Welcome to our NNECL Newsletter. So much has happened since our last communication, both locally and nationally; in our day to day work as well as the ways in which our work is shaping nationally. The range of challenges that we are addressing together makes very clear the value of our community, which allows us to share expertise and experience and to develop collaborative, regional and national, activities and resources together. Once again, that spirit of co-operation and mutual support characterised our annual conference and made it a very useful and cheering day at which many ideas were discussed and examples of wonderful work were shared.
This collaborative spirit that characterises NNECL is especially valuable at times like this, when we are facing unprecedented change. For example, many of us are working more than we ever have with young refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from many different communities and we are having to adapt our work and our systems to ensure that these young people receive the support that most suits their needs.
At a national level, Arron, myself and colleagues from your Strategic Group are working together to do our best to ensure that what we have achieved in the past year – our NNECL web site; the management support that we have had from our host university colleagues – can be sustained and built upon in the future.
Our reach is expanding, it has been exciting to support the development of the new Central Region set up in 2015 by the Study Higher partnership, which was an existing collaboration between Bucks New University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford and University of Reading. Rachel has pulled together details of all of our Regional Networks which can found in the About section
of our website.
With in NNECL we are preparing to wish Rachel Lad, Outreach Manager a fond farewell as she leaves it (albeit short-term) on Maternity Leave. Sarah-Louise Collins has taken up the unenviable task of filling Rachel's shoes and we wish her every success and support in her new role. Sarah will be in touch to introduce herself in the coming weeks.
It is always the case, with the work that we do, that we must adapt and change to suit new circumstances, but it is so much easier and more fruitful to be able to do it together with colleagues who bring their individual commitment, knowledge and experience to our collaboration.
With good wishes to everyone
Felicity Dunworth and Arron Pile