UK Adult Residential Colleges celebrate ‘Love our Colleges Week’


Fircroft, Ruskin and Northern College  are joining fellow Colleges across the UK this week to celebrate ‘Love your Colleges’ week and the transformative impact of residential education on individuals and local communities. 


The three residential colleges will see a series of events taking place across the week, in conjunction with other colleges, to showcase the range of events highlighting the brilliant stuff they do, day in and day out, as well as taking part in a national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October. 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).


Fircroft, Ruskin and Northern Colleges all have unique status in the country and between them welcome over 10,000 students every year,  helping them gain qualifications and engage in learning, as well as improving their employability skills.  The three colleges are passionate about the impact that residential courses have on learning, something  which has been highlighted through the colleges' success in the National Learner Satisfaction Survey, and consistently high courses success rates. Between them, they help thousands of adults to take their next step in education or employment. The colleges help to support the need to upskill the adult population across the country and address issues of social deprivation, poverty and economic inactivity.


David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Fircroft, Ruskin and Northern Colleges  provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic things that go on and to showcase the wonderful staff who make that possible. It is simple - if we want a world-class education system then we need to invest in it properly.”


If you would like to find out more about the transformative impact of Fircroft, Ruskin and Northern Colleges, why not follow us this week on Twitter using #residentialcollege or visit our websites at:


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