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Art college backs merger with university

posted 23 Sep 2010, 16:27 by David Rintoul   [ updated 23 Sep 2010, 16:40 ]

The merger of two prestigious higher education institutions came a step closer this week, as the board at Edinburgh College of Art backed the move.

Now Edinburgh University's ruling court is to decide at its meeting on Monday whether it, too, will support the joining the college and the university.

The move, which emerged in light of feared impending financial cuts, could happen by 2012.

ECA's board met on Tuesday and a majority voted, allowing the merger proposal to be submitted to the university's court.

Neither institution was prepared to discuss the decision, as both have agreed only to issue a joint statement after the university's meeting next week.