Announcing the College Marketing Network Conference 2024: Unlocking the Future of College Marketing

Are you ready to unlock the future of college marketing? We’re excited to announce the College Marketing Network Conference 2024, a one-day event that promises to provide you with new insights, inspiration, and practical ideas to elevate your college’s marketing strategies. Join us on Monday 29 January 2024, from 9:00 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham City Centre.

Why Attend?

The College Marketing Network’s Conference is renowned for bringing together expert speakers and workshop hosts who will showcase and discuss innovative ideas and best practices in the field of education marketing. You’ll leave the conference feeling inspired, armed with new skills, and armed with invaluable insights that you can start implementing immediately. The event is not just about learning; it’s also a great opportunity to network and connect with like-minded professionals in the education sector.

Program Highlights

As a delegate, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a selection of five workshops to attend during the day. The conference will also conclude with an insightful keynote address from a prominent figure in the education sector who is deeply passionate about marketing.

Workshop Highlights

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the workshops you can expect at the College Marketing Network Conference 2024:

  1. “Are You Engaging with Your Audience?” – Hosted by Forward & Thinking, this workshop explores the synergy between creative content and targeted media channel strategies to engage students and influencers.
  2. “Get (and Keep) Their Attention” – Hosted by Smart Distribution Solutions, this session delves into the effectiveness of door drops and direct mail for grabbing and maintaining attention.
  3. “From Click to Classroom, Maximizing Student Conversion” – Milton Keynes College will guide you through maximizing student recruitment through personalized, persona-based contact plans.
  4. “The Future of the Prospectus” – Prospectus Plus will explore the history, emerging trends, and future possibilities for college prospectuses.
  5. “The Power of Subject Area Marketing” – The Manchester College (part of the LTE Group) will demonstrate the effectiveness of subject area marketing in building better relationships and unearthing curriculum USPs.
  6. “Brand – Oh, Are We Having a New Logo?” – Uncover the importance of branding and its role as the DNA that defines an organization in this workshop hosted by Elvie-Jo Shergold from Bloomsbury Institute London.
  7. “Top 10 Social Media Musts to Engage Prospective Students in 2024” – Hosted by HyBrid, more details about this session are coming soon!
  8. “Using AI, First Party Data & Superior UX to Maximize Student Acquisition” – Hosted by Itineris, more details about this session are coming soon!
  9. “The Video Revolution: Increase Student Numbers with the Power of Video” – College Videos By Media Partnership will reveal the transformative potential of video content in student recruitment.
  10. “Successful Recruitment to Degree Courses” – Glued will take you through the journey of a degree-level application campaign, discussing creative development, media brief, and more.
  11. “UX & UI Web Design Best Practice – Promoting the College & Recruiting Students” – Hosted by Concept4, this workshop will delve into the best practices of web design for college promotion and student recruitment.

Check out the full programme!

Opening Keynote Speaker

The conference will kick off with an inspiring keynote address from Michelle Dowse, Principal at Heart of Worcester College. Michelle brings a wealth of experience from the further education sector, and her insights about the future of education marketing are not to be missed.


We are delighted to have a range of exhibitors attending the event, including:

  • Forward & Thinking
  • Prospectus Plus
  • Go Live Data
  • Pathways
  • Glued
  • Purlos
  • Print Data Solutions
  • College Videos by Media Partnerships
  • Circyl
  • Bluestorm
  • Smart Distribution Solutions
  • Hybrid

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the dynamic field of college marketing. Join us at the College Marketing Network Conference 2024 and unlock the future of education marketing. Stay tuned for more details, and secure your spot today!

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We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham for this exciting event.

Celebrating Excellence: FE First Awards 2024 Sponsors

In the dynamic world of education, marketing plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of colleges and sixth forms across the UK. Recognizing and applauding the efforts of these marketing teams and individuals, the FE First Awards 2024 is back to honor their outstanding achievements. Organized by the College Marketing Network, this prestigious event stands as the beacon of excellence in further education marketing. And what makes this year’s event even more special? It’s the incredible lineup of sponsors who are stepping up to support and celebrate the best in the field.

Before we delve into the remarkable sponsors, let’s mark your calendars. The FE First Awards 2024 will take place on Monday, 29th January 2024, starting at 7 pm. The grand venue for this gala event is none other than the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham City Centre. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

The FE First Awards are a unique celebration within the education sector. Unlike other awards ceremonies that cover a wide range of categories, these awards focus exclusively on marketing in further education. They acknowledge the dedication, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by marketing teams and individuals in colleges and sixth forms all over the country. It’s a platform where these unsung heroes are finally brought into the limelight, and their hard work and dedication are acknowledged and celebrated.

The best part? These awards are open to all further education colleges and sixth forms. Whether you’re a member of the College Marketing Network or not, you can enter and showcase your institution’s remarkable marketing efforts. It’s an inclusive opportunity to stand out in a highly competitive field.

Meet the Sponsors:

Now, let’s shine the spotlight on the remarkable sponsors who are making the FE First Awards 2024 possible:

1. Forward & Thinking: Forward & Thinking is a leading marketing agency that specializes in education. With a strong track record of helping colleges and schools achieve outstanding results, they bring valuable expertise to the awards.

2. Pathways: Pathways is an education marketing platform that helps institutions reach prospective students more effectively. Their support adds a strategic edge to the awards.

3. Prospectus+: Prospectus+ specializes in creating compelling college prospectuses. Their creative vision and dedication to showcasing educational excellence align perfectly with the FE First Awards.

4. Itineris: Itineris is an award-winning digital marketing agency that understands the unique challenges of the education sector. Their digital expertise will undoubtedly benefit the awards.

5. Bloomsbury Institute: Bloomsbury Institute is a higher education institution known for its quality education. Their commitment to excellence resonates with the values of the FE First Awards.

6. qlue: qlue is an expert in digital engagement for colleges and universities. Their support enhances the reach and impact of the awards.

7. Concept4: Concept4 is a creative marketing agency with extensive experience in education. Their creative insights will undoubtedly add a touch of innovation to the awards.

These sponsors play a pivotal role in making the FE First Awards 2024 a reality. Their support not only adds prestige to the event but also reflects their commitment to fostering excellence in further education marketing.

Don’t Miss Out!

With the award entry deadline fast approaching on 17th November 2023, now is the time to showcase your institution’s marketing achievements. Whether you’re a marketing team member or an individual marketer, this is your chance to shine on the grand stage of the FE First Awards 2024.

In conclusion, the FE First Awards 2024 promises to be an unforgettable evening, celebrating the best in further education marketing. With these remarkable sponsors onboard, the event is poised to be a resounding success. Mark your calendars, submit your entries, and get ready to join us on January 29th, 2024, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham City Centre for an evening of recognition, inspiration, and celebration. See you there!

10 Weeks to Go: Submit Your Entries for the FE First Awards 2024!

The countdown has begun! With just 10 weeks left until the submission deadline, the FE First Awards 2024, organised by the College Marketing Network, are back to celebrate excellence in marketing within further education colleges and sixth forms across the UK. This prestigious event, highly regarded in the sector, is the only one of its kind, solely dedicated to recognising the remarkable achievements of marketing teams and individuals within the further education arena.

What are the FE First Awards?

The FE First Awards are an annual celebration of marketing excellence in further education. They shine a spotlight on the hard work, creativity, and innovation that marketing professionals bring to their respective institutions. This event provides a unique platform for colleges and sixth forms to showcase their achievements and be recognized on a national level.

Who Can Enter?

One of the most fantastic aspects of the FE First Awards is that they are open to all further education colleges and sixth forms in the UK. Whether you’re a member of the College Marketing Network or not, you have an equal opportunity to enter and compete. It’s an inclusive competition that welcomes everyone striving for marketing excellence in the further education sector.

Key Details:

  • When: Monday, 29th January 2024, starting at 7:00 PM.
  • Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham City Centre.

Submission Deadline:

Please mark your calendars and take note of this crucial date: the submission deadline for the FE First Awards 2024 is 17th November 2023. This gives you precisely 10 weeks from today to gather your materials, perfect your entries, and submit them for consideration.

Why Should You Enter?

  1. Recognition: Winning an FE First Award is a testament to your hard work and dedication. It’s a badge of honor in the further education marketing world.
  2. Networking: The awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham City Centre is not only an evening of celebration but also an excellent networking opportunity. Connect with peers, potential collaborators, and industry experts.
  3. Showcase Your Institution: These awards allow your college or sixth form to showcase its marketing excellence on a national stage, attracting potential students and staff.
  4. Inspiration: Seeing the innovative ideas and strategies employed by others in your field can inspire fresh thinking and creativity in your own marketing efforts.


The FE First Awards feature a range of categories, each designed to recognize different aspects of marketing excellence. These may include awards for campaigns, publications, digital marketing, branding, and much more. Be sure to review the full list of categories to determine which best suits your achievements.

How to Enter:

Entering the FE First Awards is a straightforward process. You’ll find all the information you need, including guidelines, entry forms, and submission details here.


With just 10 weeks remaining until the submission deadline, now is the perfect time to start preparing your entries for the FE First Awards 2024. These awards are your chance to gain recognition, network with industry peers, and showcase the fantastic work you’re doing within your further education institution. Don’t miss this opportunity to shine in the spotlight of the only awards event dedicated to further education marketing. Submit your entries and mark the date, January 29th, 2024, on your calendar – it promises to be a night to remember!

The College Marketing Network Unveils Ground-breaking National Campaign to Revive Adult Education

The College Marketing Network (CMN) is proud to announce the launch of a pioneering marketing campaign aimed at combating the declining participation of adults in education, specifically part-time courses. In a concerted effort to reignite interest and inspire lifelong learning, CMN has collaborated with over 20 of its esteemed member colleges from across the United Kingdom for this unprecedented initiative.

In the face of dwindling budgets and the formidable challenge of meeting recruitment targets, college marketing teams have united in a collective endeavour to maximize their return on investment through innovative collaboration. This strategic alliance not only reinforces the value of education but also emphasizes the significance of fostering a supportive and accessible learning environment for adults of all backgrounds.

Set to run throughout the months of August and September, the campaign is a concerted effort to reverse the trend of diminishing adult participation in education. Collaboratively crafted, this ambitious endeavour has brought together the expertise of the creative minds at media agency Forward and Thinking, along with the exceptional visual storytelling prowess of Media Partnership Ltd.

What sets this initiative apart is its national scope, engaging colleges from various regions of the UK. This collaboration marks a remarkable milestone, as CMN leads the way in pioneering a unified, nationwide approach to promoting adult education. By pooling resources, knowledge, and expertise, CMN and its member colleges seek to foster a culture of continuous learning and professional development among adults of all backgrounds and career stages.

Leveraging cutting-edge technology, several colleges are utilising the ground-breaking platform “Upskill Reskill.” This revolutionary tool empowers adults to assess their existing skills and gain insights into potential career paths that align with their passions and ambitions. The Upskill Reskill platform not only assists in identifying new career avenues, but also offers opportunities for individuals to refine and expand their current skill sets, enhancing their prospects in their chosen fields.

“We are excited to spearhead this ground-breaking national campaign in partnership with our member colleges, media agency Forward and Thinking Limited, and Media Partnership Ltd,” said Emma Wilde, Executive Director at The College Marketing Network. “Our joint efforts aim to not only address the decline in adult education but to inspire a newfound enthusiasm for learning among adults across the UK.”

The campaign will span a multi-channel approach, encompassing television broadcasts, social media engagement, print media, and a comprehensive digital presence. By utilising a diverse range of communication channels, the campaign aims to reach a wide audience and underscore the transformative impact of adult education.

The colleges involved, included: Bedford CollegeBMetBoston CollegeBradford CollegeCambridge Regional CollegeCapel Manor CollegeCentral Bedford CollegeDudley CollegeFurness CollegeHalesowen CollegeMilton Keynes CollegeMoulton CollegePeterborough CollegeRNN GroupShuttleworth CollegeSolihull College and University CentreStamford CollegeStoke-on-Trent CollegeThe College of West AngliaTresham CollegeWarrington and Vale Royal CollegeWarwickshire College Group and Wigan and Leigh College.

As the campaign unfolds, it is anticipated that this collaborative effort will serve as a catalyst for change, inspiring individuals across the UK to embark on educational journeys that unlock their potential and reshape their futures.