Billy Predicts Bright Future For Colleges

An essay by a senior member of Dumfries and Galloway College staff has been published in a collection outlining the bright future of UK colleges.

People, productivity and place: a new vision for colleges is a bold new vision that sets out the way forward for colleges across the UK over the next decade and details the changes that will be needed to achieve it.

Head of Corporate Services at Dumfries and Galloway College, Billy Currie, has an article in the collection in which he draws on his experience in the private energy sector to present a bold set of proposals for how colleges can help in the fight against climate change.

In his essay, Billy pulls together the successes that the South of Scotland college has enjoyed in this important area along with key themes of education, innovation, day-to-day operations, and funding to show how colleges can be part of the effort.

He also stresses the importance of collaboration between all sectors to tackle climate change and drive a green recovery out of the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

People, productivity and place: a new vision for colleges has been curated by the Independent Commission on the College of the Future, led by the UK’s National Statistician, Ian Diamond, and featuring expert guidance from General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton, former Head of the UK Government Civil Service, Bob Kerslake, and former Chief Executive of UCAS, Mary Curnock Cook OBE.

The report has also been accompanied by an explanatory video.

Dumfries and Galloway College has been a leading voice in the technological and strategic response to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, using its wealth of skills, resources, and expertise to keep learning and teaching going through the challenging period and leading the way towards returning to campus-based learning.

The college has also been a key player in the fight against climate change in the region, with its state-of-the-art renewables hub and other tools working constantly to develop new strategies and ways of thinking aimed at creating solutions to the climate emergency.


Head of Corporate Services, Billy Currie, said:

“I was very happy to be asked to be part of this innovative, ambitious, and optimistic piece of work.


“Our college has been a leading light in this area and we’re delighted to share our experience and insight with our valued partners and stakeholders across our sector and beyond.

“Colleges are uniquely placed to play a fundamental role as the UK takes on the climate change challenge and Dumfries and Galloway College will play our part enthusiastically.”


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Principal Joanna Campbell said:“I am delighted to welcome the publication of this insightful and forward-thinking report and the recommendations it contains.

“Billy is a leading expert in this area and his contribution represents a valuable additional dimension to the report.

“Climate change, and the future of the UK’s colleges with which it is intertwined, is a big challenge but I’m confident that with voices like Billy’s we have the ability and drive to meet it.”