AoC Charitable 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 Create. Objectives: 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. Trust Awards: The Trust has oversight for a range of awards that’s celebrate best practice in further education and more. Information can be found by following the specific links on this website; this includes the Beacon Award, Student of the Year Award and Gold Awards. AoC Sport: The Trust also supports the work of AoC Sport. We know that sport and physical activity are effective in improving mental health and wellbeing, and as such directly support educational attainment. Utilising all expertise within the AoC group, we work closely with AoC Sport to jointly deliver projects that support and develop the physical and mental health of all within the post-16 education landscape. We believe that sport and physical activity are essential components of college life that give students a significant advantage in education, employment and health. Our vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity. To see more of our work with AoC Sport, please visit

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