• Introduction
  • Timeline
  • Steering Group


Your Profession – Your Standards – Your Voice

College Development Network (CDN) is working in partnership with Scottish Government to undertake a fundamental review of the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges.

To provide  your views and comments on the Review of the College Professional Standards, simply email: professional.standards@cdn.ac.uk

This is a fantastic opportunity to review and update the Standards and to develop an ambitious framework that will set out the competencies required for lecturers to deliver outstanding services to learners. The ambition is to ensure that the Standards are fit for the needs of college lecturers and students today, and into the future.

The modernisation of the Standards will embed the rapid changes seen across the learning and teaching landscape in recent years. It will also address advances made in technology and consider what that means for today’s practitioners and learners.

CDN are the guardians of the Professional Standards, which are owned by the Scottish Government. They consist of Initial Standards, which underpin the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE), and a suite of Continuing Professional Development Standards. The Initial Standards were revised in 2012 and the CPD Standards remain unchanged since their introduction in 2006

A huge thank you to all of you who responded to the on line survey, we received 1,600 responses!

In addition to the on line survey we have also conducted

  • 17 Focus Groups, 10 of which were dedicated to lecturing staff
  • 9 in depth interviews with key stakeholders

We have also received valuable feedback to the dedicated Professional Standards in box.

All of the feedback will be taken into account as we draft the new Standards, which will be ‘road tested’ by a reference group made up of teaching staff drawn from colleges across Scotland.



January 2018

The online survey was launched along with the focus groups and interviews.

February 2018

The online survey, focus groups and interviews will close mid-February.

March 2018

The Steering Group will be presented with the research results for consideration.

April 2018

The new Professional Standards will be presented to the Steering Group in late April for approval.

Summer 2018

Launch of reviewed Standards.

Steering Group

The review will be guided by the Professional Standards Review Steering Group which is chaired by Mhairi Harrington, Principal of West Lothian College. The Steering Group, along with the Project Team, has agreed an ambitious approach to the review with a wide-ranging consultation process. This includes an online survey, a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews involving college staff and key stakeholders. The Steering Group is working to develop a vision and a set of values which will be the basis of the Standards.

Mhairi Harrington, Principal of West Lothian College, said:

The College Sector places a great deal of value in developing highly professional staff and see this review as an excellent opportunity to match our new Standards with the future needs of learners and stakeholders.