Magazine article Art Monthly

Dartington

Magazine article Art Monthly

Dartington

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Despite strenuous efforts to prevent it, Dartington College of the Arts faces a merger with University College Falmouth and a move of 90 miles from its present site in Devon to Cornwall. At a hearing on March 14, campaigners were faced with legal costs of up to 44,600[pounds sterling] if they chose to proceed with their judicial review application. As a result they had no option but to withdraw. Campaigners feel strongly that this is a national issue. Despite the academic success and financial viability of this small, highly original and specialist institution, incentives have been made available for the merger that they feel have entirely distorted the arguments. The pursuit of university status, not necessarily of benefit to students but large in the eyes of senior management, is one driver; 15.6m[pounds sterling] of the funding for the merger being provided by the European Convergence Fund--in Cornwall--is another.

The legal route, at this stage, was to prevent the transfer of 3.5m[pounds sterling] from the South West Regional Development Agency, to put the merger on hold until the outcome of the review. …

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