EIS FELA, nationally and locally, have been strongly and vehemently opposed to the governance arrangements proposed for the new college in Shetland which will be created by merging the NAFC Marine Centre, Shetland College and Train Shetland.

The proposal is to move Shetland College from public and democratic ownership and control and merge it in to a new entity which will be a non-incorporated college and private limited company. The EIS is not opposed to the merger in principle, but believes this model will be the full privatisation of tertiary education in Shetland.

UHI are carrying out a formal consultation to gather views about the proposal. They want to hear from as many people as possible, including businesses, organisations, individuals, current and former students, staff, or anyone else with an interest in the future of Shetland's colleges. Your views will form an important part of the information feeding back to Scottish Government Ministers and the Scottish Funding Council to help shape the future of the new college.  You can find out more about the proposal in the Consultation Summary (below) or see the full Merger Business Case for details.  You can respond to the consultation via http://uhi.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/shetlandmerger.

Please see the EIS FELA national response and submit your views using this as a template. The online consultation closes on 3rd July 2020.

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