About Us

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Welcome to Milton Keynes College, a Further Education College based in Buckinghamshire.

We are proud to offer an open and inclusive education experience to learners of all levels and backgrounds, with over 3,000 16-18 year olds currently studying with us and a total student population of over 8,000. We offer a broad variety of qualifications, including vocational courses, apprenticeships, higher education, professional certificates as well as employability skills and community training. The College is also a national provider of education services in prisons across the country.

We operate from three main campuses across Milton Keynes and Bletchley, the details of which can be found here. Welcoming those who want to learn and improve, we focus on meeting individual needs. The College is at the heart of the city’s economic vision and community strategy, in addition to being a major employer with over 1,000 members of staff.

Our sole aim is to be the best general Further Education College in the country and deliver the highest quality education to all learners. Our vision of success is at the heart of all we do. At Milton Keynes College we strive to engrain this in all who walk through our doors.

We build and nurture strong partnerships with the wider community and local businesses with an interest in making Milton Keynes College a safe, innovative and inspiring place to learn in and work with.

Our Values

We believe these things individually and as a group. They guide our day-to-day decision making. This is how we set out to achieve them:

To inspire - where everyone motivates, engages, challenges, and stretches each other
To strive for excellence - where everyone recognises their own potential and becomes the best they can be
To demonstrate integrity - where everyone is committed to being open in all we do, to be honest and do the right thing
To show respect - where we listen, consider the views of others and value everyone
To innovate - where new ideas and thinking are generated around people, products and processes.

College Performance

The only way is up for the College since achieving a Grade 2 (Good) in our 2017 Ofsted inspection. We're incredibly proud of this result and the staff that made it possible. With a lot of exciting upcoming projects, such as the bid to co-create an Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park, and working in partnership with a whole host of prestigious employers and businesses, we are looking forward to the future with our heads held high.

All education institutions have to be inspected by Ofsted. This is to make sure that we are doing our job and that students are provided for, receive top rate education and feel safe in our environment. The report from Ofsted gave particular praise to the fast and continuous progress achieved since the previous report.

“Leaders, managers and governors have made rapid progress in building a culture of continuous improvement with determination. They have communicated this very successfully to staff and as a result, staff across the college, are enthusiastic and apply the improvement strategies effectively to their work.” - Ofsted.

A team of ten inspectors observed the way we work as a College, including sitting in on a range of classes and college activities. They met with students, employers and stakeholders and were impressed with what they found. They valued the high-quality and meaningful external work experience and enrichment activities. They noted that "students' progression is a particular strength" with additional qualifications available to improve skills for work.

The apprenticeship provision was particularly recognised for its work with adults. The report read: "Apprentices take pride in their work and can talk positively about the skills that they are developing, and noting that achievements for adults is higher than that of similar providers nationally".

Dr Julie Mills, Principal and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College, said: “I am proud of each and every person at the College who has contributed to this huge achievement and in our continued ambition to become the best general Further Education College in the country.

“There are over 8,000 students and apprentices enrolled at Milton Keynes College, in a wide range of post-16 education and training, including 16 to 19 years study programmes in a variety of vocational areas, adult learning programmes and apprenticeships. Our core mission is to ‘transform lives through learning’ and it is clear from the feedback in this report that we are successfully achieving this.”

See here for a further in-depth review and report of how we perform as a College.

Meet the Senior Management Team

Dr Julie Mills, Principal & CEO, MK College

Dr Julie Mills was appointed Principal & Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College in January 2011. Prior to her appointment, Julie was Deputy Principal for five years. Julie is an Open University graduate and was awarded a doctorate in 2005 for her academic research into the psychological contract of prison education staff. Julie is passionate about closing diversity gaps and challenging discrimination and has been a mentor for the Black Leadership Initiative and the Women’s Leadership Network. Julie is a Board member of MK Business Leaders, Chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation and Director of MK Dons Sport and Education Trust. Julie is also the Chair of Women Leaders UK.

Imelda Galvin, Chief Operating Officer

Imelda is a highly experienced senior leader with a vast proven background in helping organisations move within changing market/business environments, ensuring that businesses operate to enhance their reputation, and strive to become industry leaders.

Imelda is responsible for all Business Partner areas of the College ranging from Finance and HR through to commercial outlets and Marketing. Since joining the College three years ago Imelda has led a number of strategic change projects including the digitisation of processes and reveiwing our property requirements.

Chris Mclean, Deputy Principal: Curriculum

Chris McLean brings more than 30 years of further education experience to his role as Deputy Principal Curriculum and Quality. His background is in Computer Science, which he lectured in for five years before managing a Computing Curriculum area for four years. Following this he worked in a number of colleges, in both academic and business support leadership roles. His commitment to the sector comes from a strong belief that it has a critical role to play in supporting society, the economy and the future of our communities. In support of this he is working with colleagues to develop innovative curriculum delivery models that fundamentally improve the outcomes, employability and future life chances of our students.

Keith Turner, Assistant Principal: Study Programmes

Keith was appointed as Director of Digital & Creative Industries in July 2016. Prior to this, Keith was Deputy Principal at Canterbury College. During his twenty three years in Further Education Keith has worked in a range of further education colleges that has reflected a diverse variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds. During this experience, Keith has seen at first hand the opportunities that education has provided for many young people who would otherwise have had limited life chances. This continues to drive him and, as a parent of a child with a disability, Keith has personal as well as professional experience of potential barriers to learning and can see the huge importance and value of a supportive, inclusive and aspirational educational environment.

Jeremy Wilsdon, Assistant Principal: Quality & Student Experience

Roles in youth work, accountancy and secondary school teaching provided a diverse mix of experiences prior to Jeremy joining the world of further education, some 14 years ago. He has since worked in four different colleges, progressing from his initial role as a Business Lecturer at Leek College, on the edge of the Peak District, to Assistant Principal for Quality and Performance at North Hertfordshire College. Jeremy is passionate about challenging students and staff to move out of their comfort zones and try new ways of working and learning, recognising this as being a fundamental feature for equipping colleges, and the communities they serve, for future success.

Sally Alexander, Executive Director of Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS)

Sally has worked in Offender Learning for 24 years, supporting learners both in custody and in the community, to develop their learning and skills, address their offending behaviour and to support them on a pathway to resettlement on and after release.
A qualified teacher, Sally began working with learners as a lecturer in custody in 1992 at HMP Bullingdon. Sally soon progressed to their Education Manager, before moving on to Executive Director of OLASS at MK College, responsible for delivering education and employment opportunities for offenders.

During this time, Sally has also supported the College in a range of provision including ETE programmes, JCP programmes, community outreach, ESF funded provision and working with NEETS. Currently, MK College work with an average of 25,000-30,000 learners a year across a range of programmes, guiding them on their future pathways within custody, with a committed focus on supporting their resettlement upon release.

Jason Mansell, Director of Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS)

Jason has worked in Offender Learning for 18 years, initially teaching carpentry to prisoners at HMP Bullingdon. He recognised quickly the impact that teaching students’ vocational skills had in developing their self-worth and opportunities for employment post release. He is totally committed to the rehabilitative impact of learning and has embraced a career in this sector.

Tracey Matthews, Assistant Principal: Apprenticeships

Tracey's enthusiasm for apprenticeships and vocational education stems from her own vocational career path, starting as a bi-lingual secretary working in London. Tracey had her own training and development business based in Bedfordshire for 18 years, specialising in Leadership & Management, Business Skills and Careers Advice. The business was bought by a Hertfordshire college where Tracey spent four years developing their apprenticeship provision before joining Milton Keynes College in September 2014.

Marc Gilham, Director of Funding, Data & Analysis
Will Gordon, Head of Finance
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