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The College consulted on a proposed merger with Regent College during the Autumn Term 2017 and I am able to confirm that the merger completed formally on Thursday 29th March 2018. I am delighted and privileged to be writing to you as Principal of the merged college, having taken up the post on the 29th March, following the retirement of Sandra Hamilton-Fox.
I have been fortunate to have been able to work closely with Sandra Hamilton-Fox in the months and weeks prior to merger and since taking up the post of Principal. My overriding priority ahead of the Summer is to ensure continuity for students and their college experience at this important time of year, as well as ensuring the continuing high quality of support for all students to succeed and progress successfully, whether this is as a continuing student who will be completing courses next year, or as a final year student preparing for examinations and planning next steps. I am delighted to be joining a strong and successful team of staff at the University Road Campus of WQE and I am committed to supporting them to continue to ensure the very best for every student.
Prior to merger, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth l College and Regent College had worked closely together for a number of years and also have a long and rich shared history, serving local students across many generations. The merged college will continue to operate under the existing WQE name and identity going forwards and I am of course looking forward to meeting as many students, parent/carers and other stakeholders as possible in the near future.
Although the merged college now has a single Governing Body and a single Principal, I do not anticipate any changes to the offer and progression arrangements for students who are enrolled on a programme currently at the two separate campuses and you can be reassured that our intention is that experiences will continue to be in line with the plans already in place for continuation of current programmes and delivery in each. However, as outlined during the merger consultation phase, the merger will bring real opportunities to further strengthen the range and flexibility of the offer to future students, as well as enabling us to draw and build on the very best of what exists already to respond and meet the needs of all of our students.