AoC’s public affairs and communications team promotes and represents colleges on the national media stage as well as working closely with MPs in Westminster and Government departments in Whitehall. We respond to over 500 calls and emails about colleges and the further education (FE) sector from trade, national and broadcast media annually. Alongside this, we lobby all political parties to make sure they create policies that are beneficial to member colleges and suggest amendments to legislation.
We work together to run national campaigns on issues important to colleges. Through the year this includes A Level results and the annual Student of the Year award. We brief principals on how to manage their relationship with their local MPs and advise on opportunities to speak directly to MPs on issues that concern them.