Principal hails a great year for Myerscough College

Friday 21 Jul 2017

The Principal of Myerscough College has praised staff and students for another excellent year of achievement.

Myerscough College Principal, Ann Turner

Myerscough has just celebrated the latest batch of higher education students graduating and learners completing their further education and foundation learning courses, with once again excellent achievement levels attained as well as personal recognition for a number of exceptional students.

The Myerscough graduation and awards ceremonies recognise and celebrate the achievements of Myerscough students across all centres and, for those studying online, throughout the world.

Ann Turner said: ‘’Students have worked towards this for a long time and the results this year reflect the commitment and hard work of the students and staff of Myerscough College. We remain one of the top performing colleges in the country with high progression into employment or to further study.

‘’Many of the industries we support are reporting significant skills shortages and opportunities are available to forge an exciting and interesting career based on their studies at College. On behalf of all the Governors and staff of Myerscough College, congratulations to every student on their success, and we wish them good luck on the next stage in life. We look forward to what they will achieve in the future.’’

And the Principal puts another very strong year of achievement for Myerscough down to a number of key factors: ‘’The increased use of technology to enhance and support learning is considerable and has been fully embrace by Myerscough. Students are at the heart of the College, and their learning experience is much more than simply an academic qualification.

‘’Ongoing progression is a key measure of our success and this year we’re celebrating another truly outstanding year. 97% of our H.E graduates have gone onto employment or further study, placing us among the very best institutions nationally.

‘’High community involvement, high student satisfaction, an increasing research profile and regional, national and international recognition for the work we do also play their part. We can proudly claim that this has been an exceptional year.’’

In addition to student achievement, as a college, Myerscough has significantly enhanced its reputation in a number of key sector areas. This includes the award of Silver in the recent Teaching & Excellence Framework (TEF) for Higher Education, the College’s official recognition as a University Centre, the recent OFSTED inspection rating of Good, with many outstanding areas, and an accreditation as being a Leader in Diversity.

Ann adds: ‘’This is truly an exciting time for Myerscough as we complete the final stages of our current capital plan. Students have already benefited from a new Turf Technology unit and High Performance Centre for Sport, with strength and conditioning facilities.

‘’Work has been ongoing on the Food, Farming, Innovation & Technology Centre, due to open in September, alongside the Livestock Innovation Centre which has already opened, in what will be a national centre, allowing our students to work alongside academics, employers and the industry at the forefront of the latest technology for livestock and grassland management. The LIC is already carrying out industry trials and utilising the significant data generated for students and other research projects. The opportunities are significant. These are exciting times for agriculture.’’

Further funding has been secured for an animal and equine science centre at Croxteth Park on Merseyside, the home of Myerscough Liverpool, with work well underway on the build. The Principal has praised another exciting development: ‘’After 17 years of delivering courses at the park, it’s great to have secured our long term future, allowing capital support and investment for the students based there.

‘’All of this shows our ongoing commitment of investing heavily in our students and ensuring we provide facilities and resources to prepare learners for employment and further academic study.

‘’Thank you to all staff and students for a truly outstanding year.’’

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by Dave Salmon

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