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City of Glasgow College Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20

Statement from the Chair of the

Board of Management

It is my privilege to introduce this

Annual Report for 2019-2020 as Chair

of the Board of Management of City

of Glasgow College. We are used to

reflecting each year upon the challenges,

threats, and changes we have faced in

the preceding reporting year, some new

and some more predictable. However,

2019-20 will be remembered across

the globe for the unforeseen profound

cataclysm which the Covid-19 pandemic

brought to us all.

As we all wrestled with personal and

professional difficulties from March 2020,

the College moved swiftly, decisively

and effectively to remote operations,

continuing to provide quality learning and

teaching, student support, and all the

other vital functions and responsibilities

required of a major provider of tertiary

education.

In such times, the true measure of an

organisation's resilience and commitment

is tested more than might ever have

been expected. It is when we look to

our guiding principles and key priorities:

for City of Glasgow College - Our Values,

Our Purpose and Our Way. I am indebted

to our able Board of Management for

their calm strength, their wise counsel,

and, as ever, their generous commitment

of time and commitment over this period.

I am extremely grateful for their support,

given throughout the year both to me and

to the executive team, ably led through

these perilous times by our Principal Paul

Little.

2020 is also a year for marking the

College's 10th Anniversary as City of

Glasgow College, if not in quite the way

we had hoped. Nevertheless, we must

acknowledge the proud history of the

College. In 2019, we celebrated 50

years of maritime education in the City,

on the banks of the world renowned

River Clyde, and the College's other

specialisms similarly reflect our proud

history, and have, over generations,

shaped the College's provision of skills

for life and work across many specialist

technical and professional curriculum

areas. From seafaring to the creative

and communications industries, food

and hospitality, leisure, sport, building,

engineering, and business, our graduates

continue to make their mark in their

chosen fields.

At this time, our City, region, and indeed

the whole nation are looking to the

College and its graduates to re-energise

the economy and reinvigorate those

sectors that have suffered so much

from the impacts of Covid-19. Some

businesses will never recover, while

there will be opportunities for new

enterprises to flourish. City of Glasgow

College therefore has a vital role to play

in upskilling and reskilling our workforce;

preparing young people for their first

experience of employment in those areas

where opportunity lies, and others of all

ages for whom a change in career path is

necessary.

The College is committed, with our

sector colleagues in the City, and our

many regional stakeholder partners, to

maximise opportunity, liberate potential,

and meet the qualification and career

aspirations of all our learners - to

revitalise and empower the national and

local economy, and build and renew

communities. The College has made

that commitment to present and future

generations clear in our Strategic Plan,

and we shall do so "Our Way", through

Inspiration, Excellence, and Innovation.

Alisdair F Barron MBE

Chair of the Board

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