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Studying at Northern Regional College has helped a Co Derry man to carve out a successful career in Dublin. After his GCSEs, Bellaghy native, Kevin Brennan opted to study Business at the Magherafelt campus. This was to be the beginning of his long association with the Northern Regional College. He completed a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Level 5 HND and a Business degree, as well as Level 5 ILM Leadership and Management and Level 1 in British Sign Language before graduating from Ulster University with a Master’s degree in Management and Corporate Governance.

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has appointed Mr Ken Nelson as chair of the governing body of Northern Regional College (NRC). Mr Nelson’s appointment is effective from 1 July 2021 and is for a period of four years. Commenting on the appointment, the Minister said: ‘’The position of chair provides a significant opportunity to positively influence the provision of skills in Northern Ireland. Under Mr Nelson’s leadership, the governing body can help the college to provide the skills needed to drive our economic recovery post Covid-19 and help to build a modern economy, which includes supporting the most disadvantaged towards sustainable career pathways.”

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Colleen McGrath, a tourism lecturer at Northern Regional College’s Magherafelt campus, was the winner of the Air Ambulance NI car competition. A delighted Colleen said she was thrilled with the win. “I’ve known about the amazing work that the Air Ambulance NI does, so I was happy to support such a good cause but never expected to win.

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A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to see enhanced cooperation and collaboration between Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Northern Regional College over the next 10 years. The MOU will facilitate increased partnership in mutual areas of entrepreneurship and innovation that are of the highest strategic priority to both parties. Led by a newly-formed joint Enterprise and Innovation Cooperation Steering Committee, the Council and College will work together to create an enhanced enterprise and innovation ecosystem in Mid and East Antrim, developed around new key infrastructure – such as the Council-led i4C Innovation Centre at St Patrick’s in Ballymena and the new Northern Regional College campus at Farm Lodge in the town.

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As a direct response to the demands on the health and social care sector during the pandemic, Northern Regional College’s Business Engagement Team has introduced a new accredited qualification for those providing care and support to anyone approaching the end of their life. The 12-week OCN Level 2 Award in End of Life Care course is free and suitable for people working in a health and social setting, as well as anyone who may be providing end of life care to a family member or those looking to change career or develop further skills in their current role.

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Northern Regional College has announced that its Principal & Chief Executive, Professor Terri Scott, will be leaving the College at the end of this academic year to take up a new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor at Ulster University. Since joining the College in 2014, Professor Scott has led the College through major transformational changes to deliver improvements, spearheading an ambitious strategy to consolidate the College’s provision across four campuses. As part of a £84 million Department for the Economy funded capital building programme, new state of the art campuses are being built in both Coleraine and Ballymena.

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