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Council for Learning Resources in Colleges


CoLRiC is an independent organisation working with library and learning resources centre managers in further education, sixth form colleges and the HE in FE sector to enhance and maintain excellence in their services.

Membership of CoLRiC is open to any further education or sixth form college in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

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December 2018

Council for Learning Resources in Colleges announces Peer Accreditation Assessment Award

The Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) is delighted to announce that following their Peer Accreditation Assessment in October, Oldham Sixth Form College’s learning resource service “The Know” was awarded Grade 1: Excellent.

CoLRiC assessors visited the College to evaluate the quality and impact of the Learning Resources service through meetings with key members of teaching and support staff and a representative range of students. The key focus of the review was on the impact of Learning Centres on curriculum development and the contribution toward retention and achievement successes. Their findings were then compared to a constructed standard of an...

posted on 22nd Nov 2018  

England - sixth form and FE funding squeezed

A report on educational spending in England shows that funding per student aged 16-18 has seen the biggest squeeze in funding.

The 2018 Annual Report on Education Spending in England, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, explores the spending trends per student in four stages of education: early years; schools; FE and HE.

Key findings for sixth form and FE

•    School sixth forms have faced budget cuts of 21% per student since 2010–11
•    Spending per student in school sixth forms will be lower than at any point since at least 2002
•    By 2019–20, funding per...

posted on 17th Sep 2018  

CoLRiC's 25th Anniversary Awards

Mirna Peach and Corinne Walker, the Co-Chairs of CoLRiC - the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges - have celebrated the organisation's 25th anniversary by acknowledging and rewarding best practice in the Further Education and College sector with the presentation of three prestigious library and learning resource centre awards.

The Library at Northampton College has been awarded the CoLRiC 2018 Best Practice Award for demonstrating excellent practice in engaging students in numeracy skills. 'Maths Magician' is an original and innovative 20-week numeracy scheme developed by library assistants at the College in support of the Government’s agenda to improve literacy and numeracy...

posted on 4th Jul 2018  

The Road Travelled: Surviving and Flourishing 25 years on Friday 22nd June 2018

Click here for the The Road Travelled Full Programme (PDF)

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CoLRiC is delighted to announce the full programme for our upcoming 25th anniversary conference in Birmingham on June 22nd. There’s a keynote presentation from CILIP CEO Nick Poole alongside a range of topics including, numeracy, the FE/HE interface, information literacy and apprenticeships. The conference explores the importance of learning resource centres and library services in FE, how to develop organisation digital capability and the essential role libraries play in encouraging students and teaching staff to think differently about reading.

We will...

posted on 25th May 2018  

CoLRiC 25th anniversary conference - Friday 22nd June 2018

CoLRiC is pleased to announce its 25th anniversary conference 'The Road Travelled: Surviving and Flourishing 25 years on' - to be held at University College Birmingham on Friday 22nd June 2018, 9.30 am to 6 pm.

Conference topics:

Our keynote speaker is Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP. The day will also feature awards ceremonies/presentations and a choice of breakout sessions/workshops on a range of topics including:

  • Supporting literacy in a library context
  • Supporting numeracy in a library context
  • The Trailblazer Project - a new framework and associated qualification aimed at para-professionals
  • ...

    posted on 24th Apr 2018  

CoLRiC 25th anniversary conference - Friday June 22nd 2018 - save the date

CoLRiC 25th anniversary conference - 'The road travelled: surviving and flourishing 25 years on' - Friday June 22nd 2018 - save the date.

2018 is a special year for CoLRiC - it's our 25th anniversary.

A celebratory conference is being held at University College Birmingham on Friday 22nd June and we really hope you and your colleagues can join us.

We're delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP. The day will also feature awards ceremonies/presentations and a choice of breakout sessions/workshops on a range of topics including:

  • Supporting numeracy in a library context
  • The...

    posted on 29th Mar 2018  

Reminder - and an extended March 29th deadline - Best Practice Awards 2018

Late last year we launched the fourth round of the CoLRiC Best Practice Awards. The BPAs acknowledge and celebrate innovative ideas in FE library/learning resource service provision.

We’re aware how busy everybody is as we approach Easter so have extended the deadline for entries to Thursday March 29th, 2018.

Winners will be announced on the 7th May 2018. As it’s CoLRiC's 25th anniversary year, the winner in each category will also receive a £250 cash prize.

Guidelines for entry and submission forms are here:

posted on 15th Mar 2018  

Call for news and articles to feature in Quality Impact magazine

We'd like to invite contributions from members towards the next edition of 'Quality Impact', CoLRiC's online magazine. Let us know if you have any interesting news. Perhaps you'd like to share a success story or a project outcome with lessons learned?

Previous issues of Quality Impact are available in the Members' Area of our website.

We’d love to hear from you. Help us celebrate our 25th year with a great edition of QI.

Please contact our Admin team with any questions or submissions.

The deadline is Monday 16th April 2018.


posted on 15th Mar 2018  

Reminder - Call to participate in the CoLRiC 2018 Performance and Impact Indicators (PII) survey

This is CoLRiC’s sixteenth annual Performance and Impact Indicators survey. Please help make the survey as valuable as possible by participating.
The deadline for responses is the end of July 2018 and the report will be published in early Autumn. A copy will be emailed to everyone who participates.
For more information on the survey go to our PII survey page
If you have any questions, please contact the CoLRiC Administrators: email:


posted on 13th Mar 2018  

Thanking Sue Woolmer and introducing our new Administrators

Sue Woolmer, who has been CoLRIC’s Administrator for seven years, has now officially retired. The CoLRIC Committee would like to express its gratitude to Sue for her wonderful work in supporting the Committee and the membership. We wish her a happy retirement.

We are pleased to announce that our new Administrators are Gary Horrocks and Val Skelton who will be sharing the role. “We’re thrilled to be joining CoLRIC and look forward to working with the Committee and hearing from - and meeting - as many members as possible. We want to thank Sue who continues to work patiently with...

posted on 14th Feb 2018  

Goodbye from Sue Woolmer

At the end of the week I am retiring as CoLRiC Administrator. It has been a privilege to support CoLRiC in this way for the last 7 years and I am very grateful to all CoLRiC members, past and present, for making this time so rewarding and enjoyable. I wish you all the very best for the future!

posted on 7th Feb 2018  

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