About The College

About Dumfries and Galloway College

Our College is located in the beautiful South of Scotland, the gateway to three countries - Scotland, England and Ireland; the perfect location to learn, live and explore.

The main campus is situated in Dumfries (the capital of the Region), the College has another campus in the town of Stranraer, 75 miles to the west of Dumfries.

 College History

About Dumfries and Galloway

  • Dumfries & Galloway has a population of approximately 148,000.
  • The largest town in the region is Dumfries with a population of 31,600. Followed by Stranraer (10,800 pop.) and Annan (8,300 pop.). All other settlement areas have populations of 4,500 or less.
  • The population density is approx 60 people per square mile compared with the Scottish average of 168.
  • The local economy is primarily based on agriculture and forestry with a range of light industries and tourism making significant contributions. There are numerous small art and craft enterprises that thrive across the Region.
  • The two major roads in the region are the M74 and the A75 (a euro route to Northern Ireland).
  • The coastline of Dumfries and Galloway stretches for over 200 miles. Scotland's most southerly point is The Mull of Galloway. On a clear day, Ireland, The Isle of Man and Cumbria in England are all visible!


Campus sites

Our campus sites reflect the commitment of the College in serving the needs of the whole of the Region. The College has an average of 9,000 students per year - 15% full-time and 85% part-time/other attendance. Approximately 20% are west of the Region based.

Various staff are members of committees / forums / groups and associations that are the catalysts of regional economical and social development. This membership provides the College with essential information that together with local and national research statistics ensures our continuous developing curriculum.


College without Walls

The College's approach to learning is a reflection of the rural locality, the local economy and the changing patterns of lifestyles. As a major employer and a dynamic rural learning institution, the 'digital' revolution has been strongly embraced by us and its many forms are fast becoming the basis of our organisations operations and academic delivery.

Although the College has two campuses and many learning centre partnerships across the Region, we are a College without walls - creating flexible learning approaches to suit everyone. This means learning opportunities are varied and abundant - from full-time courses to flexible part-time courses, from learning in College to learning at home, work or the top of The Merrick (local fell walking landmark) or beyond.

The range of learning includes basic skill development to degree level (articulation links with Crichton University Campus in Dumfries) and everything in between. You are never too young and you are never too old - many 'retired' students are creating new lives for themselves by: obtaining qualifications that escaped them when they were younger, enjoying new hobbies and interests or creating entrepreneurial ventures. Mature students have often joined the College to help them develop or change their career paths. Others have joined us to help them develop confidence to seek employment after a period away from the working environment (eg raising a family).



The College and students are proud to have been the recipients of many varied awards that reflect the learning and opportunities on offer, some of which include:




  • College Development Network Marketing Awards 'Events Category' - Gold Award
  • College Development Network Marketing Awards 'Events Category' - Grand Prix Award


  • Zest Eat Safe Award - Promoting Excellence in Food Hygeine Award
  • Prince's Trust Celebrate Succes Awards-Community Impact Category - Runner Up - Team 25
  • The Prince's Trust Scottish Delivery Partner Awards
  • Electro-technical Modern Apprenticeship Competition (eMAc) - 1st place - Steven Harper
  • SkillELECTRIC Scottish Heat - 1st Place - Steven Harper
  • AHT Regional Heats 'Body Art' - 2nd place - Karen Hughes
  • Dumfries American Football Team - The Dumfries Hunters Logo and Branding Competition - Winner - Reece Whylde
  • SECTT Dumfries and Galloway Apprentice of the Year (2nd Year) - Liam Kelly
  • SECTT Dumfries and Galloway Apprentice of the Year (1st Year) - Liam Downie
  • The Scottish Timber Trade Teachers Competition - First Place - Kieran Patterson
  • National Skill Build Finals - Bronze Prize - Kieran Patterson
  • Worlds Skills UK Olympic Team - Selection - Kieran Patterson
  • Nithsdale Disability Sports Personality of the Year - David Denholm
  • Springboard Charity 2016 Awards for Excellence - Fiona Colley Award - Connor Pomroy & Kai Palmer
  • South West Scotland Decorative & Fine Arts Society - Young Arts Bursary 2016 - Megan Nodwell


  • Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust's (SECTT) Apprentice of the Year - Steven Harper
  • AHT Regional Heats 'Nail Art' - 2nd place - Myra MacDonald
  • AHT Regional Heats 'Face painting' - 3rd place - Natalie Clive
  • AHT Finals 'Face Painting - 3rd plave - Natalie Clive
  • College Development Network Marketing Awards 'Market Research' - Bronze Award


  • SQA Star Award 'Innovation' - Highly Commended
  • College Development Network 'Health and Wellbeing Award' - Highly Commended
  • FE First Awards - 'Event Management' - Silver Award
  • Colleges Scotland Marketing Awards –  ‘Internal Communications’ category - Bronze Award
  • Scottish Association of Timber Trade Trade Teachers (SATTT) Competition - 1st Year Apprentice - Kieran Paterson      2nd place
  • JISC RSC Scotland - Innovation in Technology Category - Facebook Page Cutting Crew
  • JISC RSC Scotland  - i-Tech Award - Learning Assessment Category - On-line Hospitality Course
  • D&G Life People Of The Year - Young Achiever - Thomas Wright


  • College Development Network Marketing Award - Silver
  • Wella Xposure - Regional Heats Winner - Emma Blackwell
  • Association of Hairdressers & Therapists (AHT) Scottish Area Competition - Lauren Hannay
  • BRITE (Beattie Resources for Industries in Technology and Education) - Alison Cairns and Jan Clark
  • Frank Buttle Award - Awarded for Exemplary Practice
  • British Powerlifting Class Championship - 3rd Place - Rhian Arnott


  • Visual Communication students illustrations published in Brenda Brown’s new fairytale book - Richard Nelson, Sian Cowan, Andrew Moyes and Pamela Dutch.
  • Barclay Money Skills regional prize for photography Stephanie Dowe
  • Construction Nationaal Progression Awards student of the year John Lister
  • Scotland's Colleges Volunteer of the Year Award, Highly Commended - Demi Rogerson 2012 
  • SECTT Apprentice of the Year Stage 1 - Adam Graham 2012
  • SECTT Apprentice of the Year  Stage 2 - Jamie Fletcher 2012
  • Sort listed finalist in the Green Gown Awards - Courses Category, recognising innovative action with regard to sustainability in academic courses in further and higher education 
  • MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his role as ambassador for young people - Richard Sagar studied elctrical engineering at the College
  • Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Scottish area competitions - Skills Challenge (1st place) Denise McClymont 2012 
  • Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Scottish area competitions  - Face Painting (2nd place) - Amanda Philips 2012


  • Scotlands Colleges Partnership Working 2011
  • SECCT Apprentice of the Year - Kyle Bell 2011
  • Carlton Professional - Kerry Bell 2011
  • Individual Volunteering Award - Lee Donaldson 2011
  • LGBT Charter Award  


  • Payroll Giving 2010
  • VQ Learner of the Year (Runner Up) - David Broatch 2010
  • WorldSkills - Microsoft IT Technician 2010 - Vincent Macierzynski and Thomas Milligan
  • SECCT West Coast Regional Champion in Electrical Engineering (2nd Year) - Ryan Johnston 2010
  • Best Sports Volunteer In Scotland 2010, Georgie Boyle
  • Association for Public


  • WorldSkills - Electrical Apprentice - Richard Sagar Gold 2009
  • UKSkills
  • SECTT Apprentice of the Year (2nd Year) - 2009
  • SECTT Apprentice of the Year (1st Year) - 2009


  • Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Winner  - Regency Vase 2005
  • Learndirect Learning Centre of the Year 2005


  • Holywood Trust Awards Outstanding Achievements 2004 
  • Worshipful Company of Plasterers Regency Vase Runner Up 2004
  • Skills Challenge Computing Software & Hardware 2004
  • SECTT Apprentice of the Year 2004
  • FE Marketing Network Award Widening Participation 2004
  • National Hairdressing Federation Student Competitions 2004
  • CLAW AwardsCommunity Learning 2004


  • Border TV Adult Learner Award 2003
  • Holywood Trust Awards Outstanding Achievements 2003
  • Skillbuild Competition (Institute of Carpenters) 2003
  • Care Modern Apprenticeship Award 2003
  • National Hairdressing Federation Student Competition Awards 2003
  • Gold Award - SQA Partnership of the Year 2003
  • Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2003
  • National Enterprise and Learning Awards 2003