AoC Annual
Conference & Exhibition

14 - 15 November, 2017

Colleges are dedicated to succeeding and progressing in the future landscape. They will remain at the heart of the local community and the national economy – colleges mean business.

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Bringing together the further education sector to learn, develop, influence, support and exchange information, AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is highlight of AoC’s events calendar.

The conference and exhibition combines keynote speakers, plenary and breakout sessions to inform, stimulate debate and provide the latest news from senior figures in government, education and wider business sectors. You can also find the latest innovations to support colleges in our  exhibition area.

After listening to your feedback from last year’s conference, we’re delighted to announce that AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017 will be held over two days but the same great content will be delivered.

Latest Conference News

AoC Beacon and Student Awards are now open for nominations. Nominate a college or individual today!

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Breakout sessions for the AoC Annual Conference are now open for submissions

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Steph McGovern announced as Chair for AoC Annual Conference & Exhibition 2017

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Find out what we have lined up for the AoC Awards Evening, taking place on Tuesday 14 November

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Our Annual Conference attracts 1,800 attendees, who represent and supply the college sector.

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Watch AoC Chief Executive David Hughes' Welcome Message for the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017.

“For too long the FE sector has been viewed as second best and the poor relation in the education sector. The content, focus and mood of the 2016 AoC conference portrayed a new sense of confidence and optimism that I haven’t experienced in a long while. If you could bottle this positivity and take it back to each college in the land, the future for colleges has a bright outlook.”

Steve Lewis, Highlands College

Why should you attend the conference?

AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is a valuable opportunity when senior leaders in further education can discover, learn, celebrate and shape the future together.

The conference is a place for professionals to experience and discover everything they need to grow their business – the ideas, the connections and the practical applications shaped from a programme designed to reflect the sector.

  • Learn

    Find out about the latest policy directly impacting FE from those responsible for making it. Hear from leading experts in education and business and learn from experiences inside education and further afield, both nationally and internationally, and from colleagues across the country.

  • Network

    Connect with your peers and find out how they tackle the issues facing colleges. Meet new sector leaders and catch up with friends and colleagues.

  • Innovate

    Visit the exhibition hall to uncover the latest innovations in FE. Find out about the new ways these businesses and organisations can support your college.

  • Question

    Have your voice heard by high level politicians and policymakers. The conference provides the platform and opportunity for you to question them directly.

  • Read the 2016 Conference Story

Sponsorship opportunities

Meet and present your products to 600+ senior college leaders at this annual flagship event! We offer a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities to help suppliers engage with the key decision makers of colleges. Creating a unique environment for 90+ suppliers to showcase their products, engage with delegates and generate new business leads. Don’t miss this unique annual event for the further education sector!

“The AoC Annual Conference is a well-organised conference with a recent and interesting agenda. We look forward to attending and exhibiting at the conference because of the relevance of the event in the FE sector. This event is one of the best coordinated events I have had the pleasure of attending in the sector.”
Archana Dhankar, Head of Marketing, Dynistics


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