15th April 1999





The first ever graduates of a new national registration scheme for bursars will receive their certificates from Charles Clarke MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Standards, next month.


The six bursars are the first to successfully complete the National Bursars Association’s Registration Scheme which has been developed by the NBA in association with the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


They will receive their certificates at a ceremony in the chapel of the Greycoat Hospital School, Westminster, at 10.30 am on Tuesday 11th May 1999.


The innovative registration scheme has been developed to accredit the existing experience of school bursars and has been welcomed by both the Teacher Training Agency and the Department for Education and Employment.


Acknowledged as the national leader in bursarial studies, the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside ensures the academic integrity of the scheme, while the National Bursars Association ensures its professional integrity.


Successful completion of the scheme earns post-nominal letters, credit points at Masters level, an entry in the National Register of Licensed Bursars and the award of a Certificate of Bursarial Licentiateship.


“Other institutions offer a variety of training courses, but what we’re concerned to do is support bursars with a professional postgraduate qualification,” said Fergus O’Sullivan of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. “We’ve had three years’ experience of running the Master of Business Administration (MBA) course for bursars and we’re very happy to validate this first ever accreditation of experience for bursars.”


Charles Clarke MP, whose official duties include responsibility for school standards and the Teacher Training Agency, is expected to congratulate the graduates on successfully demonstrating not only their own abilities but also the link between effective bursars and effective schools.











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At a time of unprecedented financial devolution to schools, the minister is expected to emphasise the need for professional school support staff to be able take professional responsibility for devolved public funds.


Between them the six graduates exercise day-to-day management of approximately

£12 million of taxpayers’ money each year and manage all the physical aspects of six maintained schools of various types educating over 5,500 pupils.


Their backgrounds range from small businesses to international airlines, but they all bring a newly proven professionalism to the financial, administrative and business management of the nation’s schools.


“The NBA Registration Scheme is attracting intense interest from schools across the country, all keen to ensure the participation of their finance and administrative personnel to enable them to demonstrate the professionalism required by the new millennium,” said James Welsh, NBA development officer and author of the scheme.


“Similarly, the National Bursars Association is seeing its membership expand at an unprecedented rate as the need for professional finance and administrative school staff becomes manifest to headteachers, governors, government agencies and the stakeholding parents and public. We live in exciting times,” he said.


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Reporters and photographers will be welcome at the event.


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


James Welsh, NBA Development Officer                                              01733-893448            

Peter Rickard, NBA Secretary & Registrar                                           01460-65628

Angela Chisholm, NBA Marketing Officer                                            01753-882032

Fergus O’Sullivan Director of Bursarship Development              01522-882000