Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham have today released their formal response to the public consultation on the proposed single further education college for the city.
The consultation took place between Monday 7th March and Friday 15th April 2016 and received more than 240 responses from staff, students, businesses and public organisations.
Today, the Chairs of both college Boards have released a document which outlines the findings of the consultation and reaffirms their desire to move forward with the merger. This follows close scrutiny of the public response during which many people recognised the benefits a single college could bring to Nottingham.
Those in support cited a broader and enhanced curriculum; greater efficiencies; better use of funding and resources; sharing of best practice and expertise; and better resources and facilities among their reasons.
Of those not in favour or unsure, the main concerns raised were reduced choice for students; potential complacency; staff redundancies and the potential loss of campuses.
The colleges have recognised these concerns and have responded to them in the document.
Carole Thorogood, Chair of Governors for Central College Nottingham, and Chair of the Designate Board said: “Today marks another exciting milestone in the creation of a single FE College for our city. We are confident that as many people as possible had the opportunity to express how they felt about the proposed merger, and we want to thank everyone who responded. Their input is vital to what can be a complex process of shaping and planning a new organisation.”
David Nelson, Chair of New College Nottingham’s board said: “We were pleased to see a high number of people in agreement with the merger, giving us a strong mandate to continue with our plans. We look forward to working with our staff, students and stakeholders to ensure the outcome of this process is a sustainable proposition and a college capable of fully meeting the needs of Nottingham’s learners, employers and communities.”
To download the Merger Consultation Document and the Merger Consultation Feedback Document go to centralnottingham.ac.uk/merger