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AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin15 June 2012 – Issue 116Greetings from AoC London Regional Director Caroline NevilleDear Colleagues,I am delighted to have finally joined the region in my new role as AoC London RegionalDirector. Today I am enjoying my sixth day in the office, and I would like to thank my regionalteam colleagues, Judith, Evelina and Cyheme for their welcome and support to the new RD. Mythanks also go to Kate Anderson. Kate and I were able to spend a number of orientation daystogether before her departure for which I was extremely grateful. This has helped to achieve asmooth transition.As you will see from the meetings schedule, I have already been getting out and about meetingour partner organisations, including the GLA, NAS, JobCentre Plus and LondonHigher. And Ihave started my visits to London Colleges with a number scheduled over the coming weekswhich I am looking forward to very much.I was pleased to have the chance of popping into the AoCLR Finance Directors’ (FDs) Networkand briefly meeting the FDs. I was also wowed by the AoC Gold Awards event held at theHouse of Commons on Wednesday. The AoC Gold Awards recognise the successes of formerCollege students’ as well as acknowledging the vital role that Colleges play in the careers of thewinners. Next week we are holding a London region meeting for College HE Co-ordinators.Attendance looks good which suggests this is a welcome development.The week after next, on Thursday 28 June, AoC London Region holds its 16th Annual GeneralMeeting. This is followed by the 64th AoC London Regional Forum to which Chairs, Principalsand College Nominees are invited to attend. This is an important event in the region’s calendar.The Forum is considering two key themes – the Ofsted framework, and governance. It is also agreat opportunity for me to meet and hear the views of Chairs and Principals on these key andtopical issues so early in my tenure! The agendas for the meetings are attached and also furtherdetails can be found below.I am looking forward to working with you and your teams. My contact details are on page 7 ofthe Bulletin – please do not hesitate to contact me.Best wishesCaroline NevilleAoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party on Thursday 28 June 2012 at Barclays1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5HP4.30pm – 5.15pm, AGM; 5.15pm – 6.45pm, Regional Forum. Matthew Coffey, Ofsted is themain speaker; followed by a representative from Mills and Reeve. The Summer Reception willfollow at 7pm until 9pm in Barclays’ Greenwich Rooms. Please register your attendance atLRSummerParty@aoc.co.uk
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 15 June 2012Olympic and Paralympic games updateUxbridge College Students – Olympic InspirationUxbridge College students followed in the footsteps of Olympic and Paralympic championswhen weeks of events culminated in a grand final. The Olympic grand finals were held atHillingdon Athletics Stadium, with Paralympic sports taking place the previous day at theColleges Uxbridge Campus.Gold, silver and bronze medals – decorated with the Uxbridge College logo and stamped‘Olympic 2012’ on the back – were awarded to the winners. Instead of the countries of theworld, teams from the Colleges nine Schools (teaching departments) were entered. The Schoolwith the most medals, Sports, Travel and Public Services, will be crowned the OlympicChampion.Competitors in the grand final took part in long jump, high jump, shot putt, 100m, 800m andrelay. There were also novelty races including the sack and 3 legged races. During theparalympic events, students who do not normally use wheelchairs played wheelchair rugbyand a sport called Boccia, which is a type of bowls played sitting down. The paralympic activities were provided by Aspire, an organisation which supports people with spinal injury and helps promote disability awareness. In May in the run up to the grand final, events including badminton, table tennis and football also took place and the winners received medals. The College was decorated with official banners and bunting featuring the Olympic logo and colors.Uxbridge College pictureSarah Mottram, Student Support Officer, said: ‘Our aim when we launched the UxbridgeCollege Olympics was to get as many people as possible involved in sports – and we have beenextremely successful.’‘While Uxbridge College has some extremely capable and competitive young sports peoplewho took part, it was some of the less naturally sporty who got the most out of it.’‘Wheelchair rugby and Boccia not only offered some unique insights into the reality of livingwith a physical disability – but the thing which stood out the most was how much fun theywere to take part in.’OTHER NEWS AND UPDATESAoC Gold Awards 2012: Congratulations!The Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Awards recognise the successes of former Collegestudents as well as acknowledging the vital role that Colleges play in the careers of the winnersand of their continuing achievements. The recipients were selected from almost 100nominations from further education Colleges across the UK. Page 2 of 7
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 15 June 2012Eight further education alumni, whose professions span from the big screen to business andboxing, have been presented with an AoC Gold Award by Lord Willis of Knaresborough at aceremony in the House of Commons on Wednesday 13 June.The awards received: • Idris Elba, actor, nominated by Barking and Dagenham College • Amir Khan, Olympic medallist turned professional boxer, nominated by Bolton College • Sir Kevin Smith, Chief Executive of GKN, nominated by Burnley College • Peter France, Chief Executive of Rotork plc, nominated by City of Bath College • Trevor Baylis, inventor and entrepreneur, nominated by Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College • Katy Etherington, graphic designer and founder of PA Pool, nominated by the National Star College • Justin King, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, nominated by the Sixth Form College, Solihull • Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport, nominated by Thomas Rotherham CollegeFE Colleges London Badminton LeagueThe FE and Sixth Form Colleges Badminton League enters its second year in 2012 with moreteams than ever entering. The league aims to address the drop-off in participation in the 16-19age bracket and to provide increased competitive opportunities for this age group.The league is open to any FE College, Sixth Form College or School Sixth Form in London.There is no joining fee, to increase uptake of the scheme, and the league is designed to sit aboveall round participation of students within the College environment.The deadline for submitting a confirmation of league entry is Friday 22nd June 2012. For moreinformation please contact Jenny Douch, Regional Officer at BADMINTON England.Exclusive Free Talent Coaches Breakfast Club – 28 June, Crystal Palace National SportsCentreLondon Youth Games Foundation together with Sports Coach UK, this is offering a freeopportunity for any performance coaches to take part in a top quality coaching workshop withone of the top coaches in the business and to enjoy the VIP hospitality at the Mini Games.There are 20 places available and preference will be given to those coaches who are at orworking towards level 3 and to those who coach teams for London Youth Games.To register or to find out more, please email: email@example.com. Page 3 of 7
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 15 June 2012 Inspirational conference helps students to find the right track for the future Over 150 Bromley College students attended this year’s annual conference on Thursday 3rd May which was organised by the Student Liaison Team, to inspire thoughts about next steps and provide information on all the possibilities. Guest speakers at the half day event included David Gorgeous, a life coach, motivational speaker and make-up artist, who explained how he got where he is today and Dawn Jones, an HR consultant who talked about her life and career path and showed students how to recognise and use their talents. Bromley College picture The guests were based at separate tables to encourage close questioning and allow for more personal reflections to help the students. Joanna Hill, studying on the Level 2 Health and Social Care course said: ‘I found the whole event enjoyable and interesting. It was extremely useful, hearing about real peoples life experiences and being inspired to be better at what I want to do!’ Liz Watson, Student Services Manager, said: ‘This was an exciting motivational event for students from both campuses across all courses. We are so lucky that local employers and business people, with high level and relevant experience, have been prepared to come and share their ups and downs in this way. Students took the opportunity to speak to our guests about their own careers and pick up some expert tips!’ The morning ended with student Kassall, aged 17, who read basketball player, Michael Jordan’s inspiring words: ‘I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’ Kassall, who also read his own work, ‘No struggle, no progression’ which described his life experience and how he had overcome adversity, said: ‘I hope people today have a new level of determination and drive. You have to want to succeed and go after it!’Recent meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Feedback 7 June Catch up meeting CN, JS Regular catch up meeting with Vic Grimes, Apprenticeships 7 June Employer CN, IA The Agenda included the following: Engagement • London Colleges – Engagement with Strategy Launch Employers: Ian Ashman Event • Outline of the LHC Employer Engagement Strategy, Dave Ashdown • Reaching out to Business, the way forward, John-Paul Marks, JobCentre plus Page 4 of 7
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 15 June 2012 • NEST, Martin Buxcey • Sharing good practice, Districts • Transforming Labour Market Services, Mark Allen • Manpower – what employers are looking for.13 June AoCLR Finance CN The Agenda included the following: Directors network • CN introduction session meeting • Open forum and feedback from national committee • EFA – update • SFA – update • Implementation of Shared services, practical issues • Services to the further education sector including banking and treasury reviews, project finance tendering and evaluation, merchant services13 June The AoC Gold CN See the headlines Awards 201213 June A post 14 Network CN Theme of the Event: Research and ‘What do we mean by strongly vocational Policy Working education? Day14 June Principals’ CN, JS The Agenda included the following: meeting with Kit • Mayors Apprenticeship Malthouse and Campaign Munira Mirza, • AoC/Youth Justice Board GLA project • Careers Service • Strategic role for Vocational education • No Free Lunch Campaign14 June London Higher CN The Event included: Summer • John Cridland CBE, Director-General, Reception, BMA CBI as key note speaker House • Networking opportunities15 June Directors’ CN Regular meeting Extended Strategy meeting Page 5 of 7
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 15 June 2012Future meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 18 June London Councils: CN The Agenda includes: Young Peoples • Policy Update – For Decision Education and • Vision and Strategy – Priority Setting Skills (YPES) Board • Special educational needs and disability meeting Green Paper • Further Education – new challenges, new chances • YPES Evaluation • Learner Voice London 20 June AoC London HE AoCLR The Agenda includes the following: coordinators • HE in FE, Caroline Neville, AoC network meeting • HEFCE update • London Colleges HE Collaboration • AoC HE Policy Update, Nick Davy 20 June Meeting Diane CN Catch up meeting Gilhooley and Alexandra Worden, Eversheds 20 June Barking and CN, JS Cathy Walsh, Principal, hosting a Gala Dinner to Dagenham College, celebrate the College’s 50th birthday. 50th Birthday Gala Dinner 22 June AoC London JS The Agenda includes: Marketing • Marketing Managers’ Network events Committee meeting • AoC National update • Londoncolleges.com update • Skills Show/Prospects presentation 25 June WorldSkills CN To be confirmed Portfolio Group 25 June AoC Summer CN Reception at the House of Commons, hosted by Reception Stephen Lloyd MP 27 June HE in FE: Partner CN To be confirmed Perspectives 28 June AGM, Regional AoCLR The Agendas include: Forum and Summer • Annual Report Party • Regional Committee Election • Ofsted: Guidelines on the new inspection framework • Excellent Governance in Colleges 29 June AoCLR CIS/MIS JS The Agenda includes: managers network • Education Cloud project meeting • Update from the Information Authority 4 July SFA/SLC Loan CN Details of the event to be confirmed event Page 6 of 7
AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 15 June 2012Events and Dates for the Diary AoC Enterprise Summit, Tuesday 19 June 2012, 9.00am-4.10pm at Dexter House, London. For more information please visit the AoC Events website. AoC London HE Coordinators Network meeting, Wednesday 20 June, 3.00pm-5.00pm at AoC Offices, London. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information. The College Finance Directors’ Conference and Exhibition, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June 2012, The International Centre, Telford. For more information please visit the AoC Events website. AoC London Marketing Committee meeting, Friday 22 June 2012, 9.00am-11.00am at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Judith Smyth for more information. BCS/AoC National Sports Conference 2012, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June at Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Create Events website. AoC London AGM, Regional Forum and Summer Party, Thursday 28 June 2012, 4.30pm- 9.00pm, PM, Venue Barclays, 1 Churchill Place. Please email Judith Smyth for more information. AoC CIS/MIS Managers’ Network meeting, Friday 29 June, 10.00am-1.00pm at AoC offices, Stedham Place. Please email Evelina Bagusyte for more information.Policy and other documents GLA news Assembly puts support for crime victims centre stage ‘London’s getting ready for a summer like no other,’ says Mayor London needs long-term strategies for dealing with water shortages Mayor of London backs 100 Days of Peace in 2012 Mayor exceeds pledge to build 50,000 affordable homes for Londoners If you wish to contact the AoC London office to give feedback on this Bulletin, to request additional information where we have offered it, or to provide suggested content for future issues, please email Evelina Bagusyte. Caroline Neville Judith Smyth Regional Director Executive Manager firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 020 7034 9976 020 7034 9997 Evelina Bagusyte Cyheme Bilouta Regional Coordinator Team Administrator (part-time) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 020 70349998 020 7034 9966 Page 7 of 7