RNC Chief Executive is awarded fellowship at the University of Worcester

Students are sitting and standing on the steps outside Westminster with RNC Chief Executive Sheila Tallon, holding their placards. Left to right; Guide dog Tess, Pat, Sheila Tallon, George, Kyle and guide dog Tara, Laura, Liam and Guide Dog Irwin, Maisy

Here, at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), we are pleased to announce that Sheila Tallon, our Chief Executive, has been awarded a Fellowship from the University of Worcester.


Sheila joined RNC in March 2011 as Vice Principal, she then moved on to the positions of Principal and Chief Executive. She says “What motivates me is ensuring that young people can find their niche in a supported environment where they can feel a sense of belonging and then learning can follow.”


Newly elected Student Governor Laura Eggins says “Since being at RNC I have really grown in confidence. Sheila has helped me so much in my RNC journey; she is so easy to get along with, really approachable and is definitely very passionate about RNC.” Sheila is dedicated to ensuring that students with visual impairment are able to reach their full potential. She has been heavily involved in the Right Not a Fight campaign which calls for educational equality; young people with disabilities having the same opportunities as everyone else.


Sheila TallonEducation has always been important to Sheila; she has enjoyed a long and varied career in education over the last 35 years, mostly in inner city mainstream schools and colleges before joining RNC and says “I don’t believe you ever stop learning”. Sheila graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Biological Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She later achieved a MSc in Management of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and a National Professional Qualification for Headship. This year, she graduated from the University of Worcester with a Certificate in Higher Education – Working with People with a Visual Impairment.


Sheila says “Our students, despite their visual impairment, should be able to make a valuable contribution to society. My vision is that one day people with a visual impairment have true equality and RNC will play a pivotal role in this.”


If you are interested in finding out more about RNC, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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