Date set for Angus College merger

ARBROATH-based Angus College has set a date for their formal merger with Dundee College.

Both institutions have set a target date of Friday, November 1, 2013 for the merger to take place and a new college to be created.

Officially known as ‘Vesting Day’ this will see a new, as yet unnamed, college coming into being to serve the educational and training needs os Angus as well as Dundee city and the rural environs.

Angus College announced their intentions to merge with their Dundee counterpart less than a month ago, but both facilities say a lot of work has already gone into preparing for the new organisation.

The Tayside Partnership Board (TPB) has been set up to lead the merger process, with delegated authority from the boards of both colleges in relation to specific matters.

At the first meeting of this new body, a number of important resolutions were made including the decision to appoint a team from the City of Glasgow merger centre as project managers who will work with staff and students at both Angus and Dundee Colleges in a bid to help them contribute fully to the forthcoming process.

Law firm Thorntons and accountants Scott-Moncrieff will also be appointed to carry out legal and financial due diligence.

Kish Srinivasan, chairman of the TPB says there will now be a lot of hard work in order to reach their target date.

He said: “There is a lot of rigorous planning and preparation involved from now on.

“The over arching aim of this merger is to enhance the provision available to both employers and learners in the region and we will undertake extensive consultation with students, staff and external stakeholders in order to get their views.”