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Clare Marchant has been named the new chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, which operates the application process for all British universities and offering advice to college staff on how to help college leavers complete the application process.

Ms Marchant will take up the new role from her current position as chief executive of Worcestershire County Council. She first joined the council in 2010 and became its chief executive in 2014.

Before this, she worked for Deloitte, and lead delivery and deployment of IT services across the NHS for seven years.

Speaking of her appointment, Ms Marchant said she was “thrilled”, adding “UCAS is a unique organisation which fulfils a critical national role connecting people with education opportunities.

“I look forward to working with customers, staff, and stakeholders to enable UCAS to realise its goal of delivering outstanding digital services to students, advisers and universities and colleges.”

Ms Marchant will take up the role in July this year, succeeding Mary Curnock Cook who has been at the helm of UCAS for more than seven years.

Andrew Hargreaves, UCAS’ director of customer experience and marketing, will act as interim CEO following Cook’s departure at the end of April.


Marc Doyle has started as principal of Humber University Technical College, which opened in September 2015, and specialises in engineering and renewable energy.

Mr Doyle has been teaching for 21 years, beginning his career as a maths teacher at Horbury School in Wakefield in 1995, before becoming head of maths at Thornhill School, which recently featured in the Channel 4 programme Educating Yorkshire.

Most recently, he was core team principal at the Delta Academies trust.

One of his key responsibilities will be working closely with local employers to get them involved with the UTC, allowing students to actively interact with their potential future employers.

Mr Doyle said: “I firmly believe that wherever there are industry links in education, there is always greater success.

“As such, Humber UTC fits everything that I consider to be important in education. It has huge potential and is unique in its approach, turning students into the skilled professionals that local industry needs.”

He began the role on April 1.


Katy Quinn has been appointed principal and CEO of Strode College in Somerset.

Ms Quinn is currently the deputy chief executive of Eastleigh College in Hampshire, and will take up her new role in June this year, replacing James Staniforth.

Prior to her position at Eastleigh, she held roles including vice principal of curriculum and quality at Canterbury College, vice principal of Seevic College as well as a variety of positions in South Essex College at the start of her career.

At Strode, Ms Quinn will oversee leadership and management, business development, quality improvement and broadening learning opportunities.

Speaking of her appointment, she said: “I’m looking forward to working with such a dedicated team of staff and governors. My key priorities will be to ensure that all students continue to receive an outstanding experience and that the college remains at the heart of the local community. “


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