Commemorating five years of Edinburgh College

Commemorating five years of Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College has just celebrated its fifth birthday, after half a decade providing Edinburgh and the Lothians with education at all levels.

Principal Annette Bruton joined students from across the college to commemorate five years since the merger of Stevenson, Telford and Jewel and Esk colleges to form Edinburgh College in October 2012.

To mark the occasion, Professional Cookery students and staff produced a special fifth birthday cake.

Since it formed, Edinburgh College has enrolled 19,000 students a year. More than 10,000 people have graduated from higher education programmes at the college. Students of 150 nationalities have studied across the four main campuses at Granton, Midlothian, Milton Road and Sighthill, and the 30 other centres across the region. And 98 per cent of its successful full-time students have moved onto work of further studies within eight months of leaving the college (2015/16 figure – the 2016/17 figure will be available soon).

The college has also just unveiled its new Strategic Plan for 2017-22, which maps out its development over the next five years.

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: “It’s important to celebrate the progress Edinburgh College has made over the past five years since the merger of our legacy colleges and to reflect on the challenges we’ve faced, as well as the fantastic things staff and students have achieved. We’re so proud to look back on the contributions our students and staff are making to our region and our country.

“As we look forward to the next five years and beyond, we will continue to make important strides in developing our curriculum and staff to continue offering life-changing education. We aim to ensure we provide students with the best possible learning experience and equip them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the workplace, so they can create their own successful futures.”