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MEG Officers

The Chair

The Chair is elected by ballot of member colleges immediately after the summer term meeting. Candidates must be a serving Principal of a member college. The Chair holds office three years, commencing on 1 August.

The Vice Chairs

The group appoints two Vice Chairs by ballot, at least one of whom must be a serving Principal in a MEG college. The Vice Chairs hold office for two years from 1 August.

The Co-ordinator

MEG employs a Co-odinator to support group meetings and activities and represent the group at a range of external events. The Co-ordinator may be appointed from outside MEG but must be familiar with HE on FE issues. He or she holds office for 2 years.

Our Current Officers

Chair 2017 - 2020

John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham
John Widdowson

Vice Chairs

Gill Alton, Chief Executive, Grimsby Institute
Gill Alton

Jerry White, Vice Principal, City College Norwich
Jerry White


Nick Whitehouse is the current MEG Co-ordinator
Nick Whitehouse

  • 22 May 2018

    More BTEC students progress to university The numbers of students starting university courses after studying BTECs is rising. However, these students are less likely to graduate with a top degree than their peers who took A levels, according to a new study. More »

  • 09 May 2018

    The government’s review of post-18 education funding in England UUK response In its submission to the review, Universities UK said that, while the system in England had not deterred young people from full-time study – and has provided sustained and stable funding for higher education – there is a lack of public confidence and understanding of how it delivers value for money for students. More »

  • 27 April 2018

    Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge -  MEG Publication John Widdowson and Madeleine King have written a monograph to discuss and illustrate some of the challenges facing leaders in CBHE and offer examples and suggestions for how tackle them. With the future shape of tertiary education in the UK up for debate and a substantial expansion of higher education in colleges expected to play an important role in the government’s post-18 funding review, this monograph could not be more relevant to the challenges the sector now faces More »

  • 16 December 2013

    Wecome to MEG Thinkpiece 15 minutes to spare, cup of coffee close by? Then time to read, reflect and add to the Thinkpiece debate! Write to us with your views and your Thinkpiece may join others on our website. As a start, we publish three articles written by leading figures in college-based HE. John Widdowson, the Chair of the Mixed Economy Group of colleges, explores how we might fill the Polytechnic hole. Marina Parha, Vice Principal of The Manchester college, seeks a true calling for vocational HE and Sarah Shobrook, the Director of HE at Truro and Penwith suggests that the term Vocational HE has had its day! More »