Vision, Mission & Ethos

Vision, Mission & Ethos


To be Scotland’s leading provider of college education and training


To ensure learners are well prepared for the future by developing their skills, knowledge and understanding in a high-quality learning environment

“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.”(Chinese proverb)


We believe in:

Promoting equality and diversity:

“…equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”
Kofi Annan (1938 – present)

Being passionate about our work:

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
Christian Friedrich Hebbel , (German poet and dramatist). 1813

Continual improvement:

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
Aldous Huxley (English Novelist) 1894-1963

High achievement:

“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”
Helen Hayes (actress) 1900-1993

Listening and acting on feedback:

“Learn to listen, then listen to learn”
Ian Usher (Australian Author) 1963-present


“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”
Robert Swan (first person to walk to both Poles)

Community and social value:

“Great people create great companies and great companies create great communities. Great communities can change the world!”
Peter Strople (Canadian Entrepreneur)

Promoting health and safety:

“Safety does not happen by accident”
Douglas Diggle (American CEO)


“The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious.”
Theodore Levitt (Harvard Business School)

We test our approaches with the question: “Would we be happy for friends and relatives to be students at our college?”