Love Our Colleges is a chance to celebrate and shout about all the brilliant things that colleges do, day in and day out to build communities, boost businesses, and support individuals. It is also our opportunity to call on government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff.
Check out the Love Our Colleges website for resources, updates and information.
Through the Love Our Colleges campaign, we have also ramped up our lobbying and political engagement work. We have worked with colleges to lobby politicians to help shift the debate on colleges, with an emphasis on funding. Together as a collective of colleges we have achieved two Westminster Hall Debates, questions at Prime Minister’s Questions and Treasury Questions, a renewed focus on further education within the Education Select Committee and helped to establish hundreds of meetings between MPs and colleges.
Colleges Week is a key part of the Love Our Colleges campaign, and 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), GMB, TUC, National Education Union (NEU) and UNISON.
It was first launched in 2019 and has gone from strength to strength. Take a look at the highlights from 2020.
Working together with members, we helped to secure the first meaningful investment in further education in almost a decade - a 4.7% increase in the base rate, and a £1.8 billion commitment for college capital spend.