A shared vision for education in Pennine Lancashire

We are delighted to share with you our vision for a new merged College for Pennine Lancashire, building on the strengths of Accrington and Rossendale College and Nelson and Colne College.

On this site, you will find Frequently Asked Questions about the proposed merger, the vision for the merged college and our official public consultation document. If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to get in touch using the short contact form below.

Please note, the formal consultation period runs from 27 April to 27 May 2018. All responses and representations must be received by the closing date. You can respond by post, email or via this website – clicking on the ‘Respond to Public Consultation’ button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are delighted to announce a vision for a new merged College for Pennine Lancashire, building on the strengths of Accrington and Rossendale College and Nelson and Colne College.

What is happening and when?
We are currently in the public consultation stage of a proposed merger between Accrington and Rossendale College and Nelson and Colne College. If it does go through, it is anticipated it will happen in the Autumn term.
What will happen to the names of the colleges?
As it stands, there are no plans to abandon the Accrington and Rossendale and Nelson and Colne names. Both colleges are very proud to serve the districts in which they are located.
How can I have my say?
The Corporations of both Colleges would like to know your views on the proposed merger. The new college will serve the local area and we want to make sure that it will meet the needs of all learners, the local community and other valued stakeholders.

The formal consultation period runs from 27 April 2018 to 27 May 2018. All responses and representations must be received by the closing date. You can respond by post, email or via our website.

Why are the Colleges proposing to merge and what are the benefits of merging?
There are plenty of reasons why both colleges have decided to move forward with this merger proposal. These include a growth of provision, greater opportunities for students and employers across the region, and enhanced extracurricular opportunities. Another benefit is a long-term financial sustainability and capacity to invest in staff and resources. You can find out more in our consultation document.
What is the vision for the merged College?
The merged College will have the learner and our customers at its very heart and will work hard to ensure they have the best possible outcomes Our goals for the merged college include delivering the highest quality provision for all and ensuring outstanding achievements and employment outcomes. You can find out more in our consultation document.
If it goes ahead, will the merger have an impact on current and prospective students?
No. If the merger does go ahead, current or prospective students do not need to worry. All students starting a course in September 2018 can still expect to do so and any future plans will consider arrangements to ensure students are not inconvenienced.
Why would now be a good time for the proposed merger?
The two Colleges already have an established relationship and both organisations are in a strong position to move forward. It is the best interest of all our learners that the merger takes place sooner rather than later, so there is minimal disruption to their studies and they can benefit from the additional opportunities the merger brings.
Have another question?

Our consultation document is available on this site.

You can also contact us by emailing merger@nelson.ac.uk or merger@accross.ac.uk

Have any questions?

Nelson and Colne College and Accrington and Rossendale College will use the information on this form for statistical purposes and in order to respond to your enquiry.