College merger

The long-anticipated Fife College finally came into being earlier this month, with the merger of Carnegie College, Adam Smith College and parts of Elmwood College.

Combining, as it does, the strongest elements from these three institutions, an opportunity now exists for the new regional college to become one of Scotland’s foremost educational and training centres. Read more of this post

S4M-07368: Welcoming the New Fife College

That the Parliament welcomes the establishment of the new Fife College, following the merger of Adam Smith College, Carnegie College and parts of Elmwood College; congratulates its Principal, Mr Hugh Logan, on his appointment to lead the college, and extends its best wishes to the staff, students and the Fife community on what it sees as this exciting new development.

Supported by: Nigel Don, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, David Torrance

Date Lodged: 01/08/13

“New chapter” for education in Fife

Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker has welcomed the creation of the new Fife College, following today’s (Thursday’s) merger of Carnegie College, Adam Smith College and parts of Elmwood College.

The merger is a result of the Scottish Government’s regionalisation plans, which aim to improve the funding and structuring of colleges and to widen opportunities.

Mr Walker said: “Today’s merger begins a new chapter for education here in Fife. It opens up a wealth of opportunities to improve learning. Read more of this post

Manufacturing in Scotland

The Scottish Government sent out a clear and strong commitment to manufacturing when they chose Falkirk-based bus and coach manufacturer Alexander Dennis as the venue to launch the paper “Scotland’s economy: the case for independence”. Alexander Dennis produces around half of the UK’s buses, in addition to sending vehicles around the world. It is a high-skilled operation, which employs a number of west Fifers.

Manufacturing is key to a successful and sustainable Scottish economy right now and in the future.  We already have a strong manufacturing sector supporting the prosperous oil, gas and renewable energies industries. These areas are all of great importance to Dunfermline and nearby Rosyth, through, for example, FMC Technologies and Babcock Engineering. Carnegie College, in addition, provides first-class manufacturing and energy training. Read more of this post

New College, New Name, New Principal

CollegeFriday 15 March 2013 was an historic day for Fife when the Partnership Board, overseeing the merger of Carnegie and Adam Smith Colleges, gave their formal approval of the merger proposal and their commitment to form a new college in Fife.

Following a consultation process involving students, staff, stakeholders and employers the Board agreed to recommend that, from the planned Vesting Day on 1 August  2013, the new organisation should be known as Fife College, which was the name supported by the majority of respondents.

The new college Principal will be Hugh Logan who is currently Principal of Motherwell College. Mr Logan was previously Principal of North Highland College, and has held a variety of posts in colleges as well as working in industry and secondary education. Read more of this post

Fife Colleges Collaboration

Following months of consultation, Carnegie College has confirmed it will seek the creation of a Regional College for Fife before a Tertiary Education Institute with Edinburgh’s Napier University.

The College has consulted extensively with students, staff, the community and industry stakeholders, as well as holding intensive discussions with Adam Smith College, Elmwood College and Edinburgh’s Napier University. Read more of this post

Carnegie Students’ East End Artwork

Students from Dunfermline’s Carnegie College have visited East End Park to survey their wall-mural intended to capture the spirit of Dunfermline. Read more of this post

Swinney’s Budget is Good News for Carnegie College

Bill Walker, MSP for Dunfermline, has welcomed Finance Secretary John Swinney’s funding announcements for the Further Education sector as good news for Carnegie College. Read more of this post

Carnegie College to Collaborate With Other Fife Colleges

An announcement that colleges are to be organised into 12 regions and collaborate within those regions has been welcomed by SNP MSP Bill Walker. Read more of this post

Sustainable Technology Centre

I was pleased to be invited to recently open the Sustainable Technology Centre, based in the Halbeath Campus of Carnegie College.  This is a purpose-built Centre with the latest equipment for training technicians and installers in environmentally friendly technology. Read more of this post

Season’s Greetings

As 2011 draws to a close, I wish to extend my best Christmas and New Year wishes to everyone.
My thoughts, at this time of year, go out to those for whom the festive period is a challenging time, particularly the elderly and the infirm, our Armed Forces and their families, and others who cannot be with their loved ones. Read more of this post

Carnegie College Sustainable Technology Centre

Carnegie College’s latest training centre for sustainable construction and micro-renewable technologies was officially opened by Bill Walker MSP on Thursday 8 December. Read more of this post