Carnegie College

Carnegie College (formerly Lauder College) is a further and higher education college based in Halbeath, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.

It was established in 1899, with financial support from George Lauder (whence the original name).

peacock The college stands at the forefront of education and training in Scotland, actively encouraging lifelong learning and learning for all - regardless of an individual's economic and social background.

It has around 11,000 students every year, though the majority of these are part time.

The college offers over 350 programmes at various levels, from introductory and national qualifications to higher national and degree - delivered through a collegiate model of six schools supporting education and skills for employability, wealth creation and economic development:

The college is one of West Fife’s largest employers and contributors to the local economy, employing almost 600 people with an annual turnover of £22 million. It is amongst the most financially independent college in Scotland, relying only upon around 45 per cent funding from the Scottish Funding Council.

Executive Management TeamThe Principal is Professor Bill Mcintosh, supported by a senior management team comprising of Janet Mccauslin, David Neilson and Ian Allison. Recent restructuring has brought in an additional layer of management, called 'Heads of School' and each Head of School is responsible for three or four Assistant Heads of School. This means that the College is co-ordinated by some 30 managers, a senior management team and the Principal. In addition to this team, The Board of Management oversees all decisions made by the Principal. It is chaired by Graham Bowstead. The Board also contains representatives from the staff: the teaching staff are represented by Mr Graham Watt, and support staff are represented by Ms Elizabeth Buchanan.

The College recognises two trades unions: the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and Unison.

LocationIt is proximate to the M90 motorway at the east end of Dunfermline. It is easily reached from most parts of Fife, Kinross-shire and [Clackmannanshire] . It has smaller campuses throughout west Fife, including the former Royal Dockyard at Rosyth. It also works in partnership with West Fife Enterprises - a local training initiative based in the West Fife Villages.

A recent report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education gave the College a high standard of review. The College Review awarded seven grades of Very Good and one grade of Good, with special praise for access and inclusion, guidance, quality improvement and leadership. In the Subject Review there were grades of Very Good in every subject area, with outstanding success for Computing (7 Very Good), Art and Design (5 Very Good), Care (5 Very Good) and Science (4 Very Good).

Name Change

The college changed its name from Lauder College to Carnegie College in November 2007. The change of name was given formal approval by the Scottish Government on Friday 30 November 2007.

peacock Chairman of the Board of Management Graham Bowstead stated “The decision of the Board has been made easier by the overwhelming wave of support that we have received from all of our partners, stakeholders, staff and not least our students and employers. We have consulted with almost 1000 individuals with over 96% of respondents in favour of a change name. Within the education sector there was unanimous support from Colleges and Universities with many Principals and Chief Executives believing that the Carnegie name will only enhance further the global recognition of this College and the Scottish Education System. No longer will we be deemed to be located in the Scottish Borders near the town of Lauder, or related in some way to Harry Lauder, of music hall fame, but linked to Dunfermline, home of Andrew Carnegie.

"We have been delighted and reassured by the almost unanimous support of the local community, and the enthusiasm, energy and excitement generated locally by the announcement. Almost instantly local people understand how this reinvigoration of the College will benefit local people, local businesses, and local communities.

“Within the business community there has been huge support for the name change with many expressing the commonly held opinion that not only would the name change raise the profile of the College but it would enhance the status of Dunfermline and its environs.”

Despite this high level of support, some criticisms were raised and debate was held in the letters page of the Dunfermline Press.


ee also

* List of further and higher education colleges in Scotland

External links

* [ Carnegie College]
* [ HMIE Review]
* Dunfermline Press []

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