Crich­ton cam­pus visit by min­is­ter

Swin­ney ‘pleased’ to be back in town

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney vis­ited Dum­fries and Gal­loway Col­lege as the new aca­demic year be­gins.

Prin­ci­pal Carol Turn­bull, wel­comed Mr Swin­ney and pro­vided the tour of the build­ing which in­cluded Zest, the spe­cially des­ig­nated train­ing restau­rant and kitchens for learn­ers un­der­tak­ing hos­pi­tal­ity and “Front of House” skills train­ing, fol­lowed by a tour of the Crich­ton li­brary.

She said: “We were de­lighted to wel­come the Deputy First Min­is­ter to the col­lege to­day where he was able to speak to staff and stu­dents and hear about the work of the col­lege.

“We also had the op­por­tu­nity to high­light the pos­i­tive part­ner­ships we have in terms of work­ing with schools, uni­ver­si­ties, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to de­liver ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing across the re­gion.”

The tour then headed over to the Henry Dun­can build­ing where Mr Swin­ney met with the Crich­ton Cam­pus lead­er­ship group (CCLG) to dis­cuss the on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween them and their aca­demic part­ners based at the es­tate.

The fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the cam­pus is es­sen­tial and there is a con­sen­sus amongst part­ners that there is a need to grow the aca­demic port­fo­lio and for con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the pro­mo­tion and pub­lic­ity of the Crich­ton cam­pus.

Mr Swin­ney said: “I am very pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to Dum­fries and the won­der­ful Crich­ton site.

“The whole site and its as­sets play a key role in the lo­cal econ­omy and it is great to hear more about re­cent de­vel­op­ments and plans for the fu­ture.

“It is par­tic­u­larly good to hear that the Crich­ton cam­pus is go­ing from strength to strength.

“It en­ables young peo­ple from south of Scot­land to stay here to study and en­cour­ages oth­ers from else­where in Scot­land and fur­ther afield to come to this beau­ti­ful part of the world to study, work and live.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing that to con­tinue through the suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion of na­tional and lo­cal agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Good to be back John Swin­ney with the col­lege’s Carol Turn­bull and Brian John­stone

Spe­cial guest John Swin­ney vis­ited the col­lege re­cently

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