City in running for sector awards

City of Glasgow College has been shortlisted in four categories at this year’s College Development Network (CDN) Awards.

A key event in the sector’s calendar, the CDN Awards recognise the talent, skills and achievements of colleges, their staff and learners. They celebrate the innovation taking place in colleges across the country, and showcase the impact the sector has for its learners, communities, and the wider economy.

The college has five entries shortlisted under Climate Emergency Action Award, Digital Learning Award, Health Promoting College Award, and Student of the Year which sees Kirstie Ann Duncan up against Dumfries and Galloway, and Edinburgh Colleges.

Kirstie was the Scottish and overall UK winner of this year’s F&C Investment Trust Prize. The HND legal services student outshone university students from Bristol, Belfast, Leeds and Cambridge, to take first place and secure £5,000 for the college’s Faculty of Education & Humanities. She now has a place at Strathclyde University where she will complete her LLB.

The Climate Emergency Action Award recognises a college that demonstrates leadership in addressing environmental and social sustainability challenges, and in taking action on the Climate Emergency.

Fergal McCauley is Head of Facilities Management at City of Glasgow College and founder of its Environmental Sustainability Working Group. He said:

“Our college recognises and acknowledges a Climate Emergency. The current pandemic has taught us new ways of working but inevitably has introduced other challenges. We are currently redrafting our sustainability strategy to ensure that not only do we reach the government target of net-zero emissions by 2045, but we also actively reduce our impact on the environment; becoming a more sustainable business, improving our surroundings and ensuring our activities embrace social equality.”

The college goes head to head with Dumfries and Galloway, and Edinburgh Colleges for the Climate Action award. This year’s CDN Award winners will be announced at a virtual celebration on Thursday 3 December 2020.

The college's five shortlisted entries are:

Climate Emergency Action Award

  • City of Glasgow College, Climate Change and the Impact from Coronavirus
  • Dumfries and Galloway College, The Collaborative Climate Change Challenge
  • Edinburgh College, Edinburgh College Tackles the Climate Emergency

Digital Learning Award

  • City of Glasgow College, Creating a Digital Learning Hub
  • City of Glasgow College, Offsite Ready Digital Platform
  • Dumfries and Galloway College, Student Friendly App

Health Promoting College Award

  • City of Glasgow College, Promoting a Culture of Balanced Lives
  • Forth Valley College, ‘Making Learning Work’ for a Healthy College
  • West College Scotland, Our Holistic Approach to Healthy Working Lives

Student of the Year Award

  • City of Glasgow College – Kirstie Ann Duncan
  • Dumfries and Galloway College – Chloe Flynn
  • Edinburgh College – Roseanna Campbell