Crichton campus visit by minister
Swinney ‘pleased’ to be back in town
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