Leeds college campus at risk

The Joseph Priestley Morley campus at Leeds City College.
The Joseph Priestley Morley campus at Leeds City College.
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A campus in Morley could be closed as part of a programme of major cuts at Leeds City College.

The college confirmed that the Joseph Priestley college campus site had been identified for potential closure but said some courses offered there could be transferred to other sites and may still be offered locally.

Leeds City College says it needs to cut £10.8m this year as a result of Government funding cuts - including a 20 per cent reduction in its adult skills budgets and a drop in its 16-18 funding.

In a statement the college said that regrettably the savings could impact on the courses it offers, the college’s sites and staffing levels. A consultation period has now started and presentations are being made to staff.

On the Joseph Priestley campus site, the college said: “Site closure does not necessarily mean closing all provision - some courses could be transferred to other sites, and some may still be offered locally.”

The college’s principal Peter Roberts said: “Once again Leeds City College is having to address the impact of national funding cuts on the further education sector as a whole and unfortunately there will be an impact on the courses we offer and where and how we deliver them.”

Joseph Priestley College first opened in the 1950s. It merged with Leeds City College in 2011 having previously turned down the chance to take part in what was described as a “super college” merger in 2008.

Last month the Yorkshire Evening Post revealed the city college was faced with making cuts of more than £10m. University and College Union officials have voiced concerns over the scale of redundancies that might be needed to achieve this figure.