Paul Little

Colleges are bursting with untapped potential

After a turbulent period of mergers, they are fighting fit and well-placed to meet the needs of learners

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After a testing period of college mergers, trailblazed with the creation of Scotland’s first super-college – our own City of Glasgow College – in 2010, the nation’s tertiary landscape has altered dramatically.

We now have a much more dynamic ecosystem of colleges, ranging from international polytechnic-sized institutions to smaller, more regionally focused ones. All are more visible and increasingly valued by our politicians, employers and civic communities.

However, I wonder if our policymakers have really internalised our larger scale, our more efficient higher-education curriculum ...

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