LEEK College and Buxton College (University of Derby) are exploring the potential benefits for their students, industry partners and local communities, of a possible merger.
Both organisations say that they are starting the merger process from a position of continuous growth and improvement.
A merged institution would provide a wider range of further education opportunities to the communities in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District, bringing a boost to the economies of both areas.
The Governors of Leek College have agreed to proceed to the formal feasibility stage in the merger process which allows for consultation with all students, staff, businesses, funders and communities before putting a formal merger submission to the Skills Funding Agency.
A merged College would have a level of financial strength to be able to invest more extensively in course development, the estates, the learning environment and new technology.
The College and University see the potential benefits of combining resources, expertise and reputations as well as paving the way for an increase in recruitment across all areas of the curriculum, including Higher Education, through such a venture.
Professor John Coyne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby, said “We have much in common in our current configurations and new opportunities to explore together.”