Approval given for college merger

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LANGSIDE college is set to become a part of the new Glasgow Clyde college after the move was approved in Holyrood.

Yesterday, Michael Russell, the cabinet secretary for education, gave his official consent to the merger of Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside colleges.

Cathcart MSP James Dornan is “delighted” that the merger has been approved.

He told The Extra: “There has been a lot of hard work done by all involved to ensure that the merger has gone ahead with full consultation of staff, students and the management boards of each college .

“I’m sure that the future of the campus here in Langside has a bright future ahead of it.”

The three colleges began discussion about the merger last year following the Scottish government’s reform of post-16 education in Scotland.

Susan Walsh, principal designate of the new college — which will open on August 1 this year — said: “ Glasgow Clyde College is built on a sure foundation.

“ With the talents we have in all of our staff, this new college will serve our students and communities well and be one of which Glasgow and Scotland can be justly proud.”

The cabinet secretary will now proceed to make the relevant order under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act.

Mr Russell added: ““I appreciate that the development of the merger proposal has been a task of considerable scale and complexity and I commend the leadership, commitment and diligence of all those involved.”