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Lecturers to strike at Dumfries and Galloway College

Lecturers at Dumfries and Galloway College will strike on Thursday 17 March, as a national campaign for fair pay and pay equality in Scotland's colleges escalates.

The strike action is planned to continue until the summer, rising to two and then three days per week, if no resolution is reached in the pay dispute.

Both college campuses will be closed on Thursday.

Melvyn Bragg condemns arts cuts in Cumbria

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One of Cumbria's most famous faces has hit out at cutbacks to artistic and cultural centres in the county.

Lord Melvyn Bragg, who was born in Carlisle and grew up in Wigton, believes the government is ignoring the social and financial benefits of the arts.

When will this government understand that the arts are not only beneficial for people and a source of great pleasure... they make money?"

– Lord Melvyn Bragg

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Views sought on Borders schools

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Parents, carers, staff, pupils and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

An online questionnaire is available on Scottish Borders Council's website from today until April 11.

Information sessions are also being held at local high schools over the coming weeks.

The information gathered will be used by council officers to review the current school estate.

"This is not a programme about closure, about anything at all in that regard. What we're talking about is looking at what the estate is like, what the estate is going to be like going forward."

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC's executive member for education

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Feedback for schools in Scottish Borders

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Parents, pupils, teachers and community groups are being asked to share their views on schools in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Borders Council will use the information to help shape the future of how education is provided in the region. They are looking for opinions on the state of buildings, classrooms and other educational facilities

So what we really need to do is look and see where we are and do a complete audit if you like of the estates, of the schools, of the catchment areas, looking at demographics, looking at all the costs involved in our education programme because obviously we need to do that, we have to be able to show that we spend the money that we get efficiently."

– Cllr Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council's Executive Member for Education

Carlisle skills fair gives opportunities in nuclear industry

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Career opportunities in Cumbria's nuclear industry have been part of a Skills Fair in Carlisle today.

The government's skills minister Nick Boles attended the event which has been organised by the Carlisle Economic Partnership.

Nuclear is definitely important for our county. You've got Sellafield already here, the potential investment from NuGen. So we've got to appreciate there are real opportunities for our county on the back of nuclear.

But there are a lot of other businesses here aswell, offering great career opportunities. We have to accept it's a diverse economy but we've got to accept the importance that nuclear has."

– John Stevenson MP, Carlisle - Conservative
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