Published Thursday, 28th June 2012 in About 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
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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