New principal at Plater College

Robert Beckinsale has taken up his appointment as Principal of Plater College, the Catholic adult residential college in Oxford. He succeeds Michael Blades who retired recently. Robert Beckinsale has most recently been principal of a college specializing in re-skilling disabled adults for new careers. Before that he worked as a professional geologist and as a Head of Department at Oxford Brookes University.

He is looking forward to the challenge of up-dating both the buildings and courses at Plater and working in partnership with the CWL (Catholic Women's League) to establish a Short Course Centre on the campus.

Speaking about the appointment he said: "It's a hard act to follow, taking over from Michael Blades. As a student, tutor and for the past ten years as Principal, Michael was involved with the College for over 30 years, but I hope I will bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to build on the dedicated work of Michael, and indeed the other past Principals who guided the College through its first 80 years.

Plater has a remarkable track record in helping adults succeed in accessing university degree courses, new careers or pastoral roles. The mission of the College is to provide a second chance for older students - adults over 20 whose previous education has been limited. Founded in 1921, Plater's most significant achievement lies in the number of people who, from humble beginnings, have gone on to influence the work place or public life, for the good.

Although Plater is a Catholic college, students of all persuasions are welcome. Plater's Catholic ethos allied to a supportive environment is one of the factors that helps students to succeed. Students at Plater College are usually funded by a grant, so need no financial resources of their own.

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posted 2002

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