Gold Standard for Myerscough’s Higher Education Programmes

Myerscough College and University Centre has achieved a prestigious GOLD award in an assessment that highlights excellence in teaching and learning across higher education providers in the UK.

The award has been made by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the quality of provision in the College’s foundation degree, honours degree and masters study programmes. The TEF Panel judged that Myerscough delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Myerscough is one of only land-based institution in the North to achieve the gold TEF award, meaning Myerscough’s standards are among the highest in the UK.

The TEF report on University Centre Myerscough goes on to say: ‘’Myerscough provides an excellent employer engagement strategy, leading to high rates of employment after graduation.

‘’There is a  highly-valued culture of personalised learning, including small class sizes and high levels of tutor  support, resulting in the highest levels of engagement for all students in order to acquire  knowledge, skills and understanding.’’

The aim of the TEF award is to provide learners with better information about higher education institutions they may wish to study at, as well as recognising and rewarding excellent teaching which meets the needs of industry.

A rating of gold means the institution has demonstrated the highest quality teaching standards and is consistently outstanding in its outcomes for students from all backgrounds, particularly in terms of retention and progression.

Other areas of excellence highlighted by the report include:

  • Full-time student rates of progression to employment or further study are above the provider’s benchmark. Continuation rates are above the provider’s benchmark. Levels of student satisfaction are consistent with the provider’s benchmark for full-time students, and part-time student satisfaction with assessment and feedback is above the provider’s benchmark.
  • A strategic approach to staff development, including a comprehensive teaching observation and an embedded culture that facilities scholarship and research for both staff and students.
  • An outstanding approach to the development of physical and digital resources which enhance the student experience.

The TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas; teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Chief Executive and Principal, Alison Robinson, said: “Our gold rating is a testament to the quality of our talented teaching staff and the excellent programmes we offer.

‘’Our students graduate not only with a qualification that is highly industry relevant, but with the skills they need to forge a successful career in their chosen field.

 “We do this by working closely with industry partners, to ensure we are preparing students who are fully ‘job ready’, across a wide range of sectors.’’

Mick Cottam, Assistant Principal Higher Education, said: ‘’Many congratulations to all those involved in the teaching and support areas for our HE provision”.

‘’This is a fantastic result for Myerscough and a reflection of the level of support we offer, as well as the student experience and the quality of our teaching.’’

‘’Learners choosing to study at University Centre Myerscough, as well as employers, can be assured that a degree programme with us is a guarantee of the very best level of education in the country.’’

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes. This is the second year for these awards, which are administered by the Office for Students (OfS).

Myerscough College and University Centre offers a range of degree programmes across the land-based and sport sectors, accredited by the University of Central Lancashire. Myerscough is amongst the top UK institutions in the sector for student satisfaction – helped by exceptional resources and a unique countryside location. 98% of Myerscough degree students progress to further study or employment.


University a hit for music students

You might find it hard to imagine a group of young people, left disillusioned by school, suddenly deciding that they want to go on to higher education.  That’s exactly what happened with a group of young Key2Apprenticeship (K2A)students from GMLPF member Mode Training when they visited Staffordshire University. One of Mode’s popular K2A courses is Music Technology – students get a taste of what life would be like producing music, DJ’ing or being part of a band – even if they didn’t get any qualifications at school.  The course is designed to help young people gain the skills they need to start a career in the music industry

Pathway to university

During their time at Mode, students can achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Music Technology, but that’s not quite enough to get them onto a university course, and many don’t see higher education as something suited to them anyway. The team at Mode are setting about changing that view and the training centre, based on Sefton Street in Liverpool, is developing a pathway to university. Students who complete their level 2 Music Technology will be able to progress onto the Level 3. This qualification will provide an entry route to a degree in Music Technology, as an alternative to the traditional A-level route All that may sound like a bit of an uphill struggle for students who weren’t over enamoured by their school years, so when Mode were invited to visit Staffs Uni they took 15 K2A students along.

Solid career path

Lee Garry, a former K2A student who now works as an assessor with Mode explains: ‘The degree focuses on practical skills and the students we took to the university realised the facilities and the teaching were fantastic.’ Whilst the students were visiting they got to produce a music track so that it was release-ready. Lee adds: ‘The atmosphere at the uni was very different to school and our students were excited about the studios being available round-the-clock.  They came back even more focused and feeling that a degree and a solid career path was something within their reach’.

Track record

Wesley Tagoe at Mode added: ‘The music production course at Mode has a track record of success with many former students going on to become self employed in the music industry; and soon we hope to see some progressing to university.  The earlier young people come to us for help, the more effective we can be in securing their future’.

Mode Training is just one of many places young people can access training, support and qualifications.  Nobody should be put off getting in touch even if they didnt succeed at school or get any qualifications.

The Key2Apprenticeships programme is for 16-18 year olds. Anybody who wants to discuss their future is urged to get in touch on 0151 707 8775  to find out what courses are available.  Whilst on a K2A course, benefits arent affected, lunch is provided and some providers will also meet travel costs.

The Key2Apprenticeships programme is funded by Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation [GMLPF].