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.


Multi million pound education hub completed at Myerscough College

A multi-million pound education hub at Myerscough College’s centre at Croxteth Park on Merseyside has been completed.

The state-of-the-art new Animal and Equine Studies Centre complements the College’s current provision at the site, which has seen the former Glendale council depot on the site transformed into new, expanded teaching facilities. The new-look Myerscough College Croxteth Centre is made up of single-storey buildings sited behind a wall opposite the Home Farm area of the site.

Animal studies

The new training facilities include three animal studies blocks along with stabling, aviaries and pens for goats, alpacas and hens adjacent to the Grade II listed former Laundry House. Two other buildings have been converted for animal housing and dog grooming, and a third for reptiles, amphibians and tropical species, as well as accommodation for staff and students.

The development was granted planning permission back in November, 2016, with work commencing last May. The development enables Myerscough to continue and enhance providing students with a first class environment to deliver quality education and training.

The city council has contributed £500,000 to the scheme by way of a discounted rent on the site over the next 10 years, in addition to £1 million from the College and £2 million from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

State of the art facilities

John Wherry, Deputy Principal Resources, Myerscough College, says: “It’s an exciting time for the College and these new buildings meet the changing educational needs of our students. The new complex includes state of the art facilities which will allow for us to continue developing our students to their full potential.”

Helen Eaton, Myerscough’s Assistant Principal for Liverpool said: “Myerscough Liverpool was first established in 1999 in partnership with the city council and over time we have developed to provide a range of courses at Croxteth Park.

“We’ve worked closely with Glendale for a number of years and have been their sole training provider for almost a decade and so taking control of their depot is the next logical step of what will hopefully further enhance our education offer to the students of Merseyside.

“We carried out a review of our facilities at Croxteth Park before submitting our plans and developing this area of the park is the most viable and cost effective.

‘’Thank you to everyone who has supported us in making this happen.

‘’The building and the resources within the new centre are phenomenal and it is certainly a massive improvement on the old facilities that were based within the farm area. It is the only resource of its kind in Merseyside and we are already seeing an increase in applications from students who wish to study at Croxteth.’’

GMLPF’s CEO Ian Lomas offered congratulations to Myerscough College on its new facilities:

“Myerscough College’s new training centre means that more individuals will be able to access the wide range of excellent courses in animal care and equine studies offered by this leading learning establishment.”

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