• The College crest over the entrance to College Hall

    The College crest over the entrance to College Hall

  • First address to the College at the AGM in 2015

    First address to the College at the AGM in 2015

  • Main entrance to the College

    Main entrance to the College

Open for business

What a start to 2018! I am really delighted to announce our official reopening. Last week we hosted several hundred guests who came along to see and enjoy the new College facilities. As many will be aware, the College buildings in central Glasgow have undergone a significant upgrading. Our public spaces have been refurbished, our clinical skills facilities have been completely transformed and we have added a new, state of the art recording studio to enhance our audio-visual capability. We have also totally reconfigured our office accommodation to provide a superior working environment for our staff. This has been a project that occupied most of 2017 and we are all delighted with the result and excited to see the fantastic new facilities fulfil their potential.

When you visit the College, come in to attend a lecture, to teach, attend a conference or event or simply to meet colleagues, you will instantly notice the changes. We have tried to capture important elements of our history and heritage. Our buildings have many wonderful period features characteristic of the 19th Century. Our heritage collections reach much further back, indeed as far as the 15th century. Our new look, with the support of funding from Museums Galleries Scotland, has helped us to really emphasise aspects of our heritage collections in a visually striking and dynamic way. There is also a new online presence that has made many historically significant instruments and documents digitally accessible – do check it out.

While we celebrate and learn from the past, the real driving force for the changes was the need to be well equipped to deliver world class training and education for the years ahead. I am very keen that we demonstrate our commitment to be a progressive, responsive and accessible College providing for all the educational, assessment and career development objectives of current and future Fellows and Members.

In addition to our core activity, the new developments have added to our flexibility and aided our enthusiasm to reach out to the local civic and business community. With that in mind we have rebranded our successful events management company, and 1599 at the Royal College will be welcoming guests to see and sample our beautiful buildings and fabulous hospitality on Wednesday 31 January. We have rooms for every occasion – from business events and seminars through to family celebrations, weddings and amazing, fine dining opportunities. If you would like to sample some of the award winning facilities and services do get in touch. Visit the website or contact the team directly at bookings@1599.co.uk

So my invitation is open – do come and explore our new facilities and for those of you who may be considering a visit to Glasgow, please let us know you are coming – it would be great to meet you and show you around. If you would like to attend the open evening on 31 January, please let the team know at bookings@rcpsg.ac.uk