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Birmingham Foundation Academy director appointed
Lorraine Gaytten has been named as the first Director of Operations and Business Development for the newly established Birmingham Foundation Academy (BFA)
Lorraine Gaytten has been named as the first Director of Operations and Business Development for the newly established Birmingham Foundation Academy (BFA).
Speaking about the appointment, Gaytten said, 'The Birmingham Foundation Academy is an innovative and exciting initiative for The University of Birmingham. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead on the development and growth of this truly inspirational programme which will attract the brightest students from across the globe.'
“‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead on the development and growth of this truly inspirational programme.’
Professor John Heath, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University, commented that, 'This is a key leadership appointment in support of an innovative and ambitious initiative here at the University of Birmingham.' He went on to say that, 'We are impressed by Lorraine’s enthusiasm and ambition for the BFA and look forward to working with her.'
According to a statement on the University of Birmingham website, the BFA 'will provide an opportunity for highly motivated learners from outside the UK to enter the university environment one year before the start of the undergraduate degree programme.' The statement goes on to say that the University hopes 'to provide the brightest international students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that will enable them to continue onto an undergraduate programme at Birmingham, or another top UK institution.'
Gaytten has previously worked as Head of the International Centre at the University of Worcester, and will begin her new role on Tuesday 11th September.