South Lanarkshire College has three strategic priorities: Successful Students; Highest-Quality Education and Support and Sustainable Behaviours.
Student attainment rates are increasing and almost all full-time students enter a positive destination on course completion, including progressing directly to a job.
East Kilbride, the sixth largest conurbation in Scotland, is fast-growing, with around 10,000 new homes under construction and planned over the next five years. Around 5,500 students and 366 staff are accommodated in three buildings on our college’s 5.5 hectare estate. Our low-energy buildings have won multiple awards for their innovative and sustainable credentials and for their positive, widespread impact on promoting sustainable behaviours. We’ve delivered growth in activity of nearly 40% over the past six years alongside a programme of campus change.
Our curriculum covers all levels across Access, Senior Phase, Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, Scottish Wider Access Programmes, Further Education, Higher Education, unique industry-led qualifications and a Degree programme. We’re a multiple award-winning organisation with consistently high student attainment rates. This reflects the commitment of our staff, their enthusiasm, positive ethos and culture, which transmits to our students and has a positive impact on student outcomes.
We’re the first college to achieve Investors in People at Platinum level, a third UK Green Gown award in November 2017 and an “Outstanding” BREEAM award for sustainability in January 2016. We continue to be accredited formally as a Leader in Diversity. Our students, in partnership with NUS, led the audit process which enabled the college to be re-accredited with the “Responsible Futures” award. Staff and students support a range of charity work and raise over £10,000 per year towards good causes.
We deliver our high levels of student outcomes, with one of the lower unit costs in the sector, on a turnover of £18m per year. We aim to return a balanced budget and have always achieved this.
Our staff work actively in key partnership arrangements with Local Authorities, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), employers and the Scottish Funding Council. We contribute positively to outcomes for students in Lanarkshire and also to the wider Glasgow City Region Deal area.