Curtailed conference will be a welcome relief

The AoC annual conference is the biggest party in the FE calendar – but this year, attendees will have to make do with just two nights out instead of three

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Athletes have the Olympics. Tennis players have Wimbledon. Footballers have the FA Cup final. But what’s the blue-riband event in the world of FE?

Why, it’s the annual conference of the Association of Colleges (AoC), of course. And what a treat it is to spend time in Broad Street – Birmingham’s answer to Broadway (think less Hamilton, more hen dos). Given the liver-pickling quantities of booze knocked back at the conference each year, it’s as much a feat of endurance as anything that the world of sports has to offer.

FErret loves nothing more than strolling around Birmingham’s cavernous ...

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