Solihull College & University Centre Deputy Principal Lindsey Stewart, Solihull College & University Centre Principal and Chief Executive John Callaghan, Stratford-upon-Avon College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley, and Stratford-upon-Avon College Governor Ian Lumley

Following a meticulous process of deliberation to select the most suitable contender for its proposed merger, Stratford-upon-Avon College has named its chosen partner and now looks forward to a secure, successful future.

The College is delighted to announce that it plans to merge with Solihull College & University Centre. The target date for the merger is 1st January 2018, and both organisations will take every measure to ensure that the transition is as efficient and seamless as possible.

John Callaghan, Principal and Chief Executive at Solihull College & University Centre, commented: “I am very pleased 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 very pleased that we have been selected by SUAC as their merger partner. We each possess 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. “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. As part of a larger organisation, we are assured financial security which will enable us to fully invest in our students.

“At the same time, Stratford-upon-Avon College is committed to retaining its unique identity; we will continue to support local learners, businesses and the wider community by offering a broad Further Education curriculum on the Stratford site.”

Meanwhile recruitment carries on as normal; the College is currently accepting students and apprentices onto its complete range of courses for the 2017/18 year.

If you would like to find out more about any of the Colleges’ courses, the Stratford-upon-Avon campus’ advice and guidance centre we will be open for Summer Admissions on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August 9am – 5pm. Meet your future lecturers and tour the state-of-the-art facilities.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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