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Save Stourbridge College

UCU, other staff unions and supporters at Stourbridge College are calling on the community to come together and join the campaign to save the college.

A packed public meeting took place at Stourbridge Town Hall on 22 May, and a petition to save the college has been launched. UCU slammed the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) to sell off the college, saying learners were paying the price for poor management and that the decision would be deeply damaging for the town. Under the plans, students will be expected to travel to Dudley or Halesowen colleges to access courses from September.

The decision will affect hundreds of staff and students, but UCU said that there had been no meaningful consultation about the move with the local community, staff or students.

The union also said the plan made little financial sense, as the college had recently spent millions refurbishing the Hagley Road campus.

UCU has urged BMet to halt its plans and consult properly with all those affected, as well as committing to no compulsory redundancies as a result of any changes.

Listen to the discussion on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours about the current FE funding crisis in England, which includes the closure of the Stourbridge college campus.

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Follow and support the campaign on social media #saveStourbridgeCollege

Last updated: 19 July 2019