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This policy and management briefing contains presentations from college principals and leading experts on mergers and partnerships in further education. With the government encouraging college mergers, and competition increasing across the sector, it is vital for senior further education professionals to look at ways to ensure the future success of their colleges. This briefing addresses the opportunities that exist in the sector for outsourcing or sharing services, and the various models of merger, cooperation, networking and collaboration that can enable college leaders to protect and improve their front-line provision. Detailed case-studies analyse the key ingredients in successful mergers, and how internal communications can best be managed during the merger process. A case study of an unsuccessful merger is also included to demonstrate the pitfalls that should be avoided.