‘Merging with the university was the “most compelling” option available to the college, through the Greater Manchester area review, according to the consultation document.
It said the decision had been based on a number of key considerations — including that it would be able to retain the name Bury College, and develop strong links already in place between the two institutions.
The college would operate as part of the university, but retain its own brand and identity “with substantial ownership and support”, the document added.
This would preserve the college’s identity “while providing a stronger infrastructure to support the delivery of its mission and its long term financial sustainability”.
The document claimed that being part of the university would “achieve substantial improvements in learners’ overall experience” and “enable provision of a state-of-the-art education environment”.’ – FE Week