Mayor attends annualCollege Freshers’ Fair

LISBURN’S Mayor, Councillor Brian Heading made a special guest appearance at the annual Freshers’ Fair in the South Eastern Regional College.

Organised by SERC’s Students’ Union, the Fair provides a platform for organisations relating to student health and wellbeing to engage with students, providing advice and information on their services.

In what was SERC’s biggest Freshers’ Fair to date, the College welcomed organisations such as the PSNI, Northern Bank, O2, and X the Txt NI, a not for profit organisation which aims to encourage people not to send text messages while driving.

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During his visit to the College, Ken Webb, Principal and Chief Executive of SERC told the Mayor how the College has continued to experience a growth in enrolments.

He said; “Enrolments on the Lisburn campus have been steadily growing over the last three years. There has been 10% increase on last year in full-time further education enrolments. We have experienced a resurgence of demand in engineering – enrolments have doubled in FE, and HE has grown also.

“Access to Education continues to grow, up by 11%, Travel and Tourism is up 69% and Computing and Software Engineering is up by 20%. These figures are extremely positive for the future prosperity of our city as we continue to provide educational opportunities for the people of Lisburn.”