Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex has formally opened City of Glasgow College’s award winning City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street.

The visit to Scotland’s Super College saw the Countess, escorted by Principal Paul Little, undertake a tour of the technologically advanced, industry standard facilities where she met with students and staff representing the college’s six faculties. 

Principal Little said: “We are absolutely delighted and hugely honoured that HRH Countess of Wessex has officially opened our stunning new Super College. 

“City of Glasgow College is truly trailblazing on the world stage, a renaissance in technical and professional education. This is yet another significant step in our journey of excellence and underpins our student-first approach.

“We are extremely proud of our multi award winning campuses and particularly pleased that Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to see for herself the stunning new facilities, expert teaching staff and talented students who make our super college so special.” 

The Countess said she was delighted to visit the college and unveil a commemorative plaque which was created using sandstone, granite and oak and features the college crest and its motto, Let Learning Flourish. The plaque was designed and produced by students and staff. 

The tour included a skills demonstration in construction and decorating; and a presentation on life saving research which the college is carrying out, in partnership with maritime industry specialists and shipping companies, to determine the rate of oxygen depletion in a confined space, particularly important while working at sea.

The state of the art facility in the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter is the larger of the twin site super campus estate designed for 40,000 students and to adapt to the needs of future generations. Scotland’s largest college, it is widely regarded as a beacon of both excellence and innovation.