National Colleges Week 2020

Written by Calvin Bowers

National Colleges Week 2020 will take place between Monday 19th October and Friday 23rd October across the UK. It’s a chance for further education, sixth form and specialist colleges to celebrate their success. As well as showcasing how they contribute to their communities.

Colleges across the UK want the world to know they have been rebuilding the economy throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, this year National Colleges Week is focusing on how colleges build communities, boost businesses and support individuals.

Educational Institutions, colleges, in particular, have been working hard to support individuals who have faced difficulty due to these unprecedented challenges. And so this week is a chance for the UK to celebrate colleges, recognise their hard work, and appreciate the impact they have far beyond their college walls.

Themes of the week

To celebrate this message, the Association of Colleges have chosen a different theme for each day of the week. On each of these days, colleges across the UK are encouraged to share their relevant stories and experiences.

Monday 19th October: Colleges at the centre of the economic rebuild 

Tuesday 20th October: Colleges at the centre of growing and supporting individuals

Wednesday 21st October: Colleges at the centre of innovation and designing the future 

Thursday 22nd October: Colleges at the centre of supporting people and supporting communities

Friday 23rd October: Colleges at the centre of the Covid-19 response 

The Association of Colleges is presenting National Colleges Week 2020 as a part of the Love Our Colleges campaign. This is in partnership with National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), National Education Union (NEU) and UNISON.

How to get involved 

Colleges are encouraged to celebrate this week in whatever way they choose, get creative with your activities and how you spread your messages to the world. For example, maybe you already have an event planned that week that can celebrate Colleges Week. It might be as small as a bake sale, or a themed lunch event. Furthermore, you may choose to spend the week showcasing a charity that your college supports; you could run fundraising events or a campaign on social media. For example, Bexhill College on the South coast of England is using the week to collect donations for a local food bank.

Other ideas for the celebration include fancy dress days, sports events, and inviting your local MP to come and visit the college. Or you could highlight an issue that you care about, such as Black History Month.

Whatever you choose to do to celebrate, make sure to let the Association of Colleges know at [email protected].

Share the Love (Our Colleges) Competition

One way to get involved in National Colleges week is to enter into the Share the Love (Our Colleges) competition. All you have to do is make, create or perform something which celebrates College Week 2020. This could be a video, song, collage, painting or even a cake. You can submit entries between Monday 19th and Thursday 22rd of October by posting them on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #ShareTheLoveOurColleges. Make sure to tag both @irwinmitchell and @AoC_info in your post’s.

Entrants will be in with a chance of winning £500 for their college, and the Association of Colleges will announce the winner on Friday 23rd October. Good luck!


For more information about colleges, further and higher education, visit our page on qualification types.



Last Updated: Wednesday October 20 2021
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