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76 52 71 54 71 54 78 54 78 55 71 57 74 55 75 53 Colleges plan bright future after merger.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor andy.richards@trinitymirror.com @AndyRichards9

SOLIHULL College and University Centre is to merge with Stratford-upon-Avon College.

The merger, which will happen at the start of 2018, will see students at both sites being provided with more courses and enhanced opportunities and progression.

John Callaghan, principal and chief executive at Solihull College, said: "I am thrilled that we have been selected by SUAC as their merger partner.

"We are aware that a number of highperforming 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," he said.

"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".

Over the past 18 months, Solihull College 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.

Merging with Stratford-upon-Avon College is a key strategic move and the merged college will have greater resilience and local influence.

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.

Recruitment will continue on as normal at both colleges, with each looking forward to a successful 2017/18 academic year.

The aim is to merge by January 1, 2018.

|To find out more about the courses available at Solihull College & University Centre, visit www.solihull.ac.uk or www.stratford.ac.uk.

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