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  1. 1. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin13 July 2012 – Issue 118Dear Colleagues,24+ Advanced Learning Loans SeminarA key event last week was the Skills Funding Agency/Student Loan Company seminar on24+Advanced Learning Loans. Over 200 Colleges and providers from across London attended.The slides and question and answer sessions were very informative and stimulated lively andconstructive discussion and feedback sessions chaired by AoC and AELP. The link to thismaterial will be available shortly and we will include in our next bulletin.You will also be aware that Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and LifelongLearning, John Hayes made a written ministerial statement around a series of support measuresfor those taking out 24+ advanced learning loans. Please visit the website for the full statement.Best wishesCaroline NevilleLinking London 6th Annual Conference: Students should be at the heart of the system.Reality or myth? Monday 2 July ndThe Sixth Annual Linking London conference took place this year on the 2 July in Birkbeck.The conference entitled ‘Students should be at the heart of the system: reality or myth?’ wasattended by a wide selection of FE and HE ‘Linking London’ members. Key note speakersincluded Caroline Neville (Regional Director, AoC London), Nick Davy (HE Policy Manager,AoC) and Eddie Playfair (Principal, Newham Sixth Form College). To read a full report anddownload the presentations from the day here please click here.UPCOMING EVENTSAoC/LSIS/Eversheds Governors Event Thursday 19 July 2012We would like to remind you that the AoC/LSIS/Eversheds Governors’ event is on Thursday19 July, with arrival from 5pm with refreshments, officially starting business at 5.30pm.Eversheds will be hosting from their offices at 1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7VS. The finalisedagenda and map are attached.This Regional Session is intended for Chairs, Governors, Principals (as Governors), and Clerksto help them to engage with the opportunities and challenges arising from the new freedomsand flexibilities available to Corporations. Please bring the topics or questions that areemerging from your Governing Body in relation to New Challenges, New Chances.Attendees may find it helpful to look at the background to the event in advance. Please findbelow the links to the LSIS Governance Summit in March and also read the AoC NationalGovernors’ Briefing from 16 March, following the AoC Governance Summit on 29 February2012:
  2. 2. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012 • LSIS Conference briefing and video footage • With the post-conferences pages as follows: Day 1 video footage and presentations Day 2 video footage and presentations • LSIS Emerging Models of Governance Case Studies.There are still places available, so if you have not yet registered please respond Skills Delegation, 2-7 September 2012AoC and UK India Business Council (UKIBC) are organising this visit to India in September. Itshould help provide a valuable opportunity for Colleges who are new to the Indian market andwant to make a first step into it and also for those who are looking to build on established linksand partnerships.Colleges are welcome to join the delegation in September. If you are interested in joining pleasecontact Ayesha Williams, International Charter and Policy Officer, as well as contacting UKIBCas instructed in the invitation which is enclosed in this bulletin. If you want to learn moreabout AoC India partnership or background on the India market please contact JohnMountford, AoC International Director.AoC Employment Law Conference 2012, 9 October 2012, Prospero House, LondonThe AoC Employment Law Conference is a key learning event for HR professionals and is theonly employment law conference designed specifically for the further education sector. Theevent offers a unique opportunity for College HR professionals to gain the latest information,advice and updates in employment law.Delegates will have the chance to listen to expert speakers, attend interactive breakout sessions,ask all those burning questions and to network with key professionals in the sector. Delegatesfrom across the College will gain useful information from the conference, including HRdirectors, managers, advisors, officers, Principals and Vice Principals and all colleagues withresponsibility for HR policy, procedure and practice.For more information please visit the Conference website.Colleges Week 2012 – 11-18 November 2012This year Colleges Week 2012 is on 11-18 November 2012. It exists to help raise awareness andapproval of the work of Colleges among unfamiliar audiences. Please make a note of thesedates in your diaries. Further information will be circulated via Ben Verinder, AoCCommunications Director and AoC National’s Media and PR briefings nearer the time. Whenthe themes are finalised we will also highlight them in this bulletin. Page 2 of 8
  3. 3. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012Market Maker Trade Fair Competition, 12 November 2012 at the Institute of Directors,Central London Branch in Pall Mall‘The MarketMaker Experience’ is a joint initiative the main aim of which is to inspire youngpeople to consider starting their own business and improve their employment prospects.Market Maker Trade Fair Competition is a unique opportunity for your students to unlocktheir entrepreneurial potential and engage in a life time virtual experience. They will be part ofa Network of Student-Entrepreneurs set by the Institute of Virtual Enterprise (A City Universityof New York Initiative). Your Young Entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch their ideasand get expert opinions on likely success, the chance to win prizes and possibly get investmentfor their business if they win first prize. Please find more information in the attachedbrochures.For further questions please contact Rifaat Foufa on 01462 424249.The Skills Show, Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 November 2012, NEC BirminghamAoC has agreed a partnership with the Skills Funding Agency, the National ApprenticeshipService (NAS) and The Skills Show, to create a focal point for competitions together with aHave a Go careers advice forum. This work is being chaired by Marion Plant, Principal ofNorth Warwickshire and Hinckley College, through the WorldSkills Portfolio Group, andregional lead Principals are: South West: Rachel Davies (Somerset College), South East: StellaMbubaegbu (Highbury College), London: Sue Rimmer (South Thames College), East: AngelaJoyce (Peterborough College), East Midlands: Nigel Leigh (Stephenson College), Yorkshire andthe Humber: Ian Billyard (Leeds College of Building), North West: Pauline Waterhouse(Blackpool and The Fylde College).If you are interested in premier sponsorship, purchasing exhibition space or in acquiringequipment, hosting "Have a Go" activities, please check the Skills Show website or contactDavid Smith, AoC Director of Worldskills Engagement.Olympic and Paralympic games updateBarking and Dagenham College Student, Adam Gemili goes for Olympic GoldBarking and Dagenham College sports student, Adam Gemili, qualified for London 2012 at theOlympic Trials in Birmingham on Sunday 24 June, and has now accepted his place in Team GB. The 18-year-old sprinting sensation came second to Dwain Chambers in the finals on Sunday, but leads British rankings this year after surpassing the Olympic ‘A’ standard time of 10.18, by running an impressive 10.08 for 100m at a meet in Germany a few weeks back. After shaving a massive 0.15 seconds off of his previous personal best at the Sparkassen Gala in Regensburg in Germany, Adam also secured a place at the World Junior Championship in Barcelona, which will be held from Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 July. Adam stated: “Competing against sprinting legend Usain Bolt at the Olympics would be a once in a life-time experience. I amBarking & Dagenham College picture Page 3 of 8
  4. 4. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012nervous but mostly excited because I never expected to get this far this year. I think it would beamazing to take part in the UK Olympics because cheering from home spectators will providean electric atmosphere. Usain Bolt has given me a few pearls of wisdom, he told me to preparementally as well as physically.”Adam continued: “At the minute I train 4 times a week for about 4 hours. I do a lot of sprinting,circuit training and also go to the gym. Once I finish at College I am planning to increase mytraining. Whilst at Barking and Dagenham College I have been studying an Extended Diplomain Sport; the course has helped me to understand how the body function and this knowledgehas helped me to improve my speed. The athlete has turned down his football right-backposition at the Dagenham & Redbridge Academy, so that he can concentrate on his runningcareer for the time being. Adam’s tutor at Barking and Dagenham College, Senie Emmanuelsaid: “Adam has got an amazing natural ability for running. I am not surprised at all that he hasgrown to run as fast as his does, he has made a great career choice.”Rachel Yates, Curriculum Manager for Sport, Leisure, Tourism & Public Services at Barking andDagenham College said: “Myself and the whole sports department is incredibly proud of whatAdam has achieved. He has always been a pleasure to teach and is a dedicated andinspirational student. On behalf of everyone at the College, I want to wish Adam every successwith London 2012 and with his future career. I will look forward to cheering him on!”OTHER NEWS AND UPDATESAoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012: Breakout sessions launchedAoC Create launched this year’s breakout session submissions for this year’s AoC AnnualConference and Exhibition 2012 and would like to invite all Colleges to submit a proposal forthis year’s Conference. For further information and hints and tips on holding a session pleasevisit the dedicated website.The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 28 August at 5pm if you would like to submit aproposal then these need to be submitted through the online proposal form here. Thesubmission form asks for all of the information required at this stage, including a key contactfor liaison, three outcomes/benefits for delegates and most importantly a synopsis of maximum75 words. Submissions will be selected on Monday 3 September.Opportunities for CollegesStudents are an integral part of our Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for Colleges toshowcase their students to the sector and celebrate the great work that goes on in our Colleges.We are open to all ideas, including skills showcases, performances and on-site assistance at theconference itself. For more information or to submit a proposal please visit the website.Closing date for student submissions is Friday 10 August 2012.For more information please contact Cara Watson, Events Executive at AoC Create.Cloud Computing ProjectThe Collaboration and Shared Services Board has allocated £1million for Cloud projects fromthe Grant Fund. Managed by AoC nationally the aim is to progress Cloud Computing in Page 4 of 8
  5. 5. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012Further Education Colleges through a range of project activities. 36 individual projects wereselected by the committee.The details of these projects can be viewed on the AoC website and are broken down intoregion for your reference. Great Sportsmanship Programme Update ‘Here Come The Olympics – Anyone For Olympism?’ Code Of Conduct & Free Olympism VideoThe Great Sportsmanship programme was introduced by the Founder Paul Smith at theLondon Region AoC/BCS College Sports Conference in May. The flexible programme inspiresyoung people via sportsmanship stories integrated into different subjects. Harris Academy(Purley) and Richmond College are the first to embrace the programme.Free Code Of Conduct, Olympism Video (4 minutes), classroom exercises, tutor guides andambassadorial programme for both students (Junior Ambassadors) andteachers/coaches/parents (Educational Ambassadors) available from both the web site &facebook page. Current top sportsmanship stories (since the last newsletter) from the blog andfrom facebook include: • Wenger Stops TV Commentators so French Can hear Irish Sing with Spanish Clapping • Distraught But Not Destroyed - Murrays Magnificent Speech • Euro 2012: Incredible Video Casillas Asks Ref to End Game Early – respect for the ItaliansFor more information about the programme please contact Paul Smith or visit the website.College Student Paints for the Empress of IranBarnet and Southgate College Art student, Mehrak Davoudi’swork has not only been included in the Palmers Green ArtTrail, but also in the private collection of the Empress of Iran.Mehrak is a first year student at the College, studying for aFoundation Degree in Creative Arts.Before enrolling at College, Mehrak had had an unusual andeventful life. Originally from Iran, she has also lived inHolland and France. Iran has strongly influenced much of herwork, which ranges from sculpture to digital paintings. Barnet and Southgate College pictureShe was also inspired by an empowering speech from the Empress or Shahbanou, FarahPahlavi, wife of the former Shah of Iran, in the creation of one of her paintings. This unusualpiece, which incorporates symbolism from Persian culture, was received by the Empress and isnow due to be auctioned in support of her charity foundation, or it is to be placed in HarvardUniversity’s library. Mehrak has remained in contact with the Empress and seems destined fora successful career as an international fine artist.David Byrne, Principal of Barnet and Southgate College said: “It’s rare for one of our CreativeIndustries students to receive such serious acclaim whilst still studying at College, but this has Page 5 of 8
  6. 6. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012been the case for Mehrak Davoudi, and we wish her well for the future. In fact, all of our Artstudents have worked incredibly hard this year and the results are evident at their eclectic andinspiring end of year exhibition.”You can see more of Mehrak Davoudi’s unusual work at Barnet and Southgate College’s End ofYear Art Exhibition, in the Gladys Childs Theatre, at the Southgate Campus from now untilSunday 8th July.Recent meetingsDate Event/meeting Attendees Feedback2 July Linking London 6th CN The Agenda included the following topics: Annual Conference: • Better marketing equals better recruitment, Students should be Hannah Skeggs, David Lane at the heart of the • Information, Advice and Guidance: system. Reality or Understanding and advising on myth? progression, Kieron Broadhead • Higher Education in Further Education, Nick Davy, Ian Sterling • Higher Vocational Education, Caroline Neville • Widening participation and fair access, Victoria Waite, Tony Hudson • A Sixth Form College Perspective, Eddie Playfair3 July London Strategic JS Discussions included updates on: Migration • English language and routes to Partnership employment analysis. Tim Riley, CESI and James Lee, GLA • Creating English language learning opportunities – feasibility study. James Lee, GLA4 July Skills Funding CN Topics related to: Agency/Student Loan • Policy Introduction and Overview Company seminar: 24 • Learner Journey + Advanced Learning • Operating Model (Information, Advice and Loans Guidance and Course Offer, Application and Application Assessment, Learner Starts and Confirmation of Learning, Payment, Changes of Circumstance, Repayment • Allocation Methodology and Budget Management6 July GLA workshop on JS The Agenda included: Discussion groups – Lifetime • Strong civic and social networks; Neighborhoods • Well connected and walkable communities • Thriving local economies.9 July Meeting with CN College visit Godfrey Allen, Chair Page 6 of 8
  7. 7. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012 and Sue Rimmer, Principal of South Thames College 10 July Market Maker 2012 EB The Agenda included: Launch: Lewisham • Key Note Speaker – Director of Enterprise College event at BIS • The 2012 Market Maker Competition • Video presentation – Christopher Winkler – Associate Director, CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise 10 July AoC/Youth Justice JS The Agenda included the following: Board Protocol • Update on progress of the 3 work streams Working Group on Protocol, Risk and Communications regarding developing a YOT/College protocol. 11 July Marketing JS The Agenda included: Committee Project To discuss ‘New models of Employer Engagement meeting to Promote Apprenticeship Project’ 11 July City and Islington JS, EB Launching event to celebrate the opening of the College Alumni and College’s alumni service and former students’ Friends Event achievements.Future meetings Date Event/meeting Attendees Agenda 17 July Meeting with Dr CN Access to HE Graeme Atherton at LondonHigher 17 July Meeting with Jane CN Regular catch up meeting Glanville, London Higher 18 July Meeting with Paul CN College visit: Leyton College Butler and Kevin Watson, Principal 19 July AoC/LSIS/Eversheds AoCLR The Agenda includes: Governors Events • BIS – Policy Developments • Eversheds LLP – The Legal Framework • Emerging Governance Models – LSIS case studies and discussion 23 July Pre-meeting CN Regular catch up meeting discussions with Alan Parnum, YPLA and Jill Lowery, SFA 23 July Meeting with Mark CN General quarterly meeting Hilton, London First 23 July Meeting with CN College visit: Hillcroft College Michael Wheeler, Principal 25 July Meeting with Tim CN College visit: John Ruskin College Eyton-Jones, Page 7 of 8
  8. 8. AoC London Region Members’ Bulletin, 13 July 2012 Principal 26 July Meeting with CN College visit: Tower Hamlets College Michael Farley, Principal 26 July Meeting with James CN Discussions on the English for jobseekers report Lee, GLAEvents and Dates for the Diary • AoC/LSIS/Eversheds Governors Event, Wednesday 19 July 2012, Eversheds, 1 Wood Street City of London, London, EC2V 7WS. For more information please contact Judith Smyth. • AoC Employment Law Conference 2012, Tuesday 9 October 2012, Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA, London. For more information please visit the AoC Create website. • AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2012, Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 November, The ICC, Birmingham. For more information please visit the AoC Create website.Policy and other documents GLA news Mayor welcomes worlds media to London for a summer like no other Mayor praises Tottenham transformation as he visits community hub at heart of £41m regeneration Assembly to look at Olympic legacy plan and strategic planning issues for the capital New app launched - expect the unexpected in a summer like no other New figures reveal limits for harmful air pollution breached across the capital 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 Evelina Bagusyte Regional Director Deputy Director Regional Co-ordinator Page 8 of 8