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AoC Beacon Awards: Information Webinar 19th June
June 17, 2019
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The Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education (FE) colleges.

This webinar will introduce the AoC Beacon Awards,  outline their focus and explain the process of applying.  Mike Davis (Chief Assessor) and Peter Lavender (Deputy Chief Assessor) will explain what is involved and offer some tips on producing a good Stage 1 application.

Title: Applying for an AoC Beacon Award 2019 Read more

AoC President Priorities Key Areas
August 13, 2018
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AoC’s new President Steve Frampton MBE has outlined four key priorities in his year ahead following the start of his tenure this month.

Steve Frampton, who has a lifelong passion for post-16 education, took over from his predecessor Dr Alison Birkinshaw OBE on 1 August 2018.

His extensive career has been recognised at the highest level, with Steve being awarded an MBE for Services to Education in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2017. Aside from working in colleges since the 1980s, he has been the director of several local community charities, including Business South and PiTC – the community arm of Portsmouth Football Club.

In addition to funding and enterprise, the former Principal wants to prioritise these key issues:

1. a) A meaningful post-16 curriculum and assessment regime, working with GJCQ and DFE Read more

New AoC Chair Announced as Julie Nerney

The Association of Colleges has announced Julie Nerney as their next chair of the board, taking over when Carole Stott MBE steps down at the end of the year.

Julie is currently chair of the board of governors at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, having previously led the City College Brighton and Hove board. She has spent much of her career as a successful entrepreneur and now supports businesses with organisational transformation and change management.

In 2012, she played a key role as part of the leadership team in delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Julie, a Chartered Director and Fellow for the Institute of Directors, also undertakes voluntary work with the Princes Trust, and ambassadorial roles for government aimed at improving diversity in public life.

Speaking about her new role, she said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the AoC as their new Chair. I am passionate about the contribution that colleges make to support students in achieving their goals.

“It will be great to be part of an organisation that does such fantastic work providing support and leadership to the sector at both national and local level, including its influencing of government on policies impacting the sector, students and staff. I’m really looking forward to meeting members once I take up post in January.”

Julie will replace Carole Stott MBE, who will leave the organisation at the end of her term in December 2018. Read more