Current and prospective fellows and projects

Fellowships

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What is it?

The FETL Fellowship is a structured programme that allows current FE and skills and connected others in the UK to pursue a research interest that benefits thinking in the further education sector.

There will be an opportunity to interact with other fellows, FETL trustees and colleagues at IoE, UCL London.

Who is it for?

For enquiring, bold, creative individuals who are passionate about further education, training and skills learning.

  • You should have a burning desire to explore and write about an aspect of the leadership of thinking that will ultimately benefit learners.
  • You should be working with a current provider of further education, training and skills in the UK.
  • You should have a background in leadership at some level.
  • You should share our vision of an FE and skills sector that is valued and respected for innovation, long-term planning and sharing knowledge.
  • You should have a sponsoring organisation.
  • You should be interested in helping disseminate the findings of your work. We are interested in the outcomes of your research and the difference it will make to further education, training and skills in the UK.
  • You should be interested in helping disseminate the findings of your work. We are interested in the outcomes of your research and the difference it will make to further education, training and skills in the UK.

Themes

FETL encourages the leadership of thinking across and about the FE and skills system in the UK. For us, this means being able to focus beyond the immediate horizon, and to envisage the challenges to, and opportunities for, the sector of the future. The themes of your work should come from your own preoccupation about the sector as a basis for discussion with the FETL Funding Committee.

  • How is it structured?

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    That is very much up to you! FETL does not want to create structures that get in the way of good research. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the FETL fellowships.

    However, we will help you ensure that you have an academic support programme that is right for you. This will mean taking time away from work, on a full- or part-time basis, to focus on your research. You can work from home or make other arrangements. There will be a requirement to attend some sessions at the Institute of Education in London.

  • How will I be supported?

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    FETL fellowships are supported by our academic partner, UCL Institute of Education.

    At the beginning of the fellowship you will complete a self-assessment of your academic research skills, so that UCL Institute of Education can tailor their support to you. You will also attend an orientation day at UCL Institute of Education as part of the professional networking and research support they provide. This support also includes access to library materials and a series of five full-day development sessions during the period of the fellowship, as well as additional online support from experienced research colleagues.

    Project management support and guidance is provided by FETL.

  • How will I be funded?

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    FETL will fund your sponsoring organisation. The funding is intended to cover costs associated with the research. In considering your request, you may want to take into account the time to be spent on the research, travelling costs and any additional expenditure required to complete the project. The funding is generally paid in two parts, at the start of the fellowship and at the end.

  • When do I start and how long will it take?

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    Once a fellowship has been awarded, FETL would be ready to fund you to start immediately. However, we realise that you will have existing commitments. We would generally expect a fellowship to start within a few months of an award. Please see the guidance notes for each funding round for more information.

    The optimal period for a fellowship is between six and nine months. This will allow you time to fully immerse yourself in the subject and to write up your thoughts.

Current Fellows:

Steve Lambert

Dr Steve Lambert is a Senior Lecturer in educational leadership and Programme Leaders for the MA in Educational... Read full biography

Jessica Russell

Jessica Russell works at Southend Adult Community College and is currently lead for the Adult Education Mental Health... Read full biography

Current projects

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