‘Don’t move students halfway through their courses’ – Plaid AM

Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM has criticised plans to move students from a campus in Denbigh halfway through their courses.

Almost 100 students currently study at the Denbigh campus of Coleg Llandrillo Menai, which plans to close the centre this summer.

Llyr Gruffydd AM said: “I was given verbal assurances that no students currently studying at the college would be affected because they were all on one-year courses. I have since had an e-mail from the college chief executive saying that there are 17 students currently on their first year of a two-year course in Health and Social Care, Technology, Music and Craft and Design.

“They are expected to switch to either Rhyl or Rhos on Sea for next year, something that I know will be difficult if not impossible for those with childcare and transport issues. The e-mail states that there will be college transport from Denbigh to the two campuses but there is no mention of how students will get to Denbigh from outlying areas to get to those college sites if they have to start travelling earlier.”

It’s understood that the college expects to save £200,000 from closing the Denbigh centre but has given assurances that there will be funding made available to help students complete their courses.

Mr Gruffydd added: “I understand that colleges are facing funding issues, like all public services, but students halfway through a course should be able to complete that course without having to worry about additional transport and travel times.

“I will be pressing the college to do the right thing for those students mid-way through their courses and given them every opportunity to succeed. The college has a duty of care towards those students. Every opportunity should be investigated to maintain a presence in Denbigh.”

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