Plans for the new University College proposed for Scotland’s land-based sector have taken a step forward with the launch of a consultation asking stakeholders and the public for input.
The ambitious new institute of further and higher education would involve the merger of Barony College, Elmwood College, Oatridge College and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC).
According to the consultation document, the new institution would provide a breadth of services superior to any other college in Europe.
It would have a turnover of about £77 million and would support 13,500 students and employ nearly 1200 members of staff.
The “Going Further” consultation runs until the 7 May and a website, goingfurther.org containing a link to the merger document has been launched with information on how to feed into the consultation.
Over the coming weeks open events will be held at each of the colleges’ campuses inviting questions and providing more information on the proposals.
Andy Robb, chair of the Going Further Partnership Board said the aim was to develop a new college that reflects the changing and often challenging needs of the land based sector.
He added: “This is an exciting venture for the four institutions. We already have a successful history of working in partnership. Combining our unique and complementary expertise will create a stronger college with national and international standing.
“It will bring many new opportunities for our students, staff, clients and industry partners.
“The input of our stakeholders will help shape the new college and we welcome feedback on the proposed college.”