- 13. Anne McTaggart (Glasgow) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the management of Glasgow Clyde College and what was discussed. (S4O-04500)
- The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Angela Constance):
There have been no recent meetings with the management of Glasgow Clyde College. One of my officials attended a meeting of the college’s board on 19 May 2015, at the invitation of the board’s chair, to outline the expectations of the Scottish ministers in relation to compliance with the “Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s Colleges”.
- Anne McTaggart:
Although the cabinet secretary has not met the management of Glasgow Clyde College recently, although one of her officers has, has the Government had a discussion with the college’s management in order to reassure students and to secure nominations for executive positions? What implications are there for the funding of the college if it does not have a students association?
- Angela Constance:
Ms McTaggart has raised a very important issue about student representation. A few weeks ago I, with the sector, launched guidance and a body of work about how the sector should pull together to support the sustainability of student associations. I am disappointed to hear that, for a variety of reasons, no students have put themselves forward at Glasgow Clyde College. That concerns me greatly. I am paying close attention to a number of issues around that matter. I am in regular contact with my officials and with the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council. Having students involved and on board is not an optional extra: it is part and parcel of what we do.