About us

FETL is an independent think tank and charity working to strengthen and support the leadership of thinking in further education and skills. For too long, further education has been under-researched, under-conceptualised, under-theorised and under-understood.

Professor Mark Stein, delivering the 2018 Annual Lecture

FETL intends to change this. We provide fellowships, research grants and other development opportunities for sector leaders to think about areas that will contribute to shaping the sector’s future. Their work contributes to developing the evidence base and options the sector will need as it leads and adapts to its role to a changing world. We create space for further learning, for opening new areas for exploration and collaboration. In this way, we hope to engender the next stage of knowledge-enriched leadership characterised by creativity, trust, enterprise and agency.


Find our more about FETL from Dame Ruth Silver and Ricky McMenemy