Our Principal and CEO Cilla Ross provides and update on our progress towards establishing a Co-operative University.

It has been some time since we gave you an update on our work to establish a Co-operative University, however this certainly doesn't mean we've been inactive! On the contrary, we have continued to ready our internal Co-operative College processes for both Quality Assurance and the Student Co-operative Experience, hiring new colleagues to help progress this vital work.

The development of a Co-operative Education Manifesto

We have also held a number of action learning and co-production days, inviting our partners to think about how we might create a Co-operative Education Manifesto that places the student experience, and the importance of a collaborative approach to learning, right at its heart. As ever, Co-operative ways of thinking about learning, teaching and researching continue to be explored. 

Steps remaining in the process

Whilst paperwork submitted to the Office for Students prior to Covid 19 dealt with risk as a new provider, the situation since the outbreak of the pandemic has (understandably) brought things to a standstill. The focus of the regulators is on ensuring that existing Higher Education providers are able to meet the new imperatives associated with the crisis and all else has temporarily been put on hold.

Whilst this is frustrating for all of us and no doubt the co-operative movement as a whole, we are continuing to produce a compelling co-operative higher education offer whilst also examining ways of developing the Federation. 

Our concern is to ensure that the offer we develop is useful and deeply relevant to the world in which we find ourselves.


As a truly collaborative project, we continue to welcome any ideas and views. Simply get in touch via the button below.

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