Principals were expecting to hear within days whether pioneering plans for the merger of Derby University with two further education colleges would win the backing of funding chiefs.
Senior figures from the university and neighbouring High Peak and Mackworth colleges gave a presentation to the Further Education Funding Council last week and were expecting news of the group's decision as The TES went to press.
High Peak principal Mike Taylor said he was confident the merger, the first full merger between a university and a general FE college, would go ahead. "I believe we have met all the published criteria," he said.
If the regional FEFC backs the proposal the national council would have to give its approval.
Meanwhile, proposals for a merger between Newton Rigg College in Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire have just been rejected by FEFC officials in the North-west.