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Blackburn College principal Ian Clinton quits

Lancashire Telegraph: Ian Clinton Ian Clinton

THE principal who has overseen a massive eight-year expansion of Blackburn College has announced he is leaving.

Ian Clinton, who joined Blackburn College in June 2004 after running colleges in Leeds and Cheshire, made the announcement to his colleagues yesterday.

During his time in East Lancashire, Mr Clinton, a member of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, has worked to bring education, business and industry closer together. In a varied career, he has also sold life insurance and run an antiques business in Sussex.

Yesterday, in an internal email the ‘well respected’ principal told colleagues he would be leaving the college on December 31.

Vice Principal Lisa O’Loughlin said: “It is really sad news to hear that Ian will be leaving Blackburn College.

“He is not retiring and so I am sure he will be exploring future options. Ian has had a fantastic impact on the college with the expansion, the fantastic Ofsted reports and the growth of the University Centre. He has left a real legacy.”

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12:45pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Venomp says...

I remember him well when I graduated he was very helpful in assisting me and asking if he could further help at ceremony.

Something unheard from professionals.
I remember him well when I graduated he was very helpful in assisting me and asking if he could further help at ceremony. Something unheard from professionals. Venomp
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1:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

jack daniels says...

Dear Vanessa,

I think he deserves a better headline than 'quits'.

Also, why has the term 'well respected' been highlighted? Are you implying that he's not?

Shoddy reporting me thinks....
Dear Vanessa, I think he deserves a better headline than 'quits'. Also, why has the term 'well respected' been highlighted? Are you implying that he's not? Shoddy reporting me thinks.... jack daniels
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2:47pm Thu 7 Feb 13

PsychologyLover says...

I've heard a lot of positive about this principal as I am a current student in the University Centre. I wonder why he's leaving he's brought so much to the College and University.
I've heard a lot of positive about this principal as I am a current student in the University Centre. I wonder why he's leaving he's brought so much to the College and University. PsychologyLover
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3:34pm Thu 7 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

He sounds like a real star. Until you dig a little deeper and find how he's part of the problem of thickos being given qualifications which they don't really deserve because the name of the game is bums on seats plus exam passes = more lovely funding. Ian Clinton puts pressure on staff to pass dopes because it means more money for the college. He's the manifestation of Blair's education, education, education crap. He runs the college as a business and not as a place of learning.
There are lots of idiots and yobs at Blackburn college who shouldn't be let anywhere near a college.
He sounds like a real star. Until you dig a little deeper and find how he's part of the problem of thickos being given qualifications which they don't really deserve because the name of the game is bums on seats plus exam passes = more lovely funding. Ian Clinton puts pressure on staff to pass dopes because it means more money for the college. He's the manifestation of Blair's education, education, education crap. He runs the college as a business and not as a place of learning. There are lots of idiots and yobs at Blackburn college who shouldn't be let anywhere near a college. happycyclist
  • Score: 4

3:40pm Thu 7 Feb 13

woolywords says...

As a former student at the college, I know from personal experience, what an huge impact this foward thinking man has had on, not only my education but that of many, many others.
Having inspired me, late in life, to truly explore my full potential, I can only say that, our loss, is someone else's gain.
From it's scruffy roots, this man has truly grasped that nettle and given it a good shake up, making Blackburn College and the new Uni, a true centre of excellence to many a student and planted it firmly on the stage of education as a place to learn,
from near and far.
May I be the first of the many, to wish him well for his future and give him my eternal thanks, for the legacy of dedicated and motivational staff that he leaves behind.

If not already gifted, he should be given some recognition by our Council, such as, freedom of the town. To say he will be missed is a gross mis-statement of the truth of it.

Thank you.

(I only went to do a Spanish class but ended up with a degree in my feild. 'Be all that you can be', he said and am still learning!)
As a former student at the college, I know from personal experience, what an huge impact this foward thinking man has had on, not only my education but that of many, many others. Having inspired me, late in life, to truly explore my full potential, I can only say that, our loss, is someone else's gain. From it's scruffy roots, this man has truly grasped that nettle and given it a good shake up, making Blackburn College and the new Uni, a true centre of excellence to many a student and planted it firmly on the stage of education as a place to learn, from near and far. May I be the first of the many, to wish him well for his future and give him my eternal thanks, for the legacy of dedicated and motivational staff that he leaves behind. If not already gifted, he should be given some recognition by our Council, such as, freedom of the town. To say he will be missed is a gross mis-statement of the truth of it. Thank you. (I only went to do a Spanish class but ended up with a degree in my feild. 'Be all that you can be', he said and am still learning!) woolywords
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Thu 7 Feb 13

woolywords says...

Happy...
Please have the good grace to accept that, some students, whom have fallen through the cracks in our flawed education system, go to the college, to learn the rudiments of of both reading and writing, as adult learners. These people, then go on to live a fuller, more fruitful lives. The patience and dedication, imbued by the Principal, is endemic in all of the staff, from the first contact, to the person handing them a certificate of achievement. The attitude of, what we can do for you, is, truly awesome to experience.
May I suggest that you try their 'taster'
scheme, so that even you, at your age, can find something to pique your interest. You are already paying for it, via taxes, so fill your boots!

They turn cabbages into caulis', that flower, and that's no Brassica!
Happy... Please have the good grace to accept that, some students, whom have fallen through the cracks in our flawed education system, go to the college, to learn the rudiments of of both reading and writing, as adult learners. These people, then go on to live a fuller, more fruitful lives. The patience and dedication, imbued by the Principal, is endemic in all of the staff, from the first contact, to the person handing them a certificate of achievement. The attitude of, what we can do for you, is, truly awesome to experience. May I suggest that you try their 'taster' scheme, so that even you, at your age, can find something to pique your interest. You are already paying for it, via taxes, so fill your boots! They turn cabbages into caulis', that flower, and that's no Brassica! woolywords
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Thu 7 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

woolywords wrote:
Happy...
Please have the good grace to accept that, some students, whom have fallen through the cracks in our flawed education system, go to the college, to learn the rudiments of of both reading and writing, as adult learners. These people, then go on to live a fuller, more fruitful lives. The patience and dedication, imbued by the Principal, is endemic in all of the staff, from the first contact, to the person handing them a certificate of achievement. The attitude of, what we can do for you, is, truly awesome to experience.
May I suggest that you try their 'taster'
scheme, so that even you, at your age, can find something to pique your interest. You are already paying for it, via taxes, so fill your boots!

They turn cabbages into caulis', that flower, and that's no Brassica!
Point taken.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Happy... Please have the good grace to accept that, some students, whom have fallen through the cracks in our flawed education system, go to the college, to learn the rudiments of of both reading and writing, as adult learners. These people, then go on to live a fuller, more fruitful lives. The patience and dedication, imbued by the Principal, is endemic in all of the staff, from the first contact, to the person handing them a certificate of achievement. The attitude of, what we can do for you, is, truly awesome to experience. May I suggest that you try their 'taster' scheme, so that even you, at your age, can find something to pique your interest. You are already paying for it, via taxes, so fill your boots! They turn cabbages into caulis', that flower, and that's no Brassica![/p][/quote]Point taken. happycyclist
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Thu 7 Feb 13

DEO VOLENTE says...

Let us be clear that the "massive expansion" of "Blackburn College" is correct on one level. The monstrous ugly buildings that have sprung up around the old Technical College building that have absolutely no architectural merit . In addition the "College" does not have any credible academic standing. It is and always will be simply a "College" not a University, Not a World Class Campus, Not a viable option in realtion to UCLAN, Manchester University, Lancastrer University and many other established succesful Universitiies in the area. Blackburn "College" is a product of the town itself. That is a "Northern Ill" town that has gradually been ground down by "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, politically (in)correct, champagne socialist policies. Can you imagine any of the current batch of "New Labour" MPs considering sending their offspring to study at "Blackburn College"? No? Neither can I . It does not have the same ring as Oxbridge does it. As for Ian Clinton, can someone please tell me who he is.

Thanks

Deus Vobiscum
Let us be clear that the "massive expansion" of "Blackburn College" is correct on one level. The monstrous ugly buildings that have sprung up around the old Technical College building that have absolutely no architectural merit . In addition the "College" does not have any credible academic standing. It is and always will be simply a "College" not a University, Not a World Class Campus, Not a viable option in realtion to UCLAN, Manchester University, Lancastrer University and many other established succesful Universitiies in the area. Blackburn "College" is a product of the town itself. That is a "Northern Ill" town that has gradually been ground down by "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, politically (in)correct, champagne socialist policies. Can you imagine any of the current batch of "New Labour" MPs considering sending their offspring to study at "Blackburn College"? No? Neither can I . It does not have the same ring as Oxbridge does it. As for Ian Clinton, can someone please tell me who he is. Thanks Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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9:13am Fri 8 Feb 13

Rovers Optimist says...

woolywords wrote:
As a former student at the college, I know from personal experience, what an huge impact this foward thinking man has had on, not only my education but that of many, many others. Having inspired me, late in life, to truly explore my full potential, I can only say that, our loss, is someone else's gain. From it's scruffy roots, this man has truly grasped that nettle and given it a good shake up, making Blackburn College and the new Uni, a true centre of excellence to many a student and planted it firmly on the stage of education as a place to learn, from near and far. May I be the first of the many, to wish him well for his future and give him my eternal thanks, for the legacy of dedicated and motivational staff that he leaves behind. If not already gifted, he should be given some recognition by our Council, such as, freedom of the town. To say he will be missed is a gross mis-statement of the truth of it. Thank you. (I only went to do a Spanish class but ended up with a degree in my feild. 'Be all that you can be', he said and am still learning!)
"feild" maybe you should have concentrated on English before Spanish. Is this the legacy Mr Clinton will be passing on?
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: As a former student at the college, I know from personal experience, what an huge impact this foward thinking man has had on, not only my education but that of many, many others. Having inspired me, late in life, to truly explore my full potential, I can only say that, our loss, is someone else's gain. From it's scruffy roots, this man has truly grasped that nettle and given it a good shake up, making Blackburn College and the new Uni, a true centre of excellence to many a student and planted it firmly on the stage of education as a place to learn, from near and far. May I be the first of the many, to wish him well for his future and give him my eternal thanks, for the legacy of dedicated and motivational staff that he leaves behind. If not already gifted, he should be given some recognition by our Council, such as, freedom of the town. To say he will be missed is a gross mis-statement of the truth of it. Thank you. (I only went to do a Spanish class but ended up with a degree in my feild. 'Be all that you can be', he said and am still learning!)[/p][/quote]"feild" maybe you should have concentrated on English before Spanish. Is this the legacy Mr Clinton will be passing on? Rovers Optimist
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11:35am Fri 8 Feb 13

woolywords says...

Rovers Optimist wrote:
woolywords wrote:
As a former student at the college, I know from personal experience, what an huge impact this foward thinking man has had on, not only my education but that of many, many others. Having inspired me, late in life, to truly explore my full potential, I can only say that, our loss, is someone else's gain. From it's scruffy roots, this man has truly grasped that nettle and given it a good shake up, making Blackburn College and the new Uni, a true centre of excellence to many a student and planted it firmly on the stage of education as a place to learn, from near and far. May I be the first of the many, to wish him well for his future and give him my eternal thanks, for the legacy of dedicated and motivational staff that he leaves behind. If not already gifted, he should be given some recognition by our Council, such as, freedom of the town. To say he will be missed is a gross mis-statement of the truth of it. Thank you. (I only went to do a Spanish class but ended up with a degree in my feild. 'Be all that you can be', he said and am still learning!)
"feild" maybe you should have concentrated on English before Spanish. Is this the legacy Mr Clinton will be passing on?
am still learning, as stated..
'i' before 'e' and all that, except after 'c', yes?
Works well in science, doesn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Rovers Optimist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: As a former student at the college, I know from personal experience, what an huge impact this foward thinking man has had on, not only my education but that of many, many others. Having inspired me, late in life, to truly explore my full potential, I can only say that, our loss, is someone else's gain. From it's scruffy roots, this man has truly grasped that nettle and given it a good shake up, making Blackburn College and the new Uni, a true centre of excellence to many a student and planted it firmly on the stage of education as a place to learn, from near and far. May I be the first of the many, to wish him well for his future and give him my eternal thanks, for the legacy of dedicated and motivational staff that he leaves behind. If not already gifted, he should be given some recognition by our Council, such as, freedom of the town. To say he will be missed is a gross mis-statement of the truth of it. Thank you. (I only went to do a Spanish class but ended up with a degree in my feild. 'Be all that you can be', he said and am still learning!)[/p][/quote]"feild" maybe you should have concentrated on English before Spanish. Is this the legacy Mr Clinton will be passing on?[/p][/quote]am still learning, as stated.. 'i' before 'e' and all that, except after 'c', yes? Works well in science, doesn't it? woolywords
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12:21pm Mon 11 Feb 13

dspot6 says...

Politically correct. Not greatly liked.
Politically correct. Not greatly liked. dspot6
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10:52pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Graham Hartley says...

Hard times. It was just a year ago when it was reported that the dean of the university centre had resigned after suspension ('Blackburn College University Centre boss resigns after suspension' LT 8th February 2012). Someone with a voice but no identity said at the time that 'there were some ‘potential’ issues over how (the lately ex-dean) handled some aspects of her role.' Quite what that meant wasn't well-explained, leaving us to suppose that Mr Clinton had some earnest work to do after the press had let go.

We are on steadier ground when we examine the report (also in LT) that the sum of seven million pounds had been approved last year 'to further expand the University Centre to focus on degree courses in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which will bring the total number of degree-level students to almost 4,000.' Well, almost almost; UCAS reports the total of all students as 3299, of which those enrolled on degree courses in the focus subjects mentioned above number 272 (also UCAS). What's wrong here?
Hard times. It was just a year ago when it was reported that the dean of the university centre had resigned after suspension ('Blackburn College University Centre boss resigns after suspension' LT 8th February 2012). Someone with a voice but no identity said at the time that 'there were some ‘potential’ issues over how (the lately ex-dean) handled some aspects of her role.' Quite what that meant wasn't well-explained, leaving us to suppose that Mr Clinton had some earnest work to do after the press had let go. We are on steadier ground when we examine the report (also in LT) that the sum of seven million pounds had been approved last year 'to further expand the University Centre to focus on degree courses in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which will bring the total number of degree-level students to almost 4,000.' Well, almost almost; UCAS reports the total of all students as 3299, of which those enrolled on degree courses in the focus subjects mentioned above number 272 (also UCAS). What's wrong here? Graham Hartley
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11:04pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Graham Hartley says...

Another oddity; UCAS says that Blackburn College is based on a safe town-centre Campus. Some parts of the campus are far from the base and unsafe, perhaps? What hostages may be taken in this style of language.
Another oddity; UCAS says that Blackburn College is based on a safe town-centre Campus. Some parts of the campus are far from the base and unsafe, perhaps? What hostages may be taken in this style of language. Graham Hartley
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4:20pm Thu 14 Feb 13

eddiehowe says...

Is it significant that this news has been broken by the crime reporter?
Is it significant that this news has been broken by the crime reporter? eddiehowe
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11:37pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Lord Sugar says...

eddiehowe wrote:
Is it significant that this news has been broken by the crime reporter?
LT may or may not have a reason for assigning a crime reporter. They're not telling, yet.
[quote][p][bold]eddiehowe[/bold] wrote: Is it significant that this news has been broken by the crime reporter?[/p][/quote]LT may or may not have a reason for assigning a crime reporter. They're not telling, yet. Lord Sugar
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