City of Glasgow College welcomes Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay to £66m Riverside Campus

Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay City of Glasgow College welcomes Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay to £66m Riverside Campus

Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay will meet the engineers and maritime professionals of tomorrow during a visit to City of Glasgow College’s new state-of-the-art £66 million Riverside Campus today [Tuesday 19 January].

City of Glasgow College Principal and Chief Executive Paul Little and Mr Mackay will take a brief tour of the campus, which was unveiled just weeks ago by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and represents a world-class powerhouse of maritime and engineering education. The campus is part of a £228m twin-site supercampus that also includes City Campus on Cathedral Street, which is set to open this summer.

Principal Little said: “As an industry-leading college, we are immensely proud of all that we have achieved so far in redefining technical professional and indeed college education.  Our new state-of-the-art maritime education and training campus, with its first class learning and teaching facilities, is proof positive of our commitment to delivering a benchmark for international nautical and engineering provision in the heart of Glasgow.

“I look forward to showing the Transport Minister around Riverside and to discussing the vital role our college continues to play in the development of a world-class skilled workforce for Scotland. I am sure that Mr Mackay will recognise that our college is delivering real positive change for Glasgow, for Scotland, and on a world-wide scale.”

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said: “Having a new world-class nautical training facility in Glasgow is a fantastic development for the city, promoting and encouraging the next generation to consider the many excellent and varied career opportunities available in the maritime and engineering industries.

“The new campus will ensure that students develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of employers, better preparing them for the world of work, and I’m delighted to get a chance to visit it myself and see some of the training taking place.

“The Scottish Government is keen to continue to work closely with City of Glasgow College and the maritime and engineering sectors to explore further ways of promoting the opportunities available within those industries.”

Specialist facilities at the Thistle Street development include a working ship’s engine, cross-discipline project bases to encourage blended learning, an innovative multi discipline engineering hall, and a ship’s bridge simulation suite. The building is highly technology enabled, with activated circulation designed as an integrated learning landscape.

Glasgow Institute of Architects recently awarded the construction on the banks of the River Clyde a 2015 Design Award in Education, with a GIA spokesman describing Riverside Campus as “the result of a combination of ideas about the city and about the student experience”.