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Quality Department

The Quality Department is managed by Zafar Khan and it includes the Tutor Support Manager, who supports the teaching staff and manages their performance. The Curriculum Leaders have expertise in specialist subject areas and ensure that the assessments and marking adheres to our rigorous standards, through the internal verification system.

The Department also aims to continue to improve the quality of our services in the areas of staff recruitment and selection, customer evaluations, appeals and complaints, managing key policies and documents, acting upon legal advice, managing performance and reporting on quality to the Directorate.

Zafar Khan - Executive Manager (Quality)

Zafar has a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology, two Post Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE) and a Masters Degree in History. He also possesses a Diploma in Higher Education in History and Politics. Zafar has taught a range of biological based subjects for over 14 years as well as managing science, and health courses in further education. He has also been an External Verifier for science with Edexcel.

Jason O'Mahoney - Tutor Support Manager & Tutor

Jason has a BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology, Professional Diploma in Marketing Research and Information (CIM), Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Political Science. A very experienced teacher of Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and Health Studies, Jason has also been an Internal Verifier in Access to HE and an Examiner for the Open College of the North West. In addition, he has extensive experience of designing course materials across a range of subject specialisms and has also been Exams Officer and Head of Subject for Social Sciences with distancelearningcentre.com prior to his current role.

Eamonn Farrell - Curriculum Leader (Law & Criminology) & Tutor

Eamonn has an MSc in Project Management in Construction, BA (Hons) Geography and Media, a post-graduate professional qualification in Quantity Surveying and a Certificate in Education. He has worked extensively within the construction industry in both commercial management and project management roles and has taught across a broad range of subjects within the Built Environment in both FE and HE.

Rhia Hayday - Curriculum Development Manager, Curriculum Leader (English) & Tutor

Rhia has an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Religious Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has a particular interest in the changing face of British society, gender and ethics. Rhia has experience in designing learning materials for the DLC, international and British educational projects, and has worked in academic publishing.

Pam Leach - Curriculum Leader (Biology) & Tutor

Pam has a BSc (Hons) in Genetics & Cell Biology from the University of Manchester, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been teaching in secondary schools for the past two decades. Pam is also an examiner for AQA GCSE Science, and an external moderator of centre assessed GCSE Science coursework.

Nicky Leeth - Curriculum Leader (Education & Study Skills) & Tutor

Nicky has a Degree and Masters in Psychology also a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been a researcher at a University. She co-founded distancelearningcentre.com (DLC) in 1993 with Karen Hayday. Prior to working for the DLC full time she managed and taught within the Social Studies department of a highly successful FE College in NW England where she was responsible for over 1000 students and 15 staff. Her teaching experience includes degree courses as well as level 2 and 3, adults , 16-18 year old learners and trainee teachers. She has been an examiner for AQA A level Psychology. Nicky is also a Leader for National Trust working holidays with a special interest in woodland conservation. In her spare time she is a bee-keeper and is back in the classroom as a student taking bee-keeping examinations.

Janet Preece - Curriculum Leader (Chemistry & Physics) & Tutor

Janet has BSc (Hons) degree in Marine Biology from Bangor University, North Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Biology with Science and Technology). She is an experienced FE lecturer working in a number of colleges for over 15 years and teaching on a range of courses from GCSE to Degree level including Access to HE and Level 2 IT. Janet has supported students as a personal tutor and managed HE programmes. Her interests include beekeeping through which she is a committee member at her local beekeeping association.

Dominic Quaintrell - Curriculum Leader (Health & Social Care) & Tutor

Dominic has a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology, a M.Sc in Psychological Research Methods and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Dominic has worked in the FE sector for eleven years as both a tutor and manager. He has worked with both adults on the Access to HE Diploma and A-Level Psychology with the 16-18 age group. Dominic is also an examiner for A-Level Psychology.

Rebecca Smith - Curriculum Leader (Psychology & Social Work) & Tutor

Rebecca has a BSc (Combined Hons) in Psychology and Biology. She has taught Psychology and Biology A Level and GCSE at a large secondary school where she was the Psychology curriculum leader for over 15 years. Rebecca has been an examiner for OCR Psychology and AQA Biology.