Graeme Hyslop, Principal of Langside College, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2010. This is in recognition of his contribution to Scottish Further Education and his involvement with the local community.
Graeme has been employed in the College sector for over 25 years following a period in Higher Education as a lecturer in Social Sciences.
Initially he worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Reid Kerr College in Paisley before becoming a Further Education Officer with Strathclyde Regional Council where he was responsible for strategic planning, European Structural Funds and adult education.
In 1991 Graeme joined Langside College as Depute Principal and since 1999 has been the Principal.
The last few years, under Graeme’s leadership, have marked an exciting period in the College’s history.
In 2007, the learning establishment celebrated 60 years providing excellent training and education to the Southside of Glasgow. It is currently in phase two of building a state of the art facility on the existing footprint of the College.
Graeme is involved with many educational committees including being elected by his fellow Scottish College principals to serve on the Board of the Association of Scotland’s Colleges. More recently Graeme has fulfilled a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.
Graeme is also an advocate for the Southside of Glasgow and participates on many local committees tasked with the economic development and regeneration of the area including being Chair of the Resources Committee of the Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency.
On receiving the OBE, Graeme said: ‘I am immensely honoured to be awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours but humble enough to know that it is the efforts of hundreds of people that are recognised by this award. All of my staff have made it possible.
‘I am nothing without the extraordinary support of my family, friends and colleagues over the years.’
Graeme has enjoyed a full and varied career including being a columnist for the Times Educational Supplement.
Married with one daughter, he considers himself to be a ‘true public servant’ as three generations of his family have worked in the public sector.
Arthur Hyslop, Graeme’s father, a former pupil of Allan Glen’s School, was the City Engineer (Depute Director of Strathclyde’s Roads) and his daughter Amy is presently a history teacher at Turnbull High School in Bishopbriggs and Fernhill School in Rutherglen.
Graeme was educated at the High School of Glasgow and has studied and worked at each of Glasgow’s three universities.
He is also a committed trade unionist and has been involved in supporting the establishment of Scottish Union Learning. Unusually for a College Principal, he continues to be a proud member of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS)