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.

  • Electronic Fire & Security Systems apprentice Corrie Stewart was named overall winner at the Apprentice Installer Awards, which were part of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Annual Luncheon held in London in July 2017. A third-year apprentice with Connelly Security Systems (CSS), Corrie was also shortlisted for the Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards 2017, which were held at the Trades House of Glasgow in June.

  • The College’s Marketing and Communications Team won a bronze award for best public sector marketing campaign at the Marketing Society Star Awards in June 2017. It was shortlisted in three categories – including best integrated marketing campaign and the Chairman’s Award for first time entrants. In March, the team picked up three gold awards and a silver at the College Development Network (CDN) Marketing Awards held at Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh. The team won two golds and one silver at the CDN Marketing Awards in March 2016.

  • Photography students picked up five accolades from the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) Scottish Region Awards. Students and lecturers attended the ceremony at Edinburgh’s Marriott Hotel in May 2017 to collect one gold, one silver and three bronze awards. In 2016, students won seven prizes at the BIPP Awards held at Glasgow's Radisson Blu Hotel.

  • Chef lecturer Ann Brown, dubbed the hospitality industry’s ‘Marzipan Queen’, became the first woman to become an honorary member of the Emirates Culinary Guild in April 2017. She has been invited to become a committee member of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS).

  • The College’s extra-curricular programme ‘Be Engaged’ won an award for enhancing the student experience at the second annual Sparqs Student Engagement Awards, held at Edinburgh’s Surgeons’ Hall in March 2017. Student Stuart Florence was also shortlisted in the ‘College Course Rep of the Year’ category.

  • Hospitality and Professional Cookery students dominated the awards board at national culinary competition ScotHot, bringing home six medals from the event at Glasgow’s SEC in March. The students competed across five categories during the two-day competition to achieve one gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

  • HND Photography student Nikolai Zemljannikov finished in third place in the Student category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards in March 2017. Having impressed a judging panel with three images of picturesque falls near Sandford in South Lanarkshire, his work was featured in a publication and touring exhibition.

  • Curriculum development organisation ASDAN recognised New College Lanarkshire as a Centre of Excellence for its inclusive curriculum in December 2016. The Bristol-based educational charity acknowledged the College’s record on employability skills and training for students with additional support needs.
  • Student Betsy Crosbie was the only female to compete in her category of Mechanical Engineering Design CAD (Computer Aided Design) at EuroSkills Gothenburg in December 2016 – and earned a Medallion of Excellence. Betsy will represent New College Lanarkshire at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in October 2017.

  • The ‘Walk This Way’ programme to encourage healthier lifestyles was praised in the Scottish Parliament in December 2016. Originated by students and staff, it received cross-party backing during a debate led by Fulton MacGregor, MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston.

  • New College Lanarkshire was named ‘Best in UK’ after winning 12 awards at the WorldSkills UK national skills competition held in Birmingham’s NEC in November 2016. It marked the third time in four years that the College finished top of the leaderboard.

  • Apprentice joiner Gordon Wilson was a runner-up for Adult Apprentice of the Year at the Scottish Building Apprenticeship & Training Council (SBATC) Awards in November 2016 at the Scottish Parliament.

  • The engineering and automotive department of our Motherwell Campus was a finalist in the Approved Centre of the Year category of The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Outstanding Achievers’ Awards in October 2016. The College previously won the award in 2010 and 2015.

  • Electrical engineering apprentice Mark Savage was named the SECTT First Stage Apprentice of the Year in October 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.

  • 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.

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.