Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A look back at 2015: a new home, new courses and an OBE

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As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect on some of the high points from throughout what has been an incredible year at NEC:


A new home for NEC


This year’s Christmas tree at our new offices

We’ve moved offices and settled into a shiny new home. We’re still in the heart of Cambridge, the city that is renowned throughout the world for educational excellence, and you can find us at:

National Extension College
The Michael Young Centre
School House
Homerton Gardens
Cambridge
CB2 8EB

Our phone numbers remain the same, so you can still call us free on 0800 389 2839 from any UK landline, or dial +44 (0)1223 400200 if calling from overseas or a mobile phone. You can also contact us through our website or send us an email at info@nec.ac.uk.


Responding to the reforms: new A levels and new subjects

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With the government’s reforms to general education well under way, NEC are delighted to have developed nine new Gold Star A levels. We’re really proud of them and have lots of students already working their way through them ready for the first exams in 2017.

All of our Gold Star A levels are delivered online through our new learn@nec platform. They are interactive courses designed by distance learning experts to help give you the best possible chance of success.

The first eight Gold Star A level subjects opened for enrolment earlier in the Autumn: Biology, Sociology, English Literature and History in September were followed by English Language, Psychology, Business and Economics in October. We are delighted to be able to add a completely new ninth subject, Physics, to our range of A levels for the first time in December.

As a final piece of exciting news, we will also be offering another brand-new subject early in the new year: Chemistry. This will mean you can study any of the three major sciences up to A level by distance learning with us. Something to look forward to in 2016!


Work of NEC’s chief executive recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours


NEC’s chief executive, Dr Ros Morpeth OBE

When the Queen’s Birthday Honours list was announced in June this year, we were immensely proud to find that our own chief executive, Dr Ros Morpeth, had been awarded an OBE for services to Further Education. It felt particularly compelling that the honour has been awarded in the centenary year of the birth of NEC’s founder, Michael Young.

NEC’s Chair of Trustees, Tony Dodds, said in his announcement to staff and tutors: ‘Those of us who know Ros, whether we have worked with her for many years or have met her since she came out of retirement in 2011 to rebuild NEC, can have no doubt of the energy and learner focus that is at the heart of everything she does.’

When interviewed by the Times Educational Supplement following the announcement of the award, Ros said: ‘This is a very public recognition of both the achievements of the NEC and the fact it was worth fighting to give the organisation and its students a second chance.’


Season’s greetings from NEC

Finally, a message to you, our readers. From everyone at NEC, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Whatever plans you have for the season, we hope you find the chance to relax and unwind, and that the new year finds you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Here’s to 2016. May it be a year full of learning!



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