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Richmond upon Thames College Commits to ‘Transformative’ Second Phase Campus Redevelopment

Thursday 19 March 2020

Last night Richmond upon Thames College Board approved plans for the second phase of an £80m campus redevelopment moments away from the national home of English rugby in Twickenham and a close neighbour of Harlequins Rugby Club.

The next phase sees the construction of our STEM Centre which will provide a “state of the art” environment for training in engineering, science, forensic sciences and robotics and a brand new Sports building to further develop the College’s sports programmes.

As well as agreeing to the second phase of the campus redevelopment the Board has decided to work with the Further Education Commissioner to explore options for the College’s long term future (known as a Structure and Prospects Appraisal). The Board is due to decide in June on the best way to provide outstanding education and training into the future.

At last night’s meeting the College Chair, Nick Deeming, decided that with the second phase of the campus redevelopment agreed now was the right time for him to step down.

Nick commented:
“I joined the College in September 2018 and since then I have led the Board with great passion and energy through some very challenging times. I have always been clear about the huge potential of the College. With the Structure and Prospects Appraisal underway, I feel it is time to make way for a Chair with the specific skills set and time needed to support the College through the process. I leave the College in a much stronger position including the completion of Phase 1 of the College’s new campus redevelopment, which opened at the end of February 2020 with the first intake of new students due in September 2020. I have worked closely with the FE Commissioner during the initial stages of the College’s Structure and Prospects Appraisal. As Richmond upon Thames College moves on to Phase 2 of the new campus development, I feel it is the right time to hand over the baton.”

Nick will be replaced by Ian Valvona who takes up post from 18 March 2020. Ian is a civil servant at the Department for Education with experience of qualifications and curriculum policy and delivery, 14-19 education reform and children’s social care. Ian was the last Chair of Kensington and Chelsea College before it merged last month with Morley College London creating London's largest adult education institute.

Ian commented:
“I am extremely pleased to be joining Richmond upon Thames College at an incredibly important moment in the College’s history. The new campus is another key step towards providing outstanding teaching and learning for our students. The next phase of campus redevelopment will be nothing less than transformative – laying the foundations of a College for the future that will meet the needs of our students, local communities and employers in a rapidly changing world.”

Diane Dimond, Interim Principal and CEO of Richmond upon Thames College, adds, “Since joining Richmond upon Thames College as Chair of Governors, Nick has been instrumental in driving improvements in Corporate Governance, helping us get the keys to our new building and paving the way for a brighter future by attracting quality staff and students to join the college’s exciting and vibrant community. I would like to thank Nick for his commitment and the substantial time he has given to the college and look forward to working closely with Ian over the coming months.”

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