Vesting Day marks dawn of new college

The new Fife College logo
The new Fife College logo
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Today (Thursday) marks the official Vesting Day for the new Fife College following the merger of Adam Smith and Carnegie colleges.

Some non-land based courses from the former Elmwood College in Cupar are also being incorporated into the new institution.

The new set up means one board of governors - the Fife regional board - will be responsible for overseeing the running of the organisation which replaces the long-standing colleges.

The initial impact on students will be minimal other than the college having a new name, signage and email address.

But it marks a new era for further education in the Kingdom.

Hugh Logan, principal, said: “This is a historic day for Fife as our new college is born.

“The opportunities that lie ahead are endless and it is great for us all to be part of something that can have such a fundamental and positive effect on people’s lives and futures.

“Merging organisations of our size in such a short space of time has been a mammoth task, but I am delighted that so much has been achieved in the timescale.

“It is great to see our new college become a reality and this is very visible today as we look around our campuses at our new signage, learning materials and digitally on our new website and social media channels.

“As we celebrate our merger we are aware that much has still to be done.

“Just like every other college in Scotland, we face a range of challenges ahead such as an ongoing decrease in funding.

‘‘As a new regional college, however, we are much stronger and better placed to ensure we get the best deal for our learners.”

Recruitment to the new board is still underway, while interviews for the four key vice-principal posts are on-going - underlining the changes at the top which follow a turbulent time for the senior management team at Adam Smith.

Stephen Magee, the new chairman of the board of governors, said: “Recruitment is currently being finalised to enable us to support staff in the new academic year and to ensure we build on existing strengths and create something new and exceptional for Fife which supports the needs of the Fife community.’’