The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of Colleges – based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with Colleges – and the first choice destination for guidance and advice for members. AoC was established in 1996 by Colleges themselves as a voice for further education and higher education delivered in Colleges at national and regional level. Our membership includes General and Tertiary Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and Specialist Colleges in England. We work with and represent Colleges in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland through affiliation of AoC and partnership with sister bodies in both countries via the UK Council of Colleges. As AoC is a not for profit organisation created by Colleges for Colleges; subscription and commercially generated revenue together sustain its work in representing and promoting the interests of Colleges, and in the provision of support services. AoC's structure includes a busy national office in London, an active network of nine regional offices which work closely with Colleges and Government agencies in their regions, and a very wide range of member networks, through which College staff , Governors and students inform and shape AoC policy and activity.