Adam Smith College and Carnegie College (Regionalisation)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 26 June 2013.

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Photo of David Torrance David Torrance Scottish National Party

15. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made regarding the regionalisation of Adam Smith College and Carnegie College. (S4O-02306)

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

I have approved a proposal from Adam Smith College and Carnegie College to merge. The colleges aim for a vesting date of 1 November 2013. The necessary order has been laid in Parliament.

Photo of David Torrance David Torrance Scottish National Party

Does the cabinet secretary agree that, following an investigation into Adam Smith College, the recent report by Her Majesty’s inspectors, which was produced on behalf of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council, was excellent, considering the amount of uncertainty that staff and students have been subjected to over the past 16 months? Does he also agree that that is testament to the commitment and dedication of the college’s staff?

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

I am happy to put on record my admiration for the fortitude, perseverance and talent of the staff and the student body of Adam Smith College. I met them some weeks ago when I visited the college and I know that they are keen to ensure that, before it ceases to exist, the present board acknowledges clearly the mistakes that have been made; that the board members—many of whom were not responsible for the difficulties—recognise their corporate responsibility to apologise to the staff; and that, whatever happens in the future, such difficulties never arise again.

This has been an incredibly difficult time for Adam Smith College. I am quite sure that the college will come through it well and that the new college will do well. Adam Smith College is in a strong position ahead of its merger with Carnegie College. There needs to be continued improvement, but nobody should forget that it is the staff and students who have carried the college through.