Dundee and Angus College (D&A) has been hailed by Education Scotland in a report published today (Friday).
The full inspection of the college’s provision and services was carried out in April - and principal Christina Potter is delighted with the findings.
“When we were first informed that Education Scotland’s inspectors were going to conduct a review of the college, my message to staff was to see this as an opportunity not a challenge, and to show off just how good we are,” said the principal.
“This has been borne out with the report highlighting that D&A College student withdrawal rates are very low and learner success rates are significantly higher than the national sector average; learning and teaching is described as strong, as is the relationship between staff and learners.
“The inspectors also described the college as being greatly valued by industry and the community, which I find particularly pleasing as one of our aims is to be a highly-sought-after partner.
“The contents of this report give me confidence that we are well on our way to achieve our ambition of being sector leading by 2016.”
Despite the review taking place just five months after Vesting Day, when the former Dundee and Angus Colleges merged to become the new college, one of the things that impressed the inspectors was how smoothly the merger was progressing, with staff ensuring business as usual for students while successfully integrating various systems, procedures and processes.
“The Rapid Improvement Events, adopted by the college in a bid to bring staff together to accelerate integration, so impressed the inspectors that they flagged them up as one of the ‘Examples of Excellence’ in the report,” said Ms Potter.
“It pays testament to the D&A College staff that, having faced unprecedented change over the past couple of years, they have continued to demonstrate confidence, resilience and positivity. I feel both proud and privileged to lead a college where teamwork and talent is so evident.”
David Sawers, chair of the Board of Management, said: “During the merger process, the Board agreed that maintaining business as usual for students and ensuring the highest quality of learner experience was paramount.
“I am delighted the findings of the Inspectors confirm this has been achieved.
“We already have the beginnings of a great college and over the coming years we will extend and enhance our provision in order to ensure we deliver the very best for students, employers and the communities we serve”.