Glasgow super college gets the go-ahead

City of Glasgow College has been given the green light to invest nearly £200 million in a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the city.

Support from the Scottish Funding Council will bring together more than 40,000 students and 1,200 staff from Scotland's largest college onto two city centre sites, significantly modernising the college.

Sandra White, SNP MSP for Kelvin, said:

"This announcement comes as a huge confidence boost for the further education sector in Scotland. I am extremely proud that it is happening right here in the heart of the Glasgow, in my constituency.

"City of Glasgow College is a great example of a capital investment project which the SNP Government has committed to with an economic focus which will help Scotland’s largest city in the face of UK Government cuts.

"This will be an economic asset for the city for years to come and also benefit the long-term educational aspirations of students from all of Scotland, the UK and students from all over the world.

"The capacity and potential exists for The City of Glasgow College to significantly enhance opportunities and the life chances of tens of thousands of students, which is good news for this great city.”

Education Secretary Michael Russell added:

"Glasgow is ahead of the game and the new City of Glasgow College is providing benefits for staff, students and the local economy.

"Planning for the new buildings has been in the pipeline since three colleges in the city merged last year and I am very pleased to be able to commit to providing up to £193 million funding from the Scottish Funding Council to ensure the project becomes a reality and provides further benefits.

"Students and staff alike will relish being based in buildings of the highest quality and I look forward to hearing about how the new campus is coming together."

"The SNP Government is consulting on wide-ranging plans to reform post-16 education, including encouraging greater collaboration and regional models of funding for colleges."