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.

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.

We have recently upgraded our motor vehicle facilities to train our students to deal with new electric and hybrid vehicle and driverless technologies and we are at an advanced stage of significantly expanding construction plant training with a high quality construction company here in Solihull. We are also planning an Outpost area for employers to work closely with our Media and Visual Arts students to bring real life briefs for them to work. Our investment for these projects will be in the region of £2m supported by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

The College was graded ‘Good’ across all areas of the College by Ofsted in November 2016. 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 were also the only college in the region to be graded TEF Gold for our HE work until our merger.

We have again been assessed as financially strong and resilient for the future with our funding body confirming our outstanding financial health. We have invested in all of our subject areas and also have the HQ of Solihull Chamber of Commerce based at the College. This has been a huge benefit where the Chamber broker many employer links, from work experience and expert inputs to offers of employment and apprenticeships for many of our students.

We have been working with Stratford-upon-Avon College since our merger in February 2018. We are planning an exciting and expanded new offer and are planning to invest £8.25m to build upon many excellent areas of provision so there is a wider choice for our communities.

Other successes include being chosen as one of 12 education providers in the country to be selected to be an Institute of Technology to provide higher level technical skills to meet the skills shortages in the region. We have also been selected to pilot the next roll out of the digital T-Level in preparation for the full roll out of all subjects planned for 2025.

We aim to find a place for everyone, either at Solihull or Stratford, with courses offered from beginner right up to degree-level. 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 own University Centre or at top universities across the country.

I wish you the very best for your studies with us.