Education has entered a new era in the city with the merger of Peterborough Regional College and New College Stamford to form the new Inspire Education Group (IEG) alongside University Centre Peterborough.
As part of the merger, the colleges are now known as Peterborough College and Stamford College complete with a rebrand and is intended to strengthen their offer for the future.
The coming together of the colleges took place to create a combined further education and higher education group that will serve Peterborough, Stamford and the surrounding areas.
Overall, the Inspire Education Group is now responsible for 1,250 staff, 8,500 Further Education students, 800 Higher Education students and 1,400 apprentices.
Janet Meenaghan, IEG CEO and Principal of Stamford College said: “We are incredibly excited to announce the merging of the two colleges and the launch of the Inspire Education Group. At our core is an ambition to change lives and by working together, we can empower people of all ages and backgrounds to transform their lives through high-quality education without barriers.
“We believe this can be achieved through a dynamic, engaging, stimulating and employment focussed curriculum that not only educates but enriches lives. We recognise and want to optimise the strengths and opportunities that can be created by coming together as a single, larger, more robust college group with one vision, a relevant and responsive curriculum and an absolute focus on quality, standards and excellence.
“The merger will allow for further development of both our colleges’ existing links and will bring together two strong organisations to form a partnership of equals. It will allow both our colleges to preserve their distinctiveness while building on the individual strengths of each college.”
Rachel Nicholls, IEG Deputy CEO and Principal of Peterborough College added: “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this period of transition. It is a time full of opportunities and the benefits of this collaboration are clear. Not only will it allow continuous growth of a broader and responsive curriculum offer at both campuses, it will provide greater capacity to develop further education, apprenticeships and higher education provision and give more opportunity to invest in our students and our communities.
“We have no doubt that together, we will enhance the potential of our students both during their time with us and into their futures.”
For more information about the Inspire Education Group head to: www.ieg.ac.uk