The Tower Hamlets College Further Education Corporation (The Corporation) was established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, (F&HE Act) with responsibility for running the affairs of the College from 1 April 1993. On 1 August 2016, the college merged with Hackney Community College and a new Corporation was appointed of members from both colleges. On 1 April 2017, the college merged with Redbridge College form New City College and new members were appointed from Redbridge College to the Corporation. In August 2018, the Group merged with Epping Forest College, based in Loughton in Essex.
Those sections of the F&HE Act detailing the powers and duties of Further Education Corporations were amended by the Learning and Skills Act 2000, the Education Act 2002, the Education and Inspections Act 2006, the Further Education and Training Act 2007 and the Education Act 2011.
The Corporation has the status of an Exempt Charity, under Schedule 3 of Charities Act 2011. Exempt Charities, although subject to general Charity Law, are not directly regulated by the Charity Commission, but by a Principal Regulator appointed by the Commission. The Secretary of State for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been appointed Principal Regulator for Further Education Corporations.
The Corporation of the newly merged college is governed by the provisions of Specific legislation:
- The Education Acts as defined in Section 578 of the Education Act 1996.
- The Further and Higher Education Act 1992, as amended
- The Learning and Skills Act 2000
- S.161 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006
- The Further Education and Training Act 2007
- The Apprenticeships, Skills Children and Learning Act 2009
- The Education Act 2011
- The Charities Act (2006)
- The Charities Act (2011)
- The Instrument and Articles of Government
This is the way in which organisations are directed and controlled. The Corporation determines the rules and procedures for making decisions on corporate affairs including the process through which the organisation's objectives are set and performance monitored.
The Corporation is collectively responsible for the quality of the service, which is provided to students and stake holders as well as ensuring the effective use of resources.