Uxbridge and Harrow Colleges merged on August 1 this year, and say they will work together to provide the best opportunities to students while keeping their individual names and campuses.
The Colleges are now officially part of the same organisation but will keep their current identities as well as continuing to run the majority of their current courses for the foreseeable future.
The merger of the two Colleges into a single legal entity has taken place in order, say the colleges, to “maximise future opportunities for students, employers and local communities, through a combination of preserving current provision, and pooling resources and expertise to develop education and training”.
Group Principal and CEO Laraine Smith and Principal and Deputy CEO Pat Carvalho said: “This exciting partnership was identified by both Harrow College and Uxbridge College’s governing bodies as the best way forward for our local communities. Both Colleges are very pleased to be able to maintain their current identities and the bulk of their current courses, as well as to be enhancing provision on an ongoing basis by pooling resources and expertise. We believe this merger will result in a financially resilient and sustainable college group, allowing us to continue to meet the needs of our students, employers and the communities we serve.”
While Uxbridge College and Harrow College will continue to operate as individual Colleges, the Uxbridge College Corporation, the merged Governing Body now oversees the running of both Colleges, and has been renamed HCUC to reflect the enlarged remit of serving Uxbridge and Harrow.