Leader to Leader interview with CEO Ellen Thinnesen

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Student President Zainab Nadeem sat down with Education Partnership North East Chief Executive Ellen Thinnesen to look back on her career, the challenges she has faced, who inspired her, and … Continued

College to invest in state-of-the-art facilities to produce next generation of health professionals

Northumberland College has revealed plans to invest in state-of-the-art health care facilities to challenge the growing skills gap in the health and social care sector across the region, as part of a multi-million-pound investment programme. The Health Hub, which will be located at its Ashington campus, will comprise a hospital ward, treatment room, sluice area … Continued

Northumberland College receives runner-up prize for best small college with the highest student conversion rate

Northumberland College recently received the runner-up prize in The Sir John Pirie Cup at the 21st annual Plaisterers’ Training Awards 2019 in London. The category recognised small colleges with the highest conversion student rate at NVQ, SVQ, ICA and Diploma Level 2. The awards were held at London’s Plaisterers’ Hall on 25th November 2019 to … Continued

Plans for inspiring new facilities for students with special needs granted

Northumberland College has been granted planning permission for a major investment in its specialist facilities to meet the complex needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities. A dedicated building with a new extension at the college’s Kirkley Hall campus in Ponteland will soon be transformed into a bespoke learning environment for students aged … Continued

Leading North East college officially embarks on ambitious investment programme

A leading North East college has officially embarked on their ambitious investment programme, following the appointment of a project management company. Northumberland College has announced the appointment of real estate consultants, Hollis, to project manage the first phase of their multi-million-pound investment programme, which will bring significant benefits to students and the local economy. Nigel … Continued

New governors and leaders at Northumberland College set to drive forward ambitious new vision

A new senior leadership team has been appointed at Northumberland College to drive forward its ambitious strategic vision of excellence. The college, which merged with Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form in March to form Education Partnership North East, has appointed 12 prominent and well-respected figures from the North East to form a new board … Continued

North East colleges welcome £400m funding boost to further education

North East colleges today collectively welcome a £400 million funding boost to further education, which is the single largest annual increase for the sector since 2010. The announcement, comes after extensive campaigning by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the sector, culminating in the national Love Our Colleges campaign in May this year. The week-long … Continued

Students praised for involvement in rural event

Northumberland College students have played a large role in this year’s Rural Awards, hosted at our Kirkley Hall campus. A wide range of learners from several curriculum areas supported this event, which is organised by newspaper group Reach PLC. In the run-up to the glitzy ceremony, students from agriculture and horticulture prepared some of the … Continued