John Callaghan - Principal & Chief Executive

John Callaghan

Principal & Chief Executive

Hello and welcome!

There’s never been a better time to be part of Solihull College & University Centre after a fantastic start to the academic year.

The College was graded ‘Good’ across all areas of the College by Ofsted in November 2016 and we have been awarded a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold for our higher education provision – the only college in the West Midlands to do this, beating many top Russell Group universities.

We have been granted government approval to use the “University Centre” brand due to the high numbers and breadth of our higher education offer and achieved top marks in a QAA review of our higher education provision. We have again been assessed as financially strong and resilient for the future with our funding body confirming our outstanding financial health.

Earlier this year we were delighted to be chosen as the merger partner for Stratford-upon-Avon College and successfully merged in February 2018. We are planning an exciting and expanded new offer and we have plans to build upon many excellent areas of provision so there is a wider choice for our communities

We continue to be at the forefront of innovation with investment in outstanding facilities for our students, with industry-standard science laboratories and virtual reality equipment recently introduced at Blossomfield Campus and the Centre for Advanced Aeronautical Provision featuring world-class flight simulators and a former Royal Navy Aircraft at Woodlands Campus. School leavers, apprentices, university level and adult learners can thrive in facilities unmatched in the region. Our latest plans include upgrading our motor vehicle facilities to train our students to deal with new electric vehicle and driverless technologies and we are at an advanced stage of significantly expanding our construction provision with a high quality construction company here in Solihull.

We have invested in all of our subject areas and we also have the HQ of Solihull Chamber of Commerce based at the College. This has been a huge benefit where the Chamber broker many of our employer links from work experience and expert inputs to offers of employment and apprenticeships for many of our students who have completed their studies.

We aim to find a place for everyone, with courses offered from beginner right up to degree-level right here in Solihull. With strong links to top employers across a range of industries, we ensure our courses are tailored to continuously evolving industry needs. Our staff possess the expertise and drive to ensure students leave the College with the skills necessary to make their mark in their chosen industry or progress to the next level in their education – whether with us at our University Centre or at top universities across the country.