About the Trust
Established by colleges for colleges in 1996, Association of Colleges (AoC) is the national voice for Further Education, Sixth Form, tertiary and specialist colleges. The AoC Group includes the AoC Charitable Trust, AoC Sport and AoC Services.
The AoC Charitable Trust’s primary purpose is to raise funds and oversee their application for the benefit of post-16 education and its vision is to have great colleges transforming lives and communities. The Trustees are appointed from the Association of Colleges’ Main Board, AoC's executive officers and independent representatives. Trustees appointed from the AoC’s Board include the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Director of Finance; executive officers include the Trust’s Director. Independent representatives are appointed for their knowledge, experience and status in the sector. All appointments require the approval of the Trustees. An informal induction process is carried out. As a minimum, the Trustees meet on a termly basis, although additional meetings are held if required.
The Charitable Trust is a Registered Charity in England and Wales (charity number 1040631) and in Scotland (charity number SC039064).
Our Guiding Principles
The guiding principles of the Charitable Trust are to:
- Advance social mobility, equality and aspiration
- Celebrate and champion inclusion and diversity
- Promote well-being, physical activity and mental health
- Lead change for the benefit of colleges, their students and the communities they serve