£15 million college fund welcomed by Angus MSP

Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, has welcomed the announcement from Education Secretary Michael Russell of a new £15 million transformation fund, which will assist college reform in Scotland.

Mr Dey said: “The creation of a £15million transformation fund is something that I warmly welcome, especially as, on behalf of Angus College, I have been making the case for such financial support to be provided colleges as they look to move to regional models.

“Establishing this fund – which will help with practicalities and one off costs associated with the reform process – addresses genuine concerns about undergoing significant changes whilst managing budget reductions and I am pleased to note the Cabinet Secretary’s assurance that the exact scope of the support will be determined by further discussions with colleges.

“Angus College is, I know, adopting a positive approach to the reform process, looking for example at how it can work more closely and effectively with Dundee College.

“And it is important that colleges looking to help ensure a strong future for Further Education are given as much financial support as possible within the constraints of a Scottish Government budget which has had £1.3billion slashed from it by Westminster.

“I will continue to support efforts to ensure Angus College emerges from the funding cuts to the FE sector and this reform process as strongly as it can and look forward to accompanying Mike Russell on his visit to Angus College later this month, when he will be meeting with management, the unions and student representatives.”