Register for our two day conference, which will take place in Manchester from 21‑22 April 2016.

Our two day Co-operative Education Conference gives co-operators, practitioners and researchers from the UK and internationally, an opportunity to engage in debates across the themes of:

–Shaping Co-operative Education Systems
–Character, Learning and Co-operation
–Learning for Global Co-operative Livelihoods

A full programme for the conference will be published soon. Participants are welcome to arrive at 9am both days — speakers will start at 9.30am — and the closing will take place at 4.30pm. Those participants who are members of the Co-operative College CIO are welcome to take part in our first AGM under the College new structure, which will start after the closing speeches of Day 1.

Non member Member
1 day: £140 + £28 VAT £90 + £18 VAT
Full 2 days conference: £195 + £39 VAT £140 + £28 VAT
*Rates only cover conference fees (lunch and refreshments are included) not accomodation.
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Day 1 – Research conference
Keynote speaker: Dr Linda Shaw

Day 1 will be the Co-operative College’s first dedicated research conference, chaired by Professor Tony Webster with the Keynote speaker being Dr Linda Shaw. Recently retired from the Co-operative College, Linda is an expert in co-operative learning both within the UK and in the Global South. The Conference will offer an opportunity to critically engage in these three key themes. Abstracts have been submitted and the programme is being drafted. This will be available in the middle of February. A flavour of some of the paper presentations include examples of co-operative learning in schools, the development of co-operative universities and learning co-operation in the co-operative workplace.

Day 2 – Education conference
Keynote speaker: Karen Miner
Managing Director, Co-operative Management Education, Saint Mary’s University (Canada)

Day 2 will be a dedicated practitioners day. The day will engage practitioners in the field, who will explore a range of co-operative developments and activities including youth co-operatives in the UK and Lesotho, teaching co-operative development in Sri Lanka, the idea of co-operative higher education and pedagogy and co-operative schools.

Karen Miner is a co-operatives passionate since her first approach to them through fair trade coffee in teh mid 1990s. Since 2012 she is Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada) and works with co-operators from around the world. She has also been a member of diferent co-operative organisations as the Board of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA).

The conference will also host on Day 1 the launch of the first Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative College under its new charitable incorporated organisation status.

Click to register and pay by PayPal or be invoiced. If you are facing financial barriers to participation can benefit from a bursary that can cover half the fee of the conference, although it doesn’t cover transport or accomodation. Information about the elegibility and the application form can be found here. For more information, contact

Interested in exhibiting at our conference?
There is a small number of exhibitor spaces available, on a first come, first served basis. Get the opportunity to showcase your organisation to up to 150 delegates plus passing students.

Rates for exhibitors:
1 day: £200 + £40 VAT / 2 days: £350 + £70 VAT

Exhibitor pass allows you to participate in the conference.
To register your interest, please complete and submit the form in this page. Places will be confirmed withing 5 working days.