Myerscough College and University Centre has been nominated as a finalist in the Red Rose Awards, for a third consecutive year.
The prestigious awards recognise and celebrate the very best that Lancashire has to offer in terms of business, commerce and industry. Myerscough has been shortlisted in the category of Skills Provider of the Year.
We’re now looking forward to celebrating with the other finalists across all categories at the main ceremony, which is held in the magnificent Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, next month.
The nomination comes on the back of another year of phenomenal success for Myerscough College.
We’ve completed a £30 million campus development programme and are rated in the top 10% of colleges nationwide for academic success, with record pass rates for both further and higher education students across the land-based and sport sector. Official figures show 98% of our learners are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, while we’ve a student satisfaction rating in excess of 95%. Student attendance is also very high.
Our OFSTED report identified ‘highly effective teaching, setting high expectations and clear priorities to improve quality of provision, and delivering high quality vocational learning that responds to local, regional and national needs.’
This year we were officially recognised as a University Centre for higher education. This is further recognition of us being a leading provider of degree courses in land-based and sports subjects.
In the last year, our learners have been recognised with a string of regional and national awards for their excellence. Our work was also recognised at a Royal level, with staff and students meeting Prince Harry and Prince Charles. We also became Leaders in Diversity.
There are many examples of how in the past 12 months we’ve given Lancashire people and businesses the skills to succeed, and some highlights including the official opening of our state-of-the-art, multi-million pound Food and Farming Innovation & Technology Centre (‘FFIT’), the only one of its kind in the UK.
Our floristry department won Training Provider of the Year at the British Florist Association Awards, the industry’s national ceremony, while a scheme aimed at getting young people who need extra help to move into employment, run by our Foundation Learning department, had a superb first year. Supported Internships are aimed at young people who want to move into employment and are intended to enable them to become ‘job ready’.
Our latest multi-million pound Capital Plan begins this year with a number of ambitious expansion areas identified for completion over the next five years. As well as significant investment in buildings and technology, we’ve developed innovative methods in how we deliver teaching to both on-site students and distance learners, with further European funding secured to enhance this.
Our annual Open Day & Country Fair is as popular as it’s ever been and attracts upwards of 12,000 people. It’s widely regarded as one of the county’s premier summer tourism events.
Myerscough College was announced as a nominee after a rigorous pre-scoring process, whittling down the entries to just six finalists.
The Red Rose Awards 2018 will take place on 8th March.
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by Dave Salmon