UCU vows to fight planned closure of Newton Rigg College

The UCU has vowed to fight the planned closure of Newton Rigg College in Penrith.

The closure of the college, which is run by Askham Bryan College would see 117 job losses and be a “hammer blow” for the region.

 The college wrote to staff yesterday afternoon informing them of plans to close Newton Rigg at the end of the next academic year (31 July 2021). UCU said the decision would leave Cumbria without any specialist agricultural education.

UCU regional official Iain Owens said: “This is a hammer blow for the people of Penrith and Cumbria who rely on Newton Rigg to provide education for their young people. The closure would leave Cumbria – one of the most agriculturally-dependant counties in the country – without any specialist agricultural education. UCU will campaign to protect Newton Rigg College and to protect our members’ jobs.”

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