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General election hub

Welcome to our general election hub which has all the information colleges need to engage with candidates and support students to get involved in the election over the next few months.

The next general election is on the horizon and it’s going to be an important moment for the country and for the further education sector. As with every election, there is a chance we might see a new party in government who will bring with them a set of new ideas and priorities, and should the current government retain power, they might want to refresh their approach.

Whoever wins will be facing big challenges and colleges will be key to addressing these.

Whether it’s with current MPs who are standing again or new candidates, it’s absolutely vital that our sector is engaging with all those looking to get elected to ensure that our collective voice is heard, not just in the run-up to polling day but in the new parliament as well.

Last summer we published our road to the general election document which set out the different ways that colleges can influence candidates and support their students to get involved as well. We followed that up with our Colleges Week 2024 activities which saw colleges across the country doing some great political influencing.

Now, with an election fast approaching we wanted to make sure you have all the resources you’ll need to support this work in one place. Here you’ll find information on holding hustings, running voter registration drives, implementing auto-enrolment, and engaging with candidates as well as details on our key asks of the next government.

Our public affairs team (public_affairs@aoc.co.uk) are always on hand to support you with any of this work.

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Resources

Visit our resources page where there is a range of resources including social media posts, draft letters and guides to help you and your college get involved and feel confident in navigating the general election period.

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Pre-election discussion series

The pre-election discussion series is a programme of webinars for senior colleges leaders to participate in during the election campaign period with the aim of prioritising influence and focus post-election in areas pertinent to the FE sector.

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Opportunity England

Our July 2023 report, Opportunity England, and our April 2024 follow-ups, 100% Opportunity and our in-depth policy papers, set out the current challenges of the current system, recommendations for change and a conclusion that we need a tertiary education system that serves the needs of all individuals and the economy.

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AoC Asks

Our five key asks to share with your candidates are firmly grounded in the realities and challenges you all face leading colleges in difficult times, but also focused on the outcomes politicians want to achieve: economic growth, improved productivity, social inclusion, more equal outcomes, and a better society.

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Party conferences 2024

Interested in attending party conferences this year? This will be the first party conference season after the general election and offers an important chance to get face time with new MPs. This page contains important information on what they are and why you should attend.

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Frequently asked questions

We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that answer questions that cover topics such as guidance for colleges in the pre-election period, how to find candidates that are standing in your area, how to support student voter registration and more.

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