Lancashire born and bred, Alison Robinson is very familiar not only with the local community but also with many aspects of Myerscough College’s specialist curricular areas. Alison grew up on a farm with a beef herd, chickens, cats and dogs plus a family horse racing business just 12 miles from the College’s Bilsborrow campus. More recently, Alison has lived with her family in one of the College’s surrounding villages, St Michael’s-on-Wyre for more than 20 years and her husband has run a family engineering business in Garstang. As a keen scuba diver for more than 30 years Alison also takes a keen interest in marine life and conservation.
Alison 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. As part of the job role Alison now lives on the College campus with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
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, social science and management subjects across a range of post-16 providers in Lancashire from Levels 1 to 7. Alison has also spent some time working as an Ofsted Inspector and has worked in student support, counselling and advisory roles.
Myerscough provides courses from entry to postgraduate level within its 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, Warrington and Manchester. The College is one of 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. Myerscough is rated good for its academic quality and residential care of students by Ofsted and has good financial health as recognised by the ESFA.
HE provision is provided by University Centre Myerscough in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, in which the College is an Associate School. The College is proud of its Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award and top quartile student satisfaction results (NSS).
Alison is passionate about the value of education in opening doors and changing people’s lives no matter what their background or ability. Alison believes in the importance of a fully inclusive education and her mission along with the College’s is to provide “Opportunities for all to succeed” and she is delighted that the College has just been re-accredited as a Leader in Diversity by the National Centre for Diversity.