Views are being sought on the proposed merger of Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham as a public consultation process opens today (Monday 7 March).
The Governors of both colleges have confirmed that a single college for Nottingham is the preferred option with a view to forming a new college from 1 August 2016. The proposed name of the college is ‘Nottingham College’.
The public consultation process will run until Friday 15 April 2016 and during this time opinion will be gathered from within the learning and skills community, the teaching unions, local and regional government, as well as from staff, students, parents, employers and the public. This information will be used to shape the final proposal that is submitted to the Skills Funding Agency for consideration. A single college will generate a first-class learning environment for over 40,000 full and part-time students, creating an outstanding college built on the strengths of the two existing Colleges. Both colleges were graded as ‘good’ by Ofsted during inspections in recent months.
The merger would give the green light for the colleges to officially submit plans to develop the £60m Skills Hub project on the derelict land by the Broadmarsh shopping centre. The development would see the construction of a brand new building and it is planned the merged college will start to deliver courses at the Skills Hub from September 2018.
Central College Principal Malcolm Cowgill, said:
“The consultation is the start of sharing our vision of a merged college with the people of Nottingham. It will be a college that has the education and achievement of its learners at the heart of everything it does. We have always said that by combining our resources we can provide a better learning environment and facilities for the people of Nottingham.”
Dawn Whitemore, ncn Principal said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to shape the future of further education in Nottingham and this consultation is an invitation to our learners, staff, stakeholders and the wider public to join us on this journey. Delivering a proposition which is right for the learner, right for employers and right for the city is absolutely crucial to the success of this merger and we warmly welcome ideas and feedback from our community.”
As part of the formal process, as is common practice with mergers to allow them to progress, one of the college corporations will need to legally dissolve to enable the creation of a new, single corporation with governors from both original colleges. A due diligence process was carried out by the colleges and in order to facilitate the merger and to achieve the desired ambition for FE in Nottingham, the Board of Central College will dissolve on 1 August 2016. People can give their feedback on the proposal on both college websites: