Past fellows and projects

What fellowships have FETL previously awarded?

  • Fostering creative leadership in FE – Ruth Allen, the Cornwall College Group.
  • The impact of leadership on part-time teachers – Ann Creed, Workers’ Educational Association.
  • Attitudes to leadership of diversification and risk in sixth-form colleges – Alex Day, Peter Symonds College.
  • Leadership challenges of third-sector providers – Tim Ward, The Learning Curve.
  • Leverage leadership: A new paradigm for further education? – Steve Lambert, University of Chester
  • What would FE look like if adults who don’t currently engage with lifelong learning had a voice to shape the sector? – Jessica Russell, Southend Adult Community College

You can read more about these research projects and the fellows below.

Past Fellows:

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Past projects:

New blood: The thinking and approaches of new leaders in the employment and skills market

The project looked to harness the new and fresh leadership styles from new entrants to the FE and Skills sector in order to share these with established leaders and generate new thinking around the leadership of learning. Working with 157 Group it will identify a sample from 100 relevant organisations, carry out interviews, run ‘leadership thinking exchange’ roundtable events, develop... Read more

The changing face of FE leadership in Wales: Meeting the challenges of financial austerity

The research investigated the governance role of college leaders in fostering good practice at a time of financial austerity. It will also investigate governor perceptions of the impact of austerity, the interface between college management and governors in fostering a culture of enterprise and innovation, and develop strategies for governors and principals to enhance their influence more widely... Read more

Leadership for learning: Ethical practice

The project developed a practical understanding of the behaviours and approaches adopted by ethical leaders in FE.  Case studies were developed based on those leaders who have successfully enacted their ethical values within the institutions they lead. 

How can psychoanalysis and systems theory contribute to leading thinking in FE and skills?

The project ran strategic seminars for senior and middle leaders that focus on systems thinking. The result was a series of think pieces that will showcase new thinking and increase scholarship in the sector around this area of work.

Developing new models of leadership thinking through innovative governance in the FE sector

The project aims to provide a framework for thinking about leadership by leaders in FE, with a primary focus on governance and the role of governors in shaping and delivering the FE mission. Drawing on its 26 members to undertake initial research and carry out strategic seminars in the region on two themes: a) the purposes of governance in an age of freedoms and flexibilities; b) new models of... Read more

Leverage leadership: A new paradigm for further education?

This research project explores whether the remarkable outcomes achieved by ideology of leverage leadership can be applied to the UK further education sector which is driven by student outcomes and performance indicators. In order to achieve this, the research will first critically examine the conceptual and operational notions of leverage leadership prior to looking at its application for the UK... Read more

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

Leadership challenges of third sector providers

The research will identified the particular challenges faced by third-sector leaders in learning and skills, including the difficulty small providers face in meeting the demands of a highly regulated sector. This will enable third-sector leaders to better understand and describe the challenge of leadership in this part of the sector and identify how best to target support for leaders in the... Read more

Attitudes to leadership of diversification & risk in sixth form colleges

The research identified the barriers to risk-taking and the interventions that might support planning and risk calculation when considering diversification.

The impact of leadership on part-time teachers

The research focussed on how different leadership styles and behaviours affect the attitudes and wellbeing of part-time teachers in outreach locations – and what impact this has on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.