Regional partnership ‘Handyperson’ course helps to upskill staff
Upskilling staff members is vital in ensuring that any business runs effectively, and this was the case for a number of Scottish Borders Council employees, who recently undertook the bespoke Handyperson training with Borders College Business Development Unit. The College, in partnership with the Council, designed and delivered the training course, with the aim of increasing the flexibility of staff and enabling them to respond effectively with issues arising within the Council’s estates.
College leads on Regional STEM Hub
The Scottish Government has recently established a National STEM Hub Steering Group, with a network of regional STEM hubs situated throughout the Country. Borders College is the lead organisation for the Borders Regional STEM Hub, which includes a number of partners:
College students and staff ‘Meet the Candidates’
With the General Election fast approaching, Borders College Students’ Association decided to get involved by holding a Hustings in the Student Refectory, giving students and staff the opportunity to put their questions forward to their party representatives.
Appointment of Chair to Borders College
Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair to Borders College. The appointment will be for up to four years from 3 March 2020.
BASE Mountain Biking receives top accolade
Borders College has plenty reason to be cheerful after their BASE Mountain Biking Programme bagged the Academic to Business Project of the Year Award at the recently held Scottish Mountain Biking Awards.
Staff and students ready to take on the stern ‘Row Britannia’ challenge
Borders College have recently signed up to the national rowing challenge ‘Row Britannia’ to help raise money for Sport Relief and raise awareness of mental health. The challenge involves a collective team of staff and students, aptly named the BCSA Tartan Monkeys, rowing a total 2020 miles between 12th November 2019 and 13th March 2020, with the aim of raising £3000 for charity.
Dale scoops top prize at College Development Network Awards
Borders College lecturer Dale Clancy is celebrating after scooping the Digital Learning Award at the recent College Development Network Annual Awards. Accompanied by Assistant Principal Heather Anderson and Programme Manager for Digitalisation of Delivery Conor Bradley, Dale travelled to Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel to enjoy an evening celebrating the successes and achievements of many outstanding projects and initiatives being delivered by colleges throughout Scotland.
Fill your stockings at the Borders College Xmas Fayre
Haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet? Looking for some small treats to fill those stockings? If so, Borders College will once again be holding its annual Christmas Fayre on 5th December 2019 from 10am – 2pm at the Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels.
Unique BASE Mountain Biking recognised at Scottish Awards
This year’s Scottish Mountain Biking Awards is about to get underway, and The Borders College BASE Mountain Biking course has been recognised and shortlisted for an award. The event, which has grown considerably over the last three years, will this year be held at the Tweed Valley, after previously being held in Aviemore and Glasgow, and the College will be hoping to come home with an award.
Borders College Students Meet the Debate Night Team
On the 6th November 2019, a young team of fresh-faced college students made their way to the Heart of Hawick to lend their hand for the filming of the BBC Debate Night episode that was taking place there.
College ‘Memory Café’ helping in fight against dementia
A greater awareness and understanding of dementia means that more people are now being diagnosed and receiving the treatment and support needed, and Borders College has taken this on board with the launch of the new Memory Café. The café, situated in the College Restaurant, is being run by the Skills for Learning & Work 1 students, who are currently studying hospitality units as part of their course. They offer tea and coffee, and a variety of scones from 10.00am - 11.30am on the first Friday of each month.
Knowledge ‘builder’ as students visit new campus
Seeing a large construction site in progress is an excellent way for students to gain vital knowledge in the construction processes involved, and this was the case for one group of Borders College students after a visit to the new Jedburgh Community Campus, being built by BAM Construction. The Borders College City & Guilds Joinery class recently visited the site with the aim of seeing first-hand the ins and outs of how such a project is run and managed
Make-up masterclass lays ‘foundation’ for beauty students
Borders College recently welcomed former Beauty Therapy student Emma Needham into the Salon for a special make-up masterclass, delivered to Level 2 Beauty Therapy students in the training salon at Galashiels.
College student Braden makes history in Hawick
A BORDERS College student has made history after becoming the youngest member of Hawick Community Council. Braden George, who is 17, joined the new-look group after members of the public were invited to put their names forward.
Future’s bright as Digital Ambition Roadshow comes to College
The future of learning was top of the agenda this week as the Digital Ambition Roadshow began their tour of a number of Scotland’s colleges, and Borders College was second in line to host the event. Staff and student representatives were invited along to a workshop and given the opportunity to have their say on what future learning will look like in ten years.