B&FC principal receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

By Blackpool and the Fylde College

19 Feb 2018

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Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) principal and chief executive Bev Robinson has visited Buckingham Palace for an investiture ceremony where she received her OBE for Services to Further Education.

With over 20 years’ experience in further and higher education colleges, Bev has overseen continuous success since arriving at Blackpool and The Fylde College in 2013.

“I have been fortunate to work with truly fabulous staff teams, both past and present and I whole-heartedly thank them. Similarly we have fantastic employer partners who are both generous of their time and highly-engaged with training and education.

“I feel extremely humbled to be awarded this honour.”

Key College achievements include:

June 2017 – B&FC the only college in Lancashire to be awarded Gold status in the new higher education Teaching Excellence Framework June 2017 – B&FC rated highest performing large general FE college in England for student achievement for the third successive year by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  September 2016 – B&FC granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council July 2016 – B&FC becomes one of the first organisations to receive Chartered Institute for Further Education November 2015 – B&FC awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its technical and professional work in partnership with employers 2014/15 – B&FC receives STEM Assured Status. The College delivers more STEM based higher education than any other FE College in England (HEFCE). October 2013 – B&FC judged Outstanding by Ofsted May 2013 – B&FC’s higher education provision receives more commendations than any other UK institution from the Quality Assurance Agency.

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