With the government trying to introduce the idea that adults over the age of 24 doing Level 3 courses should pay for their education using a loan system, City and Islington Student Union have some real concerns about this.
We are very concerned because of the number of students that are at our college who are this age and with this system in place it would really effect them. They have different reasons for coming to a FE college but we believe that no one should be put at a disadvantage because they want to come back to education and improve their lives.
We also are very concerned that the government have not made this publicly aware to a larger amount of people and are trying to get this through Parliament without having a discussion about it.
As a student governor, I have informed the governors about this idea and they are happy with this, that we promote and make students aware of the situation. We have contacted our two local MPs through email and had the support and help from Rob Scully - City University London, who is supporting us using Twitter.
We decided that on the 22nd June, we would go around the colleges different centres and collect signatures from students and tell them about it. We have collect 84 signatures and are continuing to do this, to make students aware of what is happening, what they are able to do and support them. We will continue to make sure that our students are aware of this during our welcome week and make sure that we can do all we can to not have any of our students be at a disadvantage.