Principal at Glasgow Kelvin College

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the opportunity to become Glasgow Kelvin College’s new Principal and Chief Executive.

Glasgow Kelvin College was formed in November 2013 following the merger of three local Colleges as part of the Scottish Government’s Regionalisation Agenda. The current Principal was appointed at the time of merger and has led developments to create a community-based College which serves the communities of the North and East of Glasgow and beyond. Glasgow Kelvin College strives to provide life-changing opportunities for all its learners.

Glasgow Kelvin is one of three assigned Colleges in Glasgow and works collaboratively with City of Glasgow and Glasgow Clyde Colleges and in partnership with Glasgow College’s Regional Board for the benefit of Glasgow City as a whole.

Our College is a shining example of the positive benefits of merger. It is well managed, well governed and financially sustainable and the current Principal, his senior team and indeed all staff are responsible for the success of the College. The Board of Management support and constructively challenge the Executive and were particularly delighted in 2016 when Glasgow Kelvin College was cited by Audit Scotland as being an exemplar of strong governance and transparency.

With our Principal retiring at the end of the current academic session, we require a new Principal and Chief Executive who will build on the success of Glasgow Kelvin College and lead it through its next stage of development. This is a challenging and exciting role and the Board are looking for a strategic thinker who will lead and motivate the staff to continue to deliver for the benefit of our learners and our communities. It is imperative that the successful candidate demonstrates a strong empathy with the mission, vision, ethos and values of Glasgow Kelvin College which lie at the heart of everything we do.

If you are passionate and motivated to make a real difference and ultimately transform lives through education, we would love to hear from you.

I wish you well with your application


Ian Patrick, Chair of the Board of Management

Glasgow Kelvin College is the key provider of accessible vocational skills and core-skills learning in the North and East of the city. It delivers high quality introductory to degree-level programmes to around 16,000 learners each year across four campuses which sit in the heart of their communities, and through a large network of community-based centres.

As one of three colleges in the Glasgow Region, Glasgow Kelvin College works closely with its sister colleges to ensure a quality learner experience which equips its learners to progress in their working, personal and civic life.

Engaging with its communities that experience high levels of deprivation, the College works with partners and employers to create and deliver relevant industry-standard programmes and inclusive progression opportunities in a vibrant and sustainable environment for the learners, communities and stakeholders which it serves.

The College mission is ‘Transforming lives through education’, with a vision to ‘enhance our learners’ aspirations, careers and lives through accessible, inclusive, high quality lifelong learning.’

The College Strategic priorities for 2018 – 2021 emphasise that it is:

• Working to develop our students, communities and curriculum
• Working to develop our own skills
• Working in partnership, and
• Working sustainably, transparently and collaboratively

Number and range of learners

With over 18,000 enrolments from 15,200 learners in 2016/17, the College learner population is diverse and dynamic. At the last Student Satisfaction survey, 97% of learners reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their College experience.

79% of learners are from the Glasgow area and the age profile reveals that some 49% are aged 25yrs and over. The College’s strong relationship with local secondary schools through its Senior Phase and Youth Access programmes is borne out by the fact that around 16% of learners are aged under 16yrs.

In addition, a reflection of the intrinsic relationship the College has with its local communities is evident from an examination of the learner profile where 50% of learners live in the most deprived 10% of Scotland’s communities (SIMD2016).

The College Leaver Destinations report reveals that almost 97% of full-time learners progressed to employment or further study in 2018.

Glasgow Kelvin College’s Curriculum Offer

The College ethos focuses on the progression of learners through their learning journey, whatever their starting point. The curriculum, therefore, offers part-time flexible learning from introductory level right through to full-time advanced study linking with degree-level programmes.

The offer is framed around the abilities and aspirations of learners and is driven by the skills needs of a growing economy with vocationally relevant qualifications which align with employment opportunities. Most mainstream programmes contain a work-experience element.

Activity seeks to address economic sectors which are of key importance to the city and Glasgow Region:

• Health and Social Care, Early Years and Childcare
• Administration, Financial and Business Services
• Creative and Digital Industries
• Engineering and Construction
• Food, Drink, Hospitality and Leisure
• Life and Chemical Sciences

The majority of qualifications delivered by the College are accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) from NQ level, through HNC/D, with others accredited by external agencies such as City and Guilds.

There is a significant amount of apprenticeship training provided for young people on block release from their employers. In addition, the College works with Skills Development Scotland to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and the new Graduate Apprenticeship.

All College programmes have embedded within them an element of personal development with planned expansion in the delivery of meta-skills to enhance communication, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills.

A significant proportion of provision is geared towards specific ‘vulnerable’ groups of learners who may require additional support, people with learning disabilities, addiction issues, challenging behaviours or young people who are supported through the local authority (young people with experience of the care system). The College works closely with practitioner partners to ensure a relevant and supportive learning journey for all its learners.

The College also works with community partners to deliver learning to third sector groups, opening up that all-important path back into education for many excluded individuals. A significant proportion of this is provided through the John Wheatley Learning Network, an asset-based approach which supports learning in 44 centres in and around Glasgow, with access to IT resources and tutor-supported classes. Glasgow Kelvin works closely with its partners to ensure the continuing success and expansion of the network which is part-funded by a major housing provider and the local authority.

More information can be found at:

The Video below provides an insight into how the College works in partnership with its local communities…

This video provides an insight to some of the College’s 2018 highlights…

Click here to download College Strategic Operational Plan 2018 – 2021
Click here to download Glasgow Regional Outcome Agreement 2018 – 2019
Click here to download Annual Report and Financial Statements 2016 – 2017
Click here to download College Performance Indicators 2017 – 2018
Providing inspiring leadership to staff and learners, the new Principal will provide strategic direction to ensure the continued financial sustainability of the College and delivery against key strategic and operational objectives in line with the Board’s Strategic Plan and the Regional Outcome Agreement.

In addition to ensuring the College continues to deliver high quality outcomes for learners, benefits for its stakeholders and value for money for its funders, the new Principal will ensure alignment of the College’s curriculum and services to the agreed strategic aims of the College and Glasgow Regional Boards.

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Interested candidates should provide a covering letter and a tailored CV to Douglas Adam at [email protected]

All third party applications will be forwarded to Livingston James.

Should you have questions prior to submitting an application please contact Douglas Adam, Head of Public and Not for Profit Practice, at Livingston James on 0131 220 2209.

Recruitment Timetable

Shortlist meeting (Livingston James and Glasgow Kelvin College): Wednesday 13thMarch

Final Assessment: Wednesday 20thand Thursday 21stMarch

The recruitment of this position is managed by Livingston James