College merger takes another step forward with consultation

Merger consultation: Combing through the consultation document are hairdressing students, from left, Abbi Dillon, Jude Craig and Nicola Liddell.

Merger consultation: Combing through the consultation document are hairdressing students, from left, Abbi Dillon, Jude Craig and Nicola Liddell.

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THE PROPOSED merger of Dundee and Angus Colleges takes a step forward this week with the publication of a consultation document.

The 28-page document, designed in-house, sets out the proposal made by the colleges to merge from November 1, this year and comes courtesy of the Tayside Partnership Board, which includes representatives from each college’s existing boards of management and is working to help take forward the Scottish Government’s Post-16 education reforms.

As well as defining the vision, values and ambitions for the new merged college, the document invites stakeholders including: employers, local government, schools, present and future students, parents and charitable organisations the chance to have their say.

While about 600 printed copies of the document are distributed across Tayside, anyone interested can go online to find out what the merger involves by visiting www.angus.ac.uk/mergerconsultation or www.dundeecollege.ac.u.k/mergerconsultation from Friday, March 8.

Both printed and online versions of the document contain a consultation response form.

The consultation process runs from Friday, March 8 till Friday, April 19.

Among the areas touched on in the document is the proposed new name – Dundee and Angus College.

“We believe in keeping things straightforward and the new name reflects exactly what the new college aims to be – a centre of high quality education and training serving the people of Dundee and Angus,” said Kish Srinivasan, chair of the Tayside Partnership Board.

“This is a consultation process, however, so we will be listening to any suggestions.”

The proposed vision is leading learning, inspiring success and the new college’s proposed values include student focus and involvement, respect and engagement, inclusion and creativity, collaboration and partnership, community and public value.