About Us | Askham Bryan College


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Dr Tim Whitaker

Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Askham Bryan College

Whatever stage you’re at in your life

Whether it’s progressing to further study, pursuing a degree, applying for an apprenticeship or exploring new skills for a career or enjoyment, Askham Bryan College is a great place to study.

As one of the top specialist land based colleges in the UK, graded as ’good’ for our teaching and ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for our care provision and accommodation, we pride ourselves on making all of our students feel welcome (find details of our most recent Ofsted report here and the Department for Education’s school performance tables here.)

If you are an employer or business involved with staff training or apprenticeships, find out how we can support you.

Our new 2030 Vision and five-year roadmap is a new strategic direction for us all. Over the last two years, we have worked with colleagues, students and stakeholders to ensure we are clear what is needed from us for the next 10 years, and beyond.

Our shared goal: we are a specialist land based provider developing talent, to respond to current and future challenges for the economy and environment.

You can access the strategic plan to read more.


Our 4 strategic themes

Land based curriculum:

Technical and professional land based curriculum which is high quality, industry‑relevant and enhances our students’ employability.

Vision 2030: We will be a leading college nationally for animal science and conservation, and sustainable food production.

Student environment:

Outstanding resources that deliver an exceptional and inclusive student experience.

Vision 2030: We will re-purpose our campuses to be environments combining natural beauty with pioneering practices and digital technologies.

Our voice and partnerships:

Engagement bringing people and place together, to build mutually beneficial relationships and celebrate successes.

Vision 2030: We will be a national hub for skills, training and knowledge exchange for our core specialisms, with a focus on bio-economy, including incubation of related start-up businesses.

Sustainability, staff and finances:

Sustainability and wider contribution to the Circular Economy is embedded into College life.

Vision 2030: We will be financially vibrant, enabling us to invest in exemplar sector practices and innovations, informed by our commitment to our natural capital and our people.

Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Take a look at our short Strategic Plan video

Our ‘DNA’

Delivering with purpose

Taking ownership

Building trust

Always learning 

Thanks again for your interest in Askham Bryan College,

Tim Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer and Principal

Askham Bryan College Video