SRUC Campuses Shine at the College Development Network Awards

Published Wednesday, 11th December 2013 in Study at SRUC news

College Development Network Awards - Barony Winner

Two SRUC campuses took home prestigious prizes at the College Development Network Awards.

Staff from Barony and Oatridge Campuses collected their accolades at the Awards Ceremony hosted by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

The annual awards recognise the talent, skills and achievements of colleges, their staff and learners; and provide a valuable opportunity to celebrate the outstanding projects and initiatives taking place in colleges the length and breadth of Scotland.

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Language, gave an introductory speech in which he mentioned how colleges were supporting employment and opportunities for all, making a difference to communities. He said he believed that colleges provide quality in a time of significant change and encouraged closer links between colleges and universities for more efficiency.

Barony Campus came top in the Student Enterprise Award category which recognises a student or group of students who have been involved in entrepreneurial activities or projects that have made an impact on the college and or wider community.

The Barony Campus entry focused on their student newsletter, a project run by the students themselves, with support from Ali Hastie, Learning Technologist, and Alison Halliday, Student Support Services Officer. The idea for the online student newsletter came from a presentation to staff which stressed the value of effective communication for fostering the “Barony family spirit” across the campus and beyond. Class representatives formed a focus group and quickly recognised the value of learners collaborating and leading the project.  With hard work and dedication from the students involved, the first newsletter was produced in December 2012, and has been published monthly since then. It has proved to be a unique vehicle for students to share their experiences.

Ali Hastie said: “The students at Barony Campus have set a benchmark within the education world for innovative communication and collaboration in producing an outstanding online newsletter with making deadlines with their imaginative articles, image galleries and their excellent video interviews with staff and students. They are a credit to SRUC Barony and ambassadors for SRUC”.

College Development Network Awards - Oatridge WinnersOatridge Campus was recognised for its approach to employee engagement. This award identifies creative approaches that a college has taken to enhance employer engagement activity. Oatridge was nominated due to its SVQ delivery to up-skill 400 employees along with Telford College, working in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, Trades Unions, the Workers Educational Association and APSE, the training body.

Top photo caption (L-R): David McKenzie, SRUC Vice Principal Education; Ailsa Caygill, Stuart Mactier (former students at Barony); Ali Hastie, Learning Technologist and Alison Halliday, Student Support Services Officer at Barony.

Second photo caption (L-R): Brian Williams Work-based Learning Manager, Thomas Meenagh (Horticulture Lecturer at Oatridge) and Ian Robertson (City of Edinburgh Council).

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