A “Sweet-sweet” moment for college principal

Angus College principal John Burt
Angus College principal John Burt

Angus College’s outgoing principal is looking forward to finding out what the future will bring for the new Dundee and Angus College.

Speaking to the Arbroath Herald about the final graduation ceremony on Friday and the approaching vesting day for the new institution, principal John Burt denied it was a bittersweet moment.

He said: “I would call it a ‘sweet-sweet’ moment. I’m the longest serving principal in Scotland at the moment and these events celebrating the students’ success are the key events in the academic year.”

Although Mr Burt is moving on to pastures new outside of education he is keen to see how the new institution develops. He went on: “When I leave here I’ve got some other areas of interest I’ll be working on but I will be very much looking forward to the new Dundee and Angus College moving forward under the leadership of new principal Christina Potter. I think personally that Angus College is a great educational asset for the Angus area, but I know this educational asset along with Dundee College will become the best regional college in Scotland.

“So, I’m very, very confident for the future, it’s about moving the new college to make it an even better college.”

The college has grown exponentially since its humble start in 1956 in a flat in Ogilvy place with 30 students, and this is down to a joint effort according to Mr Burt.

He explained: “I think the college’s achievements over the last 17 years of my tenure have been very much down to the flexibility, willingness and dedication of the staff.

“I would also like to thank the Angus community for their support and their buying into the college and also very much the Angus College Board of Governors. They are unpaid volunteers drawn from the business and professional spectrum and they’ve given unstinting support.”