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In trying to write a history of the Institute it is impossible to include
absolutely everything that has been achieved in the 65 years that it has
been in existence. Therefore, this commemorative book simply attempts
to highlight many of the Institute’s achievements, and give a flavour of
its vital role in the community over the years.
Since 1944 the Institute has evolved into one of the largest colleges in the
country, standing at the heart of the local community, and having in those
65 years touched the lives of most local people, either through education,
training, employment or a public event.
A far cry from its humble beginnings with a total of less than 2,000
students, in April 2009, the Grimsby Institute boasted over 20,000
students and almost 35,000 enrolments, with the financial performance
in 2007/2008 resulting in a turnover of over £40m. And, with over 1,400
staff across a range of roles, the Institute is recognised as one of the largest
employers in the area.
Recent research by the Association of Colleges found that for every £1
a college spends it contributes £1.90 to the local economy. This means
the Institute makes a phenomenal contribution of over £81m to the local
economy of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding areas each year.
Mr Frank Vivian, a former Principal and lecturer who worked at the
Grimsby College for forty years, and who has a keen interest in local
history made the recording of the College’s first 60 years history, for
which we are ever thankful.
The following record of events provides some insight into how it is we
come to be here today, looking forward to the merger with Yorkshire
Coast College in 2010 and who knows what else beyond.
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Although the Institute as we know it Combined with the end of the war and In September 1959, having had the
today was not built until 1953, the the nation returning to something experts approve of the College, the FE
Education Act of 1944 gave the resembling normality, things were Sub Committee agreed to a new
go-ahead for the separate training starting to look promising for Grimsby constitution for a Governing Body. This,
schools in Grimsby - the Nautical School residents, except that in 1947 Grimsby together with the adoption of the
and the School of Arts and Crafts, to Town crashed out of the football league’s Instrument and Articles of the College
join together under the banner of The top division! in the next year formed the basis of the
Grimsby College on the land at Nuns government of the College and its
Corner, and is now Grimsby Institute’s In the decade that saw the television subsequent development under the LEA.
main campus. become commonplace in local homes,
the town’s new College began to take With over 4000 students now at one
In the early 1940’s, when the school shape, with tenders submitted for the central campus, a Students’ Union
leaving age was 14, there was small building of the first instalment at Nuns was formed.
provision for those who chose not to go Corner in 1951, which in the 16th
straight onto an apprenticeship; a century had been the site of a nunnery.
Technical College operated out of the
Eleanor Street Technical School in the
evenings, overseen by the Technical
Education Sub Committee. The school’s
staff provided some training, as did staff
from the Nautical School and the School
of Arts and Crafts.
The Education Act instigated by then
Minister of Education, R A Butler,
received royal assent in August 1944. This
was to bring about a turning point in the
provision of education in Grimsby, as it
instructed and empowered Local
Education Authorities to make adequate
post-compulsory education provision
available. The need for a College
of Further Education in the town was
agreed by the newly formed Further
Education Sub Committee and plans and
staff appointments were made, with Mr
R E Woods becoming the first Principal.
This was the start of the College itself,
although it was still spread out over
In 1948 the Ministry of Education
approved 25 acres of land at Nuns
Corner for “Further Education purposes”
which was the beginning of College
becoming one recognisable building.
With the amalgamation of the specific
teaching centres from around the town
and the eager development of new
courses, 14-year-olds would now have
a choice when leaving school, either to
start as an apprentice or to attend college
and enter Further Education.
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UK railways are nationalised to form British Railways.
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Grimsby was the first place in Great Britain to have the Butterfly Bomb used against it by the Luftwaffe, devastating many areas.
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Development of courses and further During the 60’s, the growth of the technological knowledge and facilities,
expansion of the College building moved College’s course provision led to meant that the College was becoming
at a frantic pace throughout the 1960’s. the creation of two more departments closely associated with the expansion of
The first meeting of the newly elected and their advisory committees, technical courses to Higher Certificate
Governing Body was held, and set up and a rebranding of some of the and Diploma levels.
four Advisory Committees (Commerce, other departments.
Engineering and Building, Nautical, and A reflection of the role of women in the
Applied Science), which would report to In 1964 the Engineering and Building Swinging Sixties, with new style icons
the Principal, make recommendations Department was so big the two such as Twiggy, was highlighted by a
regarding the range of courses, purchase disciplines each warranted becoming a Department of Trade and Domestic
of equipment, and act as general liaison department in their own right so it was Sciences to cover catering, bakery and
between the College departments, split in two. Further changes took effect hairdressing which was later changed
industry and commerce, and the various this year at 61 Bargate, as the former again to the Food and Fashion
examining bodies used. Membership nursery was bought and converted into Department in 1966.
of the committees was drawn from the a hostel with 40 beds, for use by the
professional institutions and local trainee navy cadets, which was later to The school leaving age was raised to 16
organisations which had an interest in become the site of the Food School. years in 1968 and led to developments
the work of the relevant departments. in the Further Education system. The
Nuns Corner site now also boasted: a
In 1964 the Government set up the large four-storey block incorporating
Industrial Training Boards, which a main foyer, lift, refectory, library and
initiated a financial system to encourage specialist studios for the Art department
employers to train their employees at (although their main School was still at
all levels and ensure that an element Silver Street). A further three storey block
of Further Education was taken up by was located on the south side of the main
everyone. This challenged the Further foyer which was linked to the main
Education system to devise courses to building by only the ground floor, it
complement the ‘off the job training’ to consisted of a large common area, a
be given by employers or agencies acting lecture theatre with ramped seating,
on their behalf. Some larger local firms classrooms, staff workrooms and three
set up their own training schemes, whilst research laboratories for the Science
others joined together and formed Group department on the top floor.
Training Associations. The main ones The Department of Business Studies
in the area were for Engineering, was created and soon added Across the site there were now also
Shipbuilding, and Road Transport. Management Studies to its remit, and rooms for pottery, wood carving and
the former Commerce and General cabinet making, a new bakery and
The provision of training programmes Studies Department was renamed the larder room, a main assembly hall,
tailored to the needs of industry and Department of General Studies. sports hall and changing rooms, an
commerce became big business. engineering training workshop, a
Cooperation between the College’s Courses relating to what were then marine engine laboratory, motor vehicle
academic staff, training officers from the termed ‘women’s subjects’ had been workshop, experimental laboratory,
major firms, and training groups in the grouped together in the Science and industrial catering kitchens, changing
area produced schemes that were Maths Department. rooms, domestic cookery kitchen and
operated at the College to the precise the first properly equipped training
standards of the training boards The most significant and longstanding restaurant in the area, known today as
concerned, and were paid for on a full change came about in 1965 when the the Gallery Restaurant.
cost basis by the employers. This was College itself was renamed the Grimsby
the forerunner of the now Work college of Technology, and the GCOT logo
Based Learning which gives was devised and used during the next 23
employees the chance to train for years. For 20 years the College had been
work related qualifications, such as evolving and expanding, it had become
National Vocational Qualifications, far more than a provider of only Further
in the workplace. Education courses; course development
through consultation with employers,
regionally and nationally, and excellent
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England won the world cup final, beating West Germany 4-2, giving them their first World Cup win, and becoming the first host to win the tournament since Italy in 1934.
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Freshney Place Shopping Centre boasts over 70 stores including Marks and Spencer, Binns (House of Fraser) and BHS. It was originally constructed between 1967 and 1971.
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The importance of the international students of the Engineering Scunthorpe and Grimsby Boroughs
fishing industry and related industries Department resulted in the building of formed the Scunthorpe and Grimsby
such as food processing, refrigeration a scale model (1:6) of a stern freezer Computer Centre which was near
and engineering led to many course trawler deck, which was used to Hereford Avenue. The College had a link
developments in those sectors. demonstrate the function of the to the ICL computer and, with the help of
Another factor was the creation by the machinery associated with shooting and the Local Education Authority, embarked
Government in 1973 of the Manpower hauling a trawl, which was also made to on computerising student enrolments.
Services Commission to promote training scale. Such was the success of the part of Today the Institute’s Management
within industry and commerce, including the course spent at Grimsby, the College Information Systems department is still
the vocational training of school leavers was asked by the ODA if it would take a leader in computerised records.
as well as the retraining of the existing on the organisation and running of the The locally famous statue of the
workforce. Funding was made available whole course. This put Grimsby on the fisherman Grim rescuing Havelok from
to devise and deliver training courses map internationally for our post graduate the sea, which used to look out over the
tailored to the specific needs of the course in the training of fishery officers, Nuns Corner roundabout, was unveiled
employers. Grimsby College of managers and technicians, and students by the Rt Hon Anthony Crossland MP
Technology became very active in from as many as 43 different countries on 29th May 1973. The statue, sculpted
creating schemes suited to the food came to Grimsby to train. by Wain Hobson, caused quite an upset
and chemical processing industries, not A significant further development was as one local councillor became very
only in the production of course material an arrangement with Loughborough concerned at the possible effect that this
but also in pioneering the use of Distance University which enabled students nude figure would have on the people
Learning and the ‘on-site’ tutorial. This studying at Grimsby to obtain an MSc of Grimsby. Having now been removed
proved to be the answer to training staff by research, following the one year due to vandalism, Principal Daniel Khan
who were employed on a shift system College Diploma in Food Technology, intends to secure funding to restore the
and is still in operation today. specialising in Fish Processing Technology iconic statue in the near future, and
The Ministry of Overseas Development at post graduate level. Although the local return it to it’s rightful place of
showed an interest in the courses for the fishing industry was in decline, the prominence, on display in the Institute’s
fishing industry and a new course for continued growth locally of the food grounds to the Grimsby community.
seagoing engineers was devised industries led to the development of The Government’s reorganisation of
specifically to train students from Ghana. related courses. Full-time and part-time county boundaries in 1974 brought about
This important breakthrough in obtaining courses in such subjects as creation of the county of Humberside,
support from a Government agency was management, food science and and the College went from being the only
to lead to the College becoming technology, and refrigeration engineering provider of Further and Higher Education
internationally recognised as a provider were actively promoted. These industrial under the Grimsby borough Local
of training and education in Fishery links with the College provided training to Education Authority, to one of 11 under
Studies. This was underlined when the both local and international employees the new county of Humberside. From 1st
College’s Nautical Department worked essential to the overall planned food April the College had to pitch for funding
with the Overseas Development sector and port expansion, to make against other colleges, in particular the
Administration in mounting, initially, Grimsby the centre of the UK food new Higher Education College in Hull.
part of a course funded by the British processing industry.
Another change in the delivery of Further
Council as part of their commitment As part of his fact finding tour of British Education courses came about through
to aid the development of the Third industry in 1978, Prince Charles paid a recommendations from the Hazelgrave
World countries. visit to the area to look at the fishing port Report in 1976. This resulted in the
The course was aimed at the training and of Grimsby. He stopped off at the College creation of the Technician Education
education of fishery officers and other for a buffet lunch prepared and served Council and the Business Education
people working in that field and included by the catering students under the Council and led to a restructuring of
practical experience on board fishing supervision of the staff in the both technical and business education at
vessels as well as technical skills and Training Restaurant. In order to better the technician levels. A new concept of
management of fishing operations. The reflect the work being done, the becoming qualified by obtaining credit
local fishing industry co-operated in Nautical Department was renamed in a number of units of study was
making this course as realistic as possible The Department of Maritime Studies developed, and with it, the now familiar
and all the students spent time at sea and Fisheries, and the Science and jargon of units, levels, programmes,
on trawlers. To bring the complexities Mathematics Department became The assignments, and continuous
of a trawler into a practical teaching Department of Science and assessment made its appearance. These
environment, a practical seamanship and Food Technology. developments would lead to the transfer
fisheries training centre was established In the 1970’s the college purchased its of many of the College’s courses and staff
at an old school in Victoria Street, at Lock first computer, recognising that to the Hull Institute.
Hill. In this facility a realistic project for technology would be the way forward.
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The first McDonalds in England was in Woolwich S.E.London.
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The district was renamed Great Grimsby.
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Despite the country being in the grip training for student nursery nurses under particularly amongst young people,
of the New Romantic and the the supervision of qualified staff. with a new training initiative. The Youth
glamorous wedding of the Prince of Training Scheme (YTS) came into being
Wales to Lady Diana Spencer, the start By 1985 the seemingly dark spell had and the College was funded to provide
of the decade was far from romantic come to an end and several more new 500 places. The College’s YTS scheme
for Grimsby College. and innovative projects, some of which had been inspected by the MSC and the
have been adopted elsewhere were to College was granted Approved Training
The 80’s began with a change in enthuse the staff team. A fully equipped Organisation status in 1988.
leadership; Eric Green who had been at TV studio with editing facilities was
the helm since 1954 retired and former installed in the Media department and an More building work was undertaken at
vice-principal, Mr Frank Vivian, took over on-site multi-gym was made available to the Nuns Corner site: a workshop large
the Principalship. Mr Vivian had a both staff and students, to help exercise enough to accommodate the building
proverbial ‘baptism of fire’ when all but the body as well as the mind. of several houses inside it for use by the
three of the College’s advanced courses, Construction section was created, with a
together with fifty-two academic staff, A project undertaken by Social Care separate area equipped for the Electrical
sixteen technicians and the financial students identified the need for some section to carry out the installation and
resources relating to the courses were facility where special needs children testing of domestic and industrial
officially transferred to the Higher could mix with others and, in an informal electrical wiring circuits. There was also a
Education College in Hull on 1st January atmosphere, develop their creative new large welding and fabrication
1983. The wealth of courses the Hull abilities. This idea became a reality and workshop, which was in use by January
College could now offer led to it the Art and Recreation Centre for 1986.
becoming the University of Lincolnshire & Handicapped Children (ARCH), a
Humberside, which eventually relocated registered charity supported by Undoubtedly, the 80’s saw the real start
to Lincoln. The year 1983 also heralded voluntary donations, began meeting of the computer revolution and one of
the concept of the 6th form college by every Saturday with a fully qualified the long awaited facilities was the
the Minister of State. teacher in charge, assisted by volunteers installation in 1986 of the computer
often including students from the College programme, Further Education
Grimsby College still had an important and local schools. Management Information Systems
part to play in the delivery of the courses (FEMIS). This was Humberside Council’s
which were being run by Hull, particularly Distance Learning developed so much answer to the cry from all of its colleges
food sector based courses, so annex that a lecturer was appointed in 1987 for some accurate, easily accessible,
buildings and facilities were developed to be specifically responsible for current information on which to base the
to suit the image of a Polytechnic. The 61 progressing these courses and day-to-day and future planning of the
Bargate premises became a dedicated marketing them nationally. So-called local Further Education provision. The
Food Technology School and the Art ‘Outreach’ education and training also Humberside College of Higher Education
department was transferred to the developed, much of which involved and Grimsby College cooperated in the
former school on Eleanor Street. close co-operation with local employers provision of computer equipment for
and provided opportunities for staff to joint educational use and a DEC VAX/750
Mr Vivian proposed changes to Grimsby undertake periods of secondment into computer was installed. In addition to the
College’s structure in order to industry to update their own knowledge main machine, terminals were provided
operate responsively to the ever and techniques. in several rooms and a computer
changing demands placed upon it. manager and a programmer were
The series of changes became known Birds Eye Walls Ltd, a huge employer in appointed. Few people could have
as ‘Project 85’ and included a Primary the region at the time, approached the imagined how the computer would go
Management Team which consisted of College for a programme to create a on to revolutionise the lives of both staff
the Principal, Vice-Principal, and three ‘multi-skilled’ maintenance workforce in and students.
Directors; of Curriculum Management, their factory at Grimsby. This venture was
Student Services and Development. They a great challenge to the team of lecturers In 1988 Frank Vivian retired from the role
supported the work of 14 areas of the who devised a three-year programme of Principal, after 40 successful years of
curriculum. Other developments which became the forerunner of several working in industry and education. Alan
included the employment for the first multi-skilling training programmes Gothard, a former member of the British
time of a chaplain, and the beginnings delivered to other firms in the area. Navy, stepped into the breach and was
of what is now the Children’s Centre; a In 1987, under Margaret Thatcher, the to steer Grimsby College for the next
toddler’s group for children of staff and Conservative Government attempted nine years.
students which provided practical to tackle spiralling unemployment,
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Prince William of Wales is born, he is second in the line of succession.
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Grimsby Town Football Club reached the FA Cup quarter-final.
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Significant developments took place in systematic planning. Deputy Principal, recognised with several awards including
1990 that would affect the College in Mr Ellis succeeded in establishing Promoting Equal Opportunities from the
the long-term. The Local Management performance management systems for Institute of Careers Guidance, Quality
of Colleges scheme, was launched and the College that are highly regarded in Mark from the Basic Skills Agency,
resulted in a newly constituted the college sector. Helping Hands from NEL Careers
Governing Body, consisting of 20 Association for Work Experience, and in
In 1995 the Art & Design faculty moved
members with an ‘employment 1999 the College’s HE Prospectus won a
from Eleanor Street to its current
interests’ majority. This body, which was National Award out of 147 entries.
Westward Ho site, just down the road
renamed the Board of the Corporation
from the main Nuns Corner campus and Significant changes in the education
in 1994, quickly concentrated its
energies on the strategic management was renamed the School of Art & Media. sector came into being during the late
of the College, determining staffing To make learning more accessible to the 90’s, which had an effect on the College.
levels and responsibilities, amongst wider community, a Resource Centre Changes to the funding of colleges were
other things. was created in Immingham in 1994. This explored to achieve maximum income to
provided a gateway to studying at the enable education and training to be
The College was reorganised into five College, offering certified courses as well available to all. A project to assist Small
departments, each of which was divided as those solely for personal enrichment, and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) in
into subject area sections. The change and was the first of many very successful competitiveness through leading edge
might be summarised by saying that the community learning centres to be technology received approval and
College was given a finite budget, within established in the area. Various other funding from the Humberside Training
which it had the freedom to provide developments took place, to include: the and Enterprise Council in September
courses of its own choice and dictate setting up of exchange programmes with 1997. Grimsby College and NELC were
staffing levels, that is, it had more local American Colleges, new refrigeration and to manage a ‘New Deal for Disabled
control of the internal affairs of the motor vehicle workshops, remodelling People’ programme, through a shop
College. of the foyer area to include the and manufacturing base in Freeman
Reception, an Information Centre and Street, and a ‘Lifelong Learning
In April 1990, the LEA was also instructed
Student Services, an extension of the Partnership’ steering group was formed
to operate more strategically, by planning
refectory, and the College’s gym and between the College and North East
its FE service on a county basis
health centre, Bargate Fitness Suite, Lincolnshire Council.
according to labour market intelligence
opened to the public as a commercial
and employers’ needs as well as the In November 1998, the Government set
venture, but still provided staff and
needs of students. Further Education up and funded the Further Education
students with reduced admission rates.
colleges became funded by the Further National Training Organisation, for
Education Funding Council. A change in In 1996, the county of Humberside, colleges to improve quality, standards and
central government policy allowed created in 1983, and responsible in part partnership with industry and schools,
Grimsby College to once again deliver for the downsizing of the College’s HE and in their 1999 white paper, Learning
Higher Education courses. The successful courses, came to an end itself. The county to Succeed, the Government outlined a
launch of several Higher National boundaries were again redefined and the new framework for post 16 education
Diplomas, with Degrees being offered Grimsby and Cleethorpes area became and training (excluding HE). Money was
from 1993, gave the College another part of newly created North East made available for colleges to achieve
aspect to its provision and in 1995 the Lincolnshire. The following year, Alan Social Inclusion and Widening
College received approval to develop Gothard retired as Principal and was Participation. This was administered
a programme of HE courses with the replaced by Mrs Marylin Hawkins and, by the setting up of 47 Learning and
University of Humberside. Along with a a year later in 1998, Rodger McCracken Skills Councils and 45 Small Business
corporate manual and a new logo, a new became Chairman of the Corporation and Service franchises.
phase for the provision of post 16 Ms Gill Alton was appointed as Director
education in the local area had begun of Learning. In summing up the 90’s, it can be
and by June 1994, the academic structure described as a significant period in the
had developed into five faculties: The tail-end of the 90’s saw no let up growth of the provision of many courses,
in the activity of the College and staff, covering a wide range of modes of
• Business Administration including a full-time counsellor, an equal access. The need to maximise the income
& Management opportunities advisor and a press officer, generated by the College brought an
• Construction & Engineering were appointed to supplement the entirely new emphasis on the qualities
• Continuing Education academic staff and promote the College. needed to operate in such an
• Catering, Health & Social Care Students and staff continued to work environment. The bottom line was that
• Art & Design with local schools and the local since the FEFC became responsible for
Mr Ray Ellis was appointed as community, putting on events including the funding of Grimsby College, it always
Vice-Principal at the start of the 90’s to competitions, plays, dance shows, videos met, or bettered its targets for learning.
guide the College towards more and exhibitions. The College was also
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Helen Sharman becomes the first Briton in space.
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Pleasure Island opened.
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Grimsby College has responded by The Learning Shop, which was officially provided with chef’s jackets, courtesy of a
constantly moving forward, opened by local MP Austin Mitchell and sponsorship by Young’s Bluecrest.
developing innovative and relevant the Mablethorpe Learning Centre,
programmes which meet the needs of opened in 2008, and run in collaboration The Management Information System for
learners, employers and the wider with the CG Partnership. both academic and administration use
community. It was proud to be one of was upgraded with a new MIS intranet
the first colleges in the country to offer At the end of the year, Mrs Hawkins installed, giving staff access on a ‘read
a varied programme of sporting resigned as Principal but remained in the only’ basis to the Student Data Base,
academies starting from a Further education sector, taking up a post with handling enrolments and attendance
Education level, creating the Football the Learning & Skills Council and records, downloading of examination
Development Centre. therefore making way for the new entry and enrolment forms, course
Principal, Daniel Khan, to take over the leaflets, and capable of generating all
The availability of Work Based Learning
position at the beginning of 2001. the reports needed by the Learning and
programmes such as National Vocational
Qualifications (NVQ’s) and Modern
From 1st January Mr Daniel Khan,
Apprenticeships, has meant that students
formerly Deputy-Principal at York
have been encouraged to work while
College, took on the challenge of
they learn, in disciplines as diverse as
ensuring Grimsby College grew bigger
Engineering and Hairdressing, with
and better in the new millennium.
students attending College for one or two
days a week to train in specially
From a financial and accountancy
background, the new Principal was
equipped to plan for the continued
Since the College was given the go ahead
development of the organisation in
to redevelop its repertoire of HE courses
what has become a highly competitive
in 1995, the number of courses on offer
marketplace, recognising that
at that level increased every year which
educational establishments need to
resulted in the creation of a specific
run as efficient businesses as well
centre for Higher Education. The Nuns
as successful learning environments
Corner campus was officially opened by
Government Minister, Alan Johnson, and
saw the College enter into an agreement
FE courses have remained as the main
with the Universities of Hull, Sheffield,
focus of the College, with methods of
Huddersfield and Lancaster, delivering
delivery increasing dramatically. The
some courses in partnership with Franklin
College formed part of the 6th Form
College. Today it boasts hundreds of
Partnership with Tollbar Business &
courses, either full or part-time, including
Enterprise College and St James’ School,
Masters, Degree courses, Foundation
enabling an increase in the range of A and
Degrees, Higher National Diplomas,
AS level courses available to students,
Higher National Certificates, and
although today Toll Bar School has opted
professional training courses across a
out of the initiative in favour of following
fantastic subject range, attracting
the International Baccalaureate
students from outside the region.
programme of study.
Not everyone is able to, or chooses to,
The Grimsby College, Immage Studios
come into the main college building so
and Grimsby Evening Telegraph,
taking learning out into the community
formed GTV and were granted the
has been a core element in the College’s
drive to widen participation in education. Association of College’s Beacon Award
A dedicated Widening Participation Team for Media Training. The Plumbing Section
was set up in 2000. Today, over 10 was accredited by Zurich for the new
Community Learning Centres remain, IGAS Plumbing Centre, newly built in
delivering a wide range of subjects what was the University’s library and
to learners in locations which include Café Drum opened for business. The
Cleethorpes, Immingham, Skegness and Catering and Hospitality Department also
the central Grimsby flagship IT provision, were fortunate enough to have students
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The much-anticipated Millennium Bridge opens to the public, but has to close after it starts swaying.
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Daniel Khan takes over the position of Principal.
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Opportunities in vocational training Whitgift Film Theatre in 2002, North East Lincolnshire Council,
developed with a programme of re-established as a truly independent housing associations and local
vocational GCSE’s delivered to 14-16 cinema by making available to construction companies, formed to train
year olds. These flexible GCSE’s, in local people, films of cultural or unemployed people up to NVQ level 3 in
subjects such as engineering and media, cinematic importance and not only construction, who will then go on to build
are still not currently taught in schools. Hollywood blockbusters. social housing.
This has meant that school pupils come
into the College for most of their The Humber Institute of Food & Issues raised following consultation with
lessons, particularly any practical Fisheries was recognized as being a leading employers on a local and national
sessions, with some delivery also Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE’s) level and also with the Learning and Skills
taking place in school. with the College also being a partner Council (Humberside) were responded to
in the Humber Ports & Logistics CoVE with the bespoke design of the College’s
The Floral Hall in People’s Park, was programme, with training courses £3.5 million Humber Engineering
acquired from the local council and provided being relevant to the needs of Training Centre (HETC). The main space is
extensively refurbished. It now flourishes the industry’s sector, delivered either at organised into zones of specialist activity,
as a centre which provides Horticultural the College or in the workplace. which can be opened up, reduced in size,
courses and advice, as well as Significant workforce development or configured to meet any training or
operating as a commercial garden centre. programmes have been undertaken business support requirements.
The College also worked in partnership with companies including training over
with the Lincolnshire Rural Activities 2000 employees for Youngs Bluecrest. In September The University of
Centre at Kenwick Park near Louth, which Lincolnshire was to vacate its Humber
has led to the Centre being The Port and Logistics partnership is Lodge premises to allow for major
managed by the Institute. This Centre working with companies including DFDS refurbishments to create Humber Lodge
offers horticultural courses but has Tor-Line and Volvo, and East Coast Media Halls of Residence, available for student
developed specialist provision for has links with organisations including occupancy commencing in the
learners with additional needs, which Granada, the Press Association, Sony, 2002/03 session.
include equestrian activities, computer Apple and Northcliffe Press.
training and cookery courses.
A 100% success rate with recent NVQ Gas
East Coast Media was officially opened in Installation and Maintenance trainees on
April by the late Grimsby Telegraph Editor, a new government initiative also
Peter Moore, and was to celebrate being involving Jobcentre Plus, is an example
accepted onto the LSC’s CoVE of the College’s commitment to working
programme in June of the same year, with all agencies in the area, to either
as was Food Manufacturing. Immage re-skill or up-skill the workforce.
Studios in Immingham was taken over
by the Institute and became part of The Construction & Built Environment
the East Coast Media Centre, making department has links with local industries
programmes for the local cable station, in the sector and the Electrical
Channel 7, which has the potential to Department has been given Joint Training
reach over 100,000 viewers in the region. Ltd Centre of Excellence status, in
Community Media facilitators were made recognition of its training schemes for
available to work with community groups electrical installations, working with
and individuals to make programmes employers including Harry Carr Ltd and
about issues which affect them and their F.R. Townsends & Co. Ltd. The Institute is
community. ECM offers training in the approved to deliver a Pre-fabricated
use of High Definition video equipment Access Supply & Manufacturing
and has been acknowledged by Sony Association (PASMA) standard training
(Europe) as an official Sony HD Training programme, working in partnership with
Centre. At this time, Grimsby College was Caspian Access and Plant Hire Ltd.
also the only college in the UK to provide
live television training. Grimsby Institute is also the training
provider for the Community Training
Expanding the range of media provision, Construction Company, which is a
came with the re-opening of the collective including the charity Doorstep,
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The Party in the Palace takes place at Buckingham Palace, London for Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
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East Coast Media is officially opened by the late Grimsby Telegraph Editor Peter Moore.
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The College was able to demonstrate its possible, being commended across the ECM’s work in the local community using
commitment to the community board. The year also saw the first three innovative mobile media vehicles,
following the Government’s 2003 graduates from full degrees in media to take media training beyond the
announcement regarding tuition fees, from the College, under a validation campus, received national recognition
which meant that universities could vary arrangement with Lancaster University. when the Institute won the Edexcel
their fee amounts between £1000 and Beacon Award for Lifelong Learning
£3000 from September 2006. The The Humber Engineering Training Centre, which was announced at the November
Grimsby College’s reaction was to was officially opened by Lord Sainsbury 2003 Association of Colleges
pledge not to charge top up fees, in early 2003. In response to a need national conference.
capping this until 2011. Principal Khan identified by the Lincolnshire and Rutland
was to become a figure of even more Learning and Skills Council, the provision The College’s dedication to the pursuit
community prominence after for a fully operational automotive training of excellent standards and provision
successfully standing in the May 1st workshop facility and an ILT/teaching area has led to it receiving many awards
elections, and becoming a Liberal for trainees in the Skegness area was from educational or industry related
Democrat Councillor. developed over a one year period, bodies. Many individual members of
through joint working between the staff have been recognised for their
The College was proud to support events Grimsby Institute and Skegness specific contributions or outstanding
including Park Pride day, the Vocational College. This resulted in the achievements.
Lincolnshire Show, the Cleethorpe’s Automotive Training Centre, previously
Carnival, sponsored the kit of the local Ice a commercial garage, which was refitted Perhaps one of the most prestigious
Hockey team and worked with and opened in September. awards for a college to achieve is a
organisations including The Safer good inspection result. November 2003
Communities Partnership, and the was the first OFSTED inspection of the
16+ Club. organisation for seven years. The report
praised the promotion of management of
In July the Food Dynamo Training Centre equality and diversity, and acknowledged
was officially opened. The Centre that the college as an organisation works
was CoVE funded and aimed to create a well with schools, and to attract
realistic training environment based non-traditional learners. The inspectors
on real production line technology for rated leadership and management as
participants. being good, citing clear and
well-communicated strategic objectives,
East Coast Media had its CoVE centre through business planning and good
status formally confirmed in the management in most curriculum areas.
summer and by the time November Of the 11 areas of learning inspected,
came, the centre’s provision to FE half were classified as ‘satisfactory’ whilst
students and professional trainees had A new HE partnership with Franklin five were identified as ‘good’ and one
been rated as Grade 1 standard by College was launched by Alan Johnson as ‘outstanding.’ The overall report was
OfSTED, making ECM the only purely MP, the then Minister for Lifelong extremely positive and highlighted many
media division of any Further Learning, Further and Higher Education, areas of good practice. Ms Gill Alton
Education institution in the UK to possess in September 2003. The aim of the who led the College preparation is now a
the accolade at the time. The OfSTED partnership was to increase learning national speaker on this subject.
report reflected upon the excellent opportunities for students and support
teaching and the very high level of the Government drive to encourage
industry standard equipment adults into Higher Education. A total of 23
available, due to investment from mature students began an Access course
the LSC through CoVE and from in 2003/4 with a further 28 undertaking
Institute revenues. the new Bridge to Access preparation
course, boasting excellent retention and
At the same time as the OfSTED well above national averages. Two new
inspection, ECM’s extensive media HE degrees were validated with the
provision was also scrutinised by the QAA University of Hull; a BA in English Studies,
inspectorate as part of a pilot joint and BA in Sociology with Psychology.
inspection process, with the division
achieving the best result
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24 October - Supersonic aircraft Concorde makes its final commercial flight after 27 years.
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The Automotive Training Centre opens in Skegness.
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The Riverhead Learning Centre moved 100% achievement was recorded in what’s in a name?
to Osborne Street and was officially 20 out of the 26 different subjects In August 2004 Grimsby College was
opened by Austin Mitchell in March completed by students. granted a change of name by the
2004, joining forces with other training Secretary of State, and became The
providers and JobCentre Plus to offer a Following the receipt of two excellent Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher
range of computer training and other OfSTED reports, the management and Education (GIFHE) which reflected the
services, many being provided for free. staff of the facility applied to the National changing times. The Institute’s
Day Nurseries Association to receive strategic aim was to provide a full range
The Humber Institute of Food and the highly regarded ‘Quality Counts’ of Higher Education programmes for the
Fisheries (HIFF) was presented with its accreditation. After six months of local community, and ensure it was
official accreditation as a Learning and extensive evidence gathering and able to compete in the education and
Skills Council Centre of Vocational assessment, the award was granted. skills marketplace.
Excellence by Alan Johnson MP in Spring Quality Counts recognizes high standards
2004. The award recognises the of childcare which exceed even those During 2003 and 2004, members of the
innovative programme of joint laid down by OfSTED, and is a wonderful Institute’s business staff were specially
working between the Grimsby Institute, tribute to the staff whose efforts made trained by Microsoft to deliver training,
North Lindsey and Hull college, with the the award possible. adhering to strict guidelines, in Microsoft
Grimsby Institute taking the lead in 35 Professional; a technical software
co-ordinating and driving the partnership, package to enable networking – ideal for
under the banner of the Humber Food personnel working in the business sector.
Manufacturing Technology CoVE. The course launched in September 2004,
making the Institute home to the only
Dr Mike Dillon, of the Humber Institute official Microsoft Academy locally at
of Food & Fisheries was also proud the time.
to receive the prestigious accolade
of ‘Academic of the Biennium’ from Plans for a fully operational travel agency
the International Association of at the Nuns Corner campus came to
Fish Inspectors. fruition when the East Coast Travel
Agency was created and staffed,
HIFF are a partner in the Ports & Logistics ready for opening in September 2004,
collaborative CoVE which became active to provide not only discounted deals
in April. The South Bank Launch for the for students and staff, but also a
CoVE took place on 25th November realistic training environment for some
with a large industry representation. The of the students on courses in this
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher curriculum area.
Education (GIFHE) established a South
Bank Logistics Steering Committee with
13 representatives as members of this
group. This group was formed to support
freight/transport managers and new
programmes in warehousing/distribution
and technical services into port/
Significant international progress was
East Coast Media’s work in the made with the start of a Business
community also earned them an Management degree being delivered in
Association of Colleges Beacon Award in partnership with Geely University in
2004, having also won a Beacon award China. The course began with intensive
in 2001. English tuition for the students, followed
by the first year of business tuition by
Summer 2004 saw the first full A level tutors from the Institute, actually based
results for the North East Lincolnshire at Geely.
6th Form Partnership, with 175 A level
entries. Whilst these results matched
the average national pass rate, a fantastic
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Architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first female recipient of the Pritzker Prize.
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The Grimsby College changes it’s name to The Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education.
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In 2005 Rodger McCracken decided to step down from his position of
Chairman of Governors of the Institute, with the role now being assumed
by Mr Philip Jenkinson. Having held the position of Chairman since 1998
Rodger was one of the officials responsible for the recruitment of now
Principal Daniel Khan. Rodger commented that it was Daniel’s making
reference to the students in his presentation that was key in the decision
to appoint him for the role; other applicants had failed to actually
mention the students.
The Institute continued to grow in terms of community integration. It was
to reopen the former St Giles’ Avenue library in Scartho, in February this
year, after taking it over from the council, with the building now standing
as not just a library but a combined learning centre.
With Principal Daniel Khan ever keen to forge international relations the
Institute carried out a £1 million refurbishment of The Towers building in
Bargate in order to provide rooms for 40 students. This included lecture
and conference rooms to form an international centre and was renamed
Grimsby Institute’s International Centre.
Ever at the forefront of pioneering media, March 2005 saw the
development of Propeller Television Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary
company of the Grimsby Institute. The starting budget was a phenomenal
£5.2 million, with £2.95 million from Yorkshire Forward. The aim was to
deliver a national channel for new film and television talent on the Sky
platform, scheduled to start airing in February 2006.
In May, after undergoing an extremely rigorous selection process, the
Riverhead Learning Centre based at the Learning Shop, Osborne Street
received a Beacon Award for IT Provision, with part of the criteria for the
award relating to the quality of teaching, and The Humber Gas and
Plumbing Centre at the Grimsby Institute gained CoVE status. October
continued the theme of success as the staff of Little Stars Day Nursery
were awarded third place in the ‘Nursery World’ magazine ‘Team of the
Year’ award at a prestigious ceremony in London. This achievement was
surpassed just four weeks later when Tracy Bennett won ‘Nursery
Management Today’ magazine’s ‘Manager of the Year’ award.
The Starfish Project to India was officially launched and saw volunteers
travel to India to take part in a multitude of life changing activities for the
good of the community they were visiting, after Southern India suffered
the after effects of the Tsunami.
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London is chosen as the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games, beating Paris in the final round of votes 54 to 50.
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A £1 million refurbishment on The Towers Building provides rooms for 40 students.
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In January 2006 the Institute’s Food Institute’s Job Shop, a free service helping performances by Matt Willis. The event,
Development Team supported the students find part-time work that fits held at the Grimsby Auditorium, was
British team at the Olympic Games in around their learning. In the same month sponsored by the Institute and the
Greece by providing a recognised Little Stars expanded its gardens so that Grimsby Telegraph and acted as a
course in Applied Food Safety and all units had direct access to free-flow reward for individual personal successes
Control, with inspectors and private outdoor play – a unique feature in this in GCSEs.
business. area. The Nursery also gained
recognition for ‘Outstanding Practice in The Humber Business School secured
Alongside this, work was undertaken Outdoor Play’ from the NE Lincolnshire a major contract to deliver Institute of
to furtholer enhance the activities Early Years Development Agency. Leadership & Management (ILM)
undertaken with Traceability. Daniel Khan programmes to Managers and
visited Sri Lanka in January of this year to An exciting new partnership formed in Supervisors at North East Lincolnshire
discuss development with Al Zimmiz July 2006 when The Grimsby Institute Council, starting in September 2006
International (pvt) Ltd in Kalmunai. of Further & Higher Education opened and continuing throughout the next
Projects including a feasibility study to a joint campus at the University of academic year.
build a new factory for fish processing Yangtze’s International College in China.
and packaging, a canning factory, and the The campus, based in Wuhan City in The year was brought to a close with the
establishment of a faculty of fisheries at Hubei Province, was to become an Institute acquiring the Burlington Guest
an appropriate university in Sri Lanka. English Language Centre, benefitting House in Cleethorpes, intended to
around 300 students with English tuition accommodate Tourism Students’ training.
In October the first group of Enterprise by the Grimsby Institute tutors in its
Ireland Strategic Management first year, with specialist tuition given
Development Programme students had to Chinese students on Higher National
successfully completed their qualification Diploma programmes in Business or
with representatives of the group Computing, focusing on business
consisting of owner/managers from the language and terminology.
Irish Seafood Sector. The overall
objective of this programme being to East Coast Occupational Safety and
create a ‘critical mass’ of owner Health (ECOSH), a commercial subsidiary
managers and senior managers from of the Grimsby Institute of Further and
differing seafood businesses with a Higher Education, became one of only a
common understanding of business handful of accredited centres in the UK
strategies, marketing, organisation to offer the new NEBOSH International
performance and systems to General Certificate in Occupational Safety
increase market penetration and and Health.
Summer 2006 saw continuing success
The real success of the programme has for the A level partnership with results
certainly been demonstrated by the level exceeding the national average pass rate
of involvement from the Irish Seafood and 100% achievement recorded in 19
sector, with senior management and subjects. GCSEs were also very strong
owners taking valuable time out from with a 94% pass rate, with impressive
their business to travel from all over results for the core subjects of English
Ireland to the workshops held in Dublin. (100%), Maths (94%) and Science (96%).
Students were able to apply for a ticket
May brought about the launch of the for the BrightStart concert, with
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A whale is discovered swimming in the River Thames in London.
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A partnership was formed between the Grimsby Institute and the University of Yangtze’s International College in China where a joint campus opened.
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January was met with the Government Library, available for use by the general The Institute’s East Coast School of Art
Building Schools for the Future initiative, public as well as students, and home to enjoyed an outstanding year achieving
with the biggest capital investment in the community filming project, NunnyTV. exceptional success for level 3
school buildings for over 50 years and The Institute also expanded its programmes; 17% above national
the promise of a £100 million Higher Engineering Construction Industry benchmark for 16-18 year olds and 29%
Education centre on Franklin College, Training Board (ECTIB) operations at the above the national average for
Grimsby Institute and Hereford CATCH facility in Stallingborough. 19+ students.
Technology School sites.
Principal Daniel Khan celebrated being The Institute gained recognition for its
The original Institute’s mission statement awarded an OBE for services in excellent diversity work when it received
was changed in the 2007/08 academic Education. In addition, in April he was two Beacon Awards and students were a
year: ‘To be a first class, customer nominated for the Northern LloydsTSB cause for pride as four of them reached
focused and dynamic provider of Jewel Awards, which honour the the semi-finals stage of the Nation skills
education and skills,’ to: ‘To be a world expertise and success of Asian people in Refrigeration Awards. Refrigeration
class, customer focused and dynamic the UK. Previous winners have included student, Matthew Lands, won the RAC
provider of education and skills.’ Of Dragon’s Den star James Khan, with the Craft Operative of the Year Award and six
the change, Vice-Principal, Quality and reward’s focus being upon on Asians who students were nominated for the 2009
Higher Education, Gill Alton commented: are making a contribution to the social competition. Students Edward Haste and
“We might not be a household name in and economic fabric of the country. Lewis Leggett were to come 1st and 3rd
remote parts of the globe although our respectively in the Guild of Bricklayers
reputation is spreading fast – but we do competition the same year.
offer a service to our students and clients,
that matches the aspirations of those The Grimsby Institute Football
world class companies.” Development Centre were to win the
English Colleges Football Association
At this time the Institute had over 350 National Cup and came third in their first
overseas students including 115 from season in the ECFA Premier League.
China, studying a range of subjects from
Business Management, Digital Media and The Computer Services Unit was integral
Business with English. to the Institute’s success in winning a
Technology Exemplar award from BECTA,
Scartho Hall, the new halls of residence, making the Institute one of the only ten
was launched, with attendance from educational establishments within the
Austin Mitchell MP. February 2007 also country to have this award.
marked the official opening of the A levels enjoyed another successful year
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher with the majority of courses enjoying a The Institute’s East Coast Media Centre
Education Nunsthorpe Community 100% pass rate, and across the achieved Skillset Media Academy Status
Campus by Alan Johnson MP, curriculum there was an 12% increase in partnership with Bradford University’s
Government Minister for Education and of A-C grades, with AS levels grades A-E Media School and the National Media
Skills, although the campus itself was increasing by 14%. A Level Sociology Museum in the 2006/2007 academic
completed in September 2006 and in use and English were particularly strong, year, and photography provision also
from that time. recording 100% pass rates. Enrolments gained Nikon Academy status.
could be classed only as outstanding as
The Institute transformed a disused the 2007-2008 recruitment saw The Institute was to experience its first
junior school in Nunsthorpe into a base growth at five times the rate of the National Student Survey, carried out by
for animal care, horticulture and some national figure. IPSOS MORI and commissioned by the
construction courses, to include painting Higher Education funding Council for
and decorating, plastering and GCSEs also saw success with a 100% pass England. Published on the Unistats
approximately 40% of the Brickwork rate in Biology, English and Sociology website it was designed to measure levels
section, with the rest remaining at the whilst Psychology recorded a pass rate of of student satisfaction. Results found that
Nuns corner site. This refurbishment also 93%, representing 9% above the nation outcomes were positive for the Institute,
included the development of benchmark figure for achievement on in most instances falling in the top
specialist workshops, an IT centre, a this course. quartile of national results.
refectory, sports hall, dog kennels, a
greenhouse, and the North East Lincs
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Apple Computer unveils the revolutionary iPhone.
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Daniel Khan was awarded the OBE for Services in Education.
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The Institute could now lay claim to five this year. A number of Institute students divided their trip to include spending
Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) play in the British Colleges of Sport time at the Christian Medical Centre in
whereas the average college has only leagues and this year the Institute was Vellore helping to build a new football
two by comparison. Sporting academies represented by two female golfers, pitch, visiting the Children’s Home in
had now been extended to include Jessica Schiele and Holly Clyburn who Yercaud to install a generator and
athletics, cricket, football, golf and won the national title 2007/2008 and sari-looms, and finally headed to the
tennis, a media academy, two TV again for 2008/2009. Holly also won the fishing villages of the south to launch
channels (Propeller and Channel 7) and European under 21 ladies title. The the second Grimsby Institute
a golf club as well as a National Skills Institute currently stand as the only fishing boat.
Academy for Food and Drink college to purchase their own golf club.
Manufacturing, specialising in fish Additional student activities included the
processing skills. Principal Daniel Khan won Business launch of the student newspaper, Black
Person of the Year at the Northern and White, in November. The Institute
The Grimsby Institute was to be named Business Awards held at the Grimsby Students’ Life Association (ISLA) was
one of the top 10 colleges for technology Auditorium in June. formed and the continued development
receiving Technology Exemplar Network of the gx brand was strengthened with
status which means as a member it will For the year ending July 2008, The the introduction of on site under 18 club
receive funding to help develop its Grimsby Institute made an operating nights. A host of activities to coincide
technology and share its aspirations, surplus of over £1.6m, before with fresher’s week was also organised
issues and learning points across the exceptional costs attributed to the by the gx team.
network. In March The Grimsby Institute proposed new build project, leaving a
launched the UK Seafood Championships, net surplus of £1.089m - the best Celebrity TV chef, Antony Worrall
with the competition open to full-time financial result achieved to date. In Thompson joined Great Grimsby MP
catering or college-based modern terms of academic success, ‘Outstanding’ Austin Mitchell to officially launch the
apprenticeship students nationwide. results were received from the town’s Humber Seafood Institute, further
Ofsted inspection. enhancing Grimsby’s status as Europe’s
In May The Grimsby Institute received Food Town.
two Beacon Awards from the
Association of Colleges. The Churches Owned by North East Lincs Council, the
Award for Sustainable Partnerships, aim of the HSI Europarc facility is to be a
recognising diversity and aiming to hive of industry development, research
develop people and communities. The and opportunity and The Grimsby
Centre for Excellence in Leadership Institute envisions it will act as the focal
Award, honours the promotion of race point for seafood services nationally
equality. Judges were impressed by the and internationally, backed by Yorkshire
Institute’s visits to the local mosque, Forward and the European Regional
synagogue and Sikh temple, and its Development Fund, as well as the
involvement in Divali, Ede and Chinese local authority.
New Year celebrations. Institute football
academy students, Benji Would and Jack 80% of the UK’s seafood is processed in
Debnam were proud to be selected to the Grimsby and wider Humber area, and
represent the English Colleges Team in The Grimsby Institute marketing team it is the expertise built up over time that
The Northern Ireland Milk Cup in July. initiated assistance in the multi-million is being used to progress the industry
The competition, established in 1983, pound NE Lincolnshire business scheme, forward. Knowledge is a key element and
is one of the most prestigious youth the e-factor, the ethos of which is to The Grimsby Institute is driving the trade
football tournaments in Europe, if not the inspire enterprise in the area. corridors forward with the £5.6-million
world, attracting teams from 56 countries Humber Seafood Institute.
from all around the world. Players who Channel 7 became the longest running
have taken part in the competition, and local TV station in the UK. Having been
gone onto major honours include David launched in 1998, the channel celebrated
Beckham and Wayne Rooney. its 10th year of broadcasting.
The success of the Football Development The Starfish Project celebrated its third
Centre led to the development of Golf, year running, launching this year’s trip in
Athletics, Cricket and Tennis Academies the Institute’s i-Bar. The team of 11
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Lewis Hamilton becomes the youngest ever Formula One World Champion.
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Daniel Khan wins the Business Person of the Year at the Northern Business Awards.
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January saw the Grimsby Institute secure European Social Funding, to
the sum of £750k, through the Learning Skills Council, to deliver courses
to up to 500 people as part of the Skills for Jobs Humber project, open
to unemployed adults across the Humber, providing training in safety
passport, care, construction, IT and other areas.
Both the Lincolnshire Regional College in Heath Road, Skegness and the
student ‘recruitment’ office in Seshadripuram First Grade College were
launched, as was the Dr Q primary school project. Dr Q came about as a
result of initial franchise work using the Professor Fluffy initiative, in
conjunction with Liverpool University. After a few years of running
Professor Fluffy the Institute found it was increasingly changing the
programme to suit its own needs and therefore developed their own
concept, Dr Q. The programme is aimed at Year 5 (age 9/10), striking an
early engagement with Further and Higher Education. It is not only linked
to English and Maths but also promotes vocational areas.
Involvement in events not centred on learning have become central to
the Institute’s ethos of getting involved with the community. It has hosted
events to include the annual Motor Show, finals of the National Seafood
Championships, the Police’s Motorcycle Awareness days, the Great
European Debate, Wilkin & Chapman Law Moot, Oriental Seafood Show,
Diversity Week activities, graduation and professional awards ceremonies,
Chinese Society events, Everyman Club speakers and Adult Learners’ Week
activities. One of the more recent events includes playing host to the BBC
and David Dimbleby for ‘Question Time’ in May, with some students being
granted permission to visit the set. Catering for the programme’s crew
and David Dimbleby was provided by the Institute’s hospitality team and
Mr Maoxi Ye, President of Wenzhou Enterprises Chamber of Commerce
in Beijing, and Chairman of the Xiking group of companies in Beijing and
Wenzhou signed a memorandum of understanding which will mean that
in July of this year, Sky Television channel Propeller TV will be under new
management as the Beijing Xiking Advertisement Co Ltd, will take control
in partnership with the Grimsby Institute. Last year the channel celebrated
winning the Hot Bird TV Channel Award over Italian Sky Cinema1 channel.
The Hot Bird Award celebrates the very best in broadcasting in today’s
The Grimsby Institute’s Higher Education provision was recognised by the
University of Hull, and is set to become The University Centre, Grimsby.
The official launch of the Centre is scheduled for this summer.
The Grimsby Institute’s 2009 Graduation promises to be the biggest ever,
with the Institute holding a one day spectacular at the Grimsby
Auditorium in October. Over 700 graduates has meant it is necessary for
the Institute to move the ceremony from the traditional Town Hall set-
ting, as the venue is not sufficient to hold such a large number. There will
also be a separate Masters and Professional ceremony prior to this in St
James’s church in October which will see the Institute graduate the first
cohort of graduates in MBS and MSc innovation and Productivity.
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The final wave of Woolworths stores close across the UK.
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Dr Q Primary School Project is launched.
6 5 a N D N o T r e T I r e D
In life, 65 years generally has come to Learners and communities in the developing a sponsorship programme
signify the end of an era, a time when Borough of Scarborough and surrounding that offers financial and ‘benefit in kind’
most of us may believe we have area will benefit in terms of, increased support to individuals and groups. Our
accomplished the most significant learner opportunities, shared expertise, support often means groups can update
feats that we are ever likely to. For the joint planning, a more effective equipment, individuals can develop their
Grimsby Institute, 65 years brings about deployment of resources combined with skills and abilities and our sponsorship
the dawn of a new time. greater curriculum cohesion, a wider often means individuals and groups can
range of provision and improved attend events they would have not been
The year has not been without its opportunities for learner progression. able to without our help.
setbacks, as plans to redevelop the
Grimsby Institute campus, to the scale of With the dissolution of the governing As the largest provider of Higher
£150m, reached Application in Principle body of YCC and its merger with The Insti- Education in the region Principal
(AiP), but is currently stand on hold as a tute scheduled for the 1st January 2010. Khan sees the Institute as having a
result of the well publicised difficulties Our aim is that by 2014, the YCC will responsibility to the community to
with the LSC capital allocation process, have excellent facilities, financial stability, provide a range of opportunities for
leaving The Grimsby Institute currently growth and diversity of income, possess education and skills. The future will
evaluating its options. Whatever the a strong brand and reputation, be belong to organisations which compete
outcome, the Institute has sourced the positioned at the heart of the on the basis of superior skills,
funding to make sure that The University community, be recognised for responsiveness and innovation. The
Centre Grimsby, for Higher Education quality, have an international perspective Institute intends that its training will give
becomes a reality. One of the year’s most and most certainly an impact beyond individuals those qualities. International
exciting developments has to be the Scarborough and the sub region, and a developments mean the Institute should
proposed Grimsby Institute merger with reputation as a leader for vocational become a multi-cultural campus where
Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough. skills training. different nationalities will be welcomed
to pursue their academic programmes,
Grimsby Institute intends to make its Over the past eight years Daniel Khan, but also contribute to the local culture
vision statement a reality for Yorkshire together with the SMT, has and bring more visitors to the area.
Coast College, its learners and overseen the growth of the Institute
communities. The merger with YCC will in many ways; courses, staff and Grimsby Institute’s involvement with the
create the Grimsby Institute group, which student numbers, partnerships with local local community is at a level where it is
will see it’s activities run from Skegness employers, buildings, and equipment, regarded as more than just an
and East Lincolnshire to Scarborough in international programmes and awards, educational institution but as an intrinsic
North Yorkshire. At the heart of the are some of the many areas in which the member of the local community which
group will be the Institute’s existing Institute has had success. helps learners to turn their aspirations
mission statement. into reality. The Principal believes that the
The Institute prides itself on making Grimsby Institute’s performance should
“To be a world class, customer focused a difference by enabling individuals, be judged by the passion shown by its
and dynamic provider of learning organisations and communities to fulfil staff in assisting people to achieve their
and skills” their potential. One of the ways this is aspirations, hence improving the quality
achieved is through sponsorship, of life of the community.
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Opened it’s doors to students from the Skegness area.
a C k N o w l e D G e M e N T s
The Grimsby Institute wishes to thank Lyndsay Rowan for producing this
most recent summary of our history.
Also Frank Vivian and Joni Appleton for working on the book of our first 60
years and the many other contributors who helped us compile our history.
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