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Finalists chosen for AoC Student of the Year Awards 2021/22

The finalists of the AoC Student of the Year Awards were announced at the AoC Annual Conference.

Delay to BTECs defunding - Nadhim Zahawi has been listening and examining the evidence - Sector Response

FAB writes to the education secretary and MPs, welcoming rethink on quals reform The Federation of Awarding Bodies’ chief executive, Tom Bewick, has written to Nadhim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education. The letter, dated 16th Nov, said:

Finalists for 2021/22 Beacon Awards announced at AoC Annual Conference 2021

#AoCConf21 - Colleges reach finals of AoC Beacon Awards 2021/22  The finalists for the 2021/22 Beacon Awards were announced at the AoC Annual Conference in Birmingham. 

Lack of diversity on college boards revealed in new report alongside steps to improve diversity in governance

Today (16 November), Association of Colleges (@AoC_info) has released a report revealing the composition of further education college boards across the country and attitudes towards inclusion.

Dr David Finegold on international FE trends

FE News talks to Dr David Finegold, an adviser for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, about his speech at the AoC national conference. He outlines five key points of his address, touching on the UK's already established international connections and how the sector can expand to countries such as China.

Dr Shaid Mahmood is new Chair of the Association of Colleges

Dr Shaid Mahmood appointed as new @AoC _info Chair  After an open and competitive selection process, Association of Colleges is pleased to announce that Dr Shaid Mahmood is the new AoC Chair. Having been ratified by AoC Board, Shaid begins the role with immediate effect, and will be looking to meet with members as soon as possible. 

Richard Atkins, AoC president discusses their manifesto themes

FE News catches up with Richard Atkins, AoC's president and Exeter College's principal, at the Association of College's national conference. Mr Atkins tells us about what the AoC is doing to help colleges and get them heard by the main political parties.

Nick Boles discusses UK skills challenges

FE News catches up with Skills Minister Nick Boles at the Association of Colleges conference to talk about the challenges facing the skills sector.

College leaders warn Rishi Sunak not to turn the clock back on public spending

Colleges leaders have challenged the Chancellor to be bold in the spending review next month and continue to rewrite the rulebook on public spending. They argue that now is not the time to revert to shrinking public finances, and that only bold investment in people and skills will truly enable the country to ‘build back better and differently’.

Life #AndColleges - The Association of Colleges Podcast

Life #AndColleges - Brought to you by @AoC_info #LoveOurColleges  Episode 2 - On this episode of #AndColleges, our series host Christopher is joined by co-host Marguerite Hogg from AoC and special guest Fiona Aldridge from the Learning & Work Institute to speak about all things adult education, lifelong learning, reskilling, the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on adults…. #AndCollegesCLA The new Education Platform from the CLA which makes copying simpler, quicker and greener.

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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

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