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Doncaster College is a further and higher education college in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It comprises two campuses, which are known as "The Hub" and the "University Centre".

Staff and students
The College employs around 1,072 staff and accommodates around 20,000 part and full time students aged 16+.

Academics
In the latest Ofsted report, published in December 2008, the college was judged to be making Satisfactory Progress in addressing the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection in August 2007. In August 2007, the College was subject to the first full inspection by the standards body OFSTED within a year of moving to their new building, The Hub. It concluded that the College was Inadequate in all five key summary areas that it assesses and reports on (including Achievements and Standards, Effective Management and Quality). The report stated that the Senior Management and Governors were not focussed enough on raising standards, due to becoming preoccupied with issues relating to the Hub. It also stated that it had little confidence in the College's Governors to improve the College. The number of part-time courses were reduced from September 2007, due to a £500,000 reduction in funding .

Campuses

The Hub
Opened in September 2006, the main campus is a £65m Waterfront development on the outskirts of Doncaster town centre. The main IT facilities, that include an infrastructure to deliver remote and online learning, a drama studio and a Learning Resource Centre are located here.

University Centre, Doncaster
The University Centre is the College’s second campus located at High Melton, six miles west of Doncaster. Most of the higher education courses are based here, as is the Doncaster Business School. The High Melton campus is also home to Britain's first centre of excellence for relationship studies - The Relate Institute .

Principals
In April 2009, the Principal, Rowland Foote, and the Finance Director, Tony Myers, were suspended by the Governing Body, pending the outcome of an investigation into the financial management of the College. Rowland Foote had planned redundancies of up to 160 staff, as part of a long-term plan to bring the College back onto a sound financial footing, after several years of substantial losses following the construction of the building known as "The Hub". These were opposed by staff and plans were subsequently revised. Following Mr Foote's removal from office a new Interim Principal, John Taylor, was appointed in June 2009. Mr Taylor joined the College had previously held posts as Principal of The Sheffield College and Park Lane College, Leeds, and was a member of the Learning and Skills Council’s National Council and chair of Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency). He was replaced by George Trow in May 2010. , who had formerly been Principal of Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.

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