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The Leader: FE Colleges – Spring 2015


The spring edition of The FE College Leader looks at a growing flood risk issue for colleges.

With the annual cost of flood damage in the UK estimated to be in excess of £1 billion, it is well worth ensuring your college is prepared for the worst, even if there are no obvious sources of floodwater nearby.

Surface water flooding is caused when heavy downpours overwhelm drainage systems and can cause serious flooding in areas with no flood risk history. This article offers some useful tips on ways to assess and manage what is often and overlooked risk.

In addition, we look at draft Sentencing Council guidelines that could see fines for corporate manslaughter, health and safety offences, and food safety and hygiene offences rise to as much as £20 million; we also explain why regular portable appliance testing (PAT) is a vital part of overall health and safety best practice in a college environment.

Finally, you will find a Q&A with Rachel Hunt, a client executive for the education practice at Marsh. Rachel provides us with an insight into her background and talks us through her role supporting colleges to ensure their insurance cover is always tailored and relevant to their specific needs.