North East Scotland College scores top marks in sector awards

North East Scotland College scooped three coveted awards at the College Development Network (CDN) Annual Awards ceremony in Glasgow last week.  The College received Commended in the Employer Engagement Award category; Highly Commended in the Essential Skills Award and Commended in the Learning and Teaching Award.

NESCol winners at College Development Network Awards

For the Employer Engagement Award, the judges really liked the college’s submission which described its work with veterinary centres to assist them in becoming registered Training Practices by offering Clinical Coach training, standardisation opportunities and CPD.  The judges were impressed with the excellent small scale submission which played to strengths of the local economy and was a good example of reacting positively to a known supplier issue.

The project that caught the judges’ attention for the Essential Skills Award showed a strong focus on a contextualisation of skills for learning, life and work, and interdisciplinary learning.  Equally impressive was the powerful and appealing range of activity and learning experienced by the learners.

And the initiative that attracted an accolade for the Learning and Teaching Award was the NESCol Film Festival, which was organised in partnership with Belmont Filmhouse.  This provided opportunities for students to work collectively, with a clear vision and strategy to inspire and motivate students at all levels, and to pursue careers across the creative industries.  The judges liked the practical enquiry based project, as it pulled together different curriculum areas and gave staff opportunities to develop industry skills.

Each year the CDN Annual Awards celebrate the outstanding projects and initiatives taking place in colleges the length and breadth of Scotland.  Around 200 guests from the college sector, industry and Scotland’s key educational agencies gathered to recognise the talent, skills and achievements of colleges, their staff and learners.

This year the awards featured eight categories, reflecting key priorities in the college sector.

Joe Wilson, CEO, CDN, said: “Congratulations to North East College Scotland on a great achievement. All our winners have much to be proud of and they demonstrate the diverse talent and achievements that are taking place every day in colleges across Scotland.”

Aileen McKechnie, Director, Advanced Learning and Science, Scottish Government, said: “I am delighted to take part in events like this, which showcase and celebrate the enormous success of the talented staff and students here tonight. And it is absolutely right that we acknowledge and celebrate your successes. Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners.”