CDN Update

As we move towards spring our programme of activity is really hotting up. I am delighted to be welcoming two Ministers to forthcoming conferences – Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy will be addressing our College Cyber Security Conference on 23 April; and Richard Lochhead MSP opens our very first College Governance and Leadership Summit on 2 May. Both events offer fantastic opportunities for interactive learning and engaging debate.

We are excited to have just launched the College Expo19 programme, take a look and book your place – workshops are filled on a first come basis. Expo is an essential hub for college staff and vocational learning practitioners, and this year takes place 12 and 13 June at Perth College UHI.

West Lothian College hosted the first in our series of national Professional Standards workshops, which proved to be a highly collaborative and engaging event. Check our website for information on further workshops which are taking place across the country through March.  

I very much hope to meet you at one or more of our events. Please, as ever, don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any aspect of our work: jim.metcalfe@cdn.ac.uk
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, College Development Network (CDN)
The 2019 programme has landed!
We are delighted to announce that the
College Expo19 programme has landed! With a wide range of interactive sessions and activities, College Expo19 is shaping up to be an incredible two days. Many thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal – we were overwhelmed with top class submissions, which made the selection process a tough job. We’ve aimed to create a fresh, balanced programme with something for everyone.   
Professional Standards National Workshops 
The CDN Professional Standards workshop series kicked off with an engaging and lively day at West Lothian College. Through collaborative thinking and discussion these events consider what the Professional Standards mean for college lecturers, exploring priority learning and development needs. Workshops continue to run across the country through March.
Governance and leadership summit
This event takes place 2 May and will explore ‘Thinking through Change’. It is a platform for college leadership, to debate and discuss some of the key questions facing the college sector as it faces a period of significant change. The summit allows for us to stop and think about what we are doing, how we are doing it, and why. We are delighted that Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science will provide a Ministerial address. 
Cyber Resilience
Co-ordination Programme Webinar
The Cyber Resilience Co-ordination Programme on 14 March aims to provide (free) training, support and awareness for all the colleges and universities across Scotland. The content specifically targets non-IT/IS, which includes communities such as HR, finance, procurement and estates, along with the general student body where appropriate.
This webinar which takes place on 23 April is an additional resource to the highly anticipated College Cyber Security Conference.
College Cyber Security Conference
We are delighted that Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy will open the event, which takes place 23 April, during the first Cyber Scotland Week. Hands-on workshops include the chance to hear from ethical hackers based at the University of Abertay plus a special opportunity for senior managers and board members to join a business continuity and disaster recovery table top simulation. Plus, a free sneak preview of The Big Data Show , a theatre performance which combines digital gaming with live performance to tell the story of the first prosecution of hackers in the UK. The show demystifies online privacy, data security, and staying safe in a virtual world. Places are filling fast!
Tell us your stories of innovation
CDN is gathering examples from Scotland and beyond of the inspiring ways in which colleges innovate. Do you have an example of work in your college you’d like to share? We’re looking for case studies, short films, images and suggestions for podcast topics which we can share online. Put a spotlight on innovative practice in lecturers work; in student led activity; in partnerships between colleges and industry and in the way you design and deliver your college offer.
Email your story to lauren.hendrick@cdn.ac.uk
Teaching in Colleges Today
The newly updated Teaching in Colleges Today (TiCT) free online course is a great CPD resource for college lecturers, especially for staff who are new in post. It includes information to help lecturers deliver engaging lessons and impactful learning, teaching and assessment. The online content will also be of interest to experienced lecturers who want to find out more about latest thinking on effective learning and teaching.
Weekly round-up of college news
Every Friday CDN issues an online round-up of what’s been happening across the college sector. It’s free and very quick and easy to sign up.
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