First Minister formally re-opens Broch college

PRAISE: First Minister Alex Salmond praised the college and its pupils at the ceremony.
PRAISE: First Minister Alex Salmond praised the college and its pupils at the ceremony.

Banff and Buchan College was formally re-opened by First Minister Alex Salmond last Friday, in a ceremony praising all those involved in making the project possible.

Taking time to tourthe campus, First Minister Alex Salmond praised the environmentally-friendly way in which work had been completed, as well praising Banff and Buchan College for their work in ensuring that young Scots were given the best education available.

Mr Salmond also made mention that the college should be proud of the way in which students are valued at Banff and Buchan College.

The First Minister said in his speech: “I am honoured to be here to officially reopen Banff and Buchan College after its refurbishment.

“Banff and Buchan College is one of many colleges around Scotland I have opened recently and the standard and construction is just as fantastic as the others I have visited.

“I am thrilled at the work that local contactors Robertson Construction Northern have done to the college. The solar panels on the roof, the atrium, learning centre, the cloisters area and other parts of the college that Robertsons have constructed has created a very special environment for staff and students.

“The refurbishment has created an environment for top quality learning for students and has enhanced the college’s reputation for providing education, training, and services.

“The college already has a well-respected reputation with many students embarking in careers in industries such as the oil and gas, maritime, business, service sector and the arts.

“This is a great example of how Scotland’s colleges are being improved through the Scottish Government, further education colleges and the Scottish Funding Council.”

After Mr Salmond officially opened Banff and Buchan College by revealing a plaque, he then went on a tour of the college to meet students and see the refurbishment in further detail. He also buried a time capsule to be opened in 2062 in a small outdoor area of the atrium.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald in further detail on the college Mr Salmond said:

“This refurbishment is massively important not only for Fraserburgh and surrounding area but for the North East and Scotland. The opportunities in the college and the courses they provide make it such a valuable centre for learning and will encourage more young people to come and study here.”

When asked about how independence would effect college and student tuition generally the First Minister replied:

“We as a nation of Scotland are the only country in the UK to provide student fees so that students can go on to learn in further education. This will not change with independence and as I have said previously a rock will melt from the sun before I see students paying for fees in Scotland.”