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Association of Colleges

About us

Ealing Hammersmith and West London College

 

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. 

As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of Colleges – based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with Colleges – and the first choice destination for guidance and advice for members. 

AoC was established in 1996 by Colleges themselves as a voice for further education and higher education delivered in Colleges at national and regional level.

Our membership includes General and Tertiary Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and Specialist Colleges in England. We work with and represent Colleges in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland through affiliation of AoC and partnership with sister bodies in both countries via the UK Council of Colleges.

As AoC is a not for profit organisation created by Colleges for Colleges; subscription and commercially generated revenue together sustain its work in representing and promoting the interests of Colleges, and in the provision of support services.

AoC's structure includes a busy national office in London, an active network of nine regional offices which work closely with Colleges and Government agencies in their regions, and a very wide range of member networks, through which College staff , Governors and students inform and shape AoC policy and activity.

AoC is a company limited by guarantee | Registered in England and Wales | Registered number 3216271 


 

AoC mission statement

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services.

As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of Colleges – based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with Colleges – and the first choice destination for guidance and advice for members.

Our vision objectives

1. Representing Colleges

To be the authoritative voice of Colleges based on credible analysis and advocacy involving the consultation of members.

2. Services to Colleges

To be the first choice destination for advice to members on areas of critical importance to Colleges.

3. Commercial Activity

To contribute financially to the health of the AoC, by providing a range of high quality, paid-for services.

4. Corporate Services

To create an environment and infrastructure to support the strategic and operational needs of the business and our partners.

5. Our People

To continue to develop and support AoC staff and associates in order to meet individual aspirations and business needs.

Our Company Values

AoC expects all staff and associates to:

• Be Passionate about Colleges and their learners;
• Be Challenging of Government, our stakeholders and each other;
• Act with Integrity in the way we deal with Colleges, stakeholders and each other

Competency framework

Our values are incorporated within our AoC Competency framework used for Recruitment and selection purposes:

  AoC Competency Framework