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SCOTLAND: Four agricultural colleges plan merger
A "rural university college for Scotland" is set to be created by the merger of four of the country's further and higher education institutions. The Scottish Agricultural College looks set to merge with three 'land-based' colleges in a process which would affect thousands of students, reports The Scotsman.

Discussions about a possible merger were already underway between the Scottish Agricultural College and both Elmwood College in Fife and Oatridge in West Lothian, but they have now been joined by Barony College in Dumfries. While all the colleges are likely to retain their regional bases, the move would lead to a reduction in the number of courses being duplicated across the four institutions.

It comes as education secretary Michael Russell prepares to meet college principals amid concerns about the sector's funding being cut. Colleges have been told to explore mergers as a possible way of reducing costs.
Full report on The Scotsman site
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