Welcome from the Chair, Andy Kerr
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 last year, it has been an honour to work with colleagues and students alike. 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 are focused on Successful Students, Highest-Quality Education and Support and Sustainable Behaviours.
As Principal and Chief Executive of our College, you will build on and further develop the outstanding achievements delivered by our retiring Principal, Stewart McKillop. You will lead a talented team with a proven track record of excellence, to identify the art of the possible and implement our new Strategic Framework. The College is known for its proactive and values-led approach and it is therefore important that you can genuinely promote and instil this ethos.
The College has an underlying surplus of 4.1% (Audit Scotland 2019), has some of the best performance indicators in the whole of Scotland and is the only College in the UK to have achieved Investors in People at Platinum level and to have been re-assessed once again this summer at this level. There is no gearing in the College of any sort and our FFR predicts a balanced budget for the next five years. These are matters important to the Board, vital drivers for the leadership team which benefit students, the community and the economy.
I believe this to be both an important and an exciting time for a new Principal and Chief Executive to lead the College and to continue and extend our positive partnering which has furthered so many successes and achievements.
You will work closely with myself as Chair and with the rest of our energetic and highly skilled Board. The Board expects the new Principal to ensure financial health, strong internal organisation and structures, strategic design, management and leadership. However, this role is so much more; it is about engaging with a full range of stakeholders, partners and inspired followers so that we stay at the forefront of what we do, and ensuring that creativity, innovation and high-achievement are not things that are just done but rather who we are.
We are seeking an exceptional individual who will be as proud to lead this organisation as I am.
Message from Stewart McKillop, Principal
South Lanarkshire College is one of the top performing colleges in the UK and has outstanding student results.
The College has a student population of 5,500 and a staffing compliment of 366. The College delivers 50,000 credits, a third of which are at advanced HN level. The College has grown by 40% over the last 6 years and continues to expand. The College is located in the sixth largest conurbation in Scotland.
South Lanarkshire College was the first college in the UK to achieve Investors in People at Platinum Standard and was also the first to have been re-assessed at this level. No other college has received a better Education Scotland Report. The College was rated as excellent for Leadership is financially robust and had an underlying operating surplus of 4.1% in 2017/18 (Audit Scotland 2019). There is no debt within the organisation and the College is anticipating a balanced budget for the next five years.
The College has a state-of-the-art campus in which we have recently invested a further £1.5 million.
The College has an outstanding Board of Management and has recently published the next five years Strategic Framework.
I have been extremely well supported during my time as Principal by three excellent Chairs and a great Board of Management. I have also had wonderful support from my Senior Management and College Management Teams but without the support of my immediate staff, I would not have been able to lead the College to its outstanding success. I am enormously proud of what the College staff have achieved and I have enjoyed all that we have done together.
Our students have been at the centre of everything that we have achieved.
I wish the successful candidate every success for the future.
Stewart McKillop (College Principal)