Cumbernauld and Motherwell Colleges are intent on August 2013 merger
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:12: GMT on Friday 11th January, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD College have announced their intensions to continue with a proposed merger with Motherwell College.
Announced to the staff at Cumbernauld and Motherwell College campuses only today, Cumbernauld Media has learned that it is the intension of both institutions to pursue a merger with a proposed completion date in early August 2013.
Keith Fulton, Chair of the Board of Management at Cumbernauld College said: “Learners are at the centre of all we do and both organisations have a history of successful partnership working on a range of projects. We would anticipate that this will be further enhanced through the proposed merger”.
The newly merged institution would provide almost two-thirds of the further education provision in Lanarkshire, providing qualifications and teaching over 20,000 learners.
The newly formed college would continue its commitment to work with the other two colleges within the Lanarkshire Federation, while exploring further opportunity for development, according to a press briefing.
The Boards of both colleges have agreed to pursue the merger in line with the Scottish Government’s Education Reform Agenda.
Alex Muirhead, Chair of Motherwell College’s Board of Management said “Over the next few months, staff at
Motherwell and Cumbernauld Colleges will work together in order to progress this merger and ensure that all college stakeholders continue to be offered the best possible service.”
All due processes will be put in place to ensure full consultation with stakeholders, with particular consideration given to learners and staff.
Cumbernauld College  and Motherwell College have a long established working relationship and share a similar educational philosophy and culture, making a merger a ‘logical extension of our current federal arrangements’, according to a press briefing.
“This relationship will be further developed through the merger and will allow the new college to serve the educational needs of each community, improve the student experience, recognise the commitment of their highly professional and motivated staff and operate within Government funding guidelines,” the briefing adds.  
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