AoC runs national campaigns on particular issues that are important to colleges, many of which have been successful. On behalf of our members, we promote issues to Parliament, the media and the public. Campaigns enable us to work with people and organisations who are outside our core audience. Everyone can sign our e-petitions and get involved. AoC campaigns also raise the profile of the colleges.
Our campaigns tend to be focused around topics that affect students’ wellbeing and prospects. Recent examples include the No Free Lunch? campaign for disadvantaged college students to receive free meals at lunchtime in the same way as their school sixth forms peers. We fought against the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance and achieved the introduction of a new Bursary. Our latest campaign, Careers Guidance: Guaranteed, aims to ensure all young people have access to careers advice on post-14 education, training and employment options.