CDN Update

Lighter days are drawing nearer and we have lots planned at CDN in the next couple of months, including a national conference in March focusing on social care and early years, and CDN's annual C ollege Governance and Leadership S ummit in April.

Believe it or not, we're already looking ahead to December! This year's CDN College Awards will take place on December 3rd, and I am delighted to tell you that entries are now open! Find out more below...

We are currently finalizing the programme for College Expo20 , which is taking place in June. Look out for speaker announcements, workshops and exciting activities, all focused around this year's theme: 'Skills Supply and Demand: Addressing the Mismatch'.

CDN is the national agency for the college workforce, and we're working hard to ensure you can access our services from wherever you are - and whenever you want. That's why we have modernised our LearnOnline digital training academy and added some great new (and free) courses. Please do take 5 minutes to have a look here.

As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to talk about any aspect of our work: jim.metcalfe@cdn.ac.uk
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, CDN
College Awards 2020
This year's College Awards are now open for entries!
Entries are invited in the following categories:

Climate Emergency Action Award
College Colleague of the Year Award
Digital Learning Award
Employer Connections Award
Essential Skills Award
Health Promoting College Award
Inclusive College Award
Innovation Award
Marketing and Communications Award
Student of the Year Award
You have until Friday 19 June to submit your entry!

Read our blog for handy tips on how to submit an award-winning submission. Further information on how to enter is available on our website.
Free Learn Online Resources
Take a look at our latest online learning resources and teaching courses on CDN Learn Online .

The Teaching in Colleges Today course (SCQF Level 7) is for inexperienced lecturers that are new in post, as well as experienced lecturers who want to find out more about teaching and current ideas on learner engagement. Click here to enrol - it's completely free!

Also available are support materials for PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges . These self-study materials include a range of information that can be used to support college lecturers completing the SCQF Level 9 award, which is essential for college lecturers and staff involved in learning, teaching and assessing learners/ Intermediate.
College Leadership and Governance Summit
This year’s  Leadership and Governance Summit   will focus on what colleges should look like in 2030 and what s eeds we need to plant now to nurture change. This event will provide an opportunity for  college leadership  at all levels to explore the change required to deliver on our shared vision for the sector. Speakers include  Audrey Cumberford, Principal and CEO of   Edinburgh College  and  Simon Erlanger, Managing Director   of Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd .
29 April, 9.30am,
Stirling Court Hotel
We're excited to announce that this year's Skills Demonstration area at College Expo20 will be bigger and better than ever before!

Look out for the full 2-day programme coming soon...
March Events
What Matters To Us Conference - 20 March, Dundee

This year's national conference is for final year HN students destined for a career in social care and early years, and staff in these subject areas. Speakers include Ryan McCuaig from Who Cares Scotland and Donald Macaskill from Scottish Care. Register for the conference here.
Keeping Staff and Students Safe On Campus - 27 March, Stirling

Want to learn more about staff and student personal safety?

 Find out how to respond to instances of violent or aggressive behaviour at this event in Stirling, which will also cover health, safety and wellbeing. Register here and view the programme.
Upcoming Webinars
Get to grips with data science and ethical hacking at these free events delivered by Scotland IS in March:

Thursday 12 March

Tuesday 24 March
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