Rethinking Skills Symposium 2019

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The impact which the pace of change is having on learning, skills and the future employability of students was keenly debated at City of Glasgow College’s recent education symposium.

The event brought together leading practitioners, academics and experts and was described as an excellent opportunity to chart a way forward for colleges.


In the face of an increasingly uncertain and complex world, education can make the difference as to whether people embrace the challenges they are confronted with or whether they are defeated by them.

This valuable symposium provided an opportunity to debate the challenges ahead and discuss how tertiary education, in particular, offers an inclusive learning pathway as well as a pipeline of talent to meet the UK’s economic needs.


The emphasis of this year's symposium was on rethinking skills with delegates debating how best to prepare and equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in and shape their world.

Event outline

The day long event took place in the lecture theatre at the college’s City campus on Cathedral Street and comprised panel-led debates and presentations featuring key speakers:-

  • Professor Thomas Deissinger, Konstanz University - Presentation.
  • Professor Alison Wolf, Kings College London and member of the UK Government Review of Post 18 Education and Training.
  • Principal Paul Little, City of Glasgow College.
  • Professor Ewart Keep, University of Oxford - Presentation.
  • Professor Ken Spours, UCL Institute of Education - Presentation.
  • Olly Newton, Director of Policy & Research, The Edge Foundation - Presentation.
  • Russell Gunson, Director of IPPR Scotland - Presentation.

View the Programme here.

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