Reassurances must be given on Further Education provision in North East Fife

Local MP Stephen Gethins calls for an end to uncertainty over future of Elmwood Campus

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins has called on the Scottish Funding Council to end continuing uncertainty over the future of Elwood campus in Cupar.

SRUC, which has been the sole occupant of the campus since Fife College left last year, is expected to announce its future strategy when the results of a consultation begun in May are made public soon.

However, while hopes are still high that Fife College will return to North East Fife in some capacity, growing uncertainty over the level of Further Education provision in the area continues to cause concern.

Mr Gethins said: “Elmwood Campus provides an excellent facility for students in North East Fife and beyond and students and staff have worked hard to provide what is an asset to education in the area. Given the uncertainty that exists over the future of the site I have written to the Funding Council to seek assurances over the future of Elmwood and am due to meet with the Principal of Fife College soon to discuss what role it will have. I hope that SRUC will also consider investing in the long term and continue to build on the hard work of everyone involved at the Campus.”

In his letter to the organisation’s Interim Chief Executive Dr John Kemp, the North East Fife MP said: “It would be of huge benefit if you could give a reassurance that the Scottish Funding Council will continue to support Further Education provision in North East Fife.

“I know from meeting many of the staff there that they are delivering excellent coursework in many different areas including the food and drink industry which is so important to this rural economy and for giving young people the skills necessary for employment.

“It is now, more than ever, crucial that we ensure we are building a workforce for the future and that institutions like Elmwood in Cupar, are given the investment needed to continue to deliver high levels of education.”