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Our strategic plan

Everything AoC does is aimed at supporting colleges provide the best possible experience and outcomes for students and employers and to fulfil their roles as community assets and anchor institutions. We have five strategic aims, set by the AoC board (made up of members), to guide us:

1. Lead thinking and influence policy

We will do this by:

  • Utilising the skills and experience of our staff, members and others in the sector in debating, considering and proposing policy.
  • Working closely with a range of government departments and agencies and local influencers, including Metro Mayors and local enterprise partnerships.
  • Strengthening relationships with business organisations, trade unions, education groups and think tanks to increase our reach and influence.
  • Responding to and informing policy formulation and its implementation in government and with agencies.
  • Building more research capability and capacity, within the organisation and in collaboration with others.

2. Build a high profile and strong reputation for colleges

We will do this by:

  • Developing campaigns in collaboration with members which highlight the impact colleges have.
  • Using a range of spokespeople in our media and communication channels to show a diverse breadth of voices, experiences and backgrounds.
  • Maintaining and promoting high profile award schemes which celebrate the successes of colleges and students, both past and present, in partnership with the AoC Charitable Trust.
  • Providing opportunities for members to engage in regional, national and international projects to promote the sector.
  • Supporting the independent Commission on the College of the Future and helping to implement its recommendations.

3. Deliver expert support, advice and intelligence for members

We will do this by:

  • Supporting governing bodies and management teams with strategic foresight to help them plan and prepare.
  • Providing advice, support and the latest intelligence through a range of communication methods and services.
  • Engaging in dialogue with national trade unions on sector industrial relations, and supporting members in their local relationships.
  • Facilitating opportunities for members to be able to work together, learn from each other and share best practice with each other and AoC more widely.
  • Advising colleges on new opportunities in the UK and overseas.

    4. Strengthen student engagement and the student experience in colleges

    We will do this by:

    • Promoting and encouraging student engagement in colleges, including through student representatives and governors.
    • Researching and gathering intelligence about the impact of and best approaches to wider student enrichment and student engagement.
    • Increasing opportunities for students of all abilities and backgrounds to participate in sport, physical activity and wider opportunities.
    • Organising and hosting sports competitions and the AoC National Championships.
    • Influencing policy thinking to include the benefits that enrichment offers to students’ future learning and work prospects as well as the impact on students’ mental health and wellbeing.

    5. Develop AoC as an inclusive, sustainable and ambitious organisation

    We will do this by:

    • Building on our commitment as an Investor in Diversity by setting ambitious goals to make further progress in creating a diverse and inclusive organisation.
    • Developing our culture and embedding our values in everything we do to create a diverse workplace where everyone can be themselves.
    • Being financially sustainable through effective and efficient management and working practices.
    • Building and maintaining expertise through professional and skilled staff, networks, contacts and external partnerships.
    • Being an employer of choice to attract, engage and retain diverse, talented people who share our values and vision.