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United Kingdom : North Shropshire College launches official consultation document, proposes a merger with Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

During this week, North Shropshire College has launched an official consultation document, as it proposes a merger with Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

Both the entities will come together to form Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College. Presently, a consultation is running until March 16, allowing parents and students to have their say.

In a joint statement from chair of governors of both colleges, Gillian Richards and Igor Andronov, both have outlined the merger which would offer a bright future for all involved in both establishments.

They said, "The new college will be able to thrive during the present challenging financial circumstances facing many colleges of further education and build on much outstanding practice to ensure the very best education for every single student we serve.

"We believe it is imperative that the communities in North Shropshire be served by the resilient, ambitious and successful college, and that this proposal will deliver a bright future for our learners, staff, employers and winder community."

The document brings out the advantages of the merger, along with the statistics surrounding the move.

Oswestry's college is much smaller than Herefordshire and Ludlow, with 820 full time students compared to 2,150. Herefordshire and Ludlow has nearly 8,000 part time students as against 1,500 in North Shropshire and more than 8,000 more students in total. North Shropshire employs around 313 staff, with 526 employed by Herefordshire and Ludlow.

North Shropshire's income is just over 9 million with Herefordshire and Ludlow's at 18.6 million.

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Date:Feb 14, 2018
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