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Search for new owner as Askham Bryan confirms closure of Newton Rigg campus in 2021

A second review is underway to find a new owner for Newton Rigg campus, Cumbria after Askham Bryan confirmed it will no longer provide education at the site from July 2021.

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Search for new owner as Askham Bryan confirms closure of Newton Rigg campus in 2021

Askham Bryan, who have run the college since 2011, made its final decision on Monday July 20 following the conclusion of a 45-day formal consultation process with staff and trade unions.

 

The Penrith campus had been earmarked for closure after an independent review by the Further Education Commissioner (FEC) found the campus financially unviable in May 2020.

 

Tim Whitaker, chief executive office and principal at Askham Bryan College, said the decision had been difficult to make and the prospect of future job losses is regrettable.


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Mr Whitaker said: “However, we have no other option given the demographic and recruitment challenges and financial losses that we have faced, which we have shared previously.

 

“We are doing everything we can to support our Newton Rigg staff and students during these challenging times.”

 

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In June 2020, the FEC begun coordinating a new Newton Rigg Strategic Review to find a potential owner for the site, separate to Askham Bryan’s decision.

 

The review hopes to promote the opportunity and test the ability of interested parties to fund and deliver their business plans and proposals for the site.

 

Expressions of interest must be submitted to the FEC team by the end of August 2020 to be assessed against set criteria.

 

Students

The College has informed applicants, students, parents and carers that it will only offer courses based at the Newton Rigg campus for one more academic year, from September 2020 until July 2021, with a range of support available for those who wish to continue their studies beyond July 2021.

 

It is understood apprenticeships will continue to be offered by Askham Bryan College in Cumbria beyond July 2021, with the College aiming to find an alternative location to deliver the ‘off the job’ training element of its apprenticeships based in Cumbria.

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