Angus College students ‘fight for the 400’

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FOUR hundred Angus College students recently gathered in front of Angus College to represent the potential amount of full-time student places which could be lost if the cuts proposed by the Scottish Government were to go ahead.

The event highlighted the risk facing the College whose principal has stated the college could also potentially lose a further 1,200 part-time places in addition to the 400 full-time. Graeme Kirkpatrick Depute President of the National Union of Students Scotland visited the event.

Graeme Kirkpatrick, NUS Scotland Depute President, said: “Colleges across Scotland are saying that budget cuts will force them to cut places, and this would be a disaster. The SNP made a manifesto commitment to protect numbers and every SNP candidate made a personal pledge to protect college places. They can’t go back on it now, closing college doors to tens of thousands of talented people.

“We know the devastating damage last year’s cut had on quality, teaching time, and on wider support and guidance to students. These cuts have had a real impact on the lives of those studying at college and I don’t know if students will be able to take any further hit on the frontline services and opportunities that colleges provide.

Angus College student Gary Paterson said: “Angus College, like others around the country, is facing crippling cuts that put the security of our students, courses and indeed campuses at risk. The prospect of losing 400 full-time places results in a loss for not only our students and college but also for the wider community in which they play a vital role.”