Shock as Fife College decides to quit Cupar

Councillor Margaret Kennedy called for Fife College to come clean about its plans for Cupar earlier this year. The college has now confirmed it is leaving the town (Photo by Dave Scott)
Councillor Margaret Kennedy called for Fife College to come clean about its plans for Cupar earlier this year. The college has now confirmed it is leaving the town (Photo by Dave Scott)

More than 200 students were left in shock this week when fears that Fife College is to pull out of Cupar were confirmed.

The college, which shares a campus at Elmwood with Scotland’s Rural College, announced on Wednesday it will quit the town in June 2016.

It says the move is due to cuts in funding and it is looking at new ways of 
delivering courses.

The existing curriculum will be delivered for another year.

Fife College became responsible for some non land-based courses – such as hair and beauty, previously run by the former Elmwood College – when the former Adam Smith College and Carnegie Colleges merged in 2013.

Most of Elmwood’s courses moved to Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) which currently owns and occupies the campus.

There are around 400 students at Cupar’s SRUC campus, which is to remain on site.

Speculation about the future of Fife College in Cupar were first raised in June by a staff member and a number of students.

At the time, the college declined to comment on its plans.

However, this week, a spokesman said: “Due to cuts in funding, we are no longer able to sustain our engagement in the campus.

“We will vacate the campus in June 2016.”