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    College Merger FAQs for students and applicants

    The staff and board of Easton & Otley College appreciate that current and potential students will have a number of questions regarding the proposed merger.

    We have created a list of FAQs below which should, hopefully, provide answers however should you need further advice or assurance please contact us questions@eastonotley.ac.uk

     We will continue to update this page over the coming weeks if anything further is needed.  Please be assured at this time, that this news will not impact your application, enrolment or current course at the college for this or the next academic year.

    A merger is the combining of two or more organisations.

    The proposed merger, in this case, will see Easton Campus merging with City College Norwich, and Otley Campus merging with Suffolk New College.

    The purpose of this is to provide the most resilient future for the College and will ensure high standards of education and opportunity.

     What do we mean by a merger? 

    A merger is the combining of two or more organisations.

    The proposed merger, in this case, will see Easton Campus merging with City College Norwich, and Otley Campus merging with Suffolk New College.

    The purpose of this is to provide the most resilient future for the College and will ensure high standards of education and opportunity.

     Why does this need to happen?

    Over recent times, it has been recognised that Easton and Otley College would need to have another alternative approach to the provision of land-based learning, in order to be fully sustainable financially. This merger strengthens the work that the college has undertaken over the past 18 months.

     I am currently studying at Easton and Otley College, how does this affect me?

    It will largely be ‘business as usual’ for our students for the immediate future. If you are on a two year course your progression will continue as planned.

     It is intended that the changes will be in place by 31st December 2019, meaning you will see changes to academic activity as of the start of the New Year (2020).

     We intend to make the process as smooth, and with as little disruption, as possible.

     I have applied, or was planning to apply, to the college to start in September 2019, how does this affect me?

    Naturally, we understand that those who have not yet started with Easton and Otley College may want to consider their applications in respect of the changes, but we can reassure all prospective students that the changes will only enhance the ability to deliver exceptional teaching.

     We would advise you to attend the KIT day taking place in July, held on 2nd July at Otley and 3rd July at Easton, where you will be able to speak to staff about any concerns you have.  The invites for KIT will be sent out next week by mail and email.

     Where exactly will I be required to study?

    The campus you applied for will be the campus you will enrol and study at from September i.e. Easton Campus or Otley Campus

     Will the merger affect what courses are available?

    At this time the merger will have no impact on the courses offered for September 2019, any changes to courses that may occur would be a result of a pre-check on numbers ahead of the year which occurs every June/July.

    Can I choose to retract my application?

    If you are concerned that perhaps you wish to change your course, defer, or reconsider, we would urge you to discuss this with a member of our curriculum team.

     In the first instance, we suggest you contact the college via email - questions@eastonotley.ac.uk

    and/or attend the KIT day(s) in July, held on 2nd July at Otley and 3rd July at Easton.

     How will the merger affect staff currently employed by Easton and Otley College? Will my teaching staff (course tutors) change?

    There will be some teaching and leadership changes as part of the merger.

    For the most part, this will not apply until the implementation of the merged colleges in January 2020.

     However, full details of how staff might be affected will become clearer over the coming months.

     If you are specifically concerned about the teaching of your course, we suggest that you contact us via the email questions@eastonotley.ac.uk

    How can I have my say on other concerns?

    We are keen to stage open-door sessions and appropriate feedback surgeries at all sites in the coming months. Please stay up to date about these via our website.

     If you have any questions please email us on questions@eastonotley.ac.uk