FETL Further Education and Skills Professorship

FETL Further Education and Skills Professorship

30th November 2015

The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Doel to the FETL Professorship for Further Education and Skills in the Institute of Education at University College London.

Martin, currently Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AOC) will take up the prestigious role on 1 April 2016 on a partial basis moving to full time in September 2016.

The Institute of Education, University College London, is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in social science and education. The role will be based in the Department of Education, Practice and Society under the leadership of Professor David Guille.

The University Chair will lead the academic agendas for FETL and be highly engaged with policy and practice across the FE and Skills sector. The Chair will be sufficiently independent to provide challenge to the sector and government and lead new ways of thinking. The role will:

  • advance the strategic development of thought leadership in FE and Skills to increase knowledge.
  • publish rigorous research and original work on the leadership of thinking in FE and Skills;
  • play a public role in disseminating research and challenging policy and practice in FE and Skills;
  • foster strategic partnerships and networks to enhance the quality of debate and leadership of thinking for the sector.

Dame Ruth Silver, DBE, President of FETL said “FETL’s mission is not to develop the practice of ‘doing’ leadership, it is to develop a specific dimension of leadership, and that dimension is thinking. Thinking about other ways of doing, but also thinking about other ways of being, in order to shape the future to which we are loyal. The University Chair is the sector’s first professorship.

I am delighted that Martin Doel is taking on this vitally important role”

Jill Westerman CBE, Chair of FETL said: “The Professorship is an important part of the future for the FE & Skills sector. Our investment in this role is a signal of our intent to help shape the future in a way that has never been done before. I am very pleased to welcome Martin Doel to the role and look forward to working with him”.

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