12th November 1998


The bursar of Belfairs Community College in Leigh-on-Sea has become one of the first students in the UK to successfully complete an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in Education Management specifically designed for business managers in schools (bursars).

Timothy Ellis studied for the qualification - believed to be the only one of its kind in the country - at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. He is due to graduate at Lincoln Cathedral in July 1999.

The idea of the two-year course, which is taught at the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincoln, is to provide support to bursars who are employed to manage schools alongside head teachers.

“We’re looking for leaders for the 21st century,” commented Fergus O’Sullivan, the course director. “Many of our students come into the course wanting to be more effective managers, but they go out of it with a passion for supporting learning in schools.”

The course has been running since October 1996 and currently boasts sixty-one students, originally from the grant-maintained state sector but increasingly from LEA, independent and now special schools. “This year the first bursar from the independent sector will graduate,” said Mr O’Sullivan, “and we are looking to develop the course more for these new sectors.”

To interview Tim Ellis contact Belfairs Community College on 01702 474496.

For further information contact:

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042