Highlights (so far) of 2022
What a fantastic first half of the year we have had!

Our passion is to work with colleges to develop their people, share their great work, and enhance student success. And we hope over that over the past six months you have had the opportunity to engage and learn with us.

As the summer break quickly approaches,
we wanted to take this opportunity to shine a light on some of our 2022 highlights...


Delivery and planning was underway from 20 colleges throughout Scotland for the exciting new online course: Introduction to a Career in Social Care.

The online course prepares students for a career in the wide variety of care settings in Scotland and on completion will be supported in seeking employment.

This course is delivered with funding from the National Transition Training Fund from Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.

Virtual Bridge Webinar Series

In partnership with Jisc, we continue to deliver the popular Virtual Bridge Webinars. These 30-minute sessions have been designed to support college staff in delivering remote learning and teaching.

Workforce Survey

At the beginning of February we were delighted to launch the CDN Workforce Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to identify the future learning requirements of the workforce, and crucially how college staff want to learn. The answers will inform both the design and nature of professional learning moving forward.

The survey was open to all members of the college workforce across Scotland, and we received over an incredible 1,800 responses!

Watch this space to discover the outputs from the survey.
Success with CDN's Leadership Programmes

CDN's Leadership Programmes offer participants the opportunity to build on their skills and to take the next step in their career.

In February we celebrated the completion of another cohort, with 12 participants successfully graduating the Emerging Leaders programme, and 8 successfully graduating the Strategic Leaders programme. Well done everyone!

We continue to offer this fantastic programme with two new cohorts planned for the new academic session - find out how you can take your new step and apply here.
Event: Estranged Students in Your College - who are they, how do you find them and how do you support them?

This event, partnered with Stand Alone, took place on Thursday 3 February attracting 65 online delegates and was for anyone who works with estranged students or who develops practice in this area.
Launch of Step Forward

Step Forward is the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre’s new action research programme. Its purpose is to enhance practice across our colleges and develop the action research skills of college staff. Enhancing learning together is our guiding principle.

Step Forward will develop key themes from CDN’s research to transform ideas into actions that will allow college staff to develop their practice and enhance the impact of their courses and services.

New Research Report: Pathways from Poverty

A new report published by CDN and Colleges Scotland, through CDN’s Research and Enhancement Centre, highlights the crucial role that Scotland’s colleges play in tackling poverty and in creating a more inclusive society.

The report highlights the vital position of colleges as anchor institutions in local communities, providing a focal point not just for course education but community engagement and action in relation to poverty.

Reach Magazine

In March we launched the 2022 edition of Reach, the magazine for Scotland's college sector.

This interactive issue is filled with stories about inspirational practice and innovation.

The spotlight is on health and social care - highlighting how colleges are stepping up to fill the skills gap.

Also inside: Tackling Climate Emergency, Communities in Partnership, College Research and lots more!

College Awards Entries Open

The College Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.

The deadline for entries is Friday 1 July at 1700, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.

College Leadership and Governance Summit

The College Leadership and Governance Summit took place on Thursday 28 April, and brought together over 150 sector leaders, board members and industry partners to discuss the role of colleges as anchor institutions within their regional economies and the role they will continue to play in driving forward economic renewal and growth.

Titled “Colleges as Key Drivers of Inclusive Regional Economic Renewal” the sessions were led by CDN's Economic Recovery Group and a range of insightful speakers.
Virtual College Expo22 Programme has landed!

The Virtual College Expo22 will take place on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August 2022, with the theme: Rewrite the College Story: Learning Experiences, Skills Development, Anchoring Communities.
Virtual College Expo22 is the most exciting professional learning event for the college sector in Scotland, offering inspirational keynotes, workshops, seminars, and panel debates.
View the programme and register your free place to explore 23 interactive workshops, 12 informative seminar sessions and 5 stimulating discussions.
Choose College: Scotland's National College Digital Campaign

The national #ChooseCollege campaign highlights the importance of Scotland’s colleges and encourages potential students to – Choose College.

Organised by the CDN Marketing and Communications Network, Scotland’s 26 colleges have come together with one voice to promote the Choose College campaign via a mix of platforms including, TV and digital marketing with a strong focus on social media.

The Choose College social media campaign will last for six weeks, starting on Monday 30 May and concluding on Friday 8 July.

We are encouraging everyone to get involved with the campaign on social media by using #ChooseCollege!

Networks and Professional Learning Communities

Through CDN's 20 Networks and 13 Professional Learning Communities, we continue to respond to rapidly changing development needs and address key workforce skills gaps with particular emphasis on digital capability for learning, teaching and support staff.
Teaching in Colleges Today (TiCT)

CDN offers two Teaching in Colleges Today (TiCT) SCQF credit-rated units, which have been developed to better meet the initial professional development needs of new college lecturers coming into the sector.

Seven individual colleges presented a total of 61 candidates for certification at SCQF level 7 and 16 candidates at SCQF level 8 at an event in May.

The online course, which sits on CDN's Learn Online has received fantastic feedback, including:

“The information contained with the LearnOnline is first-class. I have encouraged colleagues who have not visited the Teaching at Colleges Today site for some time, to do so as a refresher.”

New Research Report: College Leadership in the Pandemic

A new report published by CDN, through CDN’s Research and Enhancement Centre, captures the experiences of college leaders in coping with the pandemic crisis, and examines what competencies they believe are essential for leading in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times.

The report charts their reflections on what worked well, and what was less effective, as they stepped up to the challenges of the pandemic and the pivot from face-to-face to online teaching and learning.

Action Research

Following the round table discussions that took place at College Expo 21, associate researchers from CDN's Research and Enhancement Centre analysed the key elements discussed and formulate the scope for some Action Research to be undertaken in each of the following areas:

  • Professional Learning
  • Student Experience
  • Curriculum Design
  • High Impact Learning

We are delighted to publish the Action Research year-end outputs - view online here.
Executive Leadership Series

At the end of June, we will be launching the new Executive Leadership Series.

The series has been developed to support colleagues who currently fulfil executive roles, and for those who are looking to work at executive level in the future. 

Based on feedback from the sector, the series is made up of nine workshops and is designed to give leaders flexibility and choice. The workshops cover crucial topics, including: Territory Mapping, Communicating in High Stakes, Listening for Better Outcomes.

Watch this space...
During the summer months we will be busy planning an action packed programme of events, courses, webinars,

We hope you have a lovely break,
and look forward to seeing you in the new academic year!
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