Colleges take cash message to Parliament

Myerscough College principal and chief executive Alison Robinson in London with Ben Wallace
Myerscough College principal and chief executive Alison Robinson in London with Ben Wallace

College bosses and students from across the county swapped their lectures for a street lobbly in London.

They joined thousands o f others lobbying parliament campaigning for fairer funding for the further education sector.

The initiative was part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, to highlight the funding challenges faced by the further education sector, and to champion the work that colleges do to prepare students for university or work.

The Colleges Week campaign is a partnership between teaching and lecture unions and the National Union of Students, GMB and TUC .

Among them was Myerscough chief executive and principal Alison Robinson (pictured).

Alison said afterwards: “When a young person leaves school at 16 and goes to college the funding for their education drops by 24% despite the much larger investment needed in technical vocational equipment in colleges to deliver the curriculum. This situation is not sustainable and ultimately impacts upon staff morale, staff retention, students, businesses, communities and the wider economy.

“Many colleges are now in financial crisis and sometimes we have to take a stand for what we believe in.’’