College sites ‘will be safe’ after merger
NO SITES will be closed following the merger of South and West Kent Colleges.
The commitment to retain all five campuses came from the principal of the merged college, Bill Fearon, and Adam Lincoln, regional officer of the University and College Union (UCU).
But they admitted there will be changes resulting from the merger, which took effect on March 31.
In a joint statement they said: “We are pleased to confirm there was no truth in speculation that sites would be closed.
“There will be a sustained campaign to increase student enrolment, particularly across the old South Kent College sites.”
Mr Fearon and Mr Lincoln said they would be combining the strengths of the two colleges and building on them.
They acknowledged that the impact of funding cuts, separate from any merger issues, would result in changes.
But they said there was a commitment to providing a full range of further and higher education courses at all five campuses at Folkestone, Ashford, Dover, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
A new name for the merged college will be announced in September.