AoC College Higher Education Conference 2024
Holiday Inn London, Bloomsbury
Date: 21 March 2024
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: Starting from £325 + VAT per delegate
The annual AoC College Higher Education conference will be taking place on Thursday 21 March in London and is the must attend event for college HE leaders, practitioners and those with an interest in college HE. The conference sessions will cover updates on policy, regulation and best practice sessions led by colleges. There will also be plenty of time dedicated to networking so you can share advice with peers and explore potential solutions to some of the common challenges you face.
- Gain an update on the Lifelong Loan Entitlement policy and implementation from the Department for Education and the Student Loans Company and ask your questions directly
- Hear from Susan Lapworth, Chief Executive, Office for Students who will share OfS’ approach to regulation and priorities for the future
- Discuss the role of colleges in tertiary education with Professor Alison Wolf
- Attend practical breakout sessions and gain advice from colleagues on access and participation plans, higher technical qualifications and how to make scholarship real in the college HE context
- Network with fellow practitioners from across the country, sharing ideas and experiences.
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AoC Member fee - per delegate - £325 + VAT
Affiliate Member - per delegate - £350 + VAT
Non member institutions - per delegate - £375 + VAT
Non member commercial - per delegate - £750 + VAT
Stand support - per delegate - £100 + VAT
2 delegates or more from the same institution (AoC Members) = 10% discount
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I've been attending this conference for many years; both in person and online. I have found them not only to be incredibly useful but also supportive in nature. It's not just about reiterating new policies, regulations, DfE changes etc to an audience but exploring with like-minded colleagues how we can potentially navigate these challenges in the complex education space that is HE in FE.
Great conference, again! Really strong set of speakers, a range of topical matters covered, including LLE and HTQ developments thought provoking breakout sessions with plenty of time to catch up with colleagues and network.