West Lothian School and Napier College strike deal to proceed Enterprise Administration diploma within the county

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West Lothian’s only degree will remain in the county.

West Lothian College and Napier University have agreed to continue their business management studies after it was announced last year that the course would be abandoned.

The students launched an online campaign and the MSPs campaigned for their reinstatement.

Jackie Galbraith, Director of West Lothian College, told The Courier: “I am very pleased with the agreement between Edinburgh Napier University and West Lothian College, which means that our students can continue to earn their business degrees from our Livingston campus can do .

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“This is a great example of how our college and university can work together effectively to achieve the best possible outcome for students.”

A Napier University spokesperson said: “We are pleased to announce that a new agreement has been reached between West Lothian College and Edinburgh Napier University for Level Nine of the BA Business Management degree. This applies from September 2021. “

In the last few weeks, both institutions have worked in partnership to find new solutions and to continue the cooperation from September 2021.

Napier has now agreed to graduate from West Lothian College and they will also be bringing in their own faculty.

The revised regulation is valid for two years to enable the operation of the delivery and to give time for the review of the new model for the coming years.

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MSP Neil Findlay said: “Having raised concerns to the Scottish Government Ministers, Edinburgh Napier University and West Lothian College, I am delighted that this course continues to be offered at the college. These courses are vital to improving the access of the people here in West Lothian to higher education.

“If at all, higher education institutions should try to increase access rather than decrease it. I want to thank all the students and staff who supported the campaign. “

MSP Angela Constance said, “I am delighted to receive confirmation from the Minister of Higher Education and Headmasters at Napier University and West Lothian College that this valuable qualification will continue to be available locally.

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“I would like to congratulate the students on their campaign, and I am also grateful to senior college management for helping to find a solution in the best interests of current and future learners.”

MSP Miles Briggs said, “West Lothian College employees and students need tremendous credit for their campaign to continue running the college.

“It is clear that there is a real desire to have business management as an option at West Lothian College and I am excited to have the course brought back next year.”