Grantham College supports Love Our Colleges week

Grantham College celebrates all its achievements for Love our Colleges week

The “Love Our Colleges” Campaign highlights all the incredible work that both staff and students do; not just across Grantham College but across every college in the country. 

Colleges week that is being held between 15-19th October will be used to show why the government should offer more funding for Colleges. 

Between 2009-2019; College funding has been cut by almost 30% which has contributed to the reduction of teaching hours as well as fewer learner opportunities for adults. This situation is not sustainable and ultimately is impacting college students and staff, as well as businesses and the economy. 

Marketing Manager Jaz Abeysekera commented: “Colleges Week is a great celebration of all the wonderful things that happen throughout colleges across the UK. Colleges do a lot to help improve the lives of their students and they certainly deserve to be celebrated. It doesn’t seem fair for colleges to receive less funding when they do just as much for students as any other education provider so please back this wonderful cause and help us celebrate all the brilliant success stories of colleges.”

Assistant Principal for Higher Education, Dr Steven Peacock stated: “Events have been organised across the country as part of ‘Love Our Colleges’, highlighting the need for better funding and fair pay in Further Education. To mark the occasion, 100 soundbites are being curated of staff and students talking about why Grantham College matters to them. The soundbite stream will be available on Grantham College’s website www.grantham.ac.uk. The website also showcases a trailer for our University Centre ‘world of learning’ film, made by our HNC Media students, featuring spectacular drone shots of historic Elsham House and the Grantham skyline.”

“Furthermore, Grantham College also recently hosted a student masterclass by Dr Harry Cliff, one of the country’s leading particle physicists who worked on the Large Hadron Collider and holds Fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Science Museum. Dr Cliff delivered a workshop for some of the College’s Science students and visited the new University Centre. We like to offer our students a range of opportunities including the Erasmus+ trip which offers students a chance to study and do work experience abroad.” Dr Steven Peacock wrote about the opportunities Grantham College Offers. 

Whilst Stella Cockerill, the Chief Operating Officer of the Cambs Chamber of Commerce commented "As an economy, we have significant changes ahead of us in terms of responding to a new era of increased automation and digitalisation. Our FE sector needs to be suitably equipped in terms of funding and Government investment and support in order to drive forward this agenda and to be able to effectively prepare young people and retrain our existing workforce to ensure this country’s future prosperity"

On Wednesday, Chief Executive and Principal of Grantham College, Paul Deane, will be heading down to Parliament with senior managers, governors and students for the national day of lobbying to meet with our MP Nick Boles and campaign for fair funding for our college.

Paul Deane stated "Grantham College is graded “Good” by Ofsted for our Further Education provision, recently achieved a Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award for our Higher Education provision and responds positively to government initiatives to support the people and economy of the local area. We have absorbed significant real terms cuts in funding in recent years but maintained good financial health and high quality through the hard work and dedication of our staff. We believe the time has come to significantly increase the investment in Further Education Colleges so that we can continue to support local people to develop their skills and careers and support local economic growth. In recent years the rate of funding for 16-18 year olds has been cut then fixed and adult funding substantially cut whilst costs beyond our control such as employer national insurance contributions, pensions and energy costs have risen.  Unless real terms increases in funding per student are implemented immediately Colleges of Further and Higher Education like Grantham will not be able to offer the range and quality of education and training services that local people need and deserve. In the last year a range of independent experts including the head of Ofsted, the FE Commissioner and the IFS have acknowledged that funding for Further Education Colleges is too low and that this is unfair and damaging to economic prosperity. Our students and staff deserve fair funding and I would ask the public to do what they can to support the ‘Colleges Week’ campaign and protect their future."

The Celebration of Colleges week will raise awareness about how college and college staff can transform the lives of students and call on the government to give better investment in Colleges. 

To support this campaign and see how you can get involved, head over to: https://www.collegesweek.co.uk to find out more information and sign the petition to help increase funding for further education https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/229744.