Monday, 20 April 2009

Campaign To Save Continuing Education Continues

The campaign against the closure of Reading University's School of Continuing Education is keeping up the pressure ahead of the deciding votes by the University council and senate.

Redlands LibDems advertises the latest developments - which includes a question asked by campaigners at a recent meeting of Reading Borough Council - as students worries about a "spiral of decline" grow.

In response RBC lead councillor for education, Labour's John Hartley, expressed regret that the decision had been announced as well as hope that the University remember its' civic responsibility, although Cllr Benson notes the irony of his attempt to distance himself from the effects of decisions taken by the Labour party at national level.

Meanwhile the campaign group RACE (Reading Action on Continuing Education) notes the difference between the words and actions of University of Reading Vice-Chancellor Prof Gordon Marshall, who previously pledged support for the school but is now moving ahead with the plans for closure.

June Stoute also gives her bloggers view from the inside as a student at the school.

She describes the distress of other students and makes connection between the intellectual stimulation provided by education and mental well-being.

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