Published Wednesday, 5th December 2012 in Oatridge Campus news
Oatridge College (now the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC) has been named Best Tourism Business at the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
It is not common for an educational institution to be considered as a tourism business but Oatridge has proved to be different by pioneering and developing international tourism in West Lothian.
The Award recognised two areas of educational tourism which attract hundreds of European students to West Lothian for six weeks every summer: the International Summer Schools for Ecology and Equine Studies and the International Language School.
The Schools are delivered by Oatridge staff in partnership with EAC Language Centre, an Edinburgh based language school; Sodexo, who design, manage and deliver on-site catering; and Festival Travel.
Adrian Kitchen, Director of Business and Curriculum Development at Oatridge Campus, said: “Oatridge has helped to put West Lothian’s educational tourism on the world map. The successful International Language and Summer Schools bring an influx of international students, contributing to the local economy both directly and indirectly. Learners experience well-organised social and cultural events, visit a number of other heritage sites and tourism events that enrich their education and, in turn, benefit business across West Lothian and Scotland during the current economic downturn.”
Staff from the Oatridge Campus collected their award at a ceremony on Friday 30 November.
Photo caption: (L-R) Councillor Tom Conn; David James (SRUC Assistant Principal Further Education); SRUC Oatridge Campus staff Des Martin; Niall Evans and Sharon Anderson.
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