College staff, students and partners from across Scotland took to social media recently to say why they love college. As part of a sector wide campaign called #LoveScotlandsColleges, staff, students and other stakeholders were encouraged to get online and talk about why colleges are important to them. From St Andrews day, Monday, November 30 until Friday, December 4 people all over Scotland were sharing their reasons for loving Scotland’s colleges.

Over the duration of the week there were more than 1,600 mentions across social media using the #LoveScotlandsColleges with the posts being viewed more than 4.5 million times.

One student from West Lothian College, Adam Warnock, who studies NQ Creative Industries, spoke about what he loves about his college: “I love college because it gives you that freedom to express who you are as an individual, you can go and find anything you want to do and just do it. Yeah, you’ll need to work for it but the harder you work the better you will succeed in life so college helps you get to where you want to go.”

Assistant Principal at West College Scotland Sara Rae tweeted: “Colleges play a crucial role in Scotland’s innovation landscape so it’s great to see the progress of College Innovation Fund activities from @ScotFundCouncil including our own @WestCollScot Critical Engineer project #LoveScotlandsColleges #lovewcs”

Zoe Munro, Marketing Officer at Edinburgh College tweeted: “Started at @edinburghcoll on the first day of lockdown so I’ve not met very many people in real life! Everyone has been so friendly and supportive virtually, which is why I #LoveEdinburghCollege! #LoveScotlandsColleges”

Alexandria, a student from Forth Valley College, wrote: “Attending College part-time through my Foundation Apprenticeship with Denny High School was amazing! I loved being on campus and around the lecturing staff, who are so lovely and supportive of each student and their learning needs”

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, College Development Network, said:
“Our colleges are at the heart of their communities, helping students to achieve their future goals; businesses to survive and thrive; regional economies to strengthen; and they are also helping Scotland to build a sustainable, net zero future. The #LoveScotlandsColleges campaign has shown us how people all over the country celebrate what the sector does.

“Colleges will play a vital role in supporting Scotland’s economic, social and educational recovery – supporting industry to rebuild and re-engage its workforce, maximising employment opportunities for our citizens, and addressing the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.”

View #LoveScotlandsColleges highlight reel below:

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