Dugald Craig

Dugald has worked in European and transnational programmes and projects for more than 25 years. In his current role as Interim Chief Executive with the West of Scotland Colleges’ Partnership (WoSCoP), he is responsible for providing expert support and advice to WoSCoP’s member colleges of further and higher education on European policies, priorities and programmes that are relevant to student and staff mobility, international cooperation and modernising the curriculum. There are 27 publicly-funded colleges in Scotland: 10 of these are associated with the University of the Highlands and Islands, 1 is an adult residential college and the 16 others operate in the 12 college regions outwith the Highlands and Islands. WoSCoP’s membership, currently, comprises 6 of the latter colleges which deliver one-third of the sector’s total provision. All of WoSCoP’s member colleges hold Erasmus Charters for Higher Education. In addition to his role with WoSCoP, Dugald represents the interests of the Scottish college sector on a range of national advisory, consultative and policy groups – for example, the national advisory group for the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme, the UK Sector Consultative Group for Vocational Education and Training and the Scottish Bologna Stakeholders’ (Process) Group. He has, also, provided expert advice to the European and External Affairs Committee of the Scottish Parliament and Ministers in the Scottish Government on improving Scottish engagement with European programmes. The evolution of his career, prior to joining WoSCoP, includes four years working in Brussels as Head of Technical Assistance for the Socrates II programme, and some 20 years in the operational and strategic management of publicly and privately funded services in lifelong learning; professional, technical and vocational education; short-cycle higher education; economic development; prison education; language learning; adult education; international projects; and careers guidance in various parts of the UK.

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