New College Lanarkshire

Linda Williamson

Corporate Parent Co-ordinator
01698 232293

The information on this page was last updated on 3 September 2018.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

New College Lanarkshire welcomes applications from individuals who are care-experienced, and we are committed to providing the right support. We understand that coming to college can be an unsettling experience, and we want to support you when taking this step. We offer advice and guidance to help at all stages of your learner journey, pre-entry, on course, and support with the next steps after college.

We have an enduring commitment to supporting our care-experienced learners. We provide information about the help available, and can give you support completing your application and deciding which course is right for you.

The college can liaise with your local authority to ensure a smooth transition into college life, if required. We can arrange individual visits for you and a friend, adviser or parent/guardian, to introduce you to the college and cover anything you need to know.

If your application for college is unsuccessful, you can request an interview with a careers adviser from Skills Development Scotland and, if appropriate, the college’s student advisers.

We aim to prioritise the processing of funding for care-experienced young people. We have a team of funding advisers who can offer financial advice and assistance specific to your set of circumstances. Please call 0300 555 8080 and ask to speak to Student Funding.

We are committed to providing a range of learner support services in order that you as our learner can achieve your full potential whilst at college. This can include support with childcare arrangements, literacy or numeracy support, learning and study support, emotional support or counselling.

For further information about the support available at New College Lanarkshire, please contact the relevant person at each of our campuses:

Corporate Parent Co-ordinator: Linda Williamson, 01698 232293 or
Student Adviser (Motherwell Campus): Billy Findlay, 01698 232300 or
Student Adviser (Coatbridge Campus): Linda Buchanan, 01236 460286 or
Student Advisers (Cumbernauld Campus):Alison Fernand and Paula Etherson, 01236 784521 or and

New College Lanarkshire works in partnership with Become and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). Our students’ association is run by students for students. They ensure that you are at the heart of everything that goes on at New College Lanarkshire.

Our Educational Learning Support (ELS) team can offer a wide range of support, and has specific resources available to assist learners. You will be offered a supportive meeting with our ELS advisers to check if you need more support for your studies.

To find out more, or to discuss your own individual needs, please contact the team:

Coatbridge and Cumbernauld Campus:
Audrey Lennox, ELS Co-ordinator: 01236 460288 or
Motherwell Campus:
Gayle Gallacher, ELS Co-ordinator: 01698 232292 or

Further information can be obtained from our website:

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

We aim to prioritise funding for young people in care or care leavers. Young people in care and care leavers may be awarded up to four years of the EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) award rather than the usual three.

In addition there may be some flexibility in relation to attendance. However, this would have to be agreed with your Curriculum and Quality Leader for the individual programme.

We have a team of funding advisers who can offer financial advice and assistance specific to your set of circumstances. Please call 0300 555 8080 and ask to speak to Student Funding.

Please also see a link to our website with further funding information:, or email