Outdoor wellbeing space created BY students FOR students

Students at West Lothian College have created an outdoor wellbeing space on the campus by repurposing a former smoking area. The college went smoke and vape free last summer, leaving a number of shelters out of use and in danger of becoming an eyesore. Health and social care students needed to complete an enterprise unitContinue reading “Outdoor wellbeing space created BY students FOR students”

Life-changing and life-saving — a whole college approach to student wellbeing

Long before the pandemic, increasing numbers of college students were experiencing poor mental health. This increased even more over the last year due to the disruption to learning, forced social isolation, financial problems and uncertainty caused by Covid19. While most students at West Lothian College have experienced a blend of remote and campus-based learning overContinue reading “Life-changing and life-saving — a whole college approach to student wellbeing”

Building futures at West Lothian College

West Lothian College is investing £500,000 to expand its engineering and construction workshops to meet industry and student demand. The new workshop area will double the space on the campus to deliver the practical aspects of engineering and construction courses. The expansion project and the new equipment that will be installed will allow the collegeContinue reading “Building futures at West Lothian College”

West Lothian College — Our Vision, Goals, Values and Behaviours

Our vision – our WHY – is of a highly skilled, enterprising and resilient workforce. We have a vision of a highly skilled workforce because employment forecasts for West Lothian tell us that there is a greater demand for higher level skills than exists in the working age population. To have a highly skilled workforceContinue reading “West Lothian College — Our Vision, Goals, Values and Behaviours”

How West Lothian College is Supporting the Young Person’s Guarantee

In August 2020, the Scottish Government announced a Young Person’s Guarantee to support young people affected by the economic impact of Covid19. Over the next two years, the guarantee aims to give all young people the chance to succeed through a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering. In February 2021, the Scottish Funding Council announced that colleges wereContinue reading “How West Lothian College is Supporting the Young Person’s Guarantee”

A pedagogy-first approach to digital learning

Lockdown catapulted most colleges from exclusively face-to-face teaching to delivering all courses online. No blend, just full-strength online delivery! Lecturers, work-based assessors and trainers at West Lothian College threw themselves into remote delivery and worked hard to help students complete their qualifications online. In a matter of days lecturers moved all learning resources onto MoodleContinue reading “A pedagogy-first approach to digital learning”

West Lothian College students graduate at home

The main event at West Lothian College in the last week of October 2020 was our Graduate at Home ceremony and, as principal of the college, I was delighted to take part. It was more important than ever to celebrate this year’s graduates. They are the generation of students that kept going through a worldwideContinue reading “West Lothian College students graduate at home”

Colleges will help make the Young Person’s Guarantee a reality

Mass youth unemployment has featured large in my personal and professional life. As a teenager, I was one of over a million unemployed young people in the 1980s. As a civil servant, I advised government ministers and worked with partners to design initiatives to tackle youth unemployment from 2008 to 2013. As the principal ofContinue reading “Colleges will help make the Young Person’s Guarantee a reality”

West Lothian College students shine

At this year’s virtual graduation ceremony Fiona Hyslop MSP announced the winners of the West Lothian College Student of the Year awards. These awards recognise students who, on top of their academic achievement, stood out through their commitment to the college, supporting others, or achieving additional skills from work experience or volunteering. There were six awards presentedContinue reading “West Lothian College students shine”

MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2020

Over 500 students graduated from West Lothian College this year. Hundreds of new graduates with the skills, qualifications and knowledge that will make a difference to people’s lives, to communities, and to the economy at a local, regional and national level. Here’s my Principal’s message to our Class of 2020. Graduation is special, although itContinue reading “MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2020”

West Lothian College Ambassador Award presented to John McGee

The West Lothian College Ambassador Award recognises a person who has made a huge difference to our college over the year. This award essentially gives that person lifetime freedom of the college. This year, I was delighted to announce that the recipient of the West Lothian College Ambassador Award is John McGee. About a year intoContinue reading “West Lothian College Ambassador Award presented to John McGee”

ADAmant that we will debug the gender gap in tech!

Ada Lovelace Day 2020 took place on 13 October and Scottish colleges like West Lothian College are ADAmant that we will attract more girls and women into science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM). The following post is an extended version of one published by TES on Ada Lovelace Day this year. Colleges across Scotland work withContinue reading “ADAmant that we will debug the gender gap in tech!”

Your Voice, Only Louder!

On 16 June 2020 West Lothian College’s Board of Governors said farewell to our Student President and Vice President, Michelle Low and Gemma Reynolds, who had just completed a two-term period of office. Board members thanked Michelle and Gemma for their contribution to improving the quality of our students’ learning experience, for the support theyContinue reading “Your Voice, Only Louder!”

MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2019

Graduation is a special day and I was very privileged to be part of West Lothian College’s 2019 celebrations on Saturday 26 October. Sharing the success of our graduates rounded off a great year for the college. In 2018-19, we had the highest ever number of students and the best student results in over tenContinue reading “MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2019”

West Lothian College — a year in numbers

At this point in the college year, our priority is ensuring our students are settling well into their new courses. If you follow us on Twitter (@westlocoll) you will see many examples of how we’re achieving that. We also reflect on the year that has just finished to understand how we can continue to improveContinue reading “West Lothian College — a year in numbers”

Interrupt19 — Daring to be digital!

At West Lothian College we want to help address the digital skills shortage in Scotland, so that as many people as possible can take advantage of the many opportunities available now and in the future. It is widely reported that over 12,500 digital technologies job opportunities are created each year in Scotland. While 40% of people inContinue reading “Interrupt19 — Daring to be digital!”

Ambitious for West Lothian

On 14 March I welcomed 42 guests – including 30 businesses from the private sector as well as national and local stakeholders – to our award-winning Terrace training restaurant to talk about how we can make a difference together. I started as principal of West Lothian College seven months ago. Since then, I’ve spent timeContinue reading “Ambitious for West Lothian”