Steve McCabe, MP for Selly Oak constituency joined Dr. Cheryl Turner, Chair of Fircroft Governing Body and Mel Lenehan, CEO and Principal of Fircroft College, to officially open the new reception on Friday 19th October at Fircroft College.

Fircroft College situated in Selly Oak Birmingham, welcomes thousands of students annually and offers over 200 short courses from entry level to level 2, professional development courses, Pre-Access and Access to Higher Education.  The college is committed to the impact that residential courses have on learning with 96% of learners stating residency supports their learning. The new reception was built in response to Fircroft’s Student Voice committee and aims to enhance the student experience and improve the student’s accessibility. 

 During the visit, Steve McCabe took a tour of Fircroft College and had an opportunity to meet students sharing their experiences and transformative impact of adult education in celebration of ‘Love our Colleges Week’. The ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign is a partnership between the Association of Colleges (AoC), the National Union of Students (NUS), the Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), the University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and the National Education Union (NEU).

Steve McCabe, MP commented: “It’s always a pleasure to visit Fircroft College in my constituency and I was delighted to help open the fantastic new reception area today. Fircroft is one of the very few special designated institutions in the country which provides support and educational opportunities to adults who missed out first time round. I’ve seen first-hand the great work being done at Fircroft, offering people an opportunity for intensive and accelerated learning in a safe and supportive environment.”

A legacy plaque was also unveiled by Steve McCabe, MP during the formal opening in honour of a former Fircroft Student, Bob Cole.   Bob Cole came to Fircroft College in the mid 1970’s through a TUC scholarship and was a life changing experience leading to Bob supporting local communities. It provided Mr. Cole with a new and confident view of himself and opened his eye to a completely new world of reading, debate and ideas.

 “Bob will be remember for his passionate commitment to equality, to justice, to peace and fulfilment for all. As Bob commented ‘Fircroft was the best thing that ever happened to me’.” Mick Murray, a family friend and Trustee of Bob Cole commented.  

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