Cumbernauld College Is Top For Equality

Monday, 31 October 2011

Cumbernauld College is top of the class after developing a high-tech analytical tool  which promotes equality among students by monitoring performance levels.

The college, which developed the Equalities Tool, beat off stiff competition from other colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland to be crowned joint winner of the prestigious JISC TechDis OASES 2011 award.

Cumbernauld College's new intranet based equalities database allows staff to monitor student attainment at college, faculty, course and class level. Course leaders are also asked about the specific performance of learners who have declared a disability and the support that they have received.

This has allowed the college to see at a glance how students are performing and has led to a better understanding of how the college can improve. The tool has also highlighted a  number of students who have declared a disability, an issue  which the College can now scrutunise more closely.

The success of the Equalities Tool was shown in the college's HMIE review report published in February 2011, which stated that Cumbernauld College had no action points in relation to equalities.

Cumbernauld College were one of six institutions  in the UK and Ireland to be awarded the accolade by JISC TechDis which is a national educational advisory service.

The college was also 'highly commended' for another entry to the JISC TechDis Awards which involved using webcam avatars to engage and include students of all abilities.

Martin McGuire, Principal of Cumbernauld College said: "Winning such a prestigious national award is a great achievement for Cumbernauld College. To compete and win against such a large number of colleges and universities demonstrates  the high quality of service being delivered by Cumbernauld College.'

Ian McCallum, Quality Manager said "The Equalities Tool has revoluntionised the way in which we identify the performance of learners within age, disability, ethnicity, and gender groupings.  The use of this information is having a positive impact on the learning experience.   We have been approached by several other colleges within the sector who can identify with the clear benefit to learners and staff."



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Cumbernauld College.


Notes to editors:


•1.       Based in North Lanarkshire Cumbernauld College offers a range of courses from introductory courses and NQs (National Qualifications) through to HNDs (Higher National Diplomas).

•2.       JISC TechDis is a leading UK advisory service on technology and inclusion. The Service specialises in supporting organisations within the education sectors.

•3.       Other winners of the JISC TechDis OASES (online accessibility self-evaluation service) Award were: Adult Community Learning (ACL) Essex and the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region (ACER), Anglia Ruskin University, Derwen College, Forth Valley College and Trinity College Dublin.