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Welcome to our News section. Here you will find details of all our latest activities and events as well as an archive of our past news.

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications Accessibility Regulations 2018 and what these mean in practice for colleges

From September 2019 every new public sector website will need to meet approved accessibility standards and publish an accessibility statement saying they have been met. Existing websites have until September 2020 to comply

For further details from the JISC website click here


Digifest 2020 10th to11th March

Digifest is the edtech event for middle and senior-level managers and change leaders in further and higher education.

Digifest 2020 recognises that digital citizenship and learners lie at the heart of Education 4.0. The event celebrates the power and possibilities of digital technologies and how they’ll be shaping the ways we teach, learn, live and work in the 21st century. Venue:The ICC Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EA

Digifest is free to attend for all Jisc member organisations. for booking information click here


FE colleges have seen the largest year on year increase in the proportion of applicants to accepted to HE courses

Alan Birks writing for the very informative Click newsletter has summarised the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report and describes that:-

UCAS data shows that over the past 10 years, FE colleges have seen the largest year on year increase in the proportion of applicants to accepted to HE courses of any other form of post-16 education. In 2018 UCAS received 43,000 applications from students at FE colleges applying for places. Of these, 83.8% were accepted. While this is a lower HE acceptance rate than for academies (87.8%), sixth-form colleges (87.6%), independent schools (87.1%) and other state schools (85.5%), it is higher than that of grammar schools (82.5%) which some might say is interesting, given the selective nature of grammar schools and their focus on the preparation of pupils for university. More detail and analysis of acceptance rates is contained in the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report, which can be found at:

click here


Education Policy Institute David Robinson- Further Education Pathways Securing a successful and healthy life after education.

This report has been commissioned by The Health Foundation and looks at the education pathways taken by
the majority of young people who do not pursue an A Level/Bachelor’s degree route after secondary
education and provides a detailed series of issues and recommendations.

To read the report click here