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Scottish Government: "no plans" to close Cumbernauld College as part of Lanarkshire regionalisation

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:55 GMT on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013.

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Scottish Government say Cumbernauld College closure is only to move assets to Motherwell as part of business merger. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

LAST week in a Cumbernauld News article, Central Scotland MSP, Mark Griffin and Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP, Gregg McClymont commented on the news that Cumbernauld College was the close as part of the institution’s merger with Motherwell College.

The merger was approved earlier this year by the boards of both colleges and in a post-merger proposal consultation; both institutions announced that no campuses would close as part of the regionalisation of post-16 education services. 

The tone and language of the comments sent alarm bells ringing in some local residents and the letters sent from the Scottish Government to the key stakeholders in the merger did nothing to abate the worry, appearing to “order” Cumbernauld College’s closure.

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However, the Scottish Government told Cumbernauld Media hours after our story was published that the closure was only on paper, and that no campuses would close; adding that the regionalisation was part of a programme to widen education access and help to save money whilst protecting education.

The Scottish Government, though, has now said that there are no closures planned for either college. Instead, the closure is only a simple part of the merger which will see Motherwell College inherit the assets, capital, staff and students of Cumbernauld College, with the new institution then immerging as New College Lanarkshire, in November. 

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “There are no plans to close any campus as part of the proposed New College Lanarkshire. Courses will be accessible to students across North and South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and beyond. Decisions on how to approach the merger are taken by a joint board with representatives of both colleges, staff and students consulted on the best model for the new college to provide the best quality and delivery of courses.”

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