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 merger, our public consultation document and feedback, as well as the official dissolution resolution. If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to get in touch using the short contact form 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?
Accrington and Rossendale College and Nelson and Colne College are set to merge on November 30. This is a hugely exciting time for all involved, and we would like to thank all our staff, students and stakeholders for their support throughout a successful public consultation process.
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.
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.

Will the merger have an impact on current or prospective students?

No. Current or prospective students do not need to worry. Students should apply to the college they wish to study at. 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?

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.