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Background to the 2015 FE Conference

Colleges Northern Ireland is hosting its 2015 conference:  'Further Education - key driver of the Northern Ireland economy'  on Thursday 15th October 2015.  We are also hosting a Pre-Conference Dinner on 14th October and a Business Breakfast on 15th October.

Agenda

Click here for a print copy of  Agenda.  An on-screen version is at the bottom of this webpage.

Format

The main conference will run from 9.30am to 4.30/5pm.  

  • *The registration desk will be open with tea / coffee served from 08.30am to 9.30am.  Delegates will be served tea, coffee and scones on arrival in the Foyer.
  • *Mid morning tea, coffee and mini danish will be served from 11.10-11.30 in the Foyer and the Riverview Suite.
  • *A hot buffet lunch will be served from 13.00-14.00 in the Foyer and the Riverview Suite.
  • During the afternoon workshops - tea, coffee and shortbread will be served in each breakout room.
* Feel free to visit exhibition stands

Exhibitions*

During registration, morning coffee break and lunch please visit the exhibition stands - a full list of exhibitors is as follows:
  • Colleges NI
  • Connected
  • Student winners
  • BMC
  • NRC
  • NWRC
  • SERC
  • SRC
  • SWC
  • CIPFA
  • Agenda NI
  • Carecall
  • Open College Network (OCN)
  • NILGA
  • PKF-FPM


Venue

The main conference is being held in the Ballygowan Suite of the La Mon Hotel & Country Club, 41 Gransha Road, Castlereagh, Belfast, BT23 5RF, Northern Ireland.  For directions please visit the hotel website: Directions


Register for the main conference 

Sorry all places for the main conference are now all fully booked. For any queries please email Karen.lennon@collegesni.ac.uk / Tel 02890 684952.


Agenda

Thursday 15 October

Main Conference  (Ballygowan Suite)

08.30-09.30

Registration

 

Foyer

09.30-09.40

Tara Mills, Compere

Overview of the day’s proceedings

 

Ballygowan Suite

09.40-09.50

Glyn Roberts, Chair and Gerry Campbell, CEO

Welcome from Colleges Northern Ireland

 

09.50-10.10

Gill Clipson, Deputy CEO, Association of Colleges

‘Challenges and opportunities in FE’

 

10.10-10.30

Marie Therese McGivern, Principal, Belfast Metropolitan College

‘How the FE sector is driving the NI economy’

 

10.30-10.50

 

 

 

Gareth Hetherington, Associate Director, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

‘Economic overview with skills insights’

 

10.50-11.10

Noelle Buick, Chief Inspector, Education and Training Inspectorate

‘Promoting improvement in school-college partnerships’

 

11.10-11.30

Coffee break, networking & browse exhibition stands

 

Foyer

11.30-11.45

Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning

‘Keynote speech’

 

Ballygowan Suite

11.45-12.05

Derek McCallan, CEO, Northern Ireland Local Government Association

‘Super Councils & FE engagement’

 

12.05-12.45

Malachy McAleer, Principal, South West College

Ken Webb, Principal, South Eastern Regional College

Tom Fairburn, CEO, EcoDepo

Dwyer Gorman, Training Manager, Allstate NI

 

12.45-13.00

Alumni story

13.00-14.00

Hot buffet lunch, networking & browse exhibition stands

Foyer & Riverview Suite

 

14.00-14.20

Csaba Gyuriga, Centre Professionnel du Nord Vaudois, Switzerland

‘Success story with Northern Ireland’

 

Ballygowan Suite

14.20-14.30

Leo Murphy, Principal, North West Regional College

Introduction to Workshops

 

14.30-15.45

Workshop – title, location and facilitators

 

Workshop A - Employability and Skills  (Glen Suite)

  • Donal Durkan, Director of Development, Belfast City Council
  • Clare O’Neill, Head of Business Development, Northern Regional College (NRC)

       

Workshop B - Qualifications Reform (Glen 1 & 2)

  • Brian Doran, Principal, Southern Regional College (SRC)
  • Mike Malone, Director for Curriculum, South Eastern Regional College (SERC)

       

Workshop C - International Dimensions (Glen 3&4)

  • John Quinn, Director for Business Engagement and External Relations, Southern Regional College (SRC)
  • Dugald Craig, International Development Manager, West of Scotland Colleges (WoSC)

       

Workshop D  - School Partnerships (Glen 5&6)

  • Richard Armstrong, Schools Partnership Manager, South Eastern Regional College (SERC)
  • Mark Langhammer, NI Director, Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

               

15.45-16.30

Workshop feedback and close

 

Ballygowan Suite



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