Pathways from Poverty Series

CDN Research and Enhancement Centre’s Pathways from Poverty Research Series highlights the crucial role that Scotland’s colleges play in tackling poverty and in creating a more inclusive society.

The series was launched on Wednesday 2 March 2022, with report Pathways from Poverty: Current Challenges and the Role of CollegesThis report, published in partnership with Colleges Scotland, highlights the vital position of colleges as anchor institutions in local communities, providing a focal point not just for course education but community engagement and action in relation to poverty.

On 2 September 2022, the Centre published second study Pathways from Poverty – Colleges for Communities. The report shows how the college sector is helping to shape national development and local delivery in tackling poverty, by responding to the Scottish Government’s Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

We ran a hugely successful online event on 8 September: Pathways from Poverty Symposium:The Role of Colleges in Leaving No-One Behind – view event recoding here.

Launched on Wednesday 8 February 2023,  Pathways from Poverty: Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight Into West Lothian College was produced in partnership with West Lothian College. This latest report picks up on the themes and challenges from the first two reports and provides a detailed case study of West Lothian College’s trauma-informed approach. NEW: Listen to Episode 1 and 2 of the Research Matters Podcast Series, to hear Paula Christie, CDN’s Research and Enhancement Lead, chat to Jackie Galbraith, Principal and CEO and Jeanette Dobson, Former Learner and now Peer Navigator on the Trust Project at West Lothian College about the recently launched report.

The latest report Leading an Innovative College-wide Project, An Evaluation of West Lothian College’s ‘Change, Sustain, Attain’ Development Process, uncovers the key learning points from the implementation of an innovative college-wide development designed to benefit students, staff and the community as well as addressing sectoral drivers. West Lothian College’s Change, Sustain, Attain project was identified by CDN as an example of good practice in terms of an innovative college-wide development.

The context for the development was to embed the Inner Development Goals within delivery for student and staff skills development. The learning captured from the project implementation could be applied to any college-wide development. It
should be noted that at this early phase of the research, the Change Sustain Attain project is still under development. This report, therefore provides a snapshot in time of the key learnings from the project implementation to date.