Sir Joseph Whitworth (BART)

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A potted History of Openshaw Technical College
by Arthur Brown

1976 BTEC courses introduced, the College can now offer both Ordinary National and Higher National Certificate courses in a wide range of subjects.

Links formed with the Whitworth Society. The Whitworth award for the best technician student of the year was set up. Principal Coles sculpted a plaque of Sir Joseph Whitworth to record the names of each year's winner. The plaque, originally sited in the foyer, is now stored somewhere within the college. The award seems to have been discontinued. Moves to change the College name to "The Sir Joseph Whitworth College" were halted by the City Council.

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1983/84 Central Manchester College formed by amalgamation of Openshaw Technical College, St.Johns College and the College of Building. Openshaw Technical College becomes the Openshaw Campus. Faculty and section management introduced.
College name changed to "MANCAT" in order to reflect the arts subjects offered.

1988 Severe financial cutbacks lead to many of the long serving senior MANCAT staff members taking voluntary early retirement. Many of the older Openshaw Technical College staff retire.
Phase.2 building demolished and site redeveloped.

2002 Commonwealth games held in Manchester, Openshaw campus premises used as a media communications centre. Front of the campus extensively landscaped.

In September Whitworth house opened by Tony Lloyd MP

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2003 Further redevelopement of the site is on going, planning details for the developement of the old cigarette factory well advanced.

2008 The "Manchester College" formed by the amalgamation of MANCAT and the City College Manchester, becoming the largest Further Education college in Britain.
The Chief Executive being Peter Tavernor

2012 December 2012 Peter Tavernor retires as Chief Executive.
The new Chief Executive is now John Thornhill . The Deputy Chief Executive is Jack Carney who is also the Principal of the college.

2014 November 2014 Jack Carney the Principal of the college retired on November the 1st after 35 years serving the college.
The new Principal is Lisa O'Loughlin who joined the college in 2013 from Blackburn college as Vice Principal.

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