Our final Update of the year is packed with news of our activities planned for 2017. As we come to the end of the year we are pleased to be able to reflect on the impact CDN has achieved so far this academic session. Governance continues to be a key area and it is very encouraging to note that more than half of all college Board Members have signed up to our new online Governance Hub in just a few weeks. Next year we look forward to working with the Innovation Centres, and a taste of many other exciting events and CPD opportunities are outlined below. Before then, I hope you have a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Candy Munro, Acting Chief Executive, CDN

Strategic Curriculum Leaders & Innovation Centres
The Strategic Curriculum Leaders Forum will meet on 27 February, with a focus on the SFC funded Innovation Centres. This event will bring together Skills Managers from the eight Innovation Centres to meet with the colleges to consider how they may work together around curriculum, articulation pathways, CPD and Apprenticeship Frameworks.  
To register an interest in attending future Forum events, please contact marian.mcmorland@cdn.ac.uk

Working with students from diverse religion and belief backgrounds   
This workshop on 9 March, is designed for those who work directly with students, to help them respond to individual student requests and to create a learning environment that is inclusive. The event will explore core beliefs and cultural backgrounds, the individual needs that arise from a student's faith or belief identity and how religion and belief compares to the other Protected Characteristics.

Inspiring Food and Drink Career Pathways
In a region from which over 60% of the food and drink produced in Scotland comes, this event takes place in Aberdeen and brings together the Scottish food and drink supply chain in a fast paced, conference-style event aimed at industry, teachers, lecturers, students, pupils and parents. The event takes place 22 March.
Find out more and sign up.

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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