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Colleges Week 2024: influencing, engaging, celebrating

Date: 26 February 2024

Time: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

With a general election looming, 2024 is set to be a defining year for the country and for the further education sector. As a result, we have decided to move Colleges Week from autumn to spring: it will now be taking place from Monday 26 February to Friday 1 March.

Whoever the next government is, we want to make sure they are focussed on ensuring colleges play an even bigger role in an inclusive, tolerant, welcoming, strong society and a growing and productive economy.

That’s why the focus on this Colleges Week will be political influencing in both the short and long term. We want to shape the conversations around the spring budget due on 6 March, the mayoral elections in May and the general election expected in autumn.

We want to focus on actions which see colleges actively engaging with key stakeholders: student-led hustings for candidates in general and mayoral elections, voter registration drives, engaging politicians, pressing the case for investment and so on.

Colleges Week will continue to be a week in which you can shout about the incredible work your college does day in, day out, celebrating your successes. Our Beacon Awards ceremony on Tuesday 27 February will recognise excellence across the sector and congratulate the winners of the Student of the Year awards announced in November.

We have five specific asks of you for this week, each focused on a different stakeholder within your college community. If you have the time and capacity, then we have some suggestions of other action you could take.