Double win for Fife College

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Fife College took home two national awards at the College Development Network (CDN) Awards, held in Glasgow on Thursday (21 November).

The College’s innovative care experience and corporate parenting work picked up the Inclusive College Award while The School for Health, Science and Technology was a winner in the Employer Connections category. 

The College was recognised in the Inclusive College category for its work in corporate parenting and care experience work initiatives which offer support to care experienced students to help them reach their full potential.

Recent work has included the ‘We Care at Fife College’ initiative. Dedicated to ensuring that our care experienced students receive sufficient support, encouragement and love, the initiative supports students through a varied range of activities and programmes which run across the College.

Other work has included the establishment of an Action Group and a Champions’ Group. These groups focus on safeguarding the wellbeing of our care experienced students, helping them with personal matters, funding or course issues.

The Fife College Students’ Association (FCSA) is also the first student association in Scotland to introduce the role of Care Experienced Officer to ensure that the voice and interests of our care experienced students are being promoted and shared in all areas of FCSA’s work.

The second award of the night for the College came in the Employer Connection category which was won by The School for Health, Science and Technology (SHST).

Run in partnership between the College and NHS Lothian, the SHST delivers training and education programmes in a purpose-built training facility in St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

Courses available at the SHST include Modern Apprenticeships for a range of large national employers, as well as smaller local companies. The model of delivery, which can be tailored for each individual employers’ needs, has recently expanded beyond Life Sciences to train staff in Healthcare and Digital Skills from both within NHS Lothian and externally at the SHST.

The partnership’s success means it has also been extended to establish a bespoke part time degree with The University of Edinburgh. The part time degree offers students the opportunity to learn in a hands on environment to create the life science workforce of tomorrow and address the current and future skills shortages in Scotland.

Hugh Hall, Principal of Fife College, said, “I am very proud of our double award-winning success at this year’s College Development Network Awards.  

“The awards reflect the fabulous work that we do every day at Fife College to help transform the lives of our students. 

“Congratulations to everyone involved in these two fantastic initiatives.”