Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning officially launches Crichton Institute
On Monday, 11 March 2013, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell MSP officially launched Crichton Institute, a major new partnership for the south-west of Scotland .
Mr Russell said: “This launch is significant as it will develop the existing good relationships the Crichton Institute has with business, the local community and other bodies in the south of Scotland to give students the best possible opportunities and deliver graduates ready to meet the needs of employers. "
“Bringing together a wider range of experiences, expertise and ideas has incredible potential.”
Crichton Institute is a collaborative venture bringing together a number of academic and business partners, local government and regional development bodies and is being funded through a grant of almost £1M awarded by the Scottish Funding Council. Four priority themes will guide the initial focus of the Institute - The rural economy and skills development, community development and placemaking, the impacts of demographic change and influencing policy and practice.
From left to right: Prof Russel Griggs OBE (Chair, Board of Management Dumfries & Galloway College), Prof Paul Martin (Interim Deputy Principal, University of the West of Scotland), Gavin Stevenson (Chief Executive Dumfries & Galloway Council), Prof Steven Beaumont (Vice Principal for Research & Enterprise, University of Glasgow), Dr Carol Hill (Crichton Institute and University of Glasgow), Michael Russell (MSP, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning), Prof David Clark (Director, University of Glasgow Crichton Campus ).