Fellowships and projects



What is it?

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

It included an opportunity to interact with other fellows, FETL trustees and colleagues at IoE, UCL London.

We are no longer accepting applications for Fellowships.

Current Fellows:

Carol Thompson, University of Bedfordshire

Carol Thompson, University of Bedfordshire

Finding the Glass Slipper - an exploration of the impact of leadership thinking. The focus of this Fellowship is to... Read full biography

Dragana Ramsden, Morley College

Dragana Ramsden, Morley College

Developing a new vision of a collaborative partnership between Adult Community Learning and Mental Health primary care.... Read full biography

Current projects

The role of leadership in prioritising and improving the quality of teaching and learning in FE

This project aims to explore the interface between strategic thinking in leadership, its application at an operational level and how this connects to successful outcomes in teaching and learning.

Employers in the driving seat? New thinking for FE leadership

A major new 12 month research project called Employers in the driving seat? New thinking for FE leadership has been launched by AELP – the Association of Employment and Learning Providers supported by FETL, the Further Education Trust for Leadership.

Matt Hamnett & Associates

This project will explore different perspectives on, and approaches to, the transformation of further education institutions – particularly those which require urgent action to address poor performance and other organisational challenges.

A 21st Century Skills System: a cross-country comparison between Scotland and Northern Ireland

Building upon earlier work looking at the future challenges facing Scotland’s skills system, this project led by IPPR will consider how best to respond to these challenges and a skills system ready for the 21st Century in Northern Ireland and Scotland can be created, delivering innovation in our economy and our society.

Unleashing Leadership: Exploring the hidden assumptions that determine and limit leadership practice to unleash new leadership across the FE System

The key aim of this research is to explore the underlying leadership assumptions, perceptions and aspirations in the FE system. Based on a framework of four discourses of leadership derived from published academic research of Dr Simon Western, it aims to discover the biases and preferences that shape how leadership is thought about, developed and practised in FE. The research findings will be... Read more