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Two colleges merge in 'radical' transformation

Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot (centre) with Central and NCN staff and students. Photo: Nottingham College

Two colleges in Nottingham have merged to become one of the largest colleges in the country.

Central College and New College Nottingham have joined forces today, becoming Nottingham College.

They have described the move as a 'radical transformation of post-16 education' and are looking to support up to 40,000 full and part-time students.

The number of staff they hope to employ
The number of students they aim to enrol

Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot said:

We have a unique opportunity to bring students and employers into a single, dynamic learning environment and I want to encourage employers, partners, parents and students to join us as we design a new and very different kind of college.

– John van de Laarschot

The college will have an estimated annual turnover of £80 million and their Board of Governors will be made up of four members from each of the two pre-merger Boards, plus three independent members along with staff and student governors.