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Liberal Democrat Leader visits Dundee College

January 16, 2012 7:48 PM

Willie Rennie MSP with Cllr Fraser Macpherson at Dundee College

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP was in Dundee today to visit Dundee College to tour the new Gardyne Campus and discuss college funding cuts with Principal Christina Potter, Depute Principal Grant Ritchie and Assistant Principal Leslie Dick. Mr Rennie was accompanied by Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Dundee City Council, Cllr Fraser Macpherson.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Rennie said, ""It was great to visit Dundee College today with local Liberal Democrat Councillor Fraser Macpherson.

"Dundee College helps people from a range of backgrounds to get up and on in the world with new skills and knowledge. Improving the life chances of thousands of people of all ages is something we should support and nourish.

"That's why it makes no sense to cut £40 million from college funds next year which could mean fewer places students and teaching posts might have to go.

"The Scottish Government has the money available to fill this gap as a result of consequentials from Westminster. So the SNP should get the year of to a good start and reverse this cut.

"This would support colleges like Dundee and the great work it does with students and communities."

Cllr Macpherson added, "The new Gardyne Campus facilities are superb but for the college to grow and provide the educational benefits for Dundee students, it is vital that there is clarity from Scottish Government about funding for Dundee College and other further education colleges across Scotland.

"What is obvious is that last year's 10.4% cut is to be followed by a cut of up to 8.5% next year and this has a hugely detrimental consequence for college places, courses and staff jobs. Our colleges are vital to the future of the Scottish economy.""The recent announcement from the Education Secretary still leaves colleges across Scotland in the dark about their individual funding allocations and, as a result, planning for next year has been made extremely difficult.