College is ‘UK’s best’

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A Fylde coast college has been told it is ‘exceeding expectations’ in a glowing report from education bosses.

The report outlines how Myercough College, based in Bilsborrow, has the highest number of commendations and examples of good practice out of every higher education (HE) provider in the UK.

Inspectors from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) visited the college in May, and produced a report this week detailing two areas given a commendation and a further 10 areas which were highlighted as good.

The agricultural college was judged on its academic standards, the quality of its learning opportunities, and the quality of information available.

Ann Turner, principal and chief executive of Myerscough College, said: “The report makes for an excellent read.

“We’ve really achieved some significant steps forward since our last QAA review in 2010 and these have now been validated.

“We continue to be exemplars of good practice across the land-based and sport sector.

“Of all the reports under the new system that began this year we’re at the top. The figures show that ours is the best report in the country.

“It’s fantastic that we can say we’re the best in the country for HE provision.”

Of the published reports to date, Myerscough has the highest number of commendations and examples of good practice out of all HE providers in the country.

The glowing review follows an academic year that has seen applications at the highest they have ever been.

Its authors praised the college’s “comprehensive support for learners in their transition to Higher Education from Further Education studies” and “the extensive and effective engagement of students at all levels.”

The report also highlighted how the college works with employers to design, deliver and assess courses in order to tailor studies to the industries and the variety of support available for students to 
realise their academic, personal and professional potential. Bosses at the college have said they will now be proudly displaying the QAA mark, indicating it meets and exceeds national expectations.