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News Release

EIS Welcomes delay in approval of Glasgow college merger

The EIS has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement to defer a decision on the proposed Glasgow colleges merger.

The EIS has questioned the educational rationale behind the proposed merger of Nautical, Metropolitan and Central colleges.

The EIS has also asked why the merged college would lead to fewer student places than are currently provided by the three individual colleges, and why another Glasgow institution - Stow College - has not been included in the merger process.


Commenting on the announcement today, EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith said:
"The EIS welcomes the decision by the Scottish Government to defer making a decision on the proposed Glasgow Colleges merger.

"The EIS has consistently asked ministers to make such a deferment since it believes that no sound educational rationale has been provided to support the merger ; the proposed college for example would deliver less teaching activity than the existing three colleges.”

Mr Smith added, "The EIS has consistently argued that Stow College should play a full part in the merger process since it is planned that the proposed college will take significant teaching from it thus putting its future in doubt as a sustainable college.

"Further work needs to be done to resolve issues around Stow College, the proposed merger, its teaching activity, staff, students and the long term future. The EIS has sought a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies as part of the entire merger process but no such guarantee has been forthcoming. Whilst some progress has been made in the harmonisation of pay and conditions of service for academic staff at the proposed college, there remain key areas to resolve.”

Brian Cooper (EIS Press Office) – - 0131 225 6244