A local company has been formed to bid for Newton Rigg’s future.
Members of the Cumbrian community and experts in land-based education and industry have set up Newton Rigg Ltd.
The Government is undertaking a strategic review of options for the site, after current education provider Askham Bryan,said it was pulling out of the campus.
Newton Rigg Ltd has submitted an expression of Interest to the Further Education Commissioner.
It said it will be submitting detailed educational proposals for the future of Newton Rigg by October 30th as part of the review process.
Professor Andrw Cobb, chairman of Newton Rigg Ltd, said: “Our bid to save Newton Rigg is solely focused on the continuation, and development, of specialist land-based education at an enhanced campus, for the benefit of young people and adults, farming communities and relevant industries in Cumbria and elsewhere.
“Alongside many others speaking out in support, we believe that Newton Rigg has a vital and sustainable future.
“Our purpose is to facilitate this by working with local investors and partners who share our vision; putting the student first, maintaining excellence in academic achievement, improving the campus, investing in new opportunities and building strong partnerships in land-based industry just like those upon which this unique educational establishment was originally built.”
Newton Rigg Ltd’s directors, advisors and sponsors bring together experts from local and farming communities, specialist land-based education – including two former Newton Rigg governors – employment training, industry, law and financial planning.