Current and prospective fellows and projects

Jessica Russell

Jessica Russell works at Southend Adult Community College and is currently lead for the Adult Education Mental Health Research project, funded by the Department for Education.

She has extensive experience in community engagement and in the design and delivery of community learning for the most disadvantaged groups, working in partnership with a range of statutory and third sector stakeholder organisations.

Jessica is qualified to teach in the lifelong learning sector and has delivered across a range of curriculum areas from English and maths functional skills to community and family learning.

She is the current Chair of the REACH South Essex Recovery College Consortium board, a pilot initiative between statutory and voluntary mental health sector organisations and further education providers.

What would FE look like if adults who don’t currently engage with lifelong learning had a voice to shape the sector?

The research is designed to look beyond the current challenges FE faces in order to define its unique purpose to the widest possible audience, with the aspiration of increasing adult learner participation over time. In challenging times, creativity is key when working towards new ways of doing things, therefore the research project will use a systems thinking approach to balance contextual... Read more