The organisation is a shared and dedicated resource that allows partners to work collectively on joint policy issues and provides expert advice and technical support on funding, in particular ERASMUS+, Horizon 2020, ESF, ERDF etc. Colleges Partnership uses its expert knowledge and connections to represent the views of partners in a range of funding, policy and technical forums and it is a repository of good practice and transnational partnership connections. The organisation is also involved in a range of partnership and consultancy projects which further the interests of its partners. (read more)
The core membership comprises six colleges of the further and higher education in Scotland. These institutions represent just over a third of the statutory provision of vocational education and training in Scotland and support around ten percent of the nation's higher education student population.
Other agencies have seen the value of Colleges Partnership services and have progressed their own European ambitions through its technical consultancy work. (read more)
The organisation is funded by its partner organisations and governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is drawn from the partner organisations. College Partnership staff provide the secretariat to the board of directors and deliver Colleges Partnership services to members.
Principal - Glasgow Kelvin College
(EURASHE Board Member)
Principal - South Lanarkshire College
Colleges Partnership has been an invaluable tool in building and maintaining our collective capacity to access additional resources, forge strong partnerships across Europe and contribute to the policy debate at national and European level.Stewart McKillop - Vice Chair of Colleges Partnership (Principal - South Lanarkshire College)
As a national college supporting rural and land-based industries the demands and challenges placed upon us differ from regional colleges. We value Colleges Partnership ability to respond to our sectoral focus at a European level and the connections it gives us to the wider domestic policy agenda through our fellow partners.Graeme Ligertwood Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Over the years the addition of European funding has added significantly to the scale and quality of our provision. Colleges Partnership has provided vital support to understanding programme and audit requirements and to making the international partnership links that are so importantRobert McMillan Assistant Principal: Business Development - New College Lanarkshire