Welcome from Aileen McKechnie, Principal and Chief Executive
Thank you for your interest in the position of Depute Principal at South Lanarkshire College.
Working closely with me and our team at SLC, this key role will support the highest quality outcomes for our students and drive further sustainable improvements in efficiency and effectiveness across the college, supporting our vision to become ‘Scotland’s leading college: delivering excellence’.
Our College is one of the top performing colleges in the UK, is an anchor of our local and regional community and delivers outstanding student results, year on year. I was delighted to be appointed as Principal last year and, after a few months in the role, I can say that I am immensely proud of all of my colleagues and students for the significant effort and energy invested in teaching and learning over the unprecedented period of lockdown.
South Lanarkshire College is a college which prides itself on delivering excellence. We are the highest performing college for overall student achievement and best in class for students from deprived backgrounds and from minority ethnic backgrounds. The College provides the local and wider community with the skills and training needed for both personal and economic growth without ever compromising on diversity and inclusion, offering quality opportunities to all learners, regardless of their circumstances.
Our ambition is to create the best possible learning environment and to help all our learners achieve their full potential. We have an enviable track record in ensuring that our students grow and develop, and progress positively to the next stage of their lives. Staff support and continuous professional development is critical to that success – we were the first college in the UK to be awarded Investors in People at Platinum Standard, and the first to have been re-assessed at this level. And, no other college in Scotland has received a better Education Scotland Report.
We have a student population of 5,500 and a staffing complement of around 360. Our College delivers 50,000 credits, a third of which are at advanced HN level. We are located in the sixth largest conurbation in Scotland, and we have grown by 40% over the last 6 years and continue to expand. We have a state-of-the-art campus in which we have recently invested a further £1.5 million, and an outstanding Board of Management which supports us greatly.
The last few months have been challenging for us all, but it is during times like these that the skills, experience, enthusiasm and commitment which colleagues have for their roles come to the fore. I’ve been enormously impressed by the rapid and creative response of our staff to face into this rapidly shifting environment for our students and wider college community. I am proud that the full College team continues to demonstrate real passion to do their best for our students and to secure positive outcomes for them.
We will never forget that our students are at the heart of everything that we achieve – and that our success is secured by committed staff right across the College. I am, therefore, looking for an outstanding and committed Depute Principal to work with me as we deliver for now and for the future: someone who is committed to securing success for our learners and our college; to supporting the wellbeing of our students and our staff; and who will nurture the caring community we have here at the College, working together, supporting one another, encouraging success.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the distinguished career of Depute Principal, Angus Allan, who will be retiring later in this year. Although Angus and I haven’t worked together for long, I would like to thank him for his commitment and dedication to the College, and to recognise his contributions to the wider College sector.
If you’re excited by the challenge of thriving in an ambitious, educational environment, want to share in our journey towards excellence and have a demonstrable track-record of delivery, I very much welcome your application.
Principal and Chief Executive
Message from Andy Kerr, Chair of the Board
As someone born and brought up in East Kilbride and living locally in Lanarkshire, it is a privilege to serve as Chair of South Lanarkshire College, and since my appointment in 2018, it has been an honour to work with colleagues and students alike.
The recent appointment of Aileen McKechnie as Principal and Chief Executive has given us a reason to celebrate; myself and the Board are delighted that Aileen has joined us. During this unprecedented time of adjusting to new ways of working in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Aileen and the team which she leads have brought tireless effort and energy in difficult times, of which I am immensely proud.
We are a College dedicated to and focused on delivering excellence for our students, our colleagues, and our communities. We are working together to drive our vision of being ‘Scotland’s Leading College’, and through our strategic framework, we are focused on Successful Students, Highest-Quality Education and Support and Sustainable Behaviours.
I believe this to be both an important and an exciting time for a new Depute Principal to join the College and to extend our success so that we can continue deliver excellence for our students.
We are seeking an exceptional individual who will be as proud to be involved with South Lanarkshire College as I am.
Chair of the Board