Edinburgh College is one of the biggest education providers of its kind in Scotland, with almost 20,000 students flocking to four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians. There are more than 900 courses they can choose from, all of which can help learners pursue their chosen career when they finish their studies, and it is the single biggest provider of students to universities in Edinburgh.
It has built strong partnerships with universities and organisations to put together a network that gives students access to employment or further study. Many internships, work placement and industry connections have been put in place as a result of these collaborations, and 98% of the college’s full-time graduates go on to further study or employment within eight months of leaving. The college now works with more than 1,000 industry partners.
The college was formed after a request was submitted to the Scottish Government in April 2012 from Jewel & Esk College, Telford College, and Stevenson College to join forces and become one, coherent ‘Edinburgh’ college.
This merger was given the go-ahead by the Scottish Ministers, and officially took place at the start of October that year. In 2017, Principal Annette Bruton met with students and colleagues to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Edinburgh College. Professional Cookery students and staff even made a fifth birthday cake to mark the occasion!
As the Principal and her team reflected on the first five years, cause for celebration included the fact that more than 10,000 people had graduated from higher education programmes at the college, and students of 150 nationalities had studies across the four main campuses, as well as 30 other centres across the region.
Students are predominantly based at Granton, Milton Road, and Sighthill, all of which are in Edinburgh, or Midlothian, which is located in Dalkeith. The college also has a community team which is committed to delivering a programme of courses not only on campus, but also in several community locations.
The college teams up with partners in the community, schools, local authorities, employers, and local agencies to make sure there is access for under-represented groups in society, creating an environment that is inclusive to everyone, regardless of background and circumstances.
Programmes are provided for young people who have received additional support at school or from another organisation, who are planning to leave school and are weighing up the idea of studying at college.
The college’s Photography department won College of the Year and Student of the Year at the British Institution of Professional Photography National Student & College Awards 2017. The portfolio of BA Professional Photography student Leesa Tulloch clinched the College of the Year accolade, while HND1 Professional Photography student Gavin Smart claimed the student gong, having produced a series of stunning pieces of work.
In the most recent inspection, Education Scotland awarded the college the highest possible rating, and determined: “Edinburgh College has in place effective arrangements to maintain and enhance the quality of its provision and outcomes for students and stakeholders.”