Q&A: My Newham - Anil Nagpal, deputy principal of Newham College

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 August 2018

Newham College

As deputy principal of Newham College, Anil Nagpal wants the borough’s youngsters to fulfil their potential through learning.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I work for Newham College as the deputy principal for finance and infrastructure.

Newham College has been providing further education to the local community for over 50 years, promoting high expectations and placing our students at the heart of the college, whilst unleashing their potential and focusing on their future aspirations.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

We are privileged to be able to provide a real benefit for the residents of Newham, through our outstanding education programmes and great links with employers.

Newham has a great community spirit, as well as many fantastic opportunities through the amazing regeneration that is currently underway.

What one thing would you change?

I would like to build on Newham’s already fantastic community spirit to create an environment that allows young people to flourish and maximise their potential.

We are seeing phenomenal change in the borough and I want our residents to be at the heart of the opportunities this presents.

Use three words to describe the area.

I would say diverse, vibrant and, of course, opportunity (through the development and regeneration).

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Do you know, I think some of the students I’ve met are a true inspiration. Their attitude and achievements are impressive and our Shining Stars student awards ceremony really encapsulates their spirit.

I’m also a huge fan of Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle!

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

As I’m responsible for the College’s finances, I would like to see a greater investment in the further education sector with targeted budget increases to help drive the quality of teaching and learning.

I would also like to see the simplification of funding rules and methodologies.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would like to see continued focus on the local agenda. A particular theme could be the college working with local employers to provide local jobs and opportunities for local people.

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