• Bolton pilots new college-university merger model

    A college is joining a university using an “innovative” new merger model that’s acting as a pilot for future partnerships between FE and HE. The alliance, between Bolton College and the University of Bolton, means the college, which has a grade two from Ofsted, will retain its own principal and governing board, giving it greater

    11.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Area review waves four and five recommendations published

    Reports into the final two waves of the area reviews of post-16 education and training have finally been published – bringing the process to a close almost two years after it began. The 15 documents detailing the outcomes of the reviews in waves four and five of the process were made public today by the

    13.32 Aug. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • A busy day for mergers as 21 colleges join 10 partnerships

    A record-breaking 10 partnerships involving 21 colleges have been made official today – making this the single busiest day ever for mergers. But that figure could have been much higher: at least seven further link-ups that had been set to go through today – the first day of the 2017/18 academic year – were held

    14.45 Aug. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Merger collapse makes it a dozen area review failures

    Yet another merger recommended in the area reviews has collapsed, as a planned link-up between two colleges in the north-east became the twelfth to be called off. The news that Stockton Riverside College and Darlington College’s partnership was off the cards emerged this week, more than a year after it was first proposed in the

    10.00 Jun. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Colleges scrap merger plans less than 3 months after announced

    Two colleges have scrapped merger plans less than three months after they were announced. Stanmore College and West Hertfordshire College formally declared their intention to join forces in February, following the West London area review. But both have now confirmed the merger has fallen at the first hurdle. Gill Morgan, West Herts College principal, told

    13.50 May. 16th, 2017 | News

  • London council unhappy with plans for local college to merge with group 300 miles away

    A London borough council is unhappy over a planned merger between a local college and a group whose headquarters is 300 miles away from the capital. Lewisham Southwark College and Newcastle-based NCG have opened a consultation on a proposed merger, 18 months after a potential partnership was first mooted. The link-up was the college’s preferred

    10.00 Mar. 25th, 2017 | News

  • Carlisle College becomes NCG fifth FE college member

    NCG has confirmed it will absorb yet another provider in the north following months of talks. Further consolidation is also on the cards for London’s colleges, with two mergers involving five institutions moving forward. Carlisle College is to become the fifth FE college member of NCG, when it joins the group in April. The college

    12.00 Feb. 3rd, 2017 | News