We completed our £64 million building programme in 2005. It's been the biggest investment in accommodation in the history of further education. We now have five Centres across the borough of Islington, each one specialising in a particular set of subjects. The Centres provide stunning study and recreational spaces, all with the latest ICT equipment for teaching and learning.
City and Islington College was formed in 1993 through a merger of four institutions, which had operated over 13 sites across Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. The College was highly successful during the 1990s, but the quality of the buildings was generally poor.
The Corporation of City and Islington College, led by Jack Morris (Chair of Governors) with Tom Jupp (Principal 1993-2001), developed a strategy to rebuild the College estate using capital released by the sale of sites and grants from the Learning and Skills Council.
The new buildings were designed to the highest standards to reflect the quality of our work and the success of our students. Alongside the development of the new buildings, the management of teaching and learning was reorganised, and the five centres emerged. A communications campaign accompanied the changes – 541: five centres, four sites, one amazing College.
In 2004, the College received an 'Outstanding' grade by Ofsted. When Ofsted returned in 2008; they concluded that the College had further improved and had joined a handful of colleges - and the only FE College in London - judged to be ‘Outstanding’ on every single measure.
There have been many high profile visitors to the College in recent years. In 2010, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg chose the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology as the venue for his maiden speech. There was also a visit later that year by the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow who addressed a group of students at the Centre for Lifelong Learning.
The most recent high profile visit involved Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh who visited the Centre for Applied Sciences in March 2011. As part of the visit, The Queen unveiled a plaque announcing that the Centre was recently accredited by the National Skills Academy Process Industries as a Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology.