The Scottish Government published its Draft Budget 2019/20 on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 and Colleges Scotland issued a media statement. The Education and Skills section starts on p105 of the Budget document. The key headlines for the sector are:
  • The Scottish Government has increased current levels of revenue funding for the college sector by 3.1% in cash terms (1.3% in real terms), with the Draft Budget for 2019/20 confirmed as £606.5m. This represents an additional £18.3m against the Draft Budget for 2017/18. However, the full £18.3m is for funding National Bargaining. The revenue funding has not been adjusted for inflation, therefore this equates to a real terms reduction in funding to cover day-to-day operational costs.
  • The Scottish Government has reduced current levels of capital funding for the college sector with the Draft Budget for 2019/20 confirmed as £47.6m. This represents a reduction of £29.1m against the draft budget for 2018/19. It should be noted that £22m of this capital funding is for the Forth Valley College campus build. Therefore, there is a capital budget of £25.6m available for backlog maintenance and lifecycle costs.

College Sector Statement of Ambition coverThe College Sector Statement of Ambition was launched this morning by Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science at West Lothian College.

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A TV campaign to encourage people to choose college as their ‘plan A’ was launched on Thursday, 1 November 2018. The campaign will air throughout November on STV with 88 broadcasts of the advert are scheduled. A website has also been set up with video case studies of current students and a search function to allow people to get in touch with their local college; visit www.choosecollege.scot.

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Watch the advert below.

Forth Valley College’s Year 2 BA Digital Media students have produced a short video of Colleges Scotland's Parliamentary Reception which took place on Tuesday, 25 September 2018.

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Photo Launch EventThe launch of a project to support all college and university staff handle disclosures of gender based violence takes place at Edinburgh Napier University took place on Thursday, 27 September 2018 with support from the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. Over 100,000 cards have been printed and distributed to every college and university across Scotland so that staff can have details of the national, specialist support services at their fingertips.

The idea for the cards came from Ms Fiona Drouet, mother of Emily Drouet, who tragically took her own life having experienced a campaign of gender based violence whilst a student at university. Ms Drouet founded the #EmilyTest campaign.

Read the press release.