Pictured left to right are John Lamont MP, Rachael Hamilton MSP, College Principal Pete Smith and Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan MP
Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP, was given a warm welcome by staff and students on a recent visit to the Borders College Galashiels campus.
Accompanied by John Lamont MP and Rachael Hamilton MSP, Ms Keegan was given a tour of the campus’s state-of-the-art learning environments and got the chance to speak with staff and students about the innovative teaching practices happening within.
Ms Keegan started her tour in the construction workshops, talking with staff and students about new emerging technologies in the industry, including renewable energy sources and sustainable practices.
The MP was interested to see the College’s newly refurbished tech areas such as the BT Immersive Room, which offers a full 360-degree floor-to-ceiling socially immersive experience for classes. She was keen to talk with the group about the benefits the new technology will bring to the student experience.
Ms Keegan visited the Cyber Security Room, which offers students the chance to learn about digital security in a bespoke setting. A tour of the College’s BTECH room saw the MP look at the virtual care settings available to learners at Borders College.
The investment in these areas will be used as part of the College’s mission to continuously innovate and provide world-class facilities for its students, ensuring they leave college ‘work ready’ with specialist skills relevant to thriving and emerging sectors.
Interested in the fantastic global opportunities available to students, the MP also met with a group of students who will be travelling to Toronto, Canada to visit Centennial College for a short programme of study – all possible thanks to the UK Government-funded Turing Scheme.