In brief

8th May 2009 at 01:00

Jobs still under threat

Job losses and course closures are still on the cards for some Welsh colleges, according to Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West.

Mr Black said that much of the Pounds 8.93 million extra announced by the Assembly for Welsh further education last month will fail to filter through to local colleges.

"In Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea, our FE colleges are still under-funded in the face of recent increases in pay, energy costs, pensions and transport," he said.

Mark Haysom

An article, "LSC chief was director of private property firm" (FE Focus, April 3), referred to Mark Haysom's involvement in the private company Limehouse East Management Ltd, which manages the properties in the development where he lives and which is akin to a residents' association.

We accept that his role at the company is in fact very limited, as well as being entirely voluntary and unpaid, that our description of it as a "business interest" was unfair and that it posed no conflict with or distraction from his duties as chief executive of the LSC.

We apologise to Mr Haysom for any embarrassment caused.

Estate audit proposed

The Conservatives have proposed an amendment to the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill to require an audit of the quality of college buildings. John Hayes, the shadow minister for further education, also said that the Skills Funding Agency should produce an annual progress report on capital projects after it starts work next year.

LSIS running to plan

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service has had its first report from the Performance Review Panel as part of new governance arrangements. The panel, set up by the LSIS council, found most of the service's programmes are on budget, running to schedule and delivering their targets and objectives.

Full report at

New lead governor

Somerset College has appointed Nick Moore as chair of governors. Professor Moore, who takes over from Chris Bishop, has held posts at the former Birmingham Polytechnic, now Birmingham City University, and City University and Brighton University. He is a managing partner in the consultancy company Acumen.

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