Reporter 447, 21 February 2000

Senate news - merger discussions continue

Progress is continuing to resolve the outstanding issues over the proposed merger between the University and Bretton Hall college.

Bids for 4.6m - half the start-up costs - and additional student numbers were submitted to the HEFCE in January, and a response is expected soon.

The Teacher Training Agency and the HEFCE have agreed the University proposals on teaching and education numbers in principle.

A number of further issues, principally concerning staff terms and conditions, estate issues and the RAE, remain unresolved. More work is also needed on resource centre and allocation of space issues. The implications of the merger are also being discussed by departments and support services at both institutions.

A detailed paper is expected to be submitted to Senate's next meeting on March 22.

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