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UCU responds to merger announcement by two Tyneside colleges

19 September 2016 | last updated: 23 September 2016

UCU today said it wanted guarantees that students at a new college, formed by the merger of South Tyneside and Tyne Metropolitan colleges, could still expect a decent range of courses at all the college's sites.

The union, responding to the announcement that the colleges are to formally merge, said it expected to be part of the consultation and would be seeking assurances on the job security of its members.

UCU regional official Iain Owens said: 'The union will be looking for guarantees that students can continue to expect the high quality and decent choice of courses which the colleges have provided in the past.

'Continuing to provide education on both sides of the Tyne will be a key factor for us. We will be looking to be part of the early consultations around the merger proposals and seeking assurances on the future job security of our members.'