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Newcastle-under-Lyme College and Stafford College confirm public consultation launch

13th June 2016

Newcastle-under-Lyme College [NULC] and Stafford College can today confirm that public consultation has launched to gather stakeholder views on a proposed merger between the two institutions. 

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) and Stafford College can today confirm that public consultation has launched to gather stakeholder views on a proposed merger between the two institutions. 

The proposed merger would see the two colleges combine with both retaining their local identities and educational characteristics with an umbrella group being formed.

Staff at both colleges have been informed by senior teams who will now start the formal consultation processes with a view to a merger in the autumn. 

The shared aim of NULC and Stafford College is to support students and provide them with the knowledge and skills to fulfil their potential.  A merger will deliver this by using the financial security of the newly-formed group to provide excellent teaching and learning, the best facilities and extracurricular opportunities at each campus. 

The group will increase the capacity to work with employers in the north and south of Staffordshire and will support the needs of local businesses and the community.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NULC, said: “Our aim will be to preserve the identities of each campus whilst ensuring the success and prosperity of both sites in each community. We’ve had positive initial discussions and recognise this is an excellent opportunity for us to deliver the positive work we do at NULC in the south of the region.”

Ian Clinton, interim principal at Stafford College, added: “We have a fantastic opportunity to work with an excellent college which can invest and bring its expertise to Stafford. 

“The merger will provide the long term security of the college and ensures we are giving our students the best chance to achieve.

“The new group will provide Stafford College with a permanent and strong leadership team to continue the positive work we have started since being appointed last November.”

The public consultation document is available at www.nulc.ac.uk/merger. 

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