Prior to joining Blackburn College as the Principal and Chief Executive in January 2019, Dr Fazal Dad has gained 28 years’ experience in Further Education, previously working in three different FE Institutions in the West Midlands. Posts held by Fazal included Part Time Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department, Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal. Prior to this, on leaving school, Fazal completed an apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering and worked in the private sector for eight years in the Electrical Engineering Industry.
Fazal has two Masters Degrees and a PhD in Leadership and Management from Worcester University. He has participated in a range of expert panels across the country and has helped to shape national policy on Study Programmes, Professional Teaching Standards and the Post 16 Maths Review. Fazal is also a reviewer with the QAA.
Blackburn College has been providing education for over 130 years. It is the largest Further Education college in Pennine Lancashire and is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in a college in England. Each year, the College provides learning opportunities to almost 12,000 students at all levels and across a wide range of sectors, meeting the needs of the local community by offering a broad curriculum. This includes A Levels, Technical and Vocational Courses, apprenticeships, Degree-level qualifications and a range of programmes for Adult learners including shorter, part-time courses. With a 100% A Level pass rate in 23 A Level subjects, high numbers of students achieving Triple Distinction Star grades (equivalent to 3A*s at A Level) and 93% of graduates being in work or further study within six months of completing their Higher Education course, study at Blackburn College leads to meaningful careers and further study.