In August 2008 the college merged with neighbouring college MANCAT to create an 80,000 student 'supercollege', after funding bosses claimed they were competing for some students and ignoring others. In April 2008 current principal of MANCAT Peter Tavernor was appointed as head of the new 'supercollege'. City College Manchester and MANCAT ceased to exist as separate entities on 31 July 2008, with the new 'supercollege', known as The Manchester College established on 1 August 2008.
City College had five campuses, the three main ones being Abraham Moss in Crumpsall, Northenden, and City Campus. Business courses were run at the smaller Fielden Campus in West Didsbury, and the college's Arden School of Theatre is in Ardwick. Courses for adults were run at the Wythenshawe Forum. The college had a large International Office in Manchester city centre.
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