STEM Foundation

Glasgow FE Colleges Retain STEM Assured Standard

February 2019
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The STEM provision in the three Glasgow Regional Colleges comprising of City of Glasgow, Kelvin and Clyde was reassessed by the STEM Foundation and all have met the rigorous accreditation criteria for achieving the STEM Assured Standard and Award. The three colleges were initially assessed in October 2015.

 
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The Accreditation Panel of experts from industry and academia used the STEM Assured certification framework, which examined the colleges strategic plans in relation to the STEM provision, the way in which cross-curricula was forged across disciplines, the partnerships and collaborative activities that supported their consultative approach to curriculum co-creation, learning innovations in curriculum development, as well as, the ways in which STEM-related subjects were delivered and supported to ensure students gain real benefits, and business and industry achieve positive impact. The Panel’s assessment also included the colleges’ performance against the criteria set out by Scottish Government’s STEM Strategy, which included the four pillars of Excellence, Equity, Inspiration and Connection.

 
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STEM Foundation   Paul Little, Principal & Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:

“We are delighted not only to have maintained our STEM Assured Status but to have achieved best practice in a number of areas. Colleges are vital in delivering links between school education and the expertise of industry, and City of Glasgow College has shown just how important investment in STEM education is. We were the first college to be awarded Investors in Innovation and, as Scotland’s flagship college for professional and technical skills, our aim is to continue to create a talent pipeline that is work ready and able to tackle the skills gaps across industry.”
 
 
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  Jon Vincent, Principal & Chief Executive of Glasgow Clyde College’s said:

“I am delighted that we have retained STEM Assured status. The College is committed to providing STEM-related opportunities to students and currently a quarter of our curriculum is in STEM related subjects. We will continue to work to ensure that STEM is embedded across our curriculum, providing more opportunities for learners to engage in these subjects in line with industry demand.”
 
 
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  Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College Principal and Chief Executive said:

“Achieving and maintaining the STEM Assured Standard signals to our students and local communities the college’s determination to excel in STEM education and training. Our significant investment in STEM related infrastructure and the extensive network of Learning Community Centres with digital access are creating real opportunities for progression and success for our students. We continue to innovate and invest in STEM-related subjects across our spectrum of disciplines from nursing access and biosciences to engineering and IT. The STEM Assured achievement is a recognition of the collective efforts by our staff, students, partners and stakeholders.”
 
 
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  Douglas Morrison, Associate Director of Innovation and STEM at City of Glasgow College said:

“We as regional colleges have been able to maintain and exceed our initial STEM Assured Accreditation benchmark three years ago. The collaboration and identification of the STEM Strategic priorities for the Glasgow region has meant that we can leverage the different capabilities and strengths from the three colleges to offer an extensive and diverse STEM provision that delivers real value and benefits to our students and to business and industry.”
 
 
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  Prof Sa’ad Medhat, Chief Executive of the STEM Foundation who chaired the STEM Panel said:

“It is very pleasing to see the tenacity of the three Glasgow colleges to progress both jointly and individually in their STEM offerings. The actions and performance indicators that were set out by the STEM Assured Panel three years ago enabled the colleges to drive the quality of their STEM provision even higher, resulting in a new benchmark threshold for STEM skills in Glasgow. Congratulations to all three: City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Kelvin College. They all have demonstrated through effective collaboration, significant and unique educational offerings and economic benefits to their respective communities.”
 
 
 

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