University of Bolton Merger

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University of Bolton Merger

University of Bolton Merger, THE University of Bolton’s merger with Bury College is a step closer.

The college has confirmed it is seeking to link with the university — and this week launched a consultation into the proposals.

The Bolton News reported this month that Bury College and the university were in talks about a link-up. And now Bury College has confirmed that is it proposing an innovative merger with the university and is asking for people’s views.

The move affecting post-16 education is designed to save money by creating more efficient providers.

Under the plans, Bury College would operate as part of the university but would retain its identity and be represented on the university’s board of governors.

College bosses say the move would result in savings which can be made by combining resources.

The college describes the merger as an exciting opportunity to benefit students — and the university welcomed the move.

A spokesman for the university said: “The university is delighted to be in discussions with Bury College regarding the innovative proposal for merger.

“It gives the opportunity to strengthen both organisations and continue with our mission of widening access and educational opportunities within the region.”

Charlie Deane, principal of Bury College, said: “This proposal will allow us to build upon the existing strengths and specialisms of both organisations in order to strengthen the educational opportunities for learners, supported by employer demand and the guidance of our stakeholders.

“The proposal has the wellbeing of our stakeholders at its heart and is entirely consistent with the government’s agenda. This proposal will allow Bury College to provide a more comprehensive, flexible and responsive curriculum offer, with the potential to improve access and increase choice for a broader range of learners at all levels.”

Twenty-one further-education and sixth-form colleges in Greater Manchester are among the first to be looked at as part of the nationwide review to create fewer, often larger, more efficient providers. Bury College says it is leading the way with the proposed merger and stressed that it would retain its name and identity. Benefits cited include improved pathways to higher education and employment, access to modern facilities, and opportunity for financial scholarships for students.

For staff, the benefits are said to include access to more expertise, technology and skills, a stronger infrastructure and financial resources, enhanced development and training opportunities, and a proposal which is likely to protect the highest number of jobs now and into the future.