Scotland’s newest college achieves top recognition

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Scotland’s newest college achieves top recognition

New College Lanarkshire receives highest grade possible in review

The work of New College Lanarkshire has received a positive report today from the Government body, Education Scotland.

Education Scotland has published its first findings on New College Lanarkshire, a merger between Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell Colleges.  The college, which employs 1100 staff and has around 23,000 students was rated ‘effective’, the highest award for colleges.

The newly merged college was reviewed in March 2015 and highlighted the excellent practice in enhanced learning through Motorsport.  Automotive engineering students were involved in a project with a motorsport company, to run a college-branded car in the Scottish Legends Championship. 

Praise was also given for the strong quality culture across the college, with learning and teaching being central to the organisation, with almost all learners enjoying attending college and valuing their learning experience.  Staff commitment and responsibility to ensure learners have a positive and successful time in college was also commended.

Another area of positive practice highlighted was that most successful full-time learners progress to further learning, apprenticeships or employment. 

Martin McGuire, college principal, said: "I’m delighted that Education Scotland has captured the ethos and culture of the college so well and that the commitment of our staff to our learners is clearly recognised.”

Linda McTavish, Chair of the Lanarkshire Regional Board said: "This is a fantastic endorsement for the college and I am thankful to everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this, in what has been a challenging period of change."

Read the full New College Lanarkshire Review here.

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