AoC Annual Conference 2019 highlights

Highlights from the conference

Just like that, the AoC Annual Conference 2019 has come and gone and it sure was busy! With brand new brochures, a Mindful annual report, our refreshed exhibition stand and the long-awaited break-out session, there was a lot to do and a lot to talk about! Scroll down for a round-up of the conference 👇

We kicked off the conference with our new and refreshed exhibition stand – thanks to Alchemy Expo who helped bring our bright blue tree roots design to life. The team was able to be have lots of discussion around EdTech and blended learning with the delegates that popped by stand 64 and were also able to give our brand new brochures, thought-piece and our annual report 2019. 


We also had the chance to attend different keynote and break-out sessions throughout the conference – we caught the wonderfully witty Ayesha Hazarika MBE at her keynote session who emphasised the importance of voting. 


The long-awaited break-out session was hosted by Mindful’s Managing Director, Mark Mckenna – Mark was joined by former CEO of the AoC, Martin Doel, Assistant Principal of Walsall college, James Norris and Director of Quality at Harlow college, Kelly Edwards. The panel discussed the DfE’s EdTech strategy 2019 and what it means for colleges.


We continued to have discussions with delegates over the course of the conference on Mindful’s professional courses, how we work with our partners, as well as our thought-piece and annual report.


And then it was time to pack up! Another year, another AoC Annual Conference came to an end. We look  forward to continuing discussions with the delegates we met 👋


Before the official pack up, we got a comment from Mark who summed up the conference:  ”It’s been wonderful to be able to speak to so many people not only about Mindful and what we do, but the larger conversation surrounding colleges, in particular, the college of the future and what role EdTech will play. The team and I have enjoyed catching up with our college partners and meeting many of the delegates over the course of the conference.”




AoC  Annual Conference preparations

We’re finally here at the ICC Birmingham ahead of the AoC Annual Conference 2019! This is one of the biggest events for us and those in the FE sector, but it’s going to to particularly exciting for us, as Mindful’s Managing Director, Mark Mckenna, will be hosting a break-out session – he will be talking to former CEO of the AOC, Martin Doel, along with the Assistant Principals of Walsall College, James Norris and Jayne Holt to discuss the question, ‘What does the DfE’s UK EdTech Strategy 2019 mean for colleges.’ Be sure to join us at the break-out session in hall 10a. 👍

Our team members Dario & Rebecca are all smiles before the opening tomorrow,  as they check out Mindful’s stand for the conference – it has had a refresh thanks to Alchemy Expo and we’re very excited for everyone to see it! Join us at stand 64 tomorrow for a chat about blended learning and EdTech in colleges.

You can also read our quick blog post on where you can find us at the conference, here.

See you there! 😊🙌

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