Special Issue: Colleges as Anchor Institutions in their Local Community

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Colleges as Anchor Institutions in their Local Community

London Review of Education special feature

Further education (FE) colleges in the UK, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions in Australia, and Community Colleges in the US offer a wide range of programmes that enable young people and adults to develop and realise their aspirations, and in doing so they are rightly recognised for their critical role in fostering social mobility. Far less acknowledged is the importance of these place-based institutions for promoting inclusive social and economic growth that meets the needs of students, communities, businesses and industries.

The goal of this special issue is to bring together and showcase high-quality papers on how colleges internationally act as anchor institutions within their local and regional communities to support inclusive economic, social and educational growth.

Publication date: from August 2022


Issue Editors

Lynne Rogers IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, UCL, UK


Article list


Leading undergraduate provision in further education colleges: the experiences of BA Education programme leaders

Authors: Ross M. Purves, Mark Pulsford, Rebecca Morris
Published: 15 March 2023


Are our further education colleges still an anchor in our society?

Authors: Lynn Senior, Neil Barnes
Published: 08 March 2023


Unpacking the tensions between local and national skills policy: employers, colleges and Local Enterprise Partnerships as collaborative anchors

Authors: Susan James Relly, James Robson
Published: 30 November 2022


Developing English VET through social partnership in further education

Authors: Norman Crowther, Mark Addis, Christopher Winch
Published: 22 September 2022


‘Employers at the heart of the system’: whose system is it anyway?

Authors: Prue Huddleston, Suzie Branch-Haddow
Published: 17 August 2022


The bachelor’s degree in college systems: history, evidence and argument from England

Authors: Jennifer Allen, Gareth Parry
Published: 09 August 2022


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