AoC has a strong research capacity. Our detailed knowledge of the sector and frequent contact with member colleges keeps our awareness of issues affecting colleges fresh and well informed. We get around 200 enquiries a year from colleges asking us for research and statistics to include in reports. We collate the research and present it in a digestible format. Where external organisations approach us for help, we point them in the direction of the relevant information.
Typical requests might include wanting to know the ethnicity profile in colleges, the number of students aged 16 to 18 in London colleges or which colleges provide engineering courses. We also run surveys to canvas members’ views on key issues and we collect information to support AoC campaigns. Each academic year we produce a booklet, College Key Facts, which members, journalists and others use to understand the sector.