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New Burnley College University Courses Dean shares mission to upskill and empower individuals and employers

Burnley College University Courses (BCUC) has appointed a new Dean to build on the success of the existing degree-level provision at Burnley College’s £100 million Campus and empower still more individuals to achieve their dream careers and boost the regional economy.

Nina Parkin has taken up the prestigious post and shared her plans for the future of accessible university-level education at the heart of Burnley for those returning to education after a break and those leaving College or Sixth Form alike.

Nina says:

“I am proud to be leading BCUC on the next stage of its mission to bring about real and lasting change to the lives of individuals, employers and our communities. I will work tirelessly to ensure that BCUC continues to reflect the needs of learners and the business community – now and in the future.

 “Going forward, BCUC will continue to be central to the area’s economic and skills growth; we will empower still more individuals to take up the degree-level study they may have previously thought was unattainable and we will grow our facilities to provide an inspirational and high-tech space in which to learn.”

Nina is bringing a wealth of high-level experience in the world of business; her years of degree-level study while managing her career and family commitments and her successful post-GCSE teaching career to her new role at the head of BCUC.  Nina enjoyed a successful career as Business Development Manager with a regional chemical engineering firm while studying for degree-level qualifications in Business, before gaining her teaching qualification through part-time evening study.


I can fully relate to the challenges so many of our current BCUC undergraduates face in combining their degree-level studies with their work and family commitments. I can also relate to the passion and determination they have for making a change in their lives and doing something different. I have been on that journey, too.

Nina Parkin

Dean of BCUC

Nina has enjoyed a 15-year teaching career at Burnley College, guiding school leavers to A Level and Vocational qualifications in Business; working with GCSE Business students from local schools, as well as supporting the professional development of individuals through the Institute of Leadership and Management courses. She held both Programme Leader and Curriculum Manager roles before becoming head of the School of Business and Management at BCUC, which has a growing reputation for the industry expertise of its Lecturers, and her appointment as Dean.

Nina adds:

“I would urge anyone thinking of making that change in their lives; of following their dream career; of becoming something different to talk to us here at BCUC. We understand the journey you are on. We understand the worries you may have – and the huge potential you have to make yourself, your family and your community proud.

 “As Dean of BCUC, I am committed to ensuring the degree-level education is available to all in our region and our graduates will be the leaders of tomorrow, changing lives and influencing industry for years to come.”

Apply for degree-level study at BCUC (recognised as Excellent in the Government’s TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Awards and start in Autumn. Email [email protected] for more information or visit www.burnley.ac.uk/university to discover how accessible and affordable university-level study at BCUC really is and how we can support you every step of the way on your journey to success.