In brief

1st May 2009 at 01:00

Principal suspended

Doncaster College has suspended its principal while an invesigation is carried out into financial management at the institution. Rowland Foote was described by governors as a "super-principal" when he took over the college after a 2007 inspection branded leadership and governance inadequate. A college spokesman said: "The principal has been suspended while the corporation investigates the financial management of the college."

It also faces a dispute with the University and College Union over plans to make 160 lecturers redundant and replace some with lower-skilled assessors.

Matching apprentices

An online matching system to help over-16s find apprenticeship places now has 10,000 employers registered and 54,000 candidates. The National Apprenticeship Service, which runs the system, held its official launch on Monday, alongside research suggesting that more than three-quarters of former apprentices believe the scheme boosted their earnings. Meanwhile, up to 15,000 apprenticeship places a year will be made available by 2014- 15 due to an extra Pounds 7 million from the government. Bids are invited for a share in a prospectus, Testing Alternative Delivery Models: Group Training Associations and Apprenticeships Training Agencies, published by this week.

Obama dreams theme

The Kenyan deputy high commissioner and a US embassy economist in London are set to address teenagers at the sixth form college where President Obama's cousin Doreen Vicente teaches.

Vincente, a business studies lecturer at Newham Sixth Form College, east London, organised the discussions on the theme of "Realising Your Dreams". Paula Wikle, economic officer at the US embassy, will speak about Mr Obama's first 100 days in office and the G20 summit, while Addison Chebukaka, the deputy high commissioner, will represent Mr Obama's Kenyan heritage and discuss the effects of the US election on that country.

Scottish funds boost

Scottish colleges will see their funding rise by 2.5 per cent in 2009-10, the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council has announced. Within the Pounds 572 million package, there is Pounds 79m for funding student bursaries and childcare, a 9.3 per cent rise on last year.

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