TWELVE colleges in Scotland have merged to form four further education institutions.
The move has been hailed as a “major milestone” in the process of so-called college regionalisation.
The four new institutions are Ayrshire College, Fife College, Glasgow Clyde College and West College Scotland. Each has its own principal and board of management.
The new Ayrshire College is the result of a merger by Ayr College, the Kilwinning campus of James Watt College and Kilmarnock College.
Fife College is formed out of Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy, Carnegie College in Dunfermline and Elmwood College in Cupar.
Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside colleges have merged to become Glasgow Clyde College and West College Scotland comprises Clydebank College, James Watt College’s Inverclyde campus and Reid Kerr College in Paisley.
Later in the year Cumbernauld and Motherwell colleges become one, North Glasgow College will merge with the city’s John Wheatley and Stow colleges, Aberdeen College will merge with Banff and Buchan College and Angus College will merge with Dundee College.