FE colleges play an integral role in making higher education courses accessible to hundreds of thousands of learners, a new report by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) concludes. According to the ETF's College Higher Education Local Impact Summary report, written by consultancy firm RCU and published today, colleges recruit almost double the proportion of HE students from their local areas than higher education institutions (HEIs).
The final reports and recommendations for 15 area reviews have been published by the Department for Education (DfE) today, outlining proposals for dozens of mergers, and for sixth-form colleges to convert to become academies. The reports recommend 16 mergers, but two – between Stanmore College and West Herts College, and New College Swindon and Swindon College – have been cancelled. Of the 117 FE colleges, sixth-form colleges and college groups, 28 colleges will be involved in 14 mergers.
Hartpury College has become the second FE institution to be granted taught degree-awarding powers, and has launched a consultation on plans to seek university status for its higher education centre. The Gloucestershire-based college follows in the footsteps of NCG, which became the first college to be granted full taught degree-awarding powers in June last year. From September 2018, students will be able to study for a taught honours or master's degree awarded by University Centre Hartpury.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".