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New Director takes up post at Newton Rigg College

A self confessed “science geek” has joined Newton Rigg College in one of its most senior posts.

A research scientist, Dr Jane Sullivan has taken up the role of Director of the Cumbrian-based college with particular responsibility for leading on curriculum management and quality, whilst acting as a deputy to Principal, Wes Johnson. She was formerly Business Planning and Finance Manager at Newcastle College.

Dr Jane Sullivan at Newton Rigg College following her appointment as Director.

Dr Jane Sullivan at Newton Rigg College following her appointment as Director.

Jane is no stranger to the North West, her childhood was spent in Lancashire and for three years, from 2009, she was a Lecturer in Applied Science at Carlisle College.

Wes Johnson, Principal for Cumbria and the North said: “We are delighted to welcome Jane to the team. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience not only from working in the education sector but also from industry, including 15 years as a senior biophysical scientist at AstraZeneca.”

He added: “As our student numbers continue to grow and courses develop, it is important that we have the right team in place to ensure our students receive the best education possible providing both the necessary qualifications as well as equipping them for the workplace. Jane is already proving to be a great asset to us.”

Away from work, she has a passion for the outdoors and has a particular interest in how we perceive animals across society – whether as a food source, as part of our recreation, or as part of applied science.

She commented: “I am delighted to be at Newton Rigg where agriculture is such a focus, and am looking forward to sharing my passion for education with both students and staff. I am also eager to develop the work the college already does with local employers to ensure that the education programmes we deliver meet the needs for a sustainable workforce. This is key to ensuring that Newton Rigg College develops work-ready students to help drive Cumbria’s economy.”

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