College merger heralds new era

Launch of the new North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh.
Launch of the new North East Scotland College in Fraserburgh.

Banff and Buchan College and Aberdeen College have merged to form a new organisation.

The two colleges of further education, which are based on campuses 40 miles apart, have forged a partnership and will be known as North East Scotland College.

The amalgamation was marked last Friday at ceremonies in the Henderson Road campus in Fraserburgh and at the Town and County Hall in Aberdeen.

New college principal Rob Wallen opened the ceremony in Fraserburgh and spoke about the recent accomplishments of both of the colleges, as well as their shared plans for the future.

The new logo for the merged college was unveiled - a dynamic design reflecting the distinct geography of the region.

The college will serve a large area with its main centres in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen.

For many years, the two colleges shared a commitment to provide opportunities for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and have worked together on numerous projects and initiatives to fulfil that commitment.

By merging, the aim is to combine expertise, facilities and resources in a way that best serves the region.