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North East Scotland College (NESCol) Achieves the STEM Assured Standard

August 2019
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North East Scotland (NESCol) is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in Scotland to achieve the prestigious STEM Assured status® – an accreditation standard conducted by the UK STEM Foundation.

 
 

NESCol newly introduced STEM strategy has highlighted a new direction of travel that reflects the growing skills needs in new and emerging technology areas and practices. The college has made significant investment in building and resources to meet requirements for innovative STEM delivery and strengthen its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provision in line with the current and future employer and economic needs, locally and regionally.

The college works with over 750 employers and is fully engaged with stakeholders and industry bodies in Scotland such as OPITO (oil and gas), CITB (construction), SMTA (automotive) and has established formal articulation links with several universities and to the NHS.

 
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NESCol has won awards for its diversity work and for specialist provision and has a long running programme of attracting Girls into STEM subjects with Shell which is very well-received. Its areas of specialism in STEM disciplines include:

 
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Maritime, including Energy and Fishing; Science for access to nursing and the care sector; Advanced Manufacturing; Automotive and logistics; Creative Digital Technologies, including Cybersecurity; Computer Animation, and Games.

The STEM Assured® standard provides an integrated approach to benchmarking and validating the quality of STEM provision by a college, academy or school. The process includes an independent visiting panel that assesses the overall strategic commitment to the STEM provision, interviews staff, students and local employers. Industry leaders also contribute to the assessment process.

 
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North East Scotland's Principal Liz McIntyre said:

“I'm delighted that North East Scotland College has been recognised for the great work we do supporting STEM in the region. Education and employment are at the heart of what we do, and, we have made sound and careful investment in our buildings and resources. This in turn allows us to deliver an exciting and diverse portfolio of courses which will equip our students with the skills required to go forward in their preferred industry.”


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  Prof Sa’ad Medhat, Chief Executive of the STEM Foundation said:

“Embracing new and emerging technologies in the provision of STEM subjects should be a key agenda item for colleges to modernise their STEM curriculum offer and develop the needed capabilities to strengthen their regional economies. It is pleasing to see that NESCol is engaging with Education Scotland to deliver contemporary programmes in such areas as ‘Internet of Things’ and digital health.”

He added: “NESCol STEM capability has been independently benchmarked using the STEM Assured Standard. NESCol has demonstrated a clear commitment to investing in facilities and teaching staff, informed by an ongoing horizon-scanning of skills needs and emergence of new technologies and practices. The development and delivery of industry-relevant cross-curriculum STEM provision was reflected in the positive experience expressed by many of the students, teachers, employers and other external stakeholders that were interviewed during the STEM Assured validation process. This provided a strong indication that the college’s STEM strategy is heading in the right direction. So, many congratulations to NESCol staff and students on achieving the STEM Assured standard and award.”
 
 

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