Nescot Principal and CEO, Sunaina Mann has been appointed an OBE for services to further education after seven years as principal at the North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) in Epsom in the New Year’s Honours list.
The first Asian woman principal at a British further education college – Sunaina was completely surprised when she learned she was to receive the honour and immediately paid tribute to her family and the staff and governors of Nescot for the support they have given her to enable her to achieve so much.
Sunaina’s early career was spent lecturing at Tottenham College and Richmond Tertiary College before gaining promotion to Head and Director at City of Wolverhampton College. She became Deputy Principal at Exeter before taking over at Nescot after it was placed in special measures in 2005 and within five years Ofsted rated it outstanding in several areas, including outstanding for Leadership and Management and care, guidance and support for students. Under her leadership the college has focused on providing a high quality learning experience for all its students and is currently ranked 13th in the country.
Success and recognition has not been restricted to Sunaina’s achievements – since the last inspection students and staff have won awards and recognition for outstanding Apprentices, for their work with students with learning difficulties and disabilities, and most recently the outstanding achievements of Media and Computing students at the UK World Skills competitions. The college has recently embarked on a building and renovation programme to provide new facilities for students so that they continue to have access to the best learning opportunities. Coupled with the outstanding support available and high achievement rates it’s no wonder that so many students are choosing to study at Nescot.