29 November 1996

Rise in student grants wanted

COLLEGE lecturers want more support for struggling students from MAFF and the farming industry.

Colleges are losing students without discretionary grants for living expenses because they can not afford to study for qualifications below higher national diploma (HND) level, said Tony Hawkins from Oaklands College, Herts.

He is considering writing to farm minister Douglas Hogg to ask for a new funding scheme for agriculture diploma and certificate students.

Lorna Tyson from Myerscough College, Lancs warned that agriculture could face a skills shortage in the future if the issue was not tackled.