Glasgow merger may lead to sale of Bearsden campus

7th November 1997 at 00:00
The Bearsden site of St Andrew's College is likely to be sold to pay for a new education faculty building in the centre of Glasgow after the merger of the college with Glasgow University has taken place.

Details of the proposals will not be available until later this month, but a staff meeting at the college this week understood that this would be part of the merger deal, due to take effect in August next year. Bart McGettrick, St Andrew's principal, said that discussions with the university were making good progress although the merger date was "perhaps ambitious".

But in the university there is growing concern about Professor McGettrick's demand that college autonomy be carried into the faculty that would result from bringing together St Andrew's and the university's education departments.

A senior academic, who did not want to be named, said: "The key issue is governance, who will run the show as far as teacher education goes." Rex Whitehead, clerk of senate, said he had "niggling doubts" about the proposals .

The university wants the dean of education to be elected, as at the Jordanhill campus of Strathclyde University. In the short term a vice-principal might be in charge, but St Andrew's wants its existing management to continue. Professor McGettrick said the university was handling the denominational needs of the college "in a helpful and sympathetic way".

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