CDN Update

I hope you had a lovely Spring break.
We received an incredible response to the CDN Workforce Survey with over 1,800 submissions – thank you to every colleague across the sector who completed it. The purpose of the survey is to identify the future learning requirements of the college workforce, and crucially how college staff want to learn. The answers will inform the design of professional learning, and the service we offer to you, into the future. Watch this space to discover the outputs from the survey.
At the end of last month, we launched the highly-anticipated Virtual College Expo22 programme. With a wide range of interactive sessions and activities, Virtual College Expo22 promises to be an incredible two days and the very best yet! Find out more below.
We continue to offer a wide range of impactful Courses, Events and Research to support your professional development. Take a moment and have a look at what's on offer below and on CDN’s website.
As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to talk about any aspect of our work, if you'd like to suggest new ways that we can support you, or share experiences and great practice that colleagues in the sector would find useful. You can email me at: jim.metcalfe@cdn.ac.uk
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN
College Leadership and Governance Summit

The College Leadership and Governance Summit will take place on Thursday 28 April 2022, and will bring together 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 will build on the work to provide our colleges with an opportunity to analyse the role they play in their regional economies through a facilitated series of self-reflective conversations and insights.

We are delighted to welcome a wide range of excellent speakers.
Exciting opportunity to join the CDN team

We have an exciting opportunity to join the CDN team.
We're looking for a Lead, Learning and Teaching to take forward our plans in the development and expansion of CDN’s projects and business development, with a specific focus on the development and delivery of learning and teaching across the college sector.
Virtual College Expo22 -
The programme has landed!

The Virtual College Expo22 will take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June 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.
We are delighted to announce that the Virtual College Expo22 programme has landed! Check out the programme and discover 23 interactive workshops, 12 informative seminar sessions and 5 stimulating discussions.
Step Forward - Enhancing Learning Together

At the end of last month we launched Step Forward - 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.

Working together, as a sector, as a system, is at the heart of the programme and we will be supporting projects that bring together teams, colleges and partners right across Scotland and beyond.

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.
CDN College Awards 2022 -
Creating an award-winning submission

The CDN College Awards are now open for entries!

To support you and your professional learning, we have provided top tips for creating an award-winning submission - view here which includes insights from Dr John Laird, HMI, Education Scotland, and two informative Virtual Bridge Sessions where you can hear directly from the judges themselves.
Management and
Leadership Development

We are delighted to launch a further two cohorts of our highly-sought after Management and Leadership Programmes.

The first cohort starts in September and aims to support you to lead with confidence, and to take the next step in your career.

The Programmes include:

Emerging Leadership Programme

This course is designed for practising or aspiring managers and leaders. The primary role of a practising or aspiring manager and leader is to lead and manage individuals and teams to deliver aims and objectives in line with organisational strategy.

Strategic Leadership Programme

This course is designed for senior managers and aspiring senior managers who have, or aim to have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. The qualification requires managers to build on their strategic management and leadership skills and to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy.

Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland –
Launch Events

The new Scottish Government Adult Learning Strategy will be launched over two days in May, with an in-person event taking place on 10 May at Newbattle Abbey College and a virtual event on 11 May.

The Strategy’s vision is that adult learning in Scotland will develop better skilled, educated, confident and empowered people contributing to connected and inclusive communities.

The launch will focus on how we can collectively achieve this aim by exploring the themes and actions within the strategy’s strategic action plan. 

Book your place:
Reach 2022 -
tell us what you think...

Reach 2022 - the magazine for Scotland's college sector - is online now and copies are also available in all colleges.

The latest edition is packed full of innovation, inspirational stories, informative features, and thought-provoking opinion.

We would like to hear what you think about the magazine and find out how useful it is to you.

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