Principal choice

A NEW principal-designate has been chosen to head the southside’s new super college.

The new set-up links three existing colleges – Langside, Cardonald and Anniesland – into one with three campuses.

Susan Walsh has been named the principal designate for the new, super college which is a result of the Scottish government’s reform agenda for further education.

Ms Walsh has some 26 years experience in the further education sector having joined Reid Kerr college in Paisley as a senior lecturer in health studies after leaving her position at the Western Infirmary where she held the posts of staff nurse and sister.

In 2008 she became principal and chief executive of Cardonald college.

Ms Walsh said: “I am absolutely delighted and very honoured at being given this opportunity.

“It is a real privilege to lead an institution created from three high-performing, successful colleges with a strong history of serving Glasgow and beyond.

“I absolutely commit myself to making this one of the most successful colleges in the UK and I look forward to continuing the excellent work that all the staff and students in the three colleges have invested in this merger.

“It has given us a sure and strong foundation on which to build the new college.”

The three colleges have recently completed a 12-week consultation on the proposed merger which involved a number of major staff, student and stakeholder events.

Ken MacAldowie is the chair of the South and West Colleges Partnership Board.

He said: “I’m delighted that the merged college will be moving forward cohesively with strong leadership.

“Susan Walsh has been an exemplary principal at Cardonald college and I am exited to see the impact of her experience and energy at our newly-combined institution.”

The colleges say they will continue to consult with and engage with students, staff and stakeholders as the merger progresses.

Part of the consultation will be a name for the new college.

The proposed title will be Clyde college.