One year on

On 17 March 2020, following the outbreak and escalation of Coronavirus, City of Glasgow College closed its twin site super campus and suspended all face to face teaching.

The focus for Paul Little, the college’s Principal and Chief Executive, was firmly on the health and wellbeing of all staff and students. Although almost a week ahead of the UK’s national lockdown, he was in no doubt that it was the right decision to make.

“We were very much in unchartered waters,” he said. “I was, and continue to be, enormously grateful to our staff who quickly adapted to the abrupt change in circumstances. They supported our students in continuing their studies, as they themselves settled into what has become the new routine of home working.”

“Adapting to what was a rapidly changing situation was not easy, but central to our role throughout this global health crisis has been our continued support and reassurance for our students.”

“2020 highlighted a Team City collective effort like no other,” said Principal Little. “Relentless hard work, resilience and perseverance, enabled us to support each other, to support our students, and to also support some of the most vulnerable communities.

“During lockdown, we pivoted on-line at speed to offer remote lifeline teaching to tens of thousands of learners, many of whom were studying practical disciplines. We delivered emergency food and PPE aid to community groups across Glasgow and beyond. In addition, our students and staff raised many thousands of pounds while volunteering to help local charities.”

One year on and as restrictions begin to lift on the second lockdown, remote working and learning and teaching continues online as the health and wellbeing of staff and students remains the top priority.

“This pandemic continues to have a profound effect on the way we live, work, and learn, and I believe colleges like ours will play an important role in our country’s social and economic recovery,” added Principal Little.

“We see up to 8,000 students graduate from our college each year, equipped and ready for the world of work. In this COVID-19 world we aim to train, reskill and upskill the next generation of workers who will ultimately help get our economy going again.”