The Scottish Government is proposing a cut of over 20% to colleges across Scotland over the next three years. This comes on top of a 10% cut last year which has already led to increased class sizes, reduced teaching hours, course closures and over 1,000 staff losing their jobs. Colleges have already been disproportionately hit and the newly proposed cuts are a real threat to our education and to our communities.
At a time of record unemployment and recession, these proposed cuts put at risk college places, quality and local access.
Together, we have to act now.
We are petitioning the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to:
- protect the budget for college student support at 2011/12 levels;
- stop any cuts to college places;
- protect college teaching quality;
- and to protect local access – college campuses must stay open with a wide choice of courses.
Whether you’re from a college, a university or the local community, this campaign matters. Our colleges are crucial to our economy and our society; they serve some of the most excluded communities in Scotland. If we care about widening access and fairness - and if we care about Scotland’s future - then we must care about our colleges.
This is Our Future and it is Our Fight.
We now have the backing of Drew Smith MSP, speaking to USSA President Charandeep Singh he had this to say:
“As an MSP for Glasgow, where roughly 60,000 students attend 13 further education colleges, I am appalled by the Scottish Government’s move to significantly cut college funding.I support NUS Scotland’s Our Future, Our Fight campaign, and commend the work of the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association on this issue. Thousands of students from the University of Strathclyde and at other further and higher education institutions across Glasgow have been in touch with me to explain how these cuts will affect them. It is imperative that this SNP Government acts now to guarantee both college places and local access to colleges – not to do so will severely impact on the futures of students both here in Glasgow and across the country.”