Students and staff at Bridgend College took to the campus gates yesterday to voice their concerns over the future of the further education sector. Campaigners were bearing banners and flags attracting supporters from passing cars outside the College’s Cowbridge Road site.

Bridgend College is one of three College’s facing “devastating” budgets cuts and last month announced a scaling back of jobs and courses as the funding crisis facing Wales’ further education sector deepens.

Members of the University and College Unions (UCU) were yesterday joined by colleagues from the National Union of Students Unison, Amie, Ucac and ATL in protest outside the gates of College campuses across Wales.

A (USU) official said “These cuts will lead to significant course closure and job losses, and the door being closed for many in our community that reply on adult education”

Simon Pirotte, Principal and Chief Executive of Bridgend College said further education sector cannot take any more funding cuts. “This news is devastating s last year was the most successful in the college’s history, with students achievement at an all-time high” he said.