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Fife College students demand an end to student poverty

Wednesday 17-12-2014 - 17:50

Students at Fife College are campaigning for increased student support funding for the college which has seen significant underinvestment.

Representatives from Fife College Students’ Association have taken part in a day of action to campaign alongside NUS Scotland for an end to Student Poverty in Scotland’s colleges and universities and calling on the Scottish Government to put in place better measures to fund students throughout their education and stop them falling into poverty.

They have been joined in support of the campaign by Willie Rennie, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife and leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.The week of action comes in the week following figures from the Scottish Funding Council showing a £11.2m shortfall in college student support funds. At Fife College, the figures showed a shortfall of over £1m.  

Alasdair Clark, Vice President Education and Representation at Fife College Students’ Association said: 

“Every year students at Fife College and across Scotland fall into poverty during their studies. Yesterday students at Fife College made a really strong call for an end to the outdated, postcode lottery support that FE students currently face. Instead, we want to see an entitlement for FE students, to guarantee them a minimum amount of bursary funding, at colleges across Scotland.

“That’s why we’re fully behind NUS Scotland’s campaign, Stop Student Poverty, to ensure the Scottish budget commits the necessary funding to students support. The Scottish government must act now and prevent more students from falling into poverty and to remove this barrier to education.” 

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