Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Cash Runs Dry for Lecturers' Body

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Cash Runs Dry for Lecturers' Body

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Board calls for 'unsustainable' Institute for Learning to close

The Institute for Learning, England's professional body for further education lecturers, is set to close over fears it could soon run out of cash.

The institute's non-executive board has recommended that the IfL shut down and its legacy and assets be passed to the Education and Training Foundation. This could happen as soon as the autumn if the body's elected advisory council agrees to the proposals in a vote on 17 July.

Sue Crowley, the IfL's elected chair, said that although the body was currently in a "sound financial position" and held surplus funds in reserve, it would not be sustainable in the long term without further "substantial investment".

As TES revealed in April, the IfL has been shedding members since its annual government funding of £5 million was cut and it was forced to raise its fee from £30 to £68 a year. …

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