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The College Marketing Network – what’s in it for me?

August 5, 2015

For just one annual college membership, all members of your marketing team can access all our free services and discounts. As a member college of CMN, you can network with colleagues, keep up-to-date and refresh your skills, much of it without leaving your desk. And when you can join us for an event, take advantage of our free meetings, early bird rates and discounts ONLY available to CMN members.

Our member benefits include:

  • Private JISCmail networking group – access to the experience and advice of other CMN members in confidence and from your desk. Join our JISCmail networking group and you can share your challenges and expertise with colleagues across the country. (JISCmail is an email system enabling online discussion within a defined private group.)
  • NEW Mentoring scheme – free peer-to-peer support between members;
  • COMING SOON – new “GOOD and OUTSTANDING” college marketing resource, written by some of our best college marketers – ONLY for CMN members;
  • FREE networking and CPD meetings around the country during Winter and Spring each year. Programmes cover all aspects of marketing, speakers are all college colleagues, lunch and refreshments are included and meetings are informal and friendly.
  • Significant reductions for our conferences, FE First Award entries and other events. Early bird rates for events are ONLY available to CMN members and take 30-40% off the full non-member rates;
  • FREE in-house magazine (£5 cover price);
  • FREE information services via email to all your nominated team members;
  • Email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn networks, with a private LinkedIn group for networking;
  • Discounts on services provided by other organisations, eg £50 off full price training from FEmarketing.

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Marketing posts recruiting now…

July 30, 2015

There is a Marketing Officer post available at Gower College Swansea, closing date 5pm on 5th August. The post is full-time and permanent at a salary of £21,241-£23,084. More details at

And there’s an exciting job opportunity at Central Sussex College, where there is a vacancy for a Head of Marketing & Communications based at the Crawley campus. Salary £40,914-£43,404 + £610 college weighting. Closing date 7th August. More details and how to apply at

Senior Marketing Executive post at Chelmsford College

July 9, 2015

Senior Marketing Executive post available at Chelmsford College – deadline 22nd July. The college says:

Chelmsford College is at the heart of skills training and education in mid-Essex and has undergone a huge transformation in recent years.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Marketing Executive with proven industry experience within a marketing environment. Applicants will need a specific Marketing and Sales qualification and experience of working in the education or training sector would be a great advantage. The college has 4 other brands within the college group. This exciting opportunity will allow the successful candidate to have the autonomy to strengthening these brand identities and thrive in a busy environment.

We offer:
. Competitive salary
. Excellent opportunities for professional development

The College is committed to equality and diversity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share these commitments. These posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more information, go to:

New website for colleges’ Prevent duties

July 9, 2015

The Education & Training Foundation has set up a website for colleges about their Prevent duties, including information, advice and resources. Explore it at

Latest Comms update from SFA

July 9, 2015

The latest Comms update from the Skills Funding Agency includes information on Traineeships, the Skills Show, Apprenticeship Awards and free workshops being run around the country on colleges’ Prevent duty by the Home Office. Read it at


Annual Conference 2015 – announcement brochure

July 9, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 12.49.15 copyOur 28th Annual Conference will be at the Hilton Leicester, 23-24 November 2015. Programme coming soon, meanwhile download the brochure and booking form here.

The College Marketing Network’s FE First Awards 2015

June 16, 2015

FEAwards_Facebook_cover_v02The College Marketing Network is inviting entries for the 2015 FE First Awards for Marketing Excellence. The awards will be presented at the College Marketing Network’s Gala Dinner on Monday 23rd November 2015 as part of our 28th Annual Conference at the Hilton Leicester.

The categories for FE First Awards 2015 are:
* PR campaign
* Communications campaign
* Events management
* Website development, sponsored by FEmarketing
* Innovation, sponsored by Edge Clever
* Digital and social media campaign, sponsored by Net Natives
* School leaver recruitment campaign
* Specialised recruitment campaign
* Print publication
* Full-time prospectus
* Marketing Team of the Year~, sponsored by AoC
* Lifetime Achievement Award~

~ These categories are only open to colleges in current membership of the College Marketing Network at the time of the award being made (23rd  November 2015).

Download the Awards entry brochure here

What Awards will be made?
Judges can award a Gold, Silver and Highly Commended award in each category. Judges reserve the right not to make all of these awards if they do not feel all the entries reach their expected standard.

Shortlisted colleges will be contacted before the 2015 Annual Conference and invited to the Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony at the Hilton Leicester. The organisers very much hope that those shortlisted for one of the Awards will be available to attend, so that all awards can be made at the ceremony.

How to Apply
The deadline for entries to arrive in hard copy at the CMN Office is 1pm, Monday 28th September 2015.
Please note: incomplete or late entries cannot be accepted.

The following items MUST be included with your entry:
* 1 awards entry form to cover all the categories you enter;
* A purchase order number or entry fee for the total number of entries;
* 3 copies of each category submission, including any prospectuses, brochures or campaign literature, in 3 separate folders;
* A completed proforma executive summary at the front of each of the three copies of your entry.
* Don’t forget there are separate proforma entry forms and guidance for each category. Your entry MUST be made on the correct proforma which is available for download at

Extra information about the categories, criteria and how to enter can be found at

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE GUIDANCE AND THE PROFORMAS, even if you have entered the Awards before, as there are specific requirements for your entry. If you do not read and follow the guidance, your entry may not be considered.

Awards entry fees:
* MEMBERS – £75 per category for the first 2 categories entered, or £65 per category if three or more are entered.
* NON-MEMBERS – £105 for each category entered.
(or join the College Marketing Network before 14th August 2015 and pay the reduced members’ rate.)
* VAT is N/A to entry fees
* Remittance details available on request; cheques must be made payable to ‘The College Marketing Network’

Send your entries, with an entry form, to The College Marketing Network,
F16, Preston Technology Management Centre, Marsh Lane, PRESTON, PR1 8UQ
Tel:      01772 257833
Email for enquiries: (Please note: we do not accept entries via e-mail)
PLEASE NOTE we do not return any entries.



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