Elmwood College is looking to the future with ambitious plans to build a new campus which meets the needs of the 21st century learner. The Board of Management of the College has the ambition to have a first class environment for the first class learning that is delivered at Elmwood and to match our vision for being a national and international centre of excellence.
The College recently submitted an Outline Business Case to the Funding Council, which reflects the desire and ambition of the Board of Management and all Elmwood staff to have a campus which will be a legacy centre for the rest of this Century.
The current College building on our main campus was built in the 1960’s and has been maintained and preserved through prudent stewardship and judicious improvements and replacements when funds allowed. The College is proud of the building and the efforts made to maintain it so well for so long and is grateful that the Funding Council through Capital Grant has generously provided much of the funding for the work undertaken on the Estate. The Board of Management has supplemented the available funds by strategic investment from the College's own resources and most notably in the development of the Golf Course and Facilities as well as the College's refurbished residences.
The submission of the Outline Business Case comes at the end of an extensive period of consultation, working with Turner and Townsend, an external project management company to identify potential solutions to developing a new campus. The work included an extensive condition survey of the current campuses and also an in-depth survey of both students and staff to gauge their opinion of the current campus and what any future campus should include to improve the overall learning experience.
A college-wide curriculum review of course provision was undertaken, to identify areas of potential growth in delivery or future course developments. This was also incorporated into our submission to the Funding Council, so that any plans reflect the shape of the College’s planned curriculum in the future.
Although the process is a lengthy one, which will take many years to see any new development come to fruition, it is important that the College looks to the future and starts planning now.
Principal Jim Crooks commented, "Despite the economic pressures that we all face we cannot give up on a vision of what is possible for the future. We have completed the Outline Business Case to demonstrate our own confidence in the long-term future and direction of Elmwood College. We want to give expression to our ambition to have a 21st century learning environment. It may take some years to realise the vision and we will have many obstacles to overcome but we believe that North East Fife, Cupar and all the communities and industries we serve deserve the best. We hope that the whole community can get behind their community college and support us in whatever way they can to realise this vision for learning."