Coleg Cambria, Grove Park Road, Wrexham, LL12 7AB
The College publishes the following public benefit statement within its accounts each year. The following is an excerpt from the 2018 financial statements:
The College is an exempt charity and is regulated by the Welsh Government as Principal Regulator for all FE Corporations in Wales. The members of the Governing Body, who are trustees of the charity, are disclosed on page 21. In setting and reviewing the College’s strategic objectives, the Governing Body has had due regard for the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit and particularly upon its supplementary guidance on the advancement of education. The guidance sets out the requirement that all organisations wishing to be recognised as charities must demonstrate, explicitly, that their aims are for the public benefit. In delivering its mission, the College provides the following identifiable public benefits through the advancement of education:
• High-quality teaching
• Widening participation and tackling social exclusion
• Excellent employment record for students
• Strong student support systems
• Links with employers, industry and commerce.
Public Good Statement (Higher Education)
The statement below expands on the above to provide a public good statement for our Higher Education delivery. The statement should be read in conjunction with the following documents:
Higher Education Strategy
Contributing to our Community
Corporate Social Responsibility
Higher Education Public Good Plan
The College invests approximately 26% of the tuition fee income in activities to widen participation and promote equality of opportunity in Higher Education.
Vision for Higher Education
Our vision for higher education can be found in our Higher Education Strategy , along with our strategic
priorities. Through the delivery of higher education we aim to provide vocationally relevant progression
pathways for our level 3 students and local employees, enabling those who need to study locally gain the
skills, knowledge and qualifications needed for sustainable employment.
Our Strategic Priorities for Higher Education are:
- Embedding a supportive culture of innovation and creativity, challenging everyone to develop the skills they need to build successful futures. We will provide an outstanding experience for all HE students, informed by scholarship and professional practice, which is vibrant, engaging and supportive, and which both challenges and inspires. We will develop the research and scholarly activity of staff and students to inform professional and critical enquiry
- Working together with employers to develop the dynamic skilled workforce essential for a prosperous and sustainable economy. We will extend our highly effective relationships with employers, organisations and industry will continue to meet skills gaps and facilitate economic growth.
- Building a safe, inclusive environment at the heart of our communities, improving opportunities and transforming lives. We will widen participation, raise aspirations and access for those in work and from a range of different backgrounds, and providing progression opportunities through effective and targeted advice, guidance, outreach and liaison work
- Operating ethically and sustainably, empowering people to become responsible local and global citizens. We will work in partnership with employers, students and staff, empowering them to further develop our dynamic and engaged academic community.
- To develop an innovative future focused curriculum which meets the skills needs of learners and employers. We will provide and enhance high quality, flexible HE learning opportunities and support
environments to facilitate student success. We will work with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to support students who wish to undertake all or elements of their higher level learning through the medium of Welsh
Through our Higher Education Programmes and our Higher Education Public Good Plan we are meeting the strategic priorities we set ourselves for higher education. Through implementation of the above plan we are:
- Widening access to higher education for under represented groups.
- Closing the gap in success rates of learners from under represented groups.
- Increasing progression to higher learning of our level 3 learners to at least the national average.
- Supporting the local economy through developing the local workforce with higher level skills and attributes.
- Increasing the number of learners studying some or all of their programme through the medium of Welsh or bilingually.
- Contributing to increasing the % of the local working population who have higher level qualifications.
We aim to do this by focusing on the following broad activities:
- Design and implement a wider range of vocationally relevant higher education programmes, including higher and degree apprenticeships, with progression opportunities where relevant.
- Design models of delivery that enable students to study whilst working.
- Target the promotion of higher education opportunities to learners from low participation areas and under represented groups.
- Raise awareness about progression opportunities and available support for our level 3 students.
- Prepare students for the transition from FE to HE study, in particularly adults who have had a study gap.
- Provide additional study support for higher education students to facilitate success on their programme.
- Deliver a high quality student experience through the enhancement of teaching and learning skills, including Welsh Language.
- Promote healthy lifestyles through education and encouraging participation in Active@Cambria.
- Equip student with employability skills and work experience opportunities.
- Develop promotional material that reflects the full range of student characteristics.
The aims and activities are planned and monitored through a detailed action plan.