Staffordshire University's Lichfield campus. Pic: Google Streetview

Staffordshire University says it is “committed to the provision of Higher Education” in Lichfield.

The site at The Friary is home to both the university and South Staffordshire College.

Staffordshire University’s Lichfield campus. Pic: Google Streetview

But after it emerged the college had begun talks over a possible merger with Walsall College, there had been fears that the Lichfield campus could become surplus to requirements.

No final decision has yet been made on the future of the colleges, but Staffordshire University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for partnerships Ieuan Ellis insisted they were not planning to move from the city.

The university currently offers courses in business, education and law at the Lichfield campus, along with teaching in areas such as social work and web development.

“Lichfield is part of our university community and we value our partnership with South Staffordshire College,” he said.

“There will be opportunities emerging from the proposed merger of Walsall and South Staffordshire colleges and we look forward to what the new partnership will bring for our students who study at our Lichfield campus.

“Staffordshire University is committed to the provision of Higher Education at Lichfield campus.”

An area review for Staffordshire by the Department for Education has already backed the proposed merger of the colleges.

The report said that there were opportunities to save money by reviewing the sites used if a merger goes ahead.

“Governors see potential for rationalising back-office and other services, undertaking a full review of the curriculum to eliminate duplication between sites, and reviewing the combined estate,” the report said.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.