Top accolade for Banff & Buchan College

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Banff and Buchan College scooped the Highly Commended award from Scotland’s Colleges for their entry into the Learner Engagement Category.

The college was shortlisted alongside Forth Valley and Kilmarnock and the results announced at the ceremony at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

The submission from the college detailed the successes of the Cultural Awareness Project (CAP) run by a group of Supported Programme students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, the Students’ Association and the Curriculum Course team. The students planned and organised cultural celebratory events throughout the college year, such as Diwali and Chinese New Year. The college was able to demonstrate how this innovative student-led project provided very positive outcomes for both students and staff.

Jim Saunders, supported programmes manager at Banff and Buchan College, said: “The Supported Programmes students benefited from integrating with mainstream groups and the wider College Community, resulting in a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence. In addition staff developed creative approaches in curriculum design and delivery and worked collaboratively across College Curriculum Teams further enhancing the student experience.”

College principal Paul Sherrington added: “This is a great accolade for the college and a significant recognition for all the hard work and effort that Susan Dubois, student engagement officer, Jim Saunders and the Student Association have put into enhancing learner engagement and equality practice within the college. These awards present a unique opportunity to celebrate successes, reward achievements and showcase to the wider community the many outstanding projects and initiatives being delivered by colleges throughout Scotland.”