The Principals of Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh today welcomed the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell MSP, that he has decided to support the proposal that both institutions should merge.
The proposal was agreed by the governing bodies of both the College and the University and submitted to Mr Russell in September.
He then instituted a 12-week public consultation which ended in December.
He will now lay orders before the Scottish Parliament and their decision will be made this spring.
If it approves the orders, merger will take effect on 1 August 2011.
If the merger gets the backing of the Scottish Parliament, then this will lead to a step-change in academic collaboration between our two institutions, bringing considerable benefits to students, the arts and creative industries and, more widely, to Scottish higher education, society and the economy.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the development of the proposal and responded to the consultation. A lot of hard work still lies ahead in order to make any merger a success for both the College and the University, but this is a very important step on the way.