CDN Update

I hope this update finds you well and rested following the October break.

We want to hear from you - please take a few minutes to complete the College Expo23 Survey to help shape and inform next year's College Expo. We would like to explore your views on the best time to deliver College Expo, as well as the key themes/topics you’d want to see as part of the event next year.

This month we launched the newly refreshed learning materials for college staff completing the SQA PDA Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges. The materials are now accessible and free to use via CDN LearnOnline. Find out more below.

We are full steam ahead with preparations for next month's highly-anticipated College Awards. The Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.
We look forward to celebrating with you on Friday 25 November - view the shortlist and book your place here.

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 Expo23 Survey -
Shape Your Expo today!

College Expo is the landmark event for Scotland’s college sector.

We’d like to explore your views on the best time to deliver College Expo, as well as the key themes/topics you’d want to see as part of the event next year.

This short survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete, your input will be important in informing future developments.

The survey closes on Friday 4 November – have your say today!
Supporting and Shaping Regional Economic Recovery and Renewal

Scotland’s colleges are playing a leading role in the design and delivery of regional economic strategies thanks to support from CDN’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG). The last 12 months have seen the ERG Team supporting a number of colleges as they navigate the intricacies of working in partnership with a variety of organisations in their respective regions. View Phase 1 Summary Report here.

The ERG team are delighted to publish five case studies outlining the success factors, challenges, solutions and impacts experienced by these colleges while framing the potential next steps they can pursue.

  • Piloting the role of Forth Valley College being at the heart of planning and driving regional economic development.
  • Strengthening the alignment of Ayrshire College with the strategic priorities for regional economic development in Ayrshire.
  • Supporting Dumfries and Galloway College as it leads a collaborative initiative responding to delivering regional skills needs.
  • Working with Dundee and Angus College as it delivers co-ordinated planning and delivery of skills needs in the Tay Cities region.
  • Assisting three UHI Colleges with positioning their proposed merger as a regional economic anchor institution.
New Online Learning Materials:
PDA Teaching Practice In Scotland's Colleges

The newly refreshed online learning materials have been developed to support college candidates who are completing the SQA Professional Development Award (PDA) Teaching Practice in Scotland's Colleges. The free online learning materials, quizzes and reflective activities are designed to be used for self-directed study and has been mapped against the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges to help you track your professional learning and development. 

The content and hyperlinks to external resources have been chosen to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to pass this award. They are designed to help you further develop your ability to plan and deliver effective learning, teaching and assessment and encourage you to critically reflect on your developing practice.

The interactive learning materials can be accessed via CDN's LearnOnline.
CDN College Awards 2022

The Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.
View the titles of the shortlisted submissions on CDN's website here.
The winners will be announced at a celebration ceremony at
Radisson Blu, Glasgow on Friday 25 November 2022.

We Virtually Love All Events

We are delighted to
launch our new
Virtual Conference Centre offering the sector and beyond first-class, smooth and
efficient events.

where you can discover upcoming and past CDN events.

Interested in running
your own event?
CDN Leadership Programmes
Next Cohort Starts January

The next cohort of the highly-sought after CMI Leadership Programmes kick starts in January 2023, offering you the opportunity to build on your skills 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.
Partner News:
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for
Higher and Further Education
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes celebrate excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by UK colleges and universities.
They are run by the Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity.
The scheme looks for achievement – in any subject area – which is outstanding in quality, innovative or ground-breaking and above all is producing clear and active public benefit.

Entries must be received by the Trust on or before the closing date of Wednesday 29 March 2023.
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