Director quits Writtle College role

Writtle College director of knowledge transfer Mike Hall is leaving the college after 23 years for a consultancy post to help bring more science into schools.

He said: “I’m looking for a new challenge before I retire.” Writtle has undergone reorganisation following budget difficulties. Hall said Writtle was inspected by five organisations but none were interested in whether the specific technical information was correct or relevant. He added: “During successive governments over the past few years we’ve seen so many cuts in education funding.” Institute of Horticulture (IoH) president-elect Hall added that “no one could predict” if there would be a two-thirds majority to merge with Society of Chemical Industry at the institute’s meeting on 8 December. Hall, who is due to succeed president Tony Girard next September, added that he was disappointed that a vote last week was 34-2 against the IoH-administered Garden Writers’ Guild “in the medium to longer term negotiating to stay with SCI”.

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