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Countdown reminder to the FE First Awards 2017 – just over 2 weeks to go!

September 12, 2017

Don’t forget there’s just over 2 weeks to go to submit your FE First Awards 2017 – so don’t delay starting to put your entries together! There’s still time if you get going soon!

What are the categories for 2017?

  • External PR/Communications campaign
  • Internal Communications campaign
  • Events management
  • Website development, sponsored by FEmarketing
  • Innovation
  • Digital and social media campaign, sponsored by Net Natives
  • School leaver recruitment campaign, sponsored by Hotcourses
  • Specialised recruitment campaign
  • Full-time prospectus
  • Marketing Team of the Year*, sponsored by AoC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award*

(* categories only open to CMN member colleges at the time of the award on 27th November)

What do I need to do?

  • DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORMS from m-network.org/cmn-awards along with more supporting information and the Awards brochure. EACH CATEGORY HAS ITS OWN ENTRY FORM SO MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE RIGHT ONES!
  • Send your entries in either hard copy to F16, Preston Technology Centre, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ, or by email to office@m-network.org
  • Get them in by the closing date: 28th September 2017
  • Enter several categories – CMN member colleges enjoy reduced fees if they enter 3 or more categories.
  • Make sure you come to the FE First Awards evening at our 30th Annual Conference on Monday 27th November (evening starts at 6.30pm with a reception sponsored by our conference exhibitors.) More about our speakers, topics and how to book at m-network.org/cmn-conference

What last year’s winners said:

“We were thrilled and delighted to receive the Gold FE First Award for our website development project. To be recognised for this work by our peers and to receive Gold against such strong competition meant so much to us.” Chichester College

 “Winning Gold for ‘Marketing Team of the Year’ and Silver for ‘School Leaver Recruitment Campaign’ in 2016 was such a big boost for a small team who have worked tremendously hard to turn the college around…” Lewisham Southwark College

 Our principal was with us at the FE First awards ceremony and was delighted with our achievement. This endorsement has helped us make a business case for further investment … which we will be progressing with this year.” Northampton College

 “Entering the College Marketing Awards is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work your team is carrying out in what are challenging times for both student recruitment and the sector. Being recognised by your peers and the industry gives you the weight to go back and demonstrate the value you bring to your organisation.” Stafford College

If you have any queries about entering the awards, check out the information available at m-network.org/cmn-awards

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Countdown to the FE First Awards entries – just over 3 weeks to go!

September 4, 2017

There’s just over 3 weeks to go to submit your FE First Awards 2017 – so now’s the time to start getting your entries together!

What are the categories for 2017?

  • External PR/Communications campaign
  • Internal Communications campaign
  • Events management
  • Website development, sponsored by FEmarketing
  • Innovation
  • Digital and social media campaign, sponsored by Net Natives
  • School leaver recruitment campaign, sponsored by Hotcourses
  • Specialised recruitment campaign
  • Full-time prospectus
  • Marketing Team of the Year*, sponsored by AoC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award*

(* categories only open to CMN member colleges at the time of the award on 27th November)

What do I need to do?

  • DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORMS from m-network.org/cmn-awards along with more supporting information and the Awards brochure. EACH CATEGORY HAS ITS OWN ENTRY FORM SO MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE RIGHT ONES!
  • Send your entries in either hard copy to F16, Preston Technology Centre, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ, or by email to office@m-network.org
  • Get them in by the closing date: 28th September 2017
  • Enter several categories – CMN member colleges enjoy reduced fees if they enter 3 or more categories.
  • Make sure you come to the FE First Awards evening at our 30th Annual Conference on Monday 27th November (evening starts at 6.30pm with a reception sponsored by our conference exhibitors.) More about our speakers, topics and how to book at m-network.org/cmn-conference

What last year’s winners said:

“We were thrilled and delighted to receive the Gold FE First Award for our website development project. To be recognised for this work by our peers and to receive Gold against such strong competition meant so much to us.” Chichester College

 “Winning Gold for ‘Marketing Team of the Year’ and Silver for ‘School Leaver Recruitment Campaign’ in 2016 was such a big boost for a small team who have worked tremendously hard to turn the college around…” Lewisham Southwark College

 Our principal was with us at the FE First awards ceremony and was delighted with our achievement. This endorsement has helped us make a business case for further investment … which we will be progressing with this year.” Northampton College

 “Entering the College Marketing Awards is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work your team is carrying out in what are challenging times for both student recruitment and the sector. Being recognised by your peers and the industry gives you the weight to go back and demonstrate the value you bring to your organisation.” Stafford College

If you have any queries about entering the awards, check out the information available at m-network.org/cmn-awards

4 weeks to go for entries to the FE First Awards!

August 25, 2017

There’s just 4 weeks to go to submit your FE First Awards 2017 – so now’s the time to start getting your entries together!

Categories for 2017:

  • External PR/Communications campaign
  • Internal Communications campaign
  • Events management
  • Website development, sponsored by FEmarketing
  • Innovation
  • Digital and social media campaign, sponsored by Net Natives
  • School leaver recruitment campaign
  • Specialised recruitment campaign
  • Full-time prospectus
  • Marketing Team of the Year*, sponsored by AoC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award*

(* categories only open to CMN member colleges at the time of the award on 27th November)

 

DON’T FORGET:

  • Each category has its own entry form, downloadable from m-network.org/cmn-awards along with more information and the Awards brochure.
  • Send your entries in either hard copy or by email.
  • Closing date: 28th September 2017
  • Reduced fees if you enter 3 or more categories.
  • Awards made at our 30th Annual Conference on Monday 27th November (evening starts at 6.30pm with a reception sponsored by our conference exhibitors.) More about our speakers, topics and how to book at m-network.org/cmn-conference

 

What last year’s winners said:

“We were thrilled and delighted to receive the Gold FE First Award for our website development project. To be recognised for this work by our peers and to receive Gold against such strong competition meant so much to us.” Chichester College

 “Winning Gold for ‘Marketing Team of the Year’ and Silver for ‘School Leaver Recruitment Campaign’ in 2016 was such a big boost for a small team who have worked tremendously hard to turn the college around…” Lewisham Southwark College

 Our principal was with us at the FE First awards ceremony and was delighted with our achievement. This endorsement has helped us make a business case for further investment … which we will be progressing with this year.” Northampton College

 “Entering the College Marketing Awards is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work your team is carrying out in what are challenging times for both student recruitment and the sector. Being recognised by your peers and the industry gives you the weight to go back and demonstrate the value you bring to your organisation.” Stafford College

If you have any queries about entering the awards, please contact office@m-network.org

 

30th Annual Conference – programme update

August 22, 2017

Our 30th Annual Conference is planned for 27 November at the Hilton Warwick. Watch the website and the blog here for information as it becomes available. Our theme will be growth – looking forward at how marketing supports college development in a challenging and ever-changing environment. By November, we’ll be a bit closer to Brexit and we have a new government – what do these mean for colleges?

Speakers and topics for our 30th Annual Conference…

  • Ian Pryce CBE, Principal & CEO, Bedford College Group
  • Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing & Communications, Lewisham Southgate College
  • Michael Bennett, Head of Student Recruitment, London Metropolitan Univeristy
  • Lee Parker, Head of Marketing & Communications, Milton Keynes College
  • Ben Verinder, Managing Director, Chalkstream Communications
  • June Cory, My Mustard
  • Simon Connor, Director, FEmarketing
  • Mark Whittaker, Director of Marketing, Stoke on Trent College
  • Sue Wilson, Bedford College
  • Susanne Davies, Group Marketing Manager, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College Group

Topics we aim to cover will include:

  • Growing HE in FE
  • Using market research for growth
  • Marketing strategy for growth
  • Maximising conversion through CRM/admissions strategies
  • Growing social engagement
  • Marketing apprenticeships for growth
  • Merger communications – growing the reputation of “new” colleges
  • and much more…..

Bookings already coming in – go to the website for more information and to book or download the brochure and booking form here.

Look forward to seeing you there!

College Marketing Network, 30th Annual Conference

July 10, 2017

Our 30th Annual Conference is planned for 27 November at the Hilton Warwick. Watch this page for information as it becomes available. Our theme will be growth – looking forward at how marketing supports college development in a challenging and ever-changing environment. By November, we’ll be a bit closer to Brexit and we’ll have a new government – what will these mean for colleges?

Download our conference brochure here (including costs and booking form) and a booking form separately here.

Could you contribute? – feedback always tells us that delegates value workshops and contributions from peers most highly. We need college marketers to volunteer to lead workshops and contribute to plenaries – get in touch at office@m-network.org to find out more.

Meanwhile, here’s some feedback from delegates:

  • Very informative and worthwhile.
  • A “must-have” activity to plan into your annual marketing budget.
  • Worthwhile taking a breath and stepping out of your day job to talk to peers, pick up tips and do some blue-sky thinking!
  • Covered all critical issues facing FE marketers today and a great networking opportunity.
  • Good opportunity to network, bond with your team and find out some marketing insights from other colleagues.
  • A great event where you can network with other college marketing professionals, share best practice and discuss challenges within the FE sector.
  • Excellent event for sharing good practice, networking with marketing people at all levels and in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommend it.
  • An excellent support group. Great to discuss ideas and developments and be reassured that we are all working with the same issues!

FE First Awards for marketing excellence 2017
Celebrating the best in college marketing – the FE First Awards 2017 will be presented at the conference’s Gala Dinner on Monday 27th November. (Entry to the Gala Dinner and pre-dinner drinks reception is included in a full residential conference booking.)

Support the FE First Awards and 30th Annual Conference in 2017
Are you a company working with FE and post-16 marketers? Find out about opportunities to support the Awards and conference here, or contact office@m-network.org

Networking meeting, Lewisham Southwark College, 10 May

April 13, 2017

Our next networking meeting of 2017 will be at Lewisham Southwark College (Southwark Campus) on Wednesday 10 May. Our programme includes:

10.30 Introductions and welcome – College Marketing Network

Mark Phillips, Digital Team Leader & Christina Savvides, Emarketing Analyst, Barnet & Southgate College
Social media – it’s not just marketing
Barnet and Southgate College uses many social media platforms to market their courses and support the College’s brand and ethos. Mark and Christina will explain how they use different platforms for different audiences and for varying aims – including a briefing on their latest community cohesion project.

Hazel Saegert, Digital Marketing Officer, Chichester College
Building a new website
Building an entirely new cross-college website is one of the biggest projects a marketing team can undertake. In this session we’ll run through the challenges and successes that handling a website build can entail: from securing budget, deciding who to involve and managing project research, to choosing an external agency, developing the site itself, and dealing with launch day and beyond.

12.00 Round-table discussion time for your topics

12.30 Lunch

Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing & Communications, Lewisham Southwark College
Managing your brand during difficult times
Many colleges are experiencing downgrading with Ofsted and / or mergers – which can leave your brand and reputation in jeopardy. Lewisham Southwark College received two Grade 4’s following its merger, but has now turned the corner to a brighter future. This session explores the work the college and the marketing team completed to reposition itself with staff, students and the community during difficult times.

The day will end by 2.00pm. Timings are given for guidance and may be subject to change.

Venue: Lewisham Southwark College – Southwark Campus, 25 The Cut, SE1 8LF. Opposite Southwark tube station (Jubilee line), or 3 minutes’ walk from Waterloo and Waterloo East train stations.

The meeting will be held in Room S120. You will be asked to wear a visitor lanyard at all times.

Thanks to Lewisham Southwark College for their hospitality.

£30 pp CMN member colleges, £80 pp non CMN member colleges – book via Eventbrite here or contact office@m-network.org

PR & Marketing Officer vacancy

April 4, 2017

There’s a new vacancy for a PR and Marketing Officer at Salford City College:

Salary: £19,577 per annum with incremental progression to £22,267
Advert Closing Date: midnight on Sunday 9th April 2017
Interview Date: 13th April 2017
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours per Week: 37

Find out more here