First college granted full degree-awarding powers

The TES is reporting that for the first time a college has been granted full taught degree awarding powers.

NCG is one of five FE colleges which already has foundation degree awarding powers, alongside the Hull College Group, Grimsby Institute, New College Durham and Warwickshire College. Since 2014, more than 1,000 graduates each year have had their degrees accredited by NCG.

Chief executive Joe Docherty said: “Gaining taught degree awarding powers is a landmark development for the sector. It’s a real breakthrough nationally and we are extremely proud to be leading the way for the whole of the further education sector.

“Our colleges already work closely with employers to develop provision that addresses local and national skills gaps. Degree awarding powers will enable us to be more responsive to the demand for higher level skills as well as supporting the local economy and more people into jobs.

“We look forward to seeing other colleges following this path and would be happy to share our experiences with others in the sector.”

The announcement was welcomed by universities and science minister Jo Johnson.“This is a significant step forward for NCG and opens up more opportunities for young people in the local community to enjoy the benefits that higher education can bring,” he said.

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