Alton Sixth Form College and Havant & South Downs College (HSDC) are planning to merge on 1 March 2019 to establish a single leading merged College group with campuses in Havant, Waterlooville and Alton. We see this as an exciting future, offering opportunities to extend and develop the choice and excellence for which both Colleges have built an outstanding reputation.
The below aims to answer the frequently asked questions from staff about the merger. The general FAQ page can be found here.
For individual staff employed at the time of merger, the provisions of TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) regulations will apply, enabling staff from Alton College to transfer across to the HSDC College Group.
We will explore ways in which we can offer common central services, including the single Principal and joint senior team, and we will keep the delivery of student services and curriculum under close review as we develop the curriculum offer.
We appreciate that change of this magnitude can be unsettling but we are totally committed to doing our best to ensure that staff are kept informed of changes as the proposals are developed and understand fully how they may be directly affected by proposed changes.
We must also keep in mind that a new and more resilient College will emerge from this process, well equipped to continue to provide the high quality student experience for which both Colleges have a well-earned reputation.
As part of the consultation about transfer of employment under TUPE, staff will be informed of any key changes which affect them.
For individual staff employed at the time of merger, the provisions of TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) regulations will apply, enabling staff from Alton College to transfer across to the HSDC College Group. This plan will involve consultation and provide clarity for all staff who transfer.
For any future restructuring, at this stage, we are not in a position to provide any further detail on this until the TUPE consultation process has been completed and a detailed plan has been drawn up.
We are not yet at the stage where we have any detailed plans for any restructuring. If the College did launch plans for change which included options for voluntary redundancy, then the details would be provided at that stage.
An important principle of any change is that no courses will be closed part-way through delivery and our aim is to increase provision over time. We will continue to offer the high-quality experience that students and the wider community have come to expect at both colleges, and we also have a shared vision to create an outstanding College.
We are consulting with all stakeholders including Trade Unions and welcome their views through the consultation process.
If you have any views at this stage, please don’t hesitate to email the Merger Project Manager, Pam Robertson, via email@example.com She will be able to respond and/or direct you to someone who can answer your queries.
If you have any specific HR questions, please contact the Vice-Principal, People and Business Services, Leona Berry, by email Leona.firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please continue to follow both Colleges’ policy regarding external communications. Any media enquiries should be directed to the Marketing teams or the Principal.
The Boards of both Colleges are closely involved with the merger and have established a joint Advisory Board to oversee the merger process. The Boards are currently working together to plan the arrangements for the Board post-merger when a newly formed governing body will emerge which is likely to consist of governors from both Colleges and some changes to the committee infrastructure.