Alison Robinson became Principal and Chief Executive of Myerscough College and University Centre on 1 April 2018 having previously held the position of Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive at the College. Alison is also a Director of Landex – Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence and Land Based Assessment Learning (LBAL).
Alison has more than 25 years of experience in the education sector and joined Myerscough College in January 2014, after an 18-year spell firstly in teaching and then as an integral part of the senior management team of Runshaw College. Alison’s early teaching career goes back to 1991, where she taught a variety of humanities and social science subjects across a range of post-16 providers across Lancashire from Levels 1 to 5, before moving on to teaching postgraduate students on the Diploma in Management Studies.
Myerscough provides courses from entry to postgraduate level within their specialist land-based and sports areas and recruits regionally, nationally and in some cases internationally to these programmes, supported by its residential provision for 650 students. Alongside the main campus at Bilsborrow near Preston, Myerscough has centres in Liverpool, Blackburn and Manchester with specialist veterinary nursing provision in Dorset and on the Wirral. The College is the highest performing specialist land-based college for 16-18 year old achievement and a centre of excellence for sport. Apprenticeships are delivered nationally where Myerscough is the largest provider of land-based apprenticeships.
The College is inclusive, recognised as a Leader in Diversity with the mission of providing opportunities for all to succeed and has a supportive and welcoming culture. HE provision is provided by University Centre Myerscough in partnership with UCLan, in which the College is an Associate School. The College is proud of its Teaching Excellence Gold Award.
It has a strong research portfolio working with a wide range of universities including Lancaster, Liverpool, UCLan, Manchester, Nottingham Trent and internationally with Coimbra, Portugal and several American universities. Myerscough works with rural communities across the region, supporting rural businesses and farmers and now utilising a new Food & Farming Innovation & Technology (FFIT) centre, part funded by Lancashire LEP to share best practice and facilitate the knowledge exchange between academia, industry and farmers.