Shona Struthers, CEO of Colleges Scotland, has joined the ‘choose to challenge’ message of this year’s International Women’s Day. Speaking to mark the global celebration she said: “It’s so important that, today in particular, we celebrate female leaders in all walks of life, not just for their own achievements but to inspire future female leaders.

“The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘choose to challenge’ and I would urge everyone to challenge discrimination or lack of opportunity wherever they encounter it.

“In the college sector, we’re very fortunate to have many amazing and talented female role models who are helping to educate and ensure the success of future generations of female leaders.

“On behalf of Colleges Scotland, I wish everyone a happy International Women’s Day.”


Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland 

Audrey Cumberford, Principal of Edinburgh College 

Angela Cox, Principal of Borders College 

Aileen McKechnie, Principal & CEO, South Lanarkshire College 

The EIS-FELA has voted in favour of industrial action. The action being taken by EIS-FELA is extremely disappointing after what has already been a very difficult and challenging year for staff and students across Scotland. 

Read our  pdf Comment on the EIS FELA Ballot Result - Friday 26 February 2021 (131 KB)

Following the First Minister’s announcement earlier this week, colleges are now able to bring 5% of students back onto campus for face-to-face teaching where it’s essential. Online and remote learning will, however, continue to be the norm for the vast majority of students because of the ongoing restrictions.

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Richard Lochhead MSP, has written to every student in Scotland today and sent them a video message

Read our news release:  pdf Supporting Students - Thursday 25 February 2021 (109 KB)

Colleges Scotland has commented on the Scottish Government's Summary Statistics for Attainment and Initial Leaver Destinations, No. 3: 2021 Edition report, published today (Tuesday, 23 February 2021) which shows that 28% of school leavers move into further education.  Read our  pdf Comment on School Leaver Destinations Report - Tuesday 23 Febraury 2021 (133 KB)

Colleges Scotland has commented the EIS-FELA ballot for industrial action which opened today (Friday, 5 February 2021).

Read our pdf Comment on the EIS FELA Ballot - Friday 5 February 2021 (77 KB)