Reduced AoC member college fee of £299+VAT

The AoC HR Conference is the must-attend event designed specifically for college HR professionals focusing on HR strategy, tactics and best practice to assist you in tackling the many challenges facing the FE sector and its workforce. It will offer you ample opportunity to debate common challenges, share practice and identify solutions to both operational and strategic matters.

Reasons to attend

  • Take time to discuss the current challenges facing colleges and what they actually mean for the HR department in your college
  • Hear from colleges on the lessons learnt from area reviews and discuss the impact on HR
  • Find out how colleges can use the law to future proof
  • Learn how to harness the power of peer-to-peer collaboration
  • Meet with like-minded college HR professionals for a full day of networking opportunities

Attend this conference and leave furnished with new ideas, inspiration and practical tools to ensure your college is ready to successfully operate today, and in the future.

Delegates who attended the 2015 conference said…

Through carefully chosen speakers, this event brings you right up to date with the challenges that are facing our sector and gives you inspiration to tackle them.
Maureen Debbage, Director of Human Resources, New College Swindon

This was my first HR Conference with the AoC, I enjoyed the topics which were beneficial to me in my role and enjoyed meeting and networking with other people. Will definitely be back next year.
Elaine Brown, Head of Human Resources, Sir George Monoux College

A really useful conference, a good mix of updates and lively interactive sessions.
Paul Wakeling, Principal, Havering Sixth Form College

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AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £360 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £385 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £415 + VAT


If you need accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending an AoC Conference.

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Registration enquiries:
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
020 7034 9908


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Rob Brown

Rob Brown is a dynamic business speaker on building connections and reputation for greater influence and career opportunities. He is the bestselling author of How to Build Your Reputation and according to LinkedIn, is the most recommended networking expert in the world. A featured TED speaker, Rob is founder of the Networking Coaching Academy, the world’s #1 business networking training platform. He trains and coaches clients on business networking, partnerships, communicating, relationships, influence, trust, likeability, personal branding, reputation and just getting in front of more of the right people!  With his wife and two daughters, he lives in Nottingham, has a black belt in kickboxing and plays four musical instruments moderately well!

Dunstan Arthur

Dunstan Arthur is a business psychologist with over fifteen years’ experience of working as a trusted expert advisor to leading organisations in the UK and worldwide. Dunstan works across the whole talent management cycle, turning research insights and psychological theory into practical and accessible business improvements for people, teams and organisations. CEB is the leading member-based advisory company. CEB give senior leaders and their teams insight into how the most successful organisations operate, equipping them with actionable solutions to transform operations.

Samantha Clark

Samantha is a specialist employment law solicitor. Samantha has worked extensively with colleges during her career, dealing with everything from equal pay and job evaluation to redundancies and the management of sickness absence and disability, which continues to be a challenge for the FE sector. Samantha also has extensive experience of restructuring and managing change in unionised workplaces including colleges and local authorities. Samantha is approachable and practical and enjoys working with her clients to find solutions which are workable for them, balancing the legal risks and the need to maintain workforce stability in order to safeguard quality teaching and support services for their students.

Law - Conference Sponsor

Irwin Mitchell is unique, both in its culture and its approach to delivering legal services. Nationally acclaimed, we are one a few law firms to provide a diverse range of legal services to both businesses and private individuals with a particular specialism in the FE and education sector. This specialism allows us to advise upon the issues that really matter to the sector, helping with forward business planning and offering time critical advice when needed.
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HR, Pay, Talent - Conference Sponsor

MidlandHR currently supports over 80 Further Education establishments via their cutting edge Talent Management and Payroll solution, iTrent. iTrent provides integrated pension management, hourly paid contracts, multiple employment functionality and configurable staff utilisation reporting. Highly configurable and rapidly scalable, iTrent also enables colleges to operate a shared service operating model. Visit us at our stand (Position 7) or on our website
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Publication - Registration Sponsor

FE Week has fast become the primary source of news for professionals working within further education, and every week provides a large selection of jobs both in print and online. As the only newspaper dedicated entirely to the further education sector, we provide an effective platform from which to engage with potential applicants for all your vacancies, including teaching staff, managers, directors and senior executives.
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Recruitment Advertising

We deliver tailored resourcing solutions by using our expert knowledge of online candidate attraction and utilising the power of market leading technology & our knowledge of search and selection to deliver a unique and effective resourcing solution for our partners.
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The leading web-based College improvement software developed by Derventio Solutions.
CollegeiP integrates performance management with improvement planning and self-assessment, also incorporating the management of CPD and pay progression for staff. CollegeiP reduces the burden on HR and administration, empowers leaders and provides ease of use for educators and support staff.
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Colleges Services

AoC Create works at the heart of the further education sector. Our close relationship with the Association of Colleges and years of experience mean we are one step ahead in understanding the needs of colleges and the broader sector. We offer products and services to help colleges succeed in today’s challenging environment, encompassing executive recruitment, interim management, training & consultancy and events, together with a specialist job board, AoC Jobs. All the money we make is invested back to benefit AoC – so when you work with us, you’re supporting the further education sector. Contact us to learn more: 020 7034 2600;
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Eversheds is one of the world’s largest law firms. Committed locally, but connected globally, with offices based in the world’s major economic centres. Eversheds is recognised as the leading legal advisor to the education sector by both Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Directory, and rated as Band 1.
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Consultancy & Resourcing Specialist

Formerly FE Associates & BW Consultants, FEA advise and inspire further education leaders to overcome the challenges faced by the sector.Through consultation and collaboration, honest appraisal and rock solid support our team of sector-leading experts help to deliver strategies and operational plans that improve standards and drive long-term sustainable change.
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Education Recruitment

FEjobs, part of Eteach UK, is the UK’s leading online education recruitment service for the further education sector. Combining extensive experience in education with exceptional technological expertise, it’s where colleges attract the best employees and where lecturers look for great jobs. Helping colleges recruit better, smarter, faster.
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HR & Payroll Software & Services Provider

Frontier Software is a leading provider of integrated human capital management & payroll software solutions.
ichris is a complete human resource integrated solution with optional modules including mobile self service, time & attendance, recruitment and learning and development.
Frontier Software also offers a payroll services option from bureau to fully managed.
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Employee Benefits

Our specialist understanding of the sector’s requirements combines with market leading industry knowledge has supported the continued success and growth of our services. Through our Universities & Colleges Healthcare Services, many employees at more than 200 Universities and Colleges now receive healthcare and associated benefits cover. In many instances, services extend beyond medical care to include other aspects such as occupational healthcare, wellbeing and employee benefits.
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Training Provider

In October, Learning Curve Group acquired WorkWise Personnel Limited (WWP). Combined, we have the perfect blend of FE sector expertise and recruitment industry knowledge. Come and see us to find out how we can support you in the recruitment of a range of roles including assessors, verifiers, moderators, business developers, training administrations, curriculum managers, MIS managers, IAG consultants and tutors.
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The National Centre for Diversity supports over 100 Colleges, to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping them to embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practices.We will be hosting our first FE Awards in Birmingham, in November 2016.Come and talk to us at stand 15 and find out how we can work together, to make a difference.
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Recruitment / Recruitment Software Services

Protocol are the only full-service recruitment agency that works exclusively in FE with over 20 years experience in the sector, and we are joined by Ozola, our cloud based solution for the end to end management of sessional and agency staff, designed to work perfectly with FE.
@ProtocolFE @OzolaCloud
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Consultancy (Employee Surveys)

Get more from your staff survey.
Staff surveys give valuable, actionable information that can inform employee engagement programmes. Working in partnership with AoC Create, Surveylab has developed a survey framework customised for the FE Sector. Colleges are using this framework to participate in benchmarking, and understand their current engagement levels, where (and why) it is great and which factors have greatest impact in their workplace.
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Wesleyan are specialists in financial planning for members of the education profession. We work with college HR Departments to provide staff with access to important information about financial issues affecting them.
Our free visits to colleges offer a range of options to help staff stay informed about their occupational pension scheme benefits (TPS/LGPS).
For further information please contact Tracy Isaac: or visit our website:
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TES is the largest global digital education talent pool. 7.3 million registered educators use our website to share resources, read news, recruit, look for their next job role or follow a professional development course. No educational brand does more to help you attract, train and retain great talent. Call us on 0203 194 3178 or visit our website.
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Recruitment Software

Vacancy Filler’s award-winning, cloud-based Recruitment Software has been designed to give HR teams in Further Education the power to control their recruitment process using the latest hiring technology; allowing your institution to make collaborative and informed hiring decisions while seeing an impressive ROI. Vacancy Filler customers experience outstanding levels of service and access to training at no additional cost.
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