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Langside College: GO Awards Scotland finalist profile

Wednesday October 17th, 2012

With just days until the GO Awards Scotland 2012/13, we talk to the team at Langside College, a finalist at this year’s Awards…

Why did you decide to put yourselves forward for the GO Awards Scotland this year?

We have taken extensive steps to improve our procurement function and have achieved consistent and tangible results, in particular in respect of the APUC led Procurement Capability Assessments. We therefore felt that this year’s GO Awards would be the perfect opportunity to mark the achievements of the college team and the wider college staff responsible for the purchasing of goods and services.

What do you think sets you apart from the other nominees in your category/categories?

We believe we have shown a high level of commitment to continuing to deliver significant, wide ranging service improvements in respect of procurement and other key areas, at a time of  unprecedented cuts in public sector funding and fundamental sector wide change.  At a time of such uncertainty we strongly believe that, although challenging, it is vital to remain focused on the required outcomes of improved efficiency and effectiveness as this will ultimately lead to longer term sustainability.

What would be the biggest benefit to your organisation from winning a GO Award?

We are sure there would be many benefits, one being to highlight the extent of the service improvements we have achieved as this helps to demonstrate the level of commitment that exists within the public sector to delivering the type of change required in the context of continuing reductions in government funding. In addition, this award would also enable the college to demonstrate the benefits of implementing programs of significant change. This would be particularly useful at a time when Langside College is going through a merger process with its partners, Anniesland College and Cardonald College and, as such, engaging people in the change process is becoming more and more important to ensure the longer term success of the merged organisation.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge in the past year and how have you overcome it?

Our greatest challenge in the past year has been to deal with the departmental restructure which resulted in significant staffing reductions whilst continuing to remain focused on service improvement and review.  Despite the fact that the team had to go through a formal recruitment and selection process the team members remained highly motivated and focused on continuing to drive forward the necessary actions to enhance not just the procurement function but also other aspects of finance service delivery. We do not believe it is possible to over-estimate the level of commitment the team has shown to our shared purpose of continuous improvement and review and their capacity to influence and engage others in the change process has been a vital part of this achievement.

What’s next for your organisation?

As mentioned previously, Langside College is currently going through a merger process with our partners, Anniesland College and Cardonald College, with a planned vesting date of August 2013.  We believe this process will offer significant opportunities and challenges in the short, medium and longer term and we look forward to embracing these all in equal measure, further enthused by this recognition.

Langside College is a finalist at this year’s GO Awards Scotland, which takes place on Tuesday 23 October at Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.

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