32nd Annual Conference at the Hilton Hotel Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon

Monday 2nd December 2019

Join us at our 32nd Annual Conference at the Hilton Hotel Warwick – celebrate the best in college marketing at our unmissable event of the year! Read more here

Programme and theme
This year, we’ll be aiming to examine colleges as a force and influence in the community – looking at the value of colleges economically, socially and aspirationally.  We’ll be talking about community links, ambition for our local communities, business and commercial links, apprenticeships and more – watch this page for updates over the next months. Meanwhile, DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE BROCHURE HERE

Speakers and workshop leaders include:

Harry Seaton, MD, Fluential -
Influencer marketing:finding your champions
  John Callaghan, Principal & CEO, Solihull College - Colleges as an economic and social force in their commnunities
  Aaron Hussey, Head of Communications, AoC - #LoveOurColleges
  Ben Verinder, MD, Chalkstream Communications - Using research to inform merger and/or branding
  Sarah Baxter, Director of Sales & Marketing, Bedford College Group - How a perceptions research project can inform your marketing strategy
  Mark Whittaker, Head of Marketing, WCG - Managing college cultures and community identities across a large college group
  Elvie Shergold, Director of Marketing, Capital City College Group - Engaging with college stakeholders, including Generation Z




(Working titles, more details to follow)

The programme will include a mix of plenary sessions for all delegates and a choice of skills-based, interactive  workshops. You can pre-book your workshop choices in advance if we receive your conference booking by 22nd November.

Great reasons to attend…
Meet colleagues, share good practice, update your skills and develop your own networks. College marketers have been attending our conference for over 30 years: here are just a few comments from past delegates:

  • “The CMN conference is a fantastic way to meet likeminded education marketing professionals from all over the country, compare notes, share insights and hear from some great speakers to share new ideas.”
  • “A very insightful day with some great take-aways which I shall be implementing on my return to work. Real world advice!”
  • “The conference is full of great tips and tricks to boost our marketing and comms activity.”
  • “A very informative day which has given me a lot of inspiration for future planning.”
  • “This is by far the most relevant, informative and useful conference for college marketing professionals I attend each year.”
  • “The conference was very well organised, with a range of speakers that related to our industry.”
  • “The conference was a great chance to think about my college’s marketing, away from the office, and pick up lots of tips and best practice from other colleges.”

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Attendance options and booking


Delegate bookings can be made for the full conference with the dinner and awards evening plus B&B on Monday night, OR for the conference only (Monday day), OR for the conference, dinner and awards evening without B&B OR for the dinner and awards evening only. If you can only attend the conference for half a day, we can accommodate that too. If the option you want isn’t on the booking form, just contact us to discuss your requirements.

We can also book bed & breakfast accommodation for Sunday evening if you have to travel some distance – please add this option to your booking on the form.

Dinner and FE First Awards 2019 on Monday evening – included in a full conference booking (Option A)

PLUS – 10% discount for second or further delegates booked at the same rate. For example, book one full delegate place and receive 10% off a second full delegate place; OR book one Monday day delegate place and receive 10% off a second Monday day delegate place. Booking form shows the full prices for each option – take 10% off this published rate for your second or further places. Contact the CMN office on 01772 257833 to confirm any prices or to enquire further.

Complete and return the booking form with your PO number or cheque to reserve your place, or book via Eventbrite with a credit card (links will be published on the website at www.m-network.org/cmn-conference  - please take care when booking to choose the correct option.)

FE First Awards for marketing excellence 2019
Celebrating the best in college marketing - the FE First Awards 2019 will be presented at the conference dinner on Monday 2nd December (reception from 6.30pm), a “black tie optional” event at which delegates are joined by colleagues from around the country for an exciting celebration. Entry to the dinner and pre-dinner drinks reception is included in a full conference booking (Option A).

The EARLY BIRD BOOKING OPTION is available TO CMN MEMBER COLLEGES ONLY, offering reduced rates to confirmed bookings by 4th November 2019. We will not accept early bird bookings after this date, but the member rate remains significantly lower than the published non-member rate, and the discounts for second or further delegates still apply.

Early bird booking discounts for CMN members only!

The conference venue
Hilton Hotel Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon is at Junction 15 M40, Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6RE.;

The College Marketing Network will make every effort to run the 32nd Annual Conference as advertised. In the unlikely event of circumstances making this impossible, we will endeavour to change location, dates or programme as required, or in the case of cancellation by us, will do our best to return all monies received, less any previously committed or unavoidable administration costs.


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Terms & conditions of booking


Support the FE First Awards in 2019 and our 32nd Annual Conference - download our Invitation to Supporters 2019 here

Join us and colleges around the country in celebrating the best in college marketing at the Hilton Warwick, Monday 2nd December 2019. Support the FE First Awards in 2019, and associate yourself with their prestige. Show your commitment to the dynamic and creative work being done at the forefront of college marketing, recognised for its innovation and flair. All the information you need to take part in our Awards and conference in 2019.