Langside College and Sodexo have the recipe for success according to a leading award giving body.
The Southside college with its commercial partner Sodexo, has developed a unique SVQ Food Preparation and Cooking course. Aimed at students from schools offering Additional Support for Learning it provides 20 places and has a long waiting list.
The collaboration involves schoolchildren and adults with special needs working in the College canteen which is run by Sodexo.
This partnership took the College and Sodexo to the London finals of the Premises and Facilities Management Awards on 7 November. There they won the ‘Partners in Service to the Community’ category. This was the first year the category was available.
Hosted by Gabby Logan, the gala evening heard the judges were impresed by the incredibly successful course. ‘It is providing a fantastic springboard to further education and to the world of work,’ said the judges. ‘The partnership demonstrated an outstanding collaboration that is delivering excellent academic outcomes for the College and its students while providing quality services to an excellent learning environment and community facility.”
John Rafferty, director of care, health and wellbeing at Langside College said: “Sodexo has enriched our course delivery in more ways than we could have imagined. This has enabled us to offer genuine vocational opportunities to some of our most vulnerable learners and so help us meet our community remit.”
Graham Box, Sodexo’s managing director for Scotland said: “We are thrilled that our partnership at Langside College has been recognised with this award. As part of our sustainability strategy, known as the Better Tomorrow Plan, we have a commitment to supporting the local communities in which we operate.”
Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside Colleges have now formally agreed to merge. The decision was made at a joint meeting of the Boards on Monday 30 July. Mark Toma, chairman of the Cardonald Board of Management, said: ‘We are delighted at the prospect of merging with Anniesland and Langside. We are three strong and successful colleges and as one unit we will be a stronger force in education in Scotland.’ Anniesland chairman, Ken MacAldowie, commented: ‘If there were any two colleges that we would want to merge with, then it would be Cardonald and Langside. We work well together and we will continue to work well together to take forward this proposal and produce the best outcome for our learners, staff and stakeholders.’ Chair of Langside Board of Management, Brian Keegan, added: ‘We are absolutely delighted to move forward with this. Our aim is that it will broaden the opportunities for our learners and staff, and enable us to contribute more to our stakeholders and communities.’ The legal due diligence was conducted by the legal firm Anderson Strathern, and the financial due diligence by the chartered accountants Scott-Moncrieff. Both firms confirmed that there were no legal or financial obstacles to the proposed merger. Murray McCall, a partner at Anderson Strathern, said: ‘This has been by far the most straightforward college merger proposal that we have dealt with. It is a tribute to the management and staff at all three colleges that we have got to this stage so quickly and it bodes well for the future of the proposed new college.’ The three colleges serve the south and west of Glasgow and have a combined student body of approximately 30,000. They began merger talks earlier this year in response to the Scottish Government’s reform agenda for further education in Scotland. A full internal and external consultation on the proposed merger will be launched on August 27 and will run until November 16. The planned vesting date for the new college is August 2013. All three colleges have stressed that courses will continue as normal at their institution during the ongoing merger process.
ABOUT THE COLLEGES:
Anniesland College is in the West End of Glasgow at Hatfield Drive. A brand new state-of-the-art campus was opened in August 2010. It is organised into five teaching departments, providing 8,000 students with full-time and part-time courses in areas such as Business and Digital Technologies, Care Health and Communities, Creative Industries and Sport, Engineering and Construction and English and Highers. The five departments offer a range of qualifications from SQA Intermediate 1 and 2 and Highers up to Higher National Diploma (HND) level. The College maintains close connections with local universities to enable student articulation into related degree programmes. It also works in conjunction with local secondary schools and offers a wide range of link courses for school pupils.
Cardonald College is a major provider of further and higher education, in South-West Glasgow based at Mosspark Drive. With an annual turnover of £20 million, the College is home to over 2,000 full-time students, 10,000 part-time students and 400 staff (full time equivalent). The College is accredited by many awarding bodies such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), VTCT, City & Guilds, CISCO and Microsoft and has excellent links with major universities and art schools across the country. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
Langside College was established in 1947 and has been delivering quality education and training to the residents of the South-side of Glasgow and beyond for more than 60 years. It holds awards for quality including Investors in People. The College enrols more than 7,000 students annually, of whom, over 1,500 are from countries outwith the European Union. Its new campus on Battlefield Road, was formally opened earlier this year where it delivers a comprehensive range of courses at various levels covering childcare, greenkeeping and horticulture among many subjects.
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)
By Elyas Hussain
An estimated 15,000 people turned out for the annual Southside Festival, and all of them had a wonderful time. The location was changed, however, from Queen’s Park to Queen’s Park Recreation Ground because there are old coal mines under the Park and there were concerns about the ground collapsing under the weight of the crowd, the marquees and all the equipment.
The day started with a procession from Shawlands Academy, down Pollokshaws Road, Allison Street, Victoria Road and along Queen’s Park Drive into the Rec grounds.
Local Councillor, Bailie Margot Clark formally welcomed everyone.
There were different zones for the different activities. Art and music were in the Glasshouses. The acoustic stage was located in Queen’s Park Bowling Club. The other things were inside the park and included a Relaxation Zone, Tai Chi, yoga, Indian head massage, Capoeira and much more.
The Fitness Activity Marquee, gave people a chance to try different sports. Rides and a climbing wall suited all ages. An Integration Community Marquee offered a wide range of music, songs and performance from Egyptian dancers to Theatre Nemo Choir.
At the main stage, performances from Shawlands Academy Dance Group to the Langside Band were well received.
The Band’s lead singer, Dalian Dooley (18), is studying music at Langside College. She and her four class colleagues set up the group. Said Dalian: I’m really happy with the response we’ve had and with my performance. This was our first time playing at the festival and it was great fun.’
One festival goer who was there with his wife and children, was Andrew Card (37) from Cathcart. He said: ‘It’s been really good fun and the kids really enjoyed going on the rides.’
Andrew Montgomery, Chairperson of the Southside Festival, told the LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW: ‘We are really delighted with the turn out. Everybody has had a wonderful time with a wide range of activities on offer. It has been an improvement on last year’s events. It takes a full year to prepare with 30 volunteers. I would like to thank everybody who has supported and helped out with the festival.’
Health and welfare were the big issues as Castlemilk Community Centre when it opened its doors to half-a-dozen projects keen to meet with local people and spread word of their services.
The open days was organised by Momentum Scotland, the Govan-based not-for-profit organisation that battles for the interests of the disabled and for the rebuilding of lives after serious injury or illness.
Momentum, which is also campaigning in Castlemilk against social exclusion, was joined by a number of associate organisations, including East End-based Hope Scotland, which is promoting its relationships project under the banner ‘joining up families’.
Elaine O’Rourke of Hope said: ‘There are no labels, there’s no stigma, it’s about what we can do to help families and make things a bit better for them.
‘A lot of the support is emotional, some of it is practical – it might be like tackling worries at school, or with social work.’
Hope workers recognise the huge pressure families come under, with money problems endemic in some parts of Glasgow. Founded in 1989 to help families of prisoners cope with the stress of their situation, Hope’s work over the past 10 years has sharpened its focus on a broad spectrum of family issues.
Elaine added: ‘We do outreach, we go out into local communities and let people know that we are here, we do home visits, we take people out shopping or visiting, if that’s what they want. We also deliver courses to parents of teenagers.
‘We are recruiting volunteers and what we look for in people is commitment, care and compassion. We find there’s a need for our services and volunteers in communities all over Glasgow and we are from these communities, we’re parents, we were brought up here and we know the issues.’
Maureen Franks is Employment Development Worker for hosts Momentum, which invited Glasgow Scottish Action on Mental Health (SAMH), Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency and Health Spot among others, to the Castlemilk event.
‘We run seven programmes,’ said Maureen. ‘We help people with brain injury and with mental health issues. One of the programmes we run is Fresh Start, which is a 20-week programme for people who really just need to build their confidence, get a bit of structure into their lives and by the end of the period are able to move into voluntary work, to college and even look at work. That is the aim.’
Maureen said Momentum has identified a need for its services in Castlemilk, especially for Fresh Start.
Langside College highlighted one of the difficulties facing organisations. ‘There is a campus in Castlemilk but some people aren’t ready to travel to our brand new main college building in Langside when they move on in their college needs. That is a big issue.’