CDN Update

I hope this finds you well. Like all of you, the CDN team has been busy adjusting to this new way of working. We've also been developing new activity and resources to support the sector through this difficult period. A great example was seen with one of this week's Virtual Bridge webinars which provided tips on how to make the online experience as accessible as possible for all students. You can look back at all the webinar recordings on CDN's YouTube channel here.

Looking ahead to the end of April, I am delighted to tell you about a week of online workshops focused on Leadership and Governance - find out more below.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have contacted us and asked that we help spread the word about their urgent need for PPE supplies. If your college has a 3D Printer then the health board, which is the largest in the UK, would really like to hear from you. They really need your help to make PPE, so that frontline NHS staff can be protected in the fight against Coronavirus - find out more below.

Whatever your plans are for this long weekend, the CDN team and I would like to wish you all the very best, Happy Easter and #StaySafe.

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 Virtual Leadership and Governance Series
CDN's Leadership team will be hosting a series of key workshops in the final week of April, aimed at college colleagues who have an interest in managing and leading in a modern college.

27 April - 1 May
We will be hosting a 1-hour online workshop using Zoom every day. Each workshop will focus on a key topic for discussion, including:

  • Future-proofing your workforce and creating a resilient organisation
  • The three horizons of change
  • Using technology as an enabler in 2030 - challenging assumptions
  • Creative governance for an innovative sector

We are delighted to welcome speakers including Dr Sue Mitchell MAC MPSA and Professor Ron Hill. Our final workshop will be delivered by Simon Erlanger, Managing Director of Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd. Find out more about the sessions in the programme here.
Preparing for Executive Leadership Programme
*New dates for 2020-2021*
Are you a senior leader looking to prepare for the next step to Executive level?

You may be interested in the unique Preparing for Executive Leadership Programme , which harnesses new technology, together with learning and development methods. The 9-month programme provides a unique opportunity for senior college leaders to participate in a practical, challenging, thought-provoking and collaborative development experience.

Following on from the success of the first cohort in 2019, PEL is now in its second year and will start in October 2020, finishing in June 2021.
Click here to view the PEL brochure.

For further information and to get involved please email Vicky, CDN's Head of Leadership and Governance: victoria.underwood@cdn.ac.uk
Urgent help for PPE needed
Can you help?
Please email the Head of Department Michael O'Neil here.
The maxillofacial department for Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board are urgently seeking support from colleges with 3D printers.

They are looking for urgent help to make up to 1,000 protective visors for frontline staff in ICU, who are looking after COVID-19 patients in the worst hit area of Scotland. There is a shortfall in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) visors and laminate/acetate sheet.
A .STL file which is ready to print to the exact specification is available and can be sent via email to any college that can help.
Webinars - Watch them back!
Have you missed any of the Virtual Bridge webinars?

All webinar recordings are available to watch back on CDN's YouTube channel here.
College Awards 2020
We know it's a strange time and we know that you will still be adjusting to working from home.

We wanted to tell you that we still intend to celebrate the success of Scotland's colleges at the #CollegeAwards on 3 December at Radisson Blu, Glasgow.
 Check out the categories and enter here by Friday 19 June.
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