COLLEGE REVIEW: Wisbech campus to retain animal care courses and nursery provision

SOME courses at the Wisbech campus threatened by a cost cutting review have been saved, the College of West Anglia announced today. Animal care courses will continue as before to be run at Wisbech, a college spokesman. The college has also gone back on

SOME courses at the Wisbech campus threatened by a cost cutting review have been saved, the College of West Anglia announced today.

"Animal care courses will continue as before to be run at Wisbech," a college spokesman.

The college has also gone back on its plan to axe a nursery school at the Isle campus following intervention from Cambridgeshire County Council.

"The county has agreed to support the college for this provision until April 2010," said the spokesman. "At the same time they will work with us towards a strategy of ensuring the longer-term viability of the service."


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However the college endorsed its original recommendation to scale back equine, horticultural and countryside courses "with the majority of provision being run only at the Cambridge campus from September. Transport will be made for existing students to enable them to complete their course."

The college said re-structuring would save �510,000 with 75 posts at risk but with a further 50 posts being created, the number of redundancies across all three sites - Kings Lynn, Wisbech and Milton, Cambridge- may be as low as 25. The jobs will go "mainly amongst management and support staff."

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The college said the impact of the recession and the anticipated increasing squeeze on public spending - including education- "makes it imperative to put in place the right structures now to enable us to continue to be successful in the coming years".

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