CDN Update

I hope this Update finds you safe and well.

The CDN team continues to be extremely busy providing a wide range of courses, webinars, network sessions and other services - all with the aim of supporting you through this difficult period and beyond.   

A brand new set of interactive online sessions for college staff, managers and leaders started on Tuesday this week. We have four more of these sessions coming up this month, including a session providing tips for managing teams remotely; and practical advice for leaders on helping their organisation thrive during and after this crisis.

I am delighted to let you know that College Expo20 will go ahead this year as an online event, which will take place on Thursday 11th June. An exciting programme and exhibition is currently being developed, so keep an eye on announcements over the next few weeks.

Huge thanks go to Kirsty MacEwan for writing our latest guest blog for CDN's website, providing lots of really useful advice on managing anxiety at this time.

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
Upcoming online sessions
This month's online sessions, which have been designed for college staff, managers and leaders, are proving popular.

In Tuesday's online session Dr Sue Mitchell MAC MPSA provided useful tips on how to work well remotely. We have another four sessions coming up this month - check them out below.

Spaces are limited so please register here today!
Ways to deal with Coronavirus Anxiety
It's more than likely that during these uncertain times, you are experiencing heightened anxiety.

Our latest guest blog is by Kirsty MacEwan, Student Wellbeing Adviser at West College Scotland. Kirsty shares useful tips - for students and staff - on how to manage anxiety and fears. In fact, there's so much helpful advice that we've split the blog into two parts! Look out for Part 2 coming soon...
Internet Security
It's World Passwords Day, which means it's the perfect day to change your password!

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the fact that many users have the same password for multiple accounts. Read our Password Top Tips blog by Chelsea Jarvie, Director of CJ Cyber Ltd., for advice about strong passwords and Password Managers.
Health and Safety
CDN Curriculum & Teaching Lead Sandra Jane Grier explains why Health and Safety is more important than it's ever been...

Staying safe and well is at the forefront just now with daily briefings highlighting the importance of having and using appropriate levels of PPE. Knowing how to protect your health and the health of those around you is everyone’s business and making sure that all our young people engage with this topic and understand occupational health risks is vital for many college courses. Sometimes approaches to teaching health and safety can leave students feeling disengaged. If this is the case, then LOcHER (Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risks) could be the answer...

LOcHER is a UK-wide initiative, supported by HSE, Safety Groups UK and others, which empowers students to actively engage with health and safety issues and topics relevant to their subject. Our students also need a much wider range of skills – creativity, digital skills, the ability to work collaboratively with others, to problem solve and communicate effectively. The great news is that LOcHER develops these skills too!

Interested in finding out more about LOcHER? Looking for ideas about how it could be used in your college? Take a look at the LOcHER support materials on CDN LearnOnline.  
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