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Hundreds have taken to the streets to protest against the unnecessary and unwanted closure of Stourbridge College.

Nearly 1,000 students will be pushed to Dudley and Halesowen colleges after it closes this summer. 

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet), which runs the site, has tried to argue feebly that the move was needed due to £6m debts and was "in the best interests of our learners".

UNISON maintains that disadvantaged students will be worst affected, with the plans increasing travel times and costs for students. 

Leigh Powell, our Unison national officer, said unions wanted to know exactly how the decision had been reached to sell off the site, and called for another consultation.

"These people are sitting in a room with spreadsheets and they're not looking at what effect it will have on people's lives," she said.

"Suddenly, for students and staff to be told at the beginning of May your college is shutting down was a shock."

The University and College Union (UCU) meanwhile claims staff and students are undoubtedly paying the price for poor management. The UCU also claimed the move made "little financial sense" with millions of pounds being spent refurbishing the Hagley Road campus.

Jul 8, 2019