MSPs warned over college cutbacks

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THE pace of cuts to the college sector could create a “funding crisis” and staffing problems, MSPs were warned today.

Both Edinburgh College and the trade union Unison have voiced concerns about the impact reductions in funding could have.

The National Union of 
Students said colleges face a £34.6 million reduction in support in the Scottish Government budget.

Unison has now warned MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee: “The cuts in funding leave the sector facing enormous challenges.”

Edinburgh College warned: “The current pace of financial cuts runs the risk of creating a funding crisis and short-term staffing and educational difficulties.”

Both Mandy Exley, the principal of Edinburgh College, and Unison’s Chris Greenshields are to give evidence to the committee, which is considering legislation aimed at reforming post-16 education.

The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill includes provisions for college regionalisation, which could lead to colleges merging or working together more closely.

In a written submission to MSPs ahead of today’s 
meeting, Edinburgh College said the Bill could offer “a 
better future” for students, staff and others.