College History

College Principals

1948 - 1963 Peter Walker
1968 - 1977 Gordon Campbell
1977 - 1981 Fred Sharples
1981 - 1992 Nelson Wright
1992 - 1999 Gordon Robbins
1999 - 2002 Sue Moore
2002 - present Stewart McKillop


Recent Achievements

The College has an excellent reputation, not only in Lanarkshire, but throughout the country.  The College's staff and students have distinguished themselves in both local and national awards in various disciplines.  Success over the years has been due to the dedication of staff, the continued support of local employers, the support of Construction Skills Scotland (formerly the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)) and the other partners with whom the College works closely. 

In 2007 South Lanarkshire College was the first college in Scotland to have learning and teaching graded Very Good in every subject area reviewed by HMIE.  This achievement was repeated in 2011, when an HMIE review, based on the new review criteria, again resulted in the college having the best review report in the sector.

Low Carbon HouseSouth Lanarkshire College won a Business to College Award for the second year running in 2010 following the award for effective development of a company’s workforce in 2009.   The Business to College Award for Innovation was awarded for the College's work with Dawn Homes and 50 business partners on designing and building an affordable low-energy low-carbon house – the first in Scotland to be built by a mass house builder.  The award was presented by Keith Brown, minister for Skills and Schools at an event organised by Scotland's Colleges.

In 2010 the College was awarded Investors in People Gold Standard and was also given a ten-year membership award, reflecting the College's strong commitment to continuous professional development of staff.  In 2013, IiP Gold Standard was  awarded once again, making South Lanarkshire College East Kilbride one of only 72 organisations in Scotland to have achieved Gold Status, putting it in the top 3% of all IiP accredited organisations across the UK. In addition, the College will be used as a good practice case study by IiP Scotland.

In 2011, South Lanarkshire College became the first organisation in Scotland to be recognised as a full ‘Investor in Diversity’.  In July, 2011 the College achieved the Level 2 Investors in Diversity award in recognition of its’ positive and proactive work in all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion and provided the venue for the Scottish launch of the Investors in Diversity quality mark.  This was followed in September 2011 with a Green Gown Award, the only institution in Scotland to win a Green Gown Award that year.

Above all, the College is proud of the success of its students.  Through determination and hard work, many have found fame and fortune in the fields of sport, business, public service, education and entertainment.

College History

Originally known as The School of Building, Cambuslang, the College first opened its doors in August 1948 in Glasgow Road, Janebank, Cambuslang.  Its main function was to provide training in construction craft skills for school leavers and young apprentices employed in the construction industry.  At first, a one year full time course was offered to school leavers on a pre-apprenticeship training scheme - consisting of an introduction to all the construction crafts, with final craft selection on the completion of the course.  Day release was also available for craft apprentices who were in employment and following the appropriate City & Guilds of London Institute craft certificate courses.

From its earliest years, strongly supported by local employers and school leavers, the School of Building was a success.  The College's popularity soon meant that the original premises at Janebank were unable to cope with the increasing demand.  In 1952, additional premises were acquired at John Street, Blantyre, which provided training mainly in trowel crafts and carpentry and joinery.  Premises were also opened at Shields Road, Motherwell, to accommodate carpentry and joinery, plumbing, and painting and decorating.

Like many other further education training centres,  it was known as a mono-tech, specialising in just one discipline.  The School of Building, Cambuslang, remained a mono-tech for many years, continuing to specialise in construction subjects.  It was probably one of the last to move over to poly-tech or Community College status in 1983, when the name was changed to Cambuslang College.

Village campusBecoming a Community College in 1983 allowed the College to offer courses other than construction and additional accommodation was found in East Kilbride. Situated in the old East Kilbride Village, the Village Campus offered courses in accounting, business, management, office and information technology, computing, hospitality and catering, childcare and education, health care, social care and social science. Allers_web In 1985 the Allers Campus in Calderwood, East Kilbride was opened.  As well as office technology, childcare and education, this campus offered courses in carpentry and joinery and hairdressing, beauty therapy and holistic therapies.

As the College's reputation grew, the demand for places continued to grown and by the mid 1980s, Cambuslang College had six centres throughout Lanarkshire - two in Cambuslang, two in East Kilbride, one in Hamilton, and one in Wishaw - giving the College a very large catchment area. cambuslang webIn the late 1980s it was decided to bring the three separate buildings housing the construction department in Cambuslang on to one site in Hamilton Road, Cambuslang.

In 1993 all Colleges in Scotland were made autonomous.  To ensure financial stability for the future, some buildings were sold, and some were upgraded, and the provision was consolidated in three campuses - one in Cambuslang and at the Village and Allers in East Kilbride.

To reflect the wider community served by the College and the geographical diversity of the students, it was decided in 1999 to change the name of the College to South Lanarkshire College

In March 2008, the students and staff moved from the three campuses - in Cambuslang and East Kilbride - to one purpose built £34 m College Campus in the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park in East Kilbride.  The project was funded with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Funding Council and was delivered on time and under budget.  With the move to East Kilbride, the College name was changed to reflect this - South Lanarkshire College East Kilbride.

HRH the Princess Anne in the Learning CentreIn 2008, the College's 60th anniversary year, the new building was opened by HRH the Princess Royal.  Since then, the College campus, building and learning and teaching resources continue to be updated to provide staff and students with state of the art learning and teaching resources. 

Federation of Lanarkshire Colleges

Regional Federation is to allow the colleges (South Lanarkshire College and New College Lanarkshire) to plan and deliver a fully-coordinated programme of further education opportunities across the communities they serve.  While the colleges will remain as separate institutions, they will work together to:

  • Co-ordinate the offer of further education across communities served
  • Improve access to educational opportunities across Lanarkshire
  • Increase the progression routes from school to college-based study
  • Identify opportunities to work in partnership to maximise the efficiency and use of resources in Lanarkshire

Each of the colleges has its own specialist facilities and provision, and the close working of the colleges will ensure that the impact of these is maximised.

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