Current projects


BEEHiVES (Boosting European Exchange on Higher VET and Employer Involvement in Education Structures) – an Erasmus+ project – seeking to improve employer and student engagement in higher VET and professional HE curriculum and course development.

AoC are part of a three year transnational project with partners in Germany, Czech Republic, Flanders Belgium, Denmark and the Basque autonomous region.

A key aim of the EU Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education (HE) is to reform HE to meet more closely the requirements of the labour market with an emphasis on relevant skills, qualifications and graduates employability.
One problem in achieving these aims lies in the weakness of the ‘strategic partnership triangle’ – the relationship between employers, providers and students. The project intends to address this issue by developing an easily usable toolkit of measures and tools that will improve employer engagement in the development of the HVET/Professional HE curriculum and programmes.

By the end of January 2016 each partner produced information sheets about HVET qualifications and programmes for each country focussing on the strategic triangle, and organised workshops with the three apexes of the triangle to assess and verify initial findings. The workshops will involve South Devon College (students), Peterborough Regional College (employers) and AoC North West regional network (providers). Initial results will be published on the project’s website in July 2016.

For more information about the project, other partners and outcomes please visit the BEEHiVES website or contact the AoC projects team.

The Scholarship Project

The Scholarship Project aims to support the development and embedding of a distinct college higher education scholarly ethos across the sector. A key outcome is to establish a 'scholarship framework' that can be adopted by all colleges and is firmly centred on advancing relevant forms of scholarship within technical and professional curricula and which aims to enhance the learning experience for students.

The project will run for three years from 2015-2018, with 15 core colleges and their partner colleges, a total of 46 colleges, spread across English college higher education. This project is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst Fund and managed by AoC. The project is also supported by the National Union of Students, Quality Assurance Agency and the higher Education Academy.