Sol Gamsu appropriately points out the “older trainees doing gain access to courses at FE colleges” and the pressure in financing for adult education in FE and more usually (Obsessing over Oxbridge is not the way to beat inequality, 3 January). Yet later on it is suggested that just the refounding of Vaughan College, following its closure by the University of Leicester, will continue to offer access to college for grownups in the city. This overlooks the 700 trainees, all grownups, practically all from the regional neighborhood, presently studying on gain access to courses and for structure degrees, HNCs and HNDs at Leicester College.
Most of our college arrangement is provided in collaboration with De Montfort University and has actually been granted gold accreditation under the mentor quality structure after years of effective work by devoted personnel and identified trainees. Leicester College is happy to be the foundation of long-lasting knowing in the city and beyond.
Principal, Leicester College
• Paul Griseri (Letters, 4 January) is too sweeping when he specifies that “the primary function of many service school activity … is to enhance the success of specific organisations without regard to larger ramifications”. The Chartered Association of Company Schools just recently commissioned a documentary, The Effect Aspect, highlighting the methods service schools include worth to society and the economy. Hull University Company School, where I was dean in between 1999 and 2011, was among those included. Our objective was to gear up trainees for “accountable management in an intricate world”. One example was of the CEO of a regional logistics business who found out, from his MBA, the advantages of decentralising decision-making and promoting ethical supply chains. A 2nd was of a PhD trainee, then local director of the World Health Company for Africa, who utilized the systems believing method established at Hull to form the reaction to the West Africa Ebola break out.
Mike C Jackson
Teacher emeritus, University of Hull
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