Chair in FE Leadership

The FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, based at the Institute of Education, University College London.

Through the university chair’s work, FETL aims to enhance the reputation of research into leadership in FE and how its thinking for the future is developed, in the UK and abroad. The ultimate beneficiaries of the work will be FE learners in the UK.

martin-doelMartin Doel was appointed as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London Institute of Education in April 2016 after having previously been the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) from 2008. Prior to this, Martin served in the Royal Air Force where his final appointment was as Director of Training and Education for all three armed services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK.

He was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations and CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for his contribution to education. He holds a master’s degree (with distinction) from King’s College, London and a first-class honours degree in education from King Alfred’s College Winchester.

Martin’s particular research interests at UCL (IOE) are concerned with the distinctive contribution that further education can make to national prosperity and individual well-being, and the leadership challenges facing further education providers of all kinds.  

Martin’s reflections on his first 18 months as the FETL professor can be found here.