Photo Launch EventThe launch of a project to support all college and university staff handle disclosures of gender based violence takes place at Edinburgh Napier University took place on Thursday, 27 September 2018 with support from the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. Over 100,000 cards have been printed and distributed to every college and university across Scotland so that staff can have details of the national, specialist support services at their fingertips.

The idea for the cards came from Ms Fiona Drouet, mother of Emily Drouet, who tragically took her own life having experienced a campaign of gender based violence whilst a student at university. Ms Drouet founded the #EmilyTest campaign.

Read the press release.

View the media release on  pdf Inspirational Student Ilisa Stack (168 KB)  who outlined her successful journey at Colleges Scotland's Parliamentary Reception which took place on Tuesday 25 September 2018.

The Scottish Government has launched a new scheme aimed at tackling period poverty today (Friday 24 August 2018).  All colleges have embraced this policy and will be making sanitary products freely available to those who need them.  We are pleased by the Scottish Government’s announcement that funding is now available for this initiative as this will support colleges in rolling out this provision in campuses the length and breadth of the country. 

Read the Scottish Government's press release.

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Colleges have been working with employers since the Flexible Workforce Development Fund launched in autumn 2017 and we have collated a  pdf Case Studies Booklet (911 KB)  with examples of how the FWDF has been utilised in its first year.

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The college sector has big ambitions and Colleges Scotland has been working with college chairs and principals to develop a 'Statement of Ambition' ( pdf Statement of Ambition (471 KB) ) for the college sector in Scotland.

The purpose of the Statement of Ambition is to set out a vision, mission and set of values for the college sector for the next five years (2018-2023).  A set of underpinning ambition have also been outlined which will support the achievement of the vision by the sector.    

The college sector’s ambitions are wide reaching and appropriately challenging – and rightly so, as the crucial role that colleges play affect all parts of society and the economy, and can only be realised by working in genuine collaboration with our partners.

As part of the engagement process, Colleges Scotland is consulting and seeking views from key stakeholders and partners.

Please email views and feedback to Will McLeish by Friday 17 August 2018.