#LoveOurColleges campaign at City of Bristol College TO CELEBRATE COLLEGES WEEK

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City of Bristol College is hosting the #LoveOurColleges campaign during Colleges Week. It will showcase the ways in which staff and students love our College, through success stories, imagery, video and more!

City of Bristol College is a vital part of the Bristol community, supporting students to learn, train and be the best version of themselves.

Colleges Week takes place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October 2018 and is part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign and sees colleges across the country hosting events to showcase the brilliant work they do, day in and day out, as well as national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October to which City of Bristol College’s Principal and Chief Executive Lee Probert will be joining.

The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

Whether it’s through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. ‘Love Our Colleges’ is calling on the government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for 5 years. It is also asking the Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.

Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Bristol College, said: “I am proud to be a part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign for Colleges Week. We aim to use this week as a celebration of our college and the work of our students and staff. Also we will be joining forces with other colleges across the UK to call on the government for better investment and fair pay for staff.

“At City of Bristol College we are a community in itself, bringing people together, inspiring them and assisting them on their journey into education, employment or otherwise. That’s what we do best and that’s why Colleges Week is so important to celebrate fantastic achievements.”

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like City of Bristol College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible. It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”

For more information please contact Katy Gaulton, City of Bristol College’s Head of Marketing & Communications, kgaulton@cityofbristol.ac.uk 0117 3125038.

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