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8 Welcome to our Annual Report.

This year has been both exceptional

and challenging in equal measure.

With the coronavirus pandemic,

we find ourselves in the grip of an

unprecedented global crisis. It has

required agility, flexibility and innovation

from our college and I am proud to say

our Team City more than stepped up to

ensure we continue to deliver excellent

teaching and a supportive learning

environment through a new blended

online and on-campus curriculum.

We took the decision early to close

our twin site campus on 17 March

and a number of tertiary institutions

immediately followed our lead. In a

single working day, we transitioned

some 1,600 staff and tens of

thousands of students relatively

seamlessly to purposeful home/remote

teaching and working with all available

tech support allocated; although of

course this was not possible for some

practical courses. As Scotland's super

college we also played a central role

as a civic anchor in our community

during this time of emergency. That

ranged from delivering 17,000 PPE

items to charities and vulnerable

groups across Glasgow. We made

£1.3m of government-supported

funding available to purchase some

2,000 new laptops for students to

ensure digital learning and teaching is

delivered, and to minimise any potential

exclusion of those students most in

need. We also further invested over

£340,000 in our twin campuses to

keep staff and students safe, deploying

a comprehensive range of safety

measures in accordance with Scottish

Government guidance - including the

addition of 10,000 safety signs, 120

Perspex screens, 400 hand sanitiser

stations and making available extensive

PPE equipment such as 40,000

reusable face masks and 55,000

disposable gloves.

As we recover and restart our

economy, City of Glasgow College is

already playing a pivotal role leading

the response in some of those sectors

most impacted by the pandemic -

retail, hospitality, tourism, construction,

manufacturing and creative industries.

Throughout lockdown our college

continued to train Scotland's workforce

remotely, delivering over 290 courses,

and training just over 2,300 employees.

To date, over 70 programmes

have been developed that can be

undertaken online with hundreds of

participants at any one time.

More broadly, since our pathfinder

merger in 2010, we are proud to have

supported over 100,000 graduates

in acquiring recognised qualifications,

and to have engaged with employers

and education partners to build a

curriculum of over 1,200 courses

across four faculties. As we mark our

10 year anniversary, City of Glasgow

College is positioned as a top

performing college across the UK for

technological and vocational provision,

building a network of 2,000 industry

partners. And in doing all this, our

college improves Glasgow's wellbeing,

playing a vital role in supporting people

from all backgrounds to fulfil their

economic potential. A forthcoming

study by the Fraser of Allander Institute

reports that, as a result of the eight

graduate cohorts covering the period

2011/12 to 2018/19, the Scottish

economy will be better off by over £6

billion in present value terms over the

long-term - or £56,000 per graduate.

The Cumberford Little Report,

commissioned by the Scottish

Government, co-authored by myself

and Audrey Cumberford, Principal

of Edinburgh College, and published

in February 2020, set out a clear

blueprint for the future of Scotland's

colleges, placing them as civic

anchors for economic and social

renewal. Co-authoring the report left

me as proud as ever of our sector

and the incredible role it plays in the

development and shaping of people's

lives, as well as Scotland's future.

Covid-19 is still creating unparalleled

social and economic challenges. I have

no doubt we will prevail together and

that colleges will remain central into

the delivery of Scotland's economic

recovery. Our college remains

enthusiastic in its approach to working

with partners to skill, re-skill and upskill

learners of all ages at any point in

their likely multiple careers. Now more

than ever, lifetime learning must be

enshrined and available to all of us -

and City of Glasgow College stands

ready to make that a reality.

Paul GK Little

Principal & CEO

City of Glasgow College Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20

Statement from the Principal

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