The merger between Solihull College & University Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon College has moved a step closer with the start of the public consultation process. The proposal, which is available online, will be launched on 9th August 2017.
The decision was taken by both colleges to merge in order to have greater resilience and influence in the region. Both colleges will keep their current identity but work together to develop a wide and varied curriculum. The merger will provide greater opportunities for staff and students.
The consultation process allows the local community and all stakeholders the opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions in order to help shape the future of the joined college.
John Callaghan, Principal & Chief Executive at Solihull College & University Centre, commented: “Over the last 18 months, Solihull College & University Centre has received a ‘Good’ rating across all areas in its Ofsted report and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold Rating for its university level provision, so this is a fantastic time to join forces with Stratford. Each college possesses unique areas of expertise and this merger will enable us to maximise our combined strengths”.
Andrew Cropley, Interim Principal at Stratford-upon-Avon College, commented. “The enhanced progression opportunities and access to new facilities the merger will offer will be of huge benefit to our current and future students. The proposal we have produced sets out the benefits of the merger to the whole region and we look forward to hearing the local community’s feedback”.
Both colleges are looking forward to the start of another successful academic year with new and returning students for 2017/18. Places are still available on many courses starting this September. To find out more visit www.solihull.ac.uk or www.stratford.ac.uk.