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Issue 495, 26 January 2004
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A detailed options appraisal for the future direction of Bretton and Wakefield will be carried out, Senate agreed.

An initial review by an academic development committee (ADC) group has raised concerns over the academic sustainability and financial performance of these sites.

The group will be asked to consider how the University can succeed in delivering its academic vision for the merger of Bretton with Leeds; to create a centre of excellence in the region for visual and performing arts; expand arts-based and social science research and teaching; contribute to the regional agenda for higher education and support the University's strategy for widening participation.

The appraisal will involve staff and students across the institution, particularly those most directly affected. The ADC group co-ordinating the appraisal will review its membership to reflect the scope of its work.

The University remains committed to staff and students at Bretton Hall and Wakefield. Course development and recruitment will continue in the normal way. All students should be assured that they will be able to complete their programmes of study. Progress will be reported through the University committee structure.

Senate also considered proposals to create a new centre for part-time education and dissolve the school of continuing education and OPTED.

It has asked for a further paper analysing the strategic options and financial challenges in light of a wide-rangingtwo-hour debate. A report back will be made to Senate on June 2, which may include a number of scenarios for the future.

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