I wanted to update you on 'Transforming Lives', a UCU campaign which showcases the power of further education (FE) to change lives.
The first remarkable case studies are collected here.
It is hard not to be moved by the life stories of the amazing people found by project authors Vicky Duckworth and Rob Smith.
The recurring theme in these stories is the influence of a committed and inspiring teacher. Yet since 2010 thousands of teaching jobs have been cut from colleges in order to save money.
UCU has calculated that to replace capacity in further education lost since 2009/10 will require 15,000 additional teachers and £700m additional public investment. That is an essential investment in the people who need FE most.
In the coming months we will, with your help, be showing politicians the human face of FE and asking them to give their support to Adam, Pippa, Herbert and the other remarkable people this project showcases.
Will you help us?
Please share the link with everyone you know by email or social media.
Please share your own stories of transformation here.
Thank you for your support.
UCU general secretary