I am writing to convey the formal concern of St Helens College at the misleading and misinformed statement published in the story entitled "College failure rates under microscope" (TES, February 10) that "St Helens College looks set to make 20 compulsory redundancies".
This college, like many others, did and still does face considerable financial pressures due in part to the new funding structures. Earlier this academic year talks were held between college management and staff representatives, including the lecturers' union NATFHE and the public service workers' union, Unison, to the effect that compulsory redundancies were no longer a necessity. Your article, coming soon after a successful resolution of difficulty by constructive industrial relations, is bound to create unnecessary stress among college staff.
W L WALKER Vice principal St Helens College, Brook Street St Helens, Merseyside We apologise to the principal and staff of St Helen's College for publishing information that was out of date: Editor.