John Callaghan: 1960-2021

Solihull College & University Centre is sad to announce that former Principal John Callaghan has passed away following a short illness.

John was Principal from 2014-2021, with key successes during his time including the College’s ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in 2016, steering the College through the merger with Stratford-upon-Avon College in 2018 and leading the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology since 2019.

John left the College in an excellent position ready for the future, with high quality teaching and learning, invaluable support to students, sound and secure finances and an extremely well-managed organisation at all levels.

Before his recent retirement, John took the time to thank his college colleagues:

“I am so very proud of the magnificent way my teaching staff have kept their focus on our students and dealing with them through the pandemic. I’d also like to acknowledge my extremely professional support staff who have worked so hard keeping everything going. You have all inspired me and it has been a great privilege to lead such a fantastic college.

I leave the college in strong capable hands and I wish you all every success. I can tell you that this College is amongst the best in England. The best tonic for me is to see record enrolments and all areas delivering high quality education to our students.”

Deputy Principal Lindsey Stewart took over as Acting Principal from 1st September. Lindsey has immense experience and a terrific track record in the College and further education. Recruitment for a new Principal will take place early in the New Year.

Everyone at the College is joined in passing on their sincere condolences and best wishes to John’s family at this very sad time.