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Richmond upon Thames College and Harrow College and Uxbridge College Proposed Merger

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) and Harrow College and Uxbridge College (HCUC) have today announced the proposed merger of Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) based in Twickenham with Harrow College and Uxbridge College (HCUC), concluding the Structure and Prospects Appraisal (SPA) that was begun earlier in 2020.

Richmond upon Thames College recently opened the first phase of its new campus development at Twickenham, providing exciting, state-of-the-art training and education facilities to over 2,000 students. In addition, refurbished sports facilities will open in the summer of 2021 and a brand-new STEM centre for science, technology, engineering and maths will be opening its doors in Summer 2022.

The SPA process has highlighted the additional synergies achievable from merger, which will provide a stronger and more sustainable curriculum offer, with benefits to learners, staff and businesses across the West London community through its greater scale, sharing of expertise and resources.

RuTC and HCUC will work together to provide the best opportunities to meet the needs of students, employers and the local community while keeping their individual names, brand identity and expanding provision. The proposed merger will increase opportunities for student progression, for developing existing and new specialisms and for sharing best practice between staff to expand high quality education.

It is anticipated that the proposed merger will be completed by August 2021 once a comprehensive independent due diligence process has been carried out.

Ian Valvona, Chair of Governors at Richmond upon Thames College commented, “This proposed merger is a watershed moment in Richmond upon Thames College’s 80 year history. It will bring together three excellent colleges with complementary strengths to continue providing outstanding education and training to students across a large part of London whilst ensuring financial stability for the long term”.

Elaine McMahon, Interim Principal at Richmond upon Thames College added, “Everyone involved in this proposed merger is excited about the future for further education. It allows Richmond upon Thames College to continue to build on its strengths as a longstanding college within the local and regional community and the three colleges will share and promote best practice teaching and learning to ensure consistent quality throughout every aspect of the three colleges”.

Nick Davies, Chair of Governors at HCUC said, “The proposal represents a significant development for both colleges, and would allow RuTC and HCUC to contribute to the much-needed economic recovery. Importantly, at its heart, joining forces in this way would continue to promote excellence in local and regional FE provision to support sustainable, high quality training and education in the years ahead. We look forward to the ensuing discussions and reaching conclusions about the best way forward for our joint Further Education provision in West London over the coming months”.

Darrell DeSouza, CEO at HCUC added, “I am delighted that following a competitive process, the RuTC /HCUC proposal to explore merger options was the one favoured - I think this contains real potential and opportunity for significant synergies between the colleges. I certainly believe that such a merger would open up collaborative opportunities and a broader vision, and strengthen sustainable provision to learners and employers alike within the West London and surrounding areas”.

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