CDN Update
I hope this action-packed Update finds you safe and well and that you are settling into the new term.

We are excited to have launched the International Ambitions – An Analysis of Internationalisation Across the Scottish College Sector’ research report at a virtual event on 16 September. This important piece of research shows that Scotland’s college sector is in a strong position to contribute to Scotland’s international ambitions. Discover more below.

This year we received a record-breaking number of entries for the College Awards, a fantastic endorsement of the value of this special event. We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Awards is now online and can be viewed here. Due to the current circumstances, the winners will be announced at a virtual celebration on Thursday 3 December, it’s free to attend and everyone is invited, book your place here.

We are also delighted to launch two brand-new access and inclusion resources on our online learning platform; CDN LearnOnline. Find out more about the resources below.

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
CDN launches college sector International Ambitions research report
Last week, we launched the first in a new series of CDN research reports. This important piece of research, titled ‘International Ambitions – An Analysis of Internationalisation Across the Scottish College Sector’, shows that Scotland’s college sector is in a strong position to contribute to Scotland’s international ambitions.

The report was commissioned by CDN, with the support of the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International, and British Council Scotland. CDN’s partners at the Association of Colleges conducted the research.
We Are Hiring
We have an exciting opportunity to join the CDN team.

We are looking for maternity cover for our Head of Leadership, Governance and Research. This position is responsible for ensuring the Strategic Leaders objectives within the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Outcome Agreement are successfully achieved.

Closing date for applications is 1700 on Monday 5 October 2020
New Equality, Diversity & Inclusiveness (EDI) Resource now available on CDN LearnOnline
The new Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness (EDI) resource on CDN LearnOnline is a framework to support colleges in developing their work and deepen their understanding around embedding EDI in learning and teaching.

We spoke to Suzanne Marshall, Curriculum and Teaching Lead at CDN to find out more about the resource, view the short clip opposite and read Suzanne's interview here.
Launch of New Digital Training Module:
Supporting Student Carers at College
Supporting Student Carers at College is a new innovative free digital training module for all college staff across Scotland which can be accessed via CDN LearnOnline. It has been developed by CDN and Carers Trust Scotland from funding received by The Scottish Funding Council.
The module will help college practitioners to better understand the challenges faced by many student carers, and it provides guidance on how to improve support for these students at college.

To introduce the new resource, Andrée Carruthers, Consultant at CDN, has kindly written a blog along with a short video clip, which can be viewed above.
CDN Thought Leadership Series
Our brand-new series of Thought Leadership guest-blogs continues…

Read our latest blog Partnership for 21st Century Lifelong Learning by Alan Sherry, Chair of the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland here and Coding is the Third Literacy by Bobby Elliott, SQA Qualifications Manager here

Our guest blogs come from a range of key experts covering topics including college delivery, digital innovation, and leadership. We recognise how important it is to collaborate and share best practice so that the college workforce can continue to grow, improve, lead, and enhance student success. We hope you find our guest-blog series inspiring and thought-provoking.
Step up with CDN's leadership courses
CDN leadership courses offer college staff the opportunity to build on their skills and to take the next step of their career. We are currently recruiting for our Emerging and Strategic Leadership Programmes which lead to CMI qualifications.

Applications are also open for the Preparing for Executive Leadership Programme (PEL), designed for experienced senior leaders looking to take the next step to Executive level.
Board Induction Training Sessions Now Online
CDN’s Board Induction workshops are part of every board member’s wider induction into college governance.

We offer a range of induction virtual workshops for College Board members, Staff Board members and Secretary to the Board members, all designed to support these roles.

CDN partners with Young Scot for money advice webinars
CDN has partnered with Young Scot and Fast Forward for ‘CashChats’, a new series of online discussions for young people about money and finance.

College students are being encouraged to send in their questions for the second CashChats webinar on Wednesday 30 September. The Talking Money, Savings & Your Rights at Work webinar is for college students who want to understand more about money, budgeting, saving and their rights at work. College students can submit questions in advance of the webinar by clicking here. Questions will be answered by the following panel of guest experts: Sarah Thom, Student Services Manager at Dundee and Angus College and Young Money expert Iona Bain, Citizen’s Advice Scotland.

CashChat will be hosted on Young Scot's Facebook and YouTube channels.
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