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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
College prepares for a new normal

A VISION for Dumfries and Galloway College’s post Covid-19 future has been revealed.

Principal Joanna Campbell, pictured, delivered the plan in a presentation, A New Chapter: Our College in the New Normal, to an online audience of staff, students, stakeholders, and guests from the college’s new cutting-edge healthcare facility in Dumfries.

She said that students and staff will resume learning and teaching on August 31. However, it will be a mix of face-to-face teaching and online classes, with ‘strict and stringent’ safety measures in place.

Students also received the welcome news that the previously postponed graduation celebrations will take place at a future date.

The principal told viewers that a college-wide training programme for staff is currently underway and that virtual help desks for both staff and students are now available for use. And she formally launched the college’s ‘Ambition 2025’ strategic vision at the event. Based around five different strategies, finance and performance, growth and innovation, systems and infrastructure, people and culture, and the student experience, it is described as ‘a dynamic and modern approach to the college’s future’.

Joanna Campbell said: “As we prepare to welcome our college community back to campus, it’s important that we make sure everyone can do so in a way that compromises on neither safety nor the student experience. All of us at Dumfries and Galloway College are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back and putting in the hard and rewarding work that it will take to achieve our Ambition 2025 goals.”

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