WHILE plans for an East Renfrewshire college have fallen through, one southside education hub continues to go from strength to strength.
On Friday, the new Langside college campus was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond.
Having provided education in the community for more than 60 years, the new campus will include state of the art teaching facilities for learners.
Following a decision that the old campus was “outdated”, the teaching block was built in May 2009 with the new indoor sports centre and 1568 theatre added in January last year.
Now, the £32.6 million facility, which includes science laboratories, engineering workshops, a beauty therapy centre, art studios and training kitchens, is open to students
It’s all part of the new “estates strategy” at Langside College which is part of the Scottish Government’s investment in the infrastructure of Scotland’s further and higher education sectors. The funding was administered by the Scottish funding council.
In his speech to staff and students of Langside College, First Minister Alex Salmond, said: “The new campusis a world class facility and I extend my warmest congratulations to all of those involved in this project.
“Langside College is hugely important to further and higher education in Scotland as a whole, but especially within this part of Glasgow.
“All of the students here share a desire to take advantage of the opportunities provided at Langside.
“These facilities are helping to make a huge difference, on a daily basis, to the hopes and prospects of thousands of peoplerying to get their first job in their chosen profession, or gaining the qualifications they need to go on to university”.
Set on a historic on Battlefield Road, said to be where Mary Queen of Scots’s army fought the Battle of Langside the new buildings have been named after historical figures, including The Hamilton Gate, the Queen Mary Gate and the Moray Gate.
The college has approximately 4,000 students with 97 different nationalities and more than a third of the students come from one of Scotland’s most disadvantaged postcode areas.
Principal of Langside, Graeme Hyslop OBE is delighted with the new campus, which he believes will “provide resources to empower all our learners.
“It will help us support academic goals and will play a key role in so many people’s futures. Scotland enjoys a proud tradition of valuing education and we, here at Langside College, adhere to that tradition.
“We are the enablers of the Scotland of tomorrow – whatever that may be. Education and training are the cornerstones of social mobility and as such colleges must equip the learners who come through their doors with the skills necessary to achieve in life”.