Funding Challenge Response Programme 2015

The College

Funding Challenge Response Programme 2015

Leeds City College has in recent years made significant changes to help sustain its financial viability.

Ongoing reductions in public sector spending has meant the College has had to continuously review its business operations and evolve to meet the needs of a changing and challenging environment.

Within this climate of public sector funding reductions, Leeds City College is again facing a significant funding challenge for the 2015/16 academic year – it has seen a 20% reduction in its adult skills budget, along with reductions in funding from the Education Funding Agency for its 16-18 provision. 

Additional budgetary pressures means that the College needs to go through an overall cost reduction exercise of £10.88m this year.

The formal staff consultation period for proposed reorganisation at Leeds City College concluded on Tuesday, June 23rd.  The outcomes have been communicated to college staff and Trade Union partners and the College is now getting the appropriate information to students (existing and current applicants) and key external stakeholders.

It is with much sadness that the College’s Board of Governors have decided to close the following Leeds City College sites:  Meanwood Centre, Joseph Priestley Campus (Morley) and St Bartholomew’s Centre. 

The College is determined to maintain provision in the Morley/Armley areas and will endeavour to offer suitable courses in September from alternative locations. Some courses will transfer to other college sites in the vicinity, and some courses may still be offered locally, with the College engaged in very positive discussions with local MPs and councillors as to how this can be achieved.  

Plans for Morley including the relocation of Foundation Learning courses, Health & Social Care and Teaching Assistants programmes to Beeston Centre while actively seeking alternative spaces for some community learning including Access to HE and English & Maths in venues in the local vicinity.

Proposals being explored for retaining provision in Armley include the relocation of the Teaching Assistants programmes to another college site, while actively seeking alternative spaces for some community learning such as Employability, ESOL, Digital Literacy and English & Maths in venues in the local vicinity.

Courses currently available at the Meanwood Centre may be found at either the Park Lane Campus or Enfield Centre.

The College has been committed to making required staff reductions, as far as is possible, through voluntary means, with over 100 staff leaving the College on a voluntary basis significantly reducing the number of staff who have been declared at risk of redundancy. 

Leeds City College 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.”

Leeds City College continues to retain a full commitment to its students, and letters are being issued to students affected by the above proposals.  Standard College enrolment procedure, support and guidance will be operated as normal for courses beginning in September.