WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) has been awarded £46,173 to develop online and blended learning together with lecturer support. The award has come from the Edge Post Covid-19 Revival Fund, the initiative of the Edge Foundation, an independent, politically neutral foundation dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.
The purpose of Edge’s Post Covid-19 Revival Fund is to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the pandemic to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector.
WCG will use the funding to develop a hub providing online and blended learning together with lecturer support. The Hub will offer fully online courses; remote tutor engagement, remote assessment, employer engagement and industry led modules plus flexible enrolment and course delivery.
Jane Samuels, Director of Projects and Operations, Edge Foundation said: “Congratulations to WCG on their successful grant fund application. We are delighted to be able to offer funding from Edge to support this great initiative. We are certain it will make a difference to the education of young people across Warwickshire and Worcestershire after such a challenging year.”
Helen Kinghorn, Deputy Principal, WCG said:”The news that the College group had been awarded the funds from The Edge Foundation was delightful; it really made my day when I heard that we had been successful. The funds are a very welcome support for The Hub project which will allow us to create high quality online courses to support the learning and development of our students.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways but it’s always possible to channel the positive; in this instance we have seen how our students are resilient and adapting to new ways of learning and we want to support them further in developing these traits. These funds will really help us to deliver our project to enhance the learning experience for our students.”
The Edge Post Covid-19 Relief Fund received applications from more than 600 institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector. Applications for funding were invited to support medium and long term projects addressing a post Covid-19 education scenario.