Flagship College in running for Inspiring City Awards

City of Glasgow College is a finalist in three categories at this year’s Inspiring City Awards which recognise the contribution made by individuals and organisations to the cultural and economic climate of Glasgow.

The college has been shortlisted in the Environmental category, while Associate Dean in Hospitality & Tourism, Gordon McIntyre, and the ground breaking City Phonics programme, are both candidates for the Education Award.

Gordon leads the largest provision of hospitality, events and tourism programmes in Scotland. His drive to provide the ultimate customer experience through the inspired training and development of students is unrivalled in the sector. He said:

“I am overwhelmed at being shortlisted for an Education Award. This is a personal honour for me but it is also a tribute to the great team I work with and to the talented young people we have the privilege of teaching at the college.”

City Phonics offers a fresh approach to teaching adults to read and write. The City and Guilds Accredited programme has been created by the college’s Curriculum Head for Widening Access and Community, Diane Gardner. She said:

“I am delighted and really excited to be a finalist, it is humbling for my work to be recognised in this way. I created City Phonics to fill a gap in adult literacy provision when I was presented with a student with very poor literacy skills and there was nothing to support me in teaching her how to read and write.

“Since our launch last year the number of stakeholder locations where City Phonics is being delivered has multiplied and we are now developing a free Citizen Literacy app in collaboration with new partners, leaders in their respective fields in Scotland and England, which will build students' digital skills, as well as their literacy skills.”

On City of Glasgow College being shortlisted for the Inspiring City Environmental Award, Fergal McCauley, Head of Facilities Management at the college, said:

“This underlines our ongoing commitment to resource efficiency. We have a working group which manages the continual development of environmental and sustainability policies and practices.

“These are regularly reviewed and we are seeing a huge environmental impact, not only internally but also externally, through our measures to reduce energy consumption and minimise reliance on fossil fuels; encourage biodiversity, source eco-friendly energy supplies and promote our green travel plan.”

The college has developed environmental policies and implemented a range of actions to help reduce emissions and waste, and to improve recycling rates. A holistic approach to sustainability has been adopted across the college which saw it achieve platinum level in Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Pledge.