University under merger threat calls for business plan

A university under threat of dissolution has warned that Wales could “sleepwalk into an unmitigated financial and educational disaster” if controversial merger plans are approved without a costed business case, writes Gareth Evans for WalesOnline.

Cardiff Metropolitan University said it was “time for transparency” and called on the Welsh government to make public more information regarding its planned reconfiguration of higher education in southeast Wales. This follows claims made last week by the university’s chair of governors, Barbara Wilding, that there is no evidence to support the need for the controversial three-way merger.

Wilding said she had asked repeatedly that the Welsh government present a costed business case – but has since come to the conclusion it may not exist. Cardiff Met has been earmarked for merger with Glamorgan and Newport universities in what would be one of the biggest collaborations ever seen in British higher education.
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