College scoops top national award for second time!


3rd March 2020

Dundee and Angus College has won a prestigious health and safety award for the second time. The Lord Cullen Trophy is awarded to the UK business or organisation for the most innovative and effective health and safety project.

The College was recognised for a collaboration between learner engagement officer, Carlene Cura, health and safety officer, Andy Cathro and our motor vehicle engineering department. Our motor vehicle students had already created and been running a very successful car winter health check programme for staff and students. But using the LOcHER health and safety system the students took their learning to a new level, by taking part in the creation of a video to demonstrate their work. This video not only improved safety on the roads, it helped students develop new skills and embed the importance of health and safety.

The College’s Health and Safety Officer, Andy Cathro says,

“Health and safety can sometimes seem a bit dry, but challenging the students to help produce a video really helped them engage and identify risk control in a more interesting and interactive way.”

So successful was the video, the students were invited to the Scottish Parliament to talk to ministers about what they had delivered and learned.

As Head of Curriculum and Quality for Engineering, Stephen Swinley says,

“The benefit for the students has been enormous. Not only have they increased their health and safety knowledge, they have improved their soft skills, gained confidence and developed their ability to work as a team. We’re really proud of them!”

This is the second time that Health and Safety Officer, Andy Cathro has won the Lord Cullen Trophy. The last project to win was the result of a collaboration with the Princes Trust, highlighting the dangers of asbestos.

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Dundee and Angus College is moving away from traditional thinking and focussing much more on careers not courses. It wants the people of the Dundee and Angus region to be better informed and prepared for the career options available to them, no matter what stage they are at.

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