Merger plans gain approval

10th July 1998 at 01:00
Merger plans between the University of Derby and High Peak College, Buxton, have been approved by the Department for Education and Employment. Baroness Tessa Blackstone, minister of state, said the approval took into account the "very exceptional circumstances" of the merger proposal, which had been under development for three years.

Mike Taylor, principal of High Peak said: "We have grown beyond our original role as an FE provider in north Derbyshire and the merger marks another stage in our development as a centrepiece of educational provision in the locality. "

From August, the new-look university will have more than 2,000 staff, covering a total of 20 sites spanning most of Derbyshire, offering courses to more than 20,000 students.

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