Dr Fazal Dad – Blackburn College

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 is the largest Further Education college in Pennine Lancashire and is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in a college in England. Established in 1888, people from all over Lancashire have developed their skills, re-trained and moved to higher levels of study with Blackburn College’s support. The College is at the heart of the multi-racial community of Blackburn with Darwen and aims to provide social cohesion in an area of high deprivation, working with a range of local partnerships to contribute to the wider prosperity and regeneration of East Lancashire.

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. In the academic year 2018/19, Blackburn College has seen the best results in 4 years.

The University Centre at Blackburn College provides Higher Education, including Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees, Higher Level and Degree-Level Apprenticeships with students from 2018/19 gaining roles as diverse as a Counsellor with the NHS, graduate Engineers, Software Developers and more.