MP labels new name for college "grossly insensitive"

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A WORCESTERSHIRE MP is embroiled in a dispute over the new name for a college - labelling it "grossly insensitive".

Sir Peter Luff says a bid to re-name Worcester College of Technology 'Worcestershire College' is an "aggressive act" that could harm rival institutions.

The Conservative says there are two other colleges in the county, South Worcestershire and Pershore, and the controversial name change could confuse potential students and give it a huge advantage when cherry picking the best talent.

As your Worcester News has already revealed, the proposed new name has come about because of the merger between the technology college and North East Worcestershire College from August.

Mid-Worcestershire MP Mr Luff, who says he is not against the merger in principle, has fired off an angry email to college chiefs lambasting the name.

It is currently in the hands of the Government, which is being tasked with making a final decision.

In the email, seen by your Worcester News, Mr Luff says: " I strongly oppose the name 'Worcestershire College' and have made my position very clear to the Government.

"Have you had confirmation of this name yet? I had hoped to prevent things coming to this.

"Sorry to be negative, but it is a grossly insensitive name when you are not the only further education college in the county, but one of three.

"South Worcestershire and Pershore, both in my constituency, are excellent institutions that would be marginalised by the name chosen for the new Worcester and Bromsgrove College.

"This county-wide name for a college that only serves part of the county would make their marketing much more difficult and be confusing to potential students.

"Indeed, it looks a very aggressive act to me - I urge the governors to think again."

The criticism has been rejected by college bosses, who say the name "reflects the catchment area".

A spokesman said: "As part of the consultation process all stakeholders were invited to comment on the name of the merged College.

"Subsequently an application has been made to the (Government's) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the proposed name.

"We are currently waiting for their response.

"We believe the name reflects the catchment area of our learners as we provide training in all areas of the county."

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2:30pm Fri 30 May 14

3thinker says...

Can I assume Peter Luff made just as strident views when Pershore College became part of Warwickshire College?

Does it also mean he'll be asking for his own parliamentary constituency of Mid Worcestershire to be renamed because it undermines Worcester City?

Personally I can't see a problem. Surely its how good the college is that is important, not what it calls itself.
Can I assume Peter Luff made just as strident views when Pershore College became part of Warwickshire College? Does it also mean he'll be asking for his own parliamentary constituency of Mid Worcestershire to be renamed because it undermines Worcester City? Personally I can't see a problem. Surely its how good the college is that is important, not what it calls itself. 3thinker
  • Score: 17

4:51pm Fri 30 May 14

Hwicce says...

I would have thought Peter Luff had better things to do, but then he's an MP so isn't really involved in the real world.
I would have thought Peter Luff had better things to do, but then he's an MP so isn't really involved in the real world. Hwicce
  • Score: 21

7:45pm Fri 30 May 14

Small Town says...

"Give it a huge advantage when cherry picking the best talent"...

Oh come on, for all it's good work and fine teaching it's hardly Oxbridge is it! I'm not convinced one hoodied youth with a Nike bag slung over his shoulder is any better than the next.
"Give it a huge advantage when cherry picking the best talent"... Oh come on, for all it's good work and fine teaching it's hardly Oxbridge is it! I'm not convinced one hoodied youth with a Nike bag slung over his shoulder is any better than the next. Small Town
  • Score: 17

8:54pm Fri 30 May 14

CJH says...

Doesn't matter what they call it - we'll always refer to it as 'The Tech' won't we?
Doesn't matter what they call it - we'll always refer to it as 'The Tech' won't we? CJH
  • Score: 31

10:38am Sat 31 May 14

brooksider says...

Hwicce wrote:
I would have thought Peter Luff had better things to do, but then he's an MP so isn't really involved in the real world.
No doubt he fired off this inconsequential email from his tax payer funded iPad, whilst sitting on his tax payer funded sofa in his taxpayer funded house.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: I would have thought Peter Luff had better things to do, but then he's an MP so isn't really involved in the real world.[/p][/quote]No doubt he fired off this inconsequential email from his tax payer funded iPad, whilst sitting on his tax payer funded sofa in his taxpayer funded house. brooksider
  • Score: 8

1:22pm Sat 31 May 14

Jabbadad says...

I would call grossly insensitive the actions of an M. O.D minister who when our own shipyards were in dire straits and thousands of jobs on the line, placed an order for Troop Carrier supply ships to Asia when a simple adjustment would have brought them within the EU regulations allowing them to be built in our own shipyards saving thoudsands of skilled jobs. Now that's what I call Grossly Insensitive
I would call grossly insensitive the actions of an M. O.D minister who when our own shipyards were in dire straits and thousands of jobs on the line, placed an order for Troop Carrier supply ships to Asia when a simple adjustment would have brought them within the EU regulations allowing them to be built in our own shipyards saving thoudsands of skilled jobs. Now that's what I call Grossly Insensitive Jabbadad
  • Score: 7

8:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

reflector says...

I would have thought that the name Worcestershire College for an institution that serves three of the largest conurbations in the county was the most obvious and suitable. If that does give the College some advantage over the others then Luff should blame the system which puts the Colleges in competition with each other, not only for students but for funding too. I suspect our knighted parliamentary representative supports the system, just as he supports everything else his governement has done - how else did he 'earn' his title?
I would have thought that the name Worcestershire College for an institution that serves three of the largest conurbations in the county was the most obvious and suitable. If that does give the College some advantage over the others then Luff should blame the system which puts the Colleges in competition with each other, not only for students but for funding too. I suspect our knighted parliamentary representative supports the system, just as he supports everything else his governement has done - how else did he 'earn' his title? reflector
  • Score: 4

12:20pm Mon 2 Jun 14

danieled says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I would call grossly insensitive the actions of an M. O.D minister who when our own shipyards were in dire straits and thousands of jobs on the line, placed an order for Troop Carrier supply ships to Asia when a simple adjustment would have brought them within the EU regulations allowing them to be built in our own shipyards saving thoudsands of skilled jobs. Now that's what I call Grossly Insensitive
If they had been described as warships (which they are) there wouldn't have been a problem. But EU rules are not in accord with common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I would call grossly insensitive the actions of an M. O.D minister who when our own shipyards were in dire straits and thousands of jobs on the line, placed an order for Troop Carrier supply ships to Asia when a simple adjustment would have brought them within the EU regulations allowing them to be built in our own shipyards saving thoudsands of skilled jobs. Now that's what I call Grossly Insensitive[/p][/quote]If they had been described as warships (which they are) there wouldn't have been a problem. But EU rules are not in accord with common sense. danieled
  • Score: 1

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