Pathways from Poverty

New research highlighting the crucial role that Scotland’s colleges play in tackling poverty and in creating a more inclusive society

Scottish colleges provide critical pathways from poverty

Read Research Report – Pathways from Poverty: Current Challenges and The Role of College

Read Research Report – Pathways from Poverty Colleges for Communities

View Event Recording from Poverty Symposium here

On Wednesday 2 March 2022, College Development Network (CDN) and Colleges Scotland, through CDN’s Research and Enhancement Centre published new report Pathways from Poverty: Current Challenges and the Role of Colleges, highlighting the crucial role that Scotland’s colleges play in tackling poverty and in creating a more inclusive society.

The report 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.

The report shows that Scotland’s 26 colleges each played a crucial part in the nation’s pandemic response – providing students with digital devices, access to learning spaces for vulnerable students, and additional student support funding throughout the pandemic. The report draws attention to the need for colleges to continue their support for students at a time when the cost-of-living crisis and generational poverty continue to harm the chances of students reaching their full potential.

The report, commissioned from IPPR Scotland, also highlights the essential function of colleges in driving educational and career progression for some of the country’s most disadvantaged students.

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On 2 September 2022, the Research and Enhancement Centre published ‘Pathways from Poverty – Colleges for Communities’.

The report is the second study from the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre to examine the role of Scottish colleges in tackling poverty.

the latest 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.

The report highlights specific ways in which colleges are uniquely placed to help combat poverty. Colleges bridge the gap between individuals, families and vital intervention services aimed at preventing and tackling complex societal issues.

On 8 September, we ran a hugely successful online event: Pathways from Poverty Symposium: The Role of Colleges in Leaving No-One Behind.
The symposium considered the themes in the Pathways from Poverty report and the learning from this further work as the basis for thinking about how we support our learners, their families and communities over the next five years and beyond.
View event recording here

CDN's Research and Enhancement Centre

The Centre brings together existing research work related to Scotland’s colleges and is driving new research and enquiry in the sector

View the Centre here