Unusual alliances: colleges and universities join forces

Cross-sector partnerships seen by some as opportunities to close local skills gaps

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While the area reviews focused on encouraging colleges to form closer relationships with one another, four colleges are currently exploring plans to join forces with universities.

While the University of Bolton’s plans to merge with Bury College collapsed in April, it is still pursuing a merger with Bolton College. A spokesman says that it anticipates the legal and statutory processes to be completed early next year. “All parties are energetically working to give effect to the Greater Manchester area review outcome,” he adds.

Another partnership proposed in the area reviews was a “merger or ...

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