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I would like to welcome you to this website and to thank you for your interest in the position of Vice Principal Finance and Commercial Services, Dumfries and Galloway College. We are seeking an exceptionally motivated and creative applicant to appoint to this exciting new post at the College, during a huge time of change for both the College and the Sector alike.

We are at the start of a Transformation journey as set out in our Ambition 2025. The achievement of that ambition will depend on a robust financial and investment strategy and a drive to grow commercial income. The successful postholder will lead the development of our financial strategy, translate ideas and opportunities for commercial development into a realistic income generation strategy, and create a future investment plan to support a long term sustainable future. The impact of COVID-19 has created some challenges for the College but has also identified opportunities and potential on which we want to build.

The College currently delivers its curriculum from two Campuses in the beautiful South West of Scotland with the main site in Dumfries on the Crichton Campus and the second in the West of the region in Stranraer, 75 miles away. While much of the curriculum is common across both campuses, responding and delivering to the needs of diverse and dispersed rural communities is a key challenge for our operation. The area we serve covers 2,400 square miles with all the opportunities and challenges that brings. As the largest provider on the multi institutional Crichton Campus the College has excellent partnerships with the University of the West of Scotland, the University of Glasgow, the Open University and Scotland’s Rural College. This unique partnership extends beyond collaborative curriculum planning and effective articulation agreements with the college also hosting a number of shared services in our Dumfries building, including the Campus library.

More recently The College, in collaboration with Borders College has completed the building stage of our funded project from the South of Scotland Interim Economic Partnership, now the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. The aim of this project is to develop a South of Scotland Skills and Learning Network that will provide an ICT and digital infrastructure to enable access to education, skills development, research and business connectivity across the South of Scotland and beyond. The funding is also enabling the colleges to develop STEM hubs in key sectors such as Renewables & Engineering, Sustainable Construction, and Care.

Dumfries and Galloway College plays an important part in responding to the region’s and nation’s economic and social strategy and we are viewed as a key strategic partner in the region. Our progress to date has been based upon an effective relationship between the Board of Management and the Principal and Executive Leadership Team. We believe this has given us a firm foundation for the future which we hope you can see from the following information.

Please take the time to read through this website and find out more about the role and our College. I hope this provides you with all the information you require and look forward to receiving your application.

Joanna Campbell
Principal & Chief Executive