Students from three colleges set to embark on the third year of their degree at the University of Strathclyde were recently brought together at New College Lanarkshire.
Students in their second year of the BA Education and Services programme at New College Lanarkshire (NCL), Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College attended the networking event held at NCL’s Hamilton Campus ahead of starting the third year of their studies together in September.
They had the chance to network and share their experiences of the course so far, before hearing from the National Co-ordinator of NHS24 Breathing Space, Tony McLaren, who gave advice and guidance on positive mental health. He also spoke about the availability of services and the options available to individuals who may be experiencing mental health issues.
Pamela McElhinney, Health and Social Care Lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “We arranged this event to bring the learners from the three colleges together to give them a chance to meet each other before university and also to highlight some of the services that exist to support them in their own lives and for the service users they may encounter on placement and in their future careers.”
“The course is very popular for learners interested in a career in statutory social care, education and third sector organisations, as they enter at Year 2 (Diploma Level 8) then progress to Year 3 of the degree at the university.”
Breathing Space is a helpline service, which offers information and advice on life matters, free to use for all and can be accessed by phone on 0800 83 85 87. They are currently piloting a Webchat service for people who would prefer to talk via their smartphone.
Yvonne Nixon, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Health Social and Early Years (Care and Science), leads on the collaborative agreement with the University of Strathclyde.
She said: “This very successful event will support the smooth transition for all learners from the three colleges to university.
“Staff involved in this partnership course are extremely motivated to ensure that all learners have a good scaffolding network to complete their degree
“Guest speakers, who are experts in their field are invited to give the learners information to support their learning journey.”
Applications for the course will open in January 2020. Visit www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk for more information.