The AoC Annual Finance Conference and Exhibition 2019 is the largest networking event in the college finance calendar and is the key opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in finance and funding in the sector.  Through networking experiences and a comprehensive line up of expert speakers, the event will equip you with innovative tools and strategies to drive your college forward in challenging times.

What did past delegates say?

“As a first-time attendee I found the conference extremely useful, both the formal content which was current and thought provoking, and the opportunity to discuss it with colleagues in very pleasant and relaxed surroundings. Thanks, AoC!”
Tom Barlow, Finance Director, Eastleigh College

“I found the whole Conference an excellent way of finding out important information about the Sector and an invaluable way of meeting and networking with other colleagues and exhibitors.”Paul Ashley, Head of Finance, Farnborough College of Technology

“Excellent speakers and well put together selection of exhibitors. This is now on my annual list of must-attend events.”
Elaine French, Business Director, Varndean College




De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre
Beeston Lane
The University of Nottingham


Full fee *

AoC Member Colleges: £475  + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £550 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £585 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £950 + VAT

*Full fee includes a pass to the conference, lunch and refreshments on both days, conference dinner and accommodation on the night of Wednesday 15 May at the Orchard Hotel.

Day fee

AoC Member Colleges: £299  + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

All day fees include: Lunch and refreshments but not conference dinner or accommodation


Conference dinner on Wednesday 15 May: £50+VAT
Accommodation on either Tuesday 14 or Wednesday 15 May at the Orchard Hotel: £85+VAT


De Vere Orchard Hotel

Beeston Ln

Terms and Conditions

Registration enquiries:
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
020 7034 9908


If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch with our sponsorship team or call 02070 349 678


The programme will be available soon

The programme will be available shortly. The outline opening and closing times are as follows:

Wednesday 15 May
09:00 - Registration opens
10:00 - Conference starts
17:10 - Conference closes

Evening reception - timings to follow

Thursday 16 May
08:30 - Registration opens
09:00 - Conference starts
14:40 - Conference closes

Timings subject to change



Software Providers

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Specialising in software solutions, training and consultancy for the further education sector we provide software to project income, increase efficiency and maximise funding. Our 4CAST software is the market leader in curriculum planning and costing. Our PRIME software models the latest apprenticeship funding arrangements. Our SCORE software maximises funding claims whilst minimising audit risks. If you’re struggling to make falling income go further it’s likely we could help. We already work with the majority of colleges in England and with decades of experience behind us we are experts in helping establish long-term financial security. – Email: – Call: 01756 797211 – Twitter: @drake_lane



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FE Protect Limited are insurance brokers on the CPC Framework. We add value via reduced Prince insurance, increased Cover and excellent Service. Come and see us to explain what we can do for your college. Champagne prizes on offer.


Software Providers

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Frontier Software is a leading provider of integrated HR and payroll software solutions to a wide variety of organisations around the world. ichris is an international comprehensive human resource integrated solution that allows users to maintain extensive HR information, whilst delivering an opportunity to create a centralised, virtual HR office. The ichris payroll management module offers a flexible and comprehensive approach to payroll administration and ensures that employees are paid accurately, on time and in accordance with legislation.


Funding Information Solutions + Consultancy

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The UK’s only complete funding tool for colleges. At GRANTfinder, we understand the increasing pressures placed on colleges to diversify funding strategies and think more innovatively when it comes to financial security. We are committed to helping the sector access more sustainable forms of income. We do this by reflecting the evolving funding landscape with quality-assured, up-to-date and accurate content, as well as offering support services to maximise the funding success.


Software Providers

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WPM Education’s unique service offering has been developed specifically for the higher and further education sectors, enabling institutions to deliver great online payment experiences and make confident decisions about how they accept payments now and in the future. For nearly 20 years we have been working in partnership with the sector to analyse and benchmark how they are currently accepting payments, and collect and process payments through our Payment Platform.



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Zurich Municipal is one of the leading providers of risk and insurance solutions to further education establishments across the UK, with over 100 years’ experience in the education sector. Don’t let insurance and risk worries get in the way of you running your college, talk to us, as experts in our field we are as passionate about education as you are. We can offer your organisation specialist services and products tailored to meet your needs and help you build greater resilience across your organisation.