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Colleges throughout the region are celebrating Valentine’s Day with their own ‘I love my college’ campaigns.
Eleven further education colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk are joining in the fun by staging their own events on their campus.
Lowestoft College has commissioned a professionally produced short video documentary where students have been asked to share why they ‘love’ the college.
Christine McGuinness, Director of Student Services and Employability, said: “This has been a highly engaging project for our students, many have given thanks to our staff team for all of their support over the years and are celebrating all that is good at Lowestoft College. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished article.”
The college is also engaging students on social media using the video as a driving force. For those wishing to join in on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook please use the #ILoveMyCollege because …
Other activities around the region will include a special Valentines post box at West Suffolk College, a charity cake sale at Suffolk New College and a film produced by students at Suffolk One College.
The campaign came about after the 11 colleges formed the New Anglia Colleges Group, a group which works together to promote high quality Further Education opportunities in the region.
Last week, the group officially launched its manifesto to collectively advance their quest for high quality further education throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. In it they discuss the need for secure funding which matches student need; for support of proper careers education in schools; access for students to grants and loans through new education accounts, affordable and accessible student transport, business centred English and maths qualifications; and public consultation on new school proposals.
Dr Nikos Savvas, Chairman of the New Anglia Colleges Group and Principal of West Suffolk College, said: “We are proud to be the driving force and the engine behind the improving economic growth in the region.
“Our vision is important. It sets out the needs and priorities of the sector. We are working together as we believe passionately in the ethos of ‘education without borders’ for the benefit of this region. We will be working as one to support the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, so that together we are committed to raising educational standards and aspirations and a stronger regional economy.”
The full list of colleges involved in the New Anglia Colleges Group is: City College Norwich, The College of West Anglia, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Easton and Otley College, Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College, Paston Sixth Form College, Suffolk New College, Suffolk One and West Suffolk College. The group collectively teach 32,000 students and 8,000 apprentices.
Already, the New Anglia Colleges group has worked together on a number of strategic objectives and joint funding bids.
Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, who has written the foreword to the manifesto said:
“This is a really exciting vision and an important moment for everyone working in or studying at our local colleges, or who plans to become as student in the future. This is our colleges working collaboratively and at their best right across Suffolk and Norfolk. Driving higher skills and delivering a skilled and inspired future workforce for businesses in the East is key to us all benefiting from the competitive international economy we are building here. This area is the natural home for future business leaders and entrepreneurs, and for them to see Suffolk and Norfolk as one of the best areas in the world to live and work.