News (2019)

OBE awarded to Dr Julie Mills Chair of Helena Kennedy Foundation

MK College CEO & Group Principal, Dr Julie Mills, who is Chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation -  the FE sector’s influential independent charity - has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On behalf of the Trustees, President of the Foundation, Baroness Kennedy QC said ‘Julie Mills is one of the most committed FE College Principals in the sector and a woman of integrity and compassion. Julie’s distinguished  track record on diversity and inclusion aligns with the values and social purpose of our charity and we are proud

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Helena Kennedy Foundation now in the Midlands

The Helena Kennedy Foundation is delighted to announce that we now have an office base in Birmingham. Thanks to a great welcome and generous office space from South and City College Birmingham, the Charity can firmly operate directly in the Midlands.  The Foundation provides financial bursaries as well as invaluable support for up-to 100 students annually - progressing from Further Education to Higher Education - who would not ordinarily be able to access a positive route to Education, due to a wide variety of life’s difficulties and barriers to achieving life-enhancing academic success. College Principal, Mike Hopkins said

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TES Fe 2019 awards celebration event raises funds in aid of Helena Kennedy Foundation

Further Education colleges from across the UK gathered at the Grosvenor Hotel on 23rd March 2019.  The event celebrated FE winners and the Beacon awards. Helena Kennedy Foundation was the chosen charity of the night, a total of £4,414.02 was raised with another just under £2k in pledges.  The funds raised will go towards providing financial support and mentoring to disadvantaged FE learners. Stephen Exley, TES Fe Editor said   “In November 1998, Tes reported on the launch of the Helena Kennedy Foundation at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference. I’m pleased that, two

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Celebration time at House of Lords for Bursary winners

The Helena Kennedy Foundation celebration event held on 18th March 2019 at the house of Lords recognised over 75 students who received a bursary. The event brought together students who have overcome barriers to education and progressed from FE colleges from across the UK  into higher education. The event was supported by the Skills and Education Group.  All bursary winners selected received a bursary of up to £2,250 to help cover the costs of university study, as well as on-going guidance and training from the Foundation. The Helena Kennedy Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in November 2018.  The Foundation was

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