Solihull College & University Centre has been selected as the merger partner for Stratford-upon-Avon College.
Merging with Stratford-upon-Avon College is being described as a key strategic move for Solihull College and the merged college will have greater resilience and local influence, according to a spokesperson.
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.
Solihull College & University Centre is one of the sponsors for this year's Solihull BID Excellence Awards, which celebrate skills and business in the town centre.
The merger is described as ‘a major step forward in the College’s aspirations to build on recent achievements and to embrace the best practices of both colleges’.
Over the last 18 months, Solihull College & University Centre has received a ‘Good’ rating across all areas in its Ofsted report. It was successful in its QAA review of the higher education provision and was subject to a Government Area Review which concluded that the College was financially strong and resilient for the future, with the funding body confirming the College’s outstanding financial health.
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.
“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”.
Recruitment carries on as normal at both colleges, with each looking forward to a successful 2017/18 academic year. The aim is to merge by 1st January 2018.
To find out more about the courses available at Solihull College & University Centre, visit the website or for Stratford-upon-Avon College, visit the Stratford website.