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Research is the answer

Bedford College Cauldwell Street Campus

The Bedford College Group has expanded thanks to expert research into community demands for education and training.

The recognition of the success of this ground-breaking work has resulted in Katie Featherstone being awarded the Outstanding Individual Award at the national Further Education College Marketing Network.

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Katie set up a brand-new research facility at Bedford College in 2011, which was then pioneering in Further Education Colleges. Since then she has led on high profile projects that have resulted in The Bedford Sixth Form being launched with now 500+ students, an extra 400 full-time students being recruited at Tresham College, and the opening of a new secondary school at Wixams with 100 students in each year group.

Katie’s research has provided the College with clear insights into the areas she has considered; clarified how best the College should proceed with major strategic projects, and significantly improve our practices and outcomes. 

“Every piece of work Katie has done has yielded clear benefits to the College and its students,” said Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group.

Katie is part of the team led by Sales and Marketing Director Sarah Baxter.

The whole team were Highly Commended in the category for Making Effective use of Research.

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