GCRB Self-Evaluation report

The Audit Scotland report ‘Scotland’s Colleges 2018’ recommended that the Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council (SFC) should assess and publicly report on the extent to which Regional Strategic Boards are meeting the aims of regionalisation. 

GCRB's Self-Evaluation report provides a review of the performance of the Glasgow College Region across key areas: regional planning and provision, regional performance and productivity, and regional partnerships and people. 

The report evidences the work to build consistent regional college provision, to align learning with jobs and Glasgow’s economic growth, and to create wider access to life changing college education.

You can also read about GCRB's future plans in the 2019-20 Programme of Action:

Regional Outcome Agreement

Regional Outcome Agreements were introduced by the Scottish Funding Council in academic year 2012/13 as the primary means for SFC and colleges to work together to demonstrate the impact of the sector and its contribution to Scottish Government priorities.

The current Scottish Government’s post-16 education reform priorities are to improve life chances, to support jobs and growth and to ensure sustainable post-16 education.

The Regional Outcome Agreement seeks to show how Glasgow colleges will:

  • contribute to delivering these priorities;
  • work together to contribute to reducing unemployment;
  • ensure cohesive and coherent provision which meets national, regional and local learner and employer needs; and
  • deliver this in an efficient way

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Glasgow Colleges launched the Regional STEM Strategy on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. The launch outlined the Regional Colleges’ commitment to developing a strong STEM talent pipeline for learners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

The main aims of the Glasgow Regional Strategy can be found in the following links:

Code of Good Governance for Scotland's Colleges

The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act 2013 includes provisions in relation to the identification of principles of good governance practice for the college sector. In anticipation of them coming into effect, the SFC invited the Regional Chairs to convene a Steering Group to develop a Code of Good Governance for Scotland's Colleges.

The Steering Group membership was representative of the diversity of the college sector in Scotland and drew upon the experience of Regional Chairs, Principals, Staff and Student representatives, Trade Unions, NUS and Board Secretaries. 

The Code was approved by the Chair of the SFC on 27 November 2014. In Summer 2016, the Good Governance Steering Group undertook a review and the Code was updated.

The Code was revised again in 2022 with a new version published in September 2022.

Board Appointments Guidance

The Scottish Government issued the final College Sector Board Appointments: 2014 Ministerial Guidance in August 2014.

The guidance aims to:

  • enhance public accountability
  • have boards that are properly equipped to perform the role asked of them to achieve positive outcomes
  • encourage participation from a wide and representative group of individuals
  • generate greater confidence in college governance arrangements

The guidance details the process for the appointment of Board Members to the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board and also the role of the Glasgow Colleges' Regional Board in the appointment of Board Members to its assigned Colleges.