Colleges work towards merger

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THE BOARDS of Angus and Dundee Colleges have met to consider the best way forward to serve the learners of their respective communities under the Scottish Government’s regionalisation agenda.

After considering options of both federation and merger, both colleges agreed to pursue the merger option with the aim of creating a new college for the Dundee and Angus region.

Due to changes in the way in which colleges will receive their funding in future, facilities across Scotland have been investigating ways to increase efficiency and there have already been a number of mergers.

“While this decision is momentous, we are only approaching the starting blocks in terms of sorting out the fine details of a full merger,” said a Dundee College spokesperson.

“The Scottish Funding Council estimates that it takes a minimum of 14 months to complete a merger of this sort.

“One thing is certain, however. Staff at all locations will be working hard to ensure that all college stakeholders, students, employers, parents, schools continue to be offered the best possible service.

“Both Angus and Dundee colleges have distinguished themselves in terms of serving not just their students but the wider community.

“Each has attracted highly trained and professional staff to deliver cutting-edge courses to individuals of all ages as well as developing training programmes to meet business needs.

“Both organisations have a long tradition of service to the community which will not be compromised by any change in status but will be enhanced even further.”

Now operating from two sites, Kingsway Campus on Old Glamis Road and Gardyne Campus in Broughty Ferry, Dundee College was established in 1985 through a merger of the College of Commerce and Kingsway Technical College.

Since 2007 Christina Potter has held the position of principal.

John Burt took over the reins as principal of Angus College in 1996.

The Arbroath based facilty, which straddles Keptie Street, and also operates outreach centres in Forfar, Montrose, Brechin and Kirriemuir, was established in 1957.

Part of its campus takes in the handsome stone-built building that was formerly Arbroath High School.

Initially the High School had both primary and secondary departments, but for many years it has taken only secondary pupils.

The College’s Restaurant 56 has an excellent reputation, as catering students strive to impress the public with the skills they have learned.

Angus College also has conference facilities for hire.

Both colleges have undergone major capital works in recent years with First Minister Alex Salmond opening the £49 million Gardyne Campus in Dundee last October and Angus College creating a brand new facility, the Community Access & Learning Centre, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004.