Former principal shaped college
TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a man who helped transform college education in Neath.
Former college principal Robin Trebilcock originally trained as a nuclear physicist and undertook research in neutron particle physics and reactor physics at Harwell in Oxford.
He lectured in a number of higher education institutions before joining Neath Technical College, as it was then known, in 1978 as vice-principal.
In 1982 he was appointed to set up the first tertiary college in West Glamorgan, something that some counties in Wales are only now considering 28 years later.
He also led the college into incorporation in 1993 when it was separated from the local authority by becoming an incorporated institution.
Mr Trebilcock retired in 1998 after being instrumental in guiding and overseeing the merger of the then Neath and Afan colleges to form the current Neath Port Talbot College.
Neath Port Talbot College principal Mark Dacey said: "These were some of the most fundamental changes that have impacted on further education during its short history.
"The college is a better place having had the experience and expertise of Robin Trebilcock as principal during this time.
"There are literally thousands of people in Neath Port Talbot who have benefited from attending this college and have benefited from a college which has been shaped by Robin. He will be sadly missed by everyone."
His funeral will be held on Monday in Morriston Crematorium, at 12.30pm.