Keynotes, sessions and exchanges


FE Keynote Speaker: Colleges' role in achieving Sustainable Economic Development
Ian Billyard, Princiapl, Leeds College of Building
The presentation considers the role of Construction in the ‘Green Agenda’ and the role that Leeds College of Building will play in supporting these objectives.
The Construction Sector is a major contributor to Carbon emissions. This is recognised in the Construction Strategy 2025 which seeks to reduce this by 50%, over the period to 2025, and to 80% by 2050 to meet the carbon reduction target. This together with the forthcoming elections and reducing Government support for Education and Training pose enormous pressures on the sector if it is to play an important role in supporting businesses to achieve these ambitious targets.

FE Keynote Speaker: Environmental sustainability' - business response and challeges
Nigel Marsh, Global Head of Environment, rolls-Royce plc
For many businesses there is still much debate about what ‘sustainability’ really means to them and how they should respond.  There is also the added dimension of how you want to recommunicate this to your stakeholders and what the focus should be across all three pillars of ‘people, planet, profit’.  In addition, for many there is a lack of capability and skills to move the agenda forward in a meaningful way. In my presentation I will aim to share how this is currently being played out in the Aerospace sector with a focus on the E pillar of sustainability for both our products and our manufacturing operations.

Panel Session - Leadership, funding and horizon scanning in Further Education
Facilitated by Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC and Panel Members: Robert Bellfield, Chair of EAUC Board and Principal, Craven College; Nigel Marsh, Global Head of Environment, Rolls-Royce plc and Tim Weiss, Director of Strategy, Quality and Research, The Education and Training Foundation
This panel session will provide delegates with the latest thinking on the challenges and the opportunities for colleges. We will be exploring good governance, how to differentiate your college and how to survive with the limited funding that is available. You will get insight into successful partnerships, the future needs of industry, enterprise and how to retain staff whilst meeting sustainability challenges.

Workshop Sessions

FE Workshop 1: Developing English and STEM skills Through a Sustainability Focus
Cerian Ayres, Head of Quality, CPD & Teacher Education, Petroc
A workshop exploring the ways in which STEM literacy can be developed in all learners giving them vital thinking and learning tools and skills that they can use in every subject, as well as equipping them effectively to succeed in our modern technological society. Practitioners will have the opportunity to build a bank  of classroom ready resources that have been successfully used to embed sustainability across the curriculum.

FE Workshop 2: Developing Green Graduates in FE: Case Studies from the Students’ Green Fund and Responsible Futures
Quinn Runkle, NUS; Valerie Peterson, Sheffield College and Christina Donovan, Wigan and Leigh College
Today’s graduates will play a critical role in solving the world’s greatest challenges. Colleges across the UK are beginning to develop green graduates who are truly prepared for a jobs in a low-carbon economy.

This session will help delegates to articulate desired learner attributes around sustainability and social responsibility; examine strategies for fostering institutional change; and learn from case studies of colleges who are making progress in this area. Delegates will leave with a stronger understanding of education for sustainable development and tangible next steps to implementing whole-institution change.

FE Workshop 3: Workforce skills for sustainable development - mapping demand and supply using college data
Graham Whalley, Deputy Director, RCU
RCU has recently completed an in-depth analysis of education and training programmes for Sustainable Development in colleges, with a particular focus on demand and supply within the LEP regions. Findings of this research will be presented in this workshop, with ample opportunity for questions and answers.

FE Workshop 4: Achieving continuous improvement at City College Plymouth
Gil Snook, Head of Estates, City College Plymouth and Laura Parry, Sustainability Officer, City College Plymouth
City College Plymouth has experienced a challenging sustainability journey to date, but continue to drive forward to make a change. This workshop will  cover the College’s development in key areas including energy management, waste management, biodiversity/ conservation, Fairtrade and green travel and how they are working with teaching staff to embed sustainability into the curriculum.

FE Exchange Sessions kindly sponsored by Lucideon

Exchanges are 25 minute focused sessions that take place in the exhibition hall.

Exchange B1: Staff and Student Engagement
Pam Reynolds, Sustainability Manager, Blackpool and The Fylde College
Using Benjamin Franklin’s premise “Involve Me and I’ll Learn”, staff and students have been actively involved in a range of projects, events and activities promoting sustainability. This engagement method, coupled with current economic trends and a need to take more responsibility for our own actions, has seen staff and student participation soar.

Exchange A3: Salix College Energy Fund
Claire Banham-Godfrey, Client Support Officer, Salix Finance and Qasim Akhtar, Technical Support Officer, Salix Finance Ltd
Salix will be hosting an exchange to inform Further Education Colleges of the funding streams currently available and will review the Salix College Energy Fund, in partnership with the EAUC. The exchange will equip delegates with the essential knowledge to make a Salix application. There will be examples of past projects, eligible technologies and a comprehensive break down of the application process, including how the loan is structured. It will give insight into the technical and financial aspects of a Salix application. Salix will also report on the success of the recent FE Colleges fund, including the most popular technology types and exemplar projects. There will be a Q&A at the end and a member of the technical services team will be present to answer for any technology specific questions.

Delivered by EAUC