Solihull and Stratford College's to merge - The Solihull Observer

Solihull and Stratford College's to merge

Solihull Editorial 18th Jun, 2017   0

SOLIHULL College & University Centre has been selected as the merger partner for Stratford-upon-Avon College – a major step forward in the college’s aspirations to build on recent achievements and to embrace the best practices of both partners.

Merging with Stratford-upon-Avon College is seen as a key strategic move which will give the merged college ‘greater resilience and local influence’.

Both colleges will keep their identity but work together to develop more higher education, international and full cost courses and provide more opportunities and security for staff and students.

John Callaghan, Principal & Chief Executive at Solihull College & University Centre, said: “I am thrilled that we have been selected by SUAC as their merger partner.

“We are aware that a number of high-performing organisations submitted very strong proposals, so I am proud that we have been selected.

“Each college possesses unique areas of expertise and this merger will enable us to maximise our combined strengths for the benefit of all students and staff. I look forward to a successful combined future.”

Stratford-upon-Avon College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley is equally enthusiastic about the College’s future prospects.

He added: “I am delighted that we have finalised a partnership with such a successful college, with the full support of the FE Commissioner.

“Solihull will enable us to offer our students greater opportunities, enhanced progression, and better facilities and equipment. The merger will allow us to develop deeper partnerships with local employers and to better serve the community of Stratford-upon-Avon.”

The aim for the colleges is to merge by 1st January 2018.

To find out more about the courses available at Solihull College & University Centre, please visit or for Stratford-upon-Avon College, visit

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