Research Matters Podcasts

Research Matters is a podcast series brought to you by College Development Network (CDN). Hosted by the CDN Research and Engagement Team, the series shines a light on new and existing Reserach taking place in the Scottish college sector.

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Title Research Matters with Jackie Galbraith – Pathways from Poverty, Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight into West Lothian College
Guest Jackie Galbraith, Principal at West Lothian College
Description In this episode Paula Christie, CDN’s Research and Enhancement Lead, chats to Jackie Galbraith, Principal and CEO, West Lothian College, about the recently published CDN Research and Enhancement Centre report: ‘Pathways from Poverty, Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight into West Lothian College.’

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Title Research Matters with Jeanette Dobson- Pathways from Poverty, Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight into West Lothian College
Guest Jeanette Dobson, Former Learner and now Peer Navigator on the Trust Project at West Lothian College
Description In this episode Paula Christie, CDN’s Research and Enhancement Lead, chats to Jeanette Dobson, Former Learner and now Peer Navigator on the Trust Project at West Lothian College, about the recently published CDN Research and Enhancement Centre report: ‘Pathways from Poverty, Leading With Empathy and Vision: An Insight into West Lothian College.’

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Title Episode 3: Research Matters with Kim Reid – Forth Valley College – Working With CDN on Step Forward
Guest Kim Reid, School Partnership Coordinator,  Forth Valley College
Description

In this episode we chat to Kim Reid from Forth Valley College about Step Forward and the great benefits it provides. Step Forward is the CDN Research and Enhancement Centre’s new Action Research Programme. It’s purpose is to enhance practice across our colleges and develop the action research skills of the staff.

“When you think of the words research or project, you immediately think ‘I do not have the time for this. Where am I going to fit this in?’ But surprisingly enough it’s been a lot easier than I actually expected. We’ve been given guidance on what we need to do and on keeping it tight. It’s actually been really really manageable. For the little time we’ve had to invest in it, the information that we’re going to get back will be very worthwhile” Kim Reid – Forth Valley College

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Title Episode 4:  Research Matters with Jack Marley – UHI Inverness – Sustainability and Economic Transformation
Guest Jack Marley McIntyre, UHI Inverness
Description Jack Marley McIntyre of UHI Inverness talks about the exciting and engaging work happening in the college to meet the national priorities of net zero, sustainability and economic transformation. Listen in to hear more about the ways in which learners are meeting recycling challenges posed by industry, more on current college projects and details of the opportunities for STEM careers in the Space Port and new Green Port being promoted in the Highland and Islands.
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Title Episode 5: Research Matters with Karen Ann Dicken – UHI Inverness – Sustainability Practices in Jewellery Making
Guest Karen Ann Dicken, UHI Inverness
Description Karen Ann Dicken of UHI Inverness gives a fascinating insight into sustainable practices in jewellery making and highlights the ways in which a holistic approach to net zero and recycling is being adopted across the college, ultimately influencing the creative process.  We also hear about opportunities for learners to build their own artisan business based on the skills gained at college and the cost-effective benefits of working sustaining to support such enterprise.
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Title Episode 6: Research Matters with Elaine Hutton – Ayrshire College – Trauma Informed Practice
Guest Elaine Hutton, Assistant Principal at Ayrshire College
Description Elaine Hutton, Assistant Principal at Ayrshire College chats about the Connecting Communities initiative and other interventions the college have adopted to address issues of food insecurity and financial insecurity for learners. Elaine also discusses the ways in which the college partners with local agencies and charities to support this work, and positions these initiatives within a wider trauma informed approach to engaging and sustain learning.
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Title Episode 7: Research Matters with Angela Sheridan and Lorna Connelly – Trauma Informed Practice
Guest Angela Sheridan and Lorna Connelly of Ayrshire College
Description Angela Sheridan and Lorna Connelly of Ayrshire College explore what is meant by trauma informed approaches and chat to CDN about the benefits of embracing and embedding this practice for both learners and college staff.  Also discussed is the staff training aspect of trauma informed practice undertaken by Ayrshire College as well as the successful outcomes evidenced from the adoption of training and enhanced practice in this area across college programmes.
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