CDN Update

We hope that you continue to be safe and well.

As we look forward to the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Conference, below we shine a light on how Scotland's colleges are working together to tackle the climate emergency. We would also love to hear your college stories, please use #CollegeClimateChange on social media and we will share them further.

We continue to work hard to drive new research and enquiry in the sector through CDN's Research and Enhancement Centre – ensuring it is relevant, applicable and useful. This month we have launched the Action Research Report, with many more research reports in the pipelines – including the highly anticipated report on colleges tackling poverty. Watch this space...

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
Scotland's colleges are working together to tackle the climate emergency

Over the coming weeks, Scotland proudly hosts the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference - uniting the world to tackle climate change. Scotland's colleges are working together to tackle the climate emergency, including:

  • Over 120 delegates virtually attended the first ever sector #CollegeClimateChange Conference, which took place online on Wednesday 6 October. This major conference provided a strategic overview of the climate change actions that the college sector should be engaged in and considered what more the sector could be doing to contribute to national Net Zero targets. View the event summary here.

  • Plus, so many fantastic case studies from throughout the sector. Have a Climate Change story? Share on social media using #CollegeClimateChange
Action Research
CDN Research and Enhancement Centre
At the beginning of this month we launched CDN's Research and Enhancement Centre most recent report - Action Research.

Following the round table discussions that took place at College Expo 21, associate researchers from the Centre analysed the key elements discussed and formulate the scope for some Action Research to be undertaken in each of the following areas:

Find out more about Action Research here.
Management and Leadership Development
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College Awards
Celebrating college, staff and students

The Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.

The winners will be announced at a LIVE celebration ceremony at Radisson Blu, Glasgow on Thursday 9 December 2021.
Events & Resources
Supporting your professional learning

We continue to offer a wide range of events, courses and online resources to support your professional development. Take a moment to see what's on offer in our events section of the website, and on

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