Swindon’s Colleges Announce The Launch Of Public Consultation On Proposed Merger
On 12th March, Swindon College and New College Swindon launched a public consultation on their proposed merger. During this formal period of public consultation, students, parents, staff, local employers, stakeholders and the wider community are invited and encouraged to share their views on the proposal.
The merger would bring together Swindon’s two colleges, with complementary specialisms and strengths, to create a single institution offering comprehensive academic, technical and professional education and training at all levels. The merged college will move to a single “Swindon curriculum” aligned to learners’ aspirations, skills needs and employment opportunities, and be instrumental in tackling local and regional skills shortages and improving opportunities for progression to Higher Education. It will be committed to the development of the new Institute of Technology at the Swindon College North Star campus.
The process of due diligence is ongoing and the intention is for the colleges to merge on 31st July 2020.
Students starting or continuing on courses in September 2020 will continue to study and enrol on existing programmes post-merger. The intention is for them to be based on one of two campuses but with the additional benefit of being able to access resources and facilities on both throughout their studies.
The consultation period runs from 12th March until 16th April 2020. Further details of plans, including benefits for students, staff, employers and communities can be found in the consultation document.
Alternatively, a hard copy can be requested by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to The Clerk to the Corporation at either college as follows:
Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1DY
New College Swindon, New College Drive, Swindon SN3 1AH
We were planning to hold a joint public consultation event at Swindon College on Thursday 2nd April at 6pm.
This event can no longer run as a physical event owing to the current situation. However, we are exploring ways to run it virtually. If you would like to find out more before responding, please register in advance for a place online via Eventbrite here and we will be in contact regarding plans. A summary of the consultation and its outcome will be published on the college websites in May 2020.