Land-based Colleges Welcome Education Secretary’s Parliamentary Statement of Support

Published Thursday, 28th June 2012 in SRUC news

This news has been released on behalf of the four colleges - Barony, Elmwood, Oatridge and SAC.

The four land-based colleges seeking to form a new rural university college for Scotland have strongly welcomed the statement made in Parliament today by Education Secretary Mike Russell, backing their merger proposal.

The Cabinet Secretary said in his statement that, subject to advice from the Scottish Funding Council, he is likely to give his approval for SRUC (to be ‘Scotland’s Rural University College’) to come into existence on 1 October 2012.

Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC say the statement confirms the very positive way in which they have been working with the Scottish Government to develop the merger proposals.

Speaking on behalf of the four colleges and the SRUC Shadow Board, which has recently been set up to drive the merger plans forward, Chief Executive and Principal designate, Professor Bob Webb said: “We are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has delivered this message of strong support for our proposed merger. While it reaffirms the partners’ positive working relationship with the Scottish Government, it also gives us even greater impetus to progress our plans as we approach 1 October.

“We are very excited by our vision for the new SRUC. We will be a unique Scottish organisation, formed by combining and enhancing the strengths of the four college partners. We will provide high quality and innovative services in Scotland and beyond, delivering Higher and Further Education, research and consultancy provision within a single, integrated organisation.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Cabinet Secretary as we move towards achieving our vision.”

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