This November hundreds of delegates will converge on Rochdale, the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement in the UK, to attend our Centenary Conference and Gala Dinner.

Titled Co-operative College 100 years: and now the future and taking place from the 26 -28 November at Rochdale’s iconic town hall, our three day landmark event will explore how co-operative education can challenge inequalities, empower individuals and pose radical solutions to some of societies biggest challenges.

The packed programme will see five plenary sessions, seven keynote addresses and 12 workshops, with a commemorative book launch also part of the plans.

The lineup

Speakers will be in attendance from across the globe, including Professor Esther Gicheru, Co-op University of Kenya and Dr Sonia Novkovic, Professor, St Mary’s University, Canada. They will be joined by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary, with many more names to be revealed.

There will also be an inaugural gala dinner and awards ceremony celebrating the College’s illustrious 100 year history.

Our Chief Executive and Principal Simon Parkinson, commented:

We can’t wait to welcome delegates from across the world to our centenary conference, the flagship event of our centenary year. As we approach the 175th anniversary of the Rochdale Pioneers and the birth of the modern Co-operative Movement in the UK, we are delighted to be holding this prestigious event in Rochdale.
The challenges we’re facing today are no less profound than those faced by those original 28 pioneers and history teaches us that through working together, co‑operative education can act as a catalyst towards building a fairer world
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