Ken Thomson

My call to kill pandas has inspired staff to cut red tape

One principal explains how to reduce bureaucracy by finding ‘pandas’ – practices that should have died out

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I have an unusual ambition: I want to make my college a panda-free zone. Admittedly, pandas are seldom spotted roaming central Scotland. But, in my view, there are far too many of them obstructing the efforts of our colleges, and our hard-working staff and students. Allow me to explain.

Three years ago, I became principal at Forth Valley College. Before that, I spent 20 years holding the roles of lecturer, head of department and deputy principal. When I was appointed to the top job, I knew all too well about the hefty workload and the shedload of forms that had to be filled in. I knew things ...

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