Maria Kirkland

Curriculum Leader


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Biography

Maria has taught Public Services at B&FC for over ten years and still thoroughly enjoys teaching as a career. Prior to this, she worked as a police community support officer for Lancashire Constabulary.

In recent years, Maria has become involved in local politics and currently serves as a local Councillor and Cabinet Member at Blackpool Council.

In support of the above role and of B&FC’s newly validated degree in Public Services and the Community, Maria has successful completed a Masters in Community Leadership.

Expert In...

• government policies
• politics
• equality and diversity
• community engagement
• public service provision
• the role of the third sector and voluntary agencies

Qualifications and Accolades

• MA in Community Leadership
• elected as Local Councillor for Blackpool

Industry Background

Being actively involved in local politics and community development, I am responsible for supporting and developing community engagement across Blackpool. Creating links with the public services is a key priority in order to ensure our students are prepared for their future careers.

Before going into teaching I worked as a PCSO within a neighbourhood policing team, managing anti-social behaviour and crime in Blackpool North. I also have experience of working within the non-uniformed public services, as a business help desk advisor for Inland Revenue.

Professional Activities

• Designing and implementing projects across the Blackpool area, including public service multi-agency working and developments of the voluntary sector.
• Co-designing and writing the Foundation Degree Public Services and the Community

Why B&FC?

I enjoy working at an outstanding college, with dedicated members of staff. I chose to teach here because I wanted to give something back to the community in which I was born and grew up. I want to ensure Blackpool students have high aspirations and support them in reaching their true potential. I am very proud to work for Blackpool and The Fylde College and keen to inspire students to come to and study here.

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“If you are keen to help and serve your communities, then this is the course for you. Gaining a career in public services is rewarding and exciting, with every day being different.”