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The Department of Education’s Higher Education Co-ordinator 26 March 2008

EDUCATION Minister Anne Craine MHK today announced that Dr Ronald Barr will take on the role of Higher Education Co-ordinator.

Mrs Craine said:

‘I am pleased to announce that the Department of Education has asked Dr Barr to act as its Higher Education Co-ordinator and that Dr Barr has agreed to undertake this role within his current role of Assistant Principal and Director of Higher Education at the Isle of Man College.’

Mrs Craine continued:

‘The Department recently published its Policy for the Development of an on-Island Higher Education Provision, in which it confirmed its intention to develop the provision of higher education at The Nunnery. The move of some of its higher education courses to The Nunnery estate will ease the accommodation pressures faced by the Isle of Man College as it expands to provide for the post-school education and training needs of the Isle of Man.
‘Recognising the potential for the growth of on-Island higher education, the Department is establishing a Higher Education Council, chaired by Eddie Lowey MLC, to ensure that developments at The Nunnery estate will be for the benefit of all higher education providers and students based there. Dr Barr directs higher education provision at the Isle of Man College and will be responsible for developing the facilities, provision and operations at The Nunnery estate for the all higher education courses and students.’

The Minister said:

‘The Department of Education has asked Dr Barr to undertake these aspects of his duties for the next three years as its Higher Education Co-ordinator, working for the Higher Education Council to ensure that The Nunnery estate is developed into a centre of higher education excellence for the benefit of the whole Manx community.'

Dr Ian Killip, Principal of the Isle of Man College and Adviser on Higher, Further and Vocational Education to the Department, said:

‘I welcome the Department’s commitment to develop higher education on-Island. The future of the Manx economy and the quality of life for everyone here depends upon us developing the highest possible skills we can in the Isle of Man.’

He continued:

‘Our small Island needs to make the best use of its resources for everyone’s benefit and this includes the provision of education and training in all sectors and at all levels to develop our people, our most crucial resource of all.’

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