Our Performance

We like to think that our students and staff make New College Lanarkshire an exciting, innovative and friendly place to learn.

But you don’t have to just take our word for it. Have a look at our recent inspection – and at our impressive awards tally – to understand why we’re proud to be part of something very special.


Our staff and students have proven themselves by excelling in a variety of competitions and assignments.

Here are just a few of the awards, honours and accomplishments achieved by New College Lanarkshire over the last two academic years.

  • Electrical engineering apprentice Mark Savage was named the SECTT First Stage Apprentice of the Year in October 2016.
  • Photography students swept the board at the British Institute of Professional Photography Student Awards 2016 winning seven prizes at the ceremony held at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel in May 2016.
  • Hospitality student Emma Grant was named Rotary International’s Great Britain and Ireland Young Chef 2016, triumphing over more than 5,000 young hopefuls.
  • Legal Services students were praised by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after producing a guide to Scots Law for asylum seekers and refugees at the request of then-Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland. The Project Safe guide, launched at the Hate Crime Conference at Hampden in March 2016, is available to download here: nclanarkshire.ac.uk/scotslaw
  • The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards has for the last two years bestowed the Lanarkshire Apprentice of the Year title on New College Lanarkshire apprentices. Securities apprentice Reece Tham picked up the accolade in 2015 and William Smith, who completed the Entry to Work with Amey training programme, picked it up in 2016.
  • New College Lanarkshire won two gold awards and one silver award at the College Development Network (CDN) Marketing Awards in March 2016, which are designed to celebrate marketing and communication practice in Scotland’s 25 further education colleges.
  • The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) named the engineering and automotive department of our Motherwell Campus as the Approved Centre of the Year at its Outstanding Achievers’ Awards 2015. The Campus has been shortlisted again for 2016.
  • Athletics star Steven Bryce brought home three medals from the Special Olympics 2015 in Los Angeles. The NQ Horizon student won a gold in 1500m, silver in 800m and bronze in 4x100m relay.
  • Three members of our Offender Learning team received awards from the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) in September 2015 for their work in improving and promoting learning in the prison sector.
  • New College Lanarkshire Students’ Association picked up the Campaigns Awards at the NUS Scotland Awards in 2015 for its Engaged to Inspire initiative.
  • Hospitality staff and students picked up 12 medals from the foodie exhibition ScotHot at the SECC in March 2015, where chef lecturer Dougal Macpherson finished joint third in the Scottish Chef of the Year
  • HND Make-up Artistry student Sam Curley was one of five finalists at L'Oreal Paris’ The Brush Contest in London in March 2015. His work was judged by former X Factor star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
  • Hospitality students were invited to design and cook a three-course menu at the Members’ Restaurant of the Scottish Parliament in both January 2015 and December 2016.
  • Two Securities apprentices, Darrell Gilmore and Andrew McCullough, won the Engineer of Tomorrow award at the IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards in London in December 2014.

Education Scotland

New College Lanarkshire received a very positive review from Education Scotland in a report published on May 29, 2015.

It was rated ‘effective’, which is the highest rating for colleges that the Government body can assign.

This was the first external review to be carried out since Coatbridge, Cumbernauld and Motherwell colleges merged.

A team of HM Inspectors working on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council spent a week visiting our campuses in March 2015, sitting in on classes and speaking with staff and students, the Board of Management, employers and other users of the College.

Praise was given for the strong quality culture across the College, with learning and teaching being central to the organisation and 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 on to further learning, apprenticeships or employment.


The inspectors found two examples of excellent practice in:

  • Enhancing learning through Motorsport. Many of our Automotive students are involved in maintaining a College-branded car that competes in the Scottish Legends Championship at Knockhill Racing Circuit. The report found that the race car enables learners, staff and stakeholders to interact with each other in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
  • Partnership working through Project Search. This supported internship programme for people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities gives students the opportunity to experience what it’s like being at work and teaches them new skills. The College works with three employers (NHS Lanarkshire, Serco and ISS Facilities Management) alongside North and South Lanarkshire Councils to deliver the programme.

In response to the review, New College Lanarkshire Principal Martin McGuire 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."

To read the report in full, please click here.