissioners - chaired by Sir Ian Diamond - guide the work and are drawn from a broad range of organisations, experiences and perspectives across the UK.

The Commission’s focus has since been on exploring important themes from the work and collaborating with partners across education and skills. In 2022 the Commission has focussed on how colleges collaborate with universities.

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The Commissioners

The Commission brings together leading figures from business and the trade unions as well as national and international experts and key stakeholders from across the four nations of the UK. Together, they are shaping and informing our thinking and the wider public policy debate.

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Expert Panel

The Commission is supported through access to an expert panel, made up of experts who are conducting their own work in this area.

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The Commission is kindly supported by nine organisations.

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The Commission is supported by The College Alliance secretariat.