• Why #LoveourColleges should be redundant

    The second celebratory seven-day #LoveourColleges, held this week, has been about showing the impact of further education and underlining the need for adequate funding for the future. Yet you’ll no doubt understand if I say that I’d rather we didn’t need to stage another one next year. What I would rather see, is the government

    16.43 May. 17th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Love Our Colleges Week re-convenes ahead of the comprehensive spending review

    Following the first national Colleges Week last October, the Association of Colleges has held a further week of activities to raise awareness of funding cuts and cost increases in the sector. This smaller-scale campaign was boosted most visibly on Twitter, with many principles and senior leaders using the social media platform to share their passion

    12.00 May. 17th, 2019 | News

  • Fully fund level 3 to 5 training in ‘skills shortage areas’, AoC proposes

    The adult education budget should be used to fully fund training at levels three to five in skills shortage areas once the UK has left the EU, the Association of Colleges has urged. It’s one of a number of recommendations put forward in a new report, ‘Developing a Four Nations Colleges Blueprint for a post-Brexit

    0.01 Jan. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Colleges need to speak with one voice

    It’s not going to be an easy year for the AoC, but Julie Nerney, its new chair, is looking forward to the challenge This feels like a truly transformational moment for the Association of Colleges. The incredible energy and commitment to the #LoveOurColleges campaign is a great foundation to build on in the year ahead

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2019 | Opinion

  • AoC fears college apprenticeships market share will shrink further

    The Association of Colleges has warned that colleges’ share of the apprenticeship market will continue to shrink, after FE Week analysis revealed they have been hit hardest by the move to levy funding. New statistics from the Department for Education, which included the number of starts per provider for the first time, show that colleges’

    12.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • UCU strike closes one college and affects five others

    A walkout by more than 700 University and College Union members caused disruption across six colleges this week – and even forced one to close for the two days. Bradford College shut eight of its 12 buildings and called off all its planned lessons on Wednesday and Thursday, while at least three other colleges cancelled

    10.26 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • UCU members at six colleges set for two-day walk out

    Members of the University and College Union at six colleges will walk out for two days next week, in the first wave of strikes this year over pay. At the same time, staff at a further 26 colleges are being balloted on possible action in the future. “Staff in FE colleges have seen their pay

    12.06 Nov. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Thousands march on parliament to protest for fair college funding

    Thousands of learners, staff and leaders marched on parliament today in “the most amazing show by colleges ever” to demand fairer funding, as the centrepiece of Colleges Week. The march for FE, organised by the University and College Union in partnership with the Association of Colleges, was followed by a packed rally in Parliament Square

    18.07 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Colleges Week should be a celebration with three messages for the chancellor

    Having spent more than seven happy years working for a large college in South East London I have seen first-hand the vital role they play in the education ecosystem. So the Association of Colleges is to be applauded for rallying the further education sector at short notice to celebrate the work of colleges. It was

    11.03 Oct. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • We need more core funding not 'initiative mania', sector leaders tell MPs

    Sector leaders have made an impassioned plea to MPs for the government to “stop the initiative mania” and focus on core funding ahead of the Budget day later this month. Representatives from the Sixth Form Colleges Association, the Association of Colleges and the National Union of Students were giving evidence to the education select committee’s

    12.49 Oct. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Disappointment at lack of concrete pay offer, as AoC proposes package dependent on funding rise

    Disappointment has been expressed at the lack of a concrete offer following pay talks with the Association of Colleges, which is instead proposing a “substantial pay package” over two years dependent on government funding. The unions met with AoC bosses on Friday to discuss college pay, and were looking for a better pay offer than

    10.39 Jul. 16th, 2018 | News