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The Independent Commission on the College of the Future

Who?

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.


Why?

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. The work was commissioned by The College Alliance.


How?

Following extensive consultation with the sector and its stakeholders throughout 2019 and 2020, we shared our vision for the college of the future. Then we published the Commission’s final reports for the whole of the UK (2020) and reports for each nation (2020-21).

Now, we are exploring important themes that emerged from our work and collaborating with partners across education and skills to take forward projects.

In 2022 we focused on how colleges work with universities to deliver for their people, productivity and places.


Who is involved?

The Commissioners - chaired by Sir Ian Diamond - guide our work and are drawn from a broad range of organisations, experiences and perspectives across the UK. They are supported by an expert panel, who advise on our work.


How to get involved

Engage in our events programme, sign up for updates below and contact director@collegecommission.co.uk to let us know your thoughts on the college of the future.


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.

Learn more about the College of the Future Commissioners


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.

Learn more about the expert panel


Supporters

The Commission is kindly supported by nine organisations.

Learn more about the supporters


Secretariat

The Commission is supported by The College Alliance secretariat.


Publications

See the full list of reports and publications from the Independant Commission on the College of the Future

View all College of the Future Publications

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