Ruth Allen, the Cornwall College Group
FETL Fellow and Development Manager
for The Cornwall College Group
Ruth Allen is Group Development Manager with the Cornwall College Group, a major provider of further education which comprises seven main campuses and four satellite sites, and attracts around 30,000 learners each year. Her research focuses on leadership strategies which ‘foster a creative culture in further education’, a critical issue in a sector in which pressures of policy turbulence and accountability make the creation of collaborative, imaginative workplaces particularly challenging.
The Cornwall College Group has made serious strides towards addressing this challenge. In 2014 it launched a new ‘Strategic Intent’, designed in consultation with key stakeholders through a ‘Big Conversation’ which succeeded in engaging students, staff, governors and the local business community. An internal restructure followed, with the introduction of new leadership styles and new opportunities for development and the encouragement of creativity. The aim is to cultivate creativity throughout the organisation.