8:00-9:30

Hall 3 & Foyer

Registration and exhibition opens

Refreshments available, registration sponsored by NCFE

Exhibition: visit over 60 college suppliers to discuss your individual needs


9:30-11:00

Hall 1

Setting the scene

Chaired by Steph McGovern, Broadcaster

Opening address

David Hughes, Chief Executive Association of Colleges

Keynote session

Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Department for Education

Keynote session

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, News Anchor & Television Presenter

Keynote session- making a difference in the west midlands - devolution and skills

Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor

Interview Session

Shakira Martin, President, NUS and David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges interviewed by Steph McGovern


11:00-11:40

Hall 3

Exhibition and Refreshments

Exhibition: visit over 60 college suppliers to discuss your individual needs


Breakout sessions - strand One

The full session details can be found on the breakout session pages.

11:40-12:50

Various locations


lunch and exhibition

Exhibition: visit over 60 college suppliers to discuss your individual needs

Lunch reception for new principals and CEOs

12:50-14:10

Hall 3

Executive Room 8


breakout sessions - strand two

The full session details can be found on the breakout session pages.

14:10-15:20

Various locations


Exhibition and Refreshments

Meet with the AoC Chair of the Board at the AoC Group stand

data forum

David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges

15:20-16:00

Hall 3

Hall 8a


Social Transformation

Chaired by Steph McGovern, Broadcaster

keynote session

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Panel session: Social transformation and the role of Colleges

Chaired by Rt. Hon. David Laws, Executive Chairman of the EPI

Panel Members:

  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Barrister and President Helena Kennedy Foundation

  • Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation

  • Ian Gilbert, Writer and Founder of Independent Thinking

keynote session - Purpose branding: How understanding your customer and your brand can unify, motivate and ignite an organisation

Daryl Fielding, Former Brand Director, Vodafone UK and leading transformational global brand strategist and marketer

16:00-17:30

hall 1


Association of colleges’ annual general meeting

Open to AoC Members only

17:40-18:00

Hall 1


Drinks reception

Open to all conference attendees and exhibitors

19:00-19:45

Hall 3



AoC Awards dinner and after party

  • Carole Stott MBE

  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

  • AoC Beacon Awards finalist announcements

  • TES Awards finalists announcements

  • Performances by: Barnsley College and Explosive from Leeds City College

After party and disco

Dress code: cocktail dresses and lounge suits

19:45-01:00

Hall 4

Hall 3 Balcony