Over 1200 delegates from across the college sector registered for CDN’s Virtual College Expo event, which took place on Thursday 11 June 2020. The event was originally going to be ‘physical’, planned to take place at the impressive new Forth Valley College campus in Falkirk, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the ban on public events, we had to move the event online.

To reflect the current state of the world, this year’s College Expo theme was: ‘The Future Is Now: Learning From Lockdown’.

We have been overwhelmed by your fantastic feedback so, to sum up the event, we picked out some of the stand-out tweets from the day…

CDN’s CEO Jim welcomed everyone to our first ever virtual conference and exhibition. He even had his College Expo t-shirt on!

The opening performance by New College Lanarkshire’s Performing Arts students was a powerful reminder of the impact lockdown and the pandemic has been having on college students.

Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further and Higher Education, presented Dr Julie McElroy with her CDN College Hall of Fame award (virtually!) at College Expo20. Julie is the third person to win the award, following Gary Maclean and Kirsty Robb…

Outgoing President of NUS Scotland Liam McCabe told attendees about the impact of lockdown on Scotland’s college students…

There were plenty of insightful seminar sessions to choose from, including:

Michael Bready explained the benefits of mindfulness and how it can improve mental health.

Mhairi Harrington OBE and Nicki McAndrew explained how learning from Covid-19 is strengthening Scotland’s Adult Learning strategy.

Forth Valley College Principal Ken Thomson OBE spoke about the Digital Ambition strategy, which will help to shape the future learning environment in Scotland’s colleges.

Further Education teacher Miriam Walsh spoke about her experience of teaching digital media and coding to early school leavers and adults returning to education.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal & CEO of Edinburgh College attracted hundreds of people to her keynote session.

Chief Executive of SQA Fiona Robertson emphasised the importance of collaboration and partnership relationships.

College Expo20 closing remarks came from Mike Cantlay OBE.

THANK YOU all for your kind comments…

We are delighted to announce that the College Expo 20 platform is now open and available to access, so if you missed the event or if you missed any of the speakers/ sessions, you can revisit the event!

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