Event

Defining further education: does it matter?

15th February 2018, 6pm - 7.30pm
Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

There is no commonly accepted definition of further education (FE), with the term being used to embrace provision that ranges from foundation learning for adults to higher apprenticeships, as well as academic and vocational education for young people from age 14 onwards.  This lecture will be given by Professor Martin Doel the FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills.

There is no commonly accepted definition of further education (FE), with the term being used to embrace provision that ranges from foundation learning for adults to higher apprenticeships, as well as academic and vocational education for young people from age 14 onwards.

Professor Martin Doel argues that this lack of definition does have consequences in terms of a lack of agency for institutions and organisations classed as FE providers, in inconstancy of government policymaking in this area, and in the resources allocated to post-16 and adult education.

However deriving an all–encompassing definition may be impossible to achieve in a way that is meaningful and useful. The alternative for those providers currently classed as being a part of the FE sector, most particularly colleges, is to more carefully define and describe their own distinct individual purpose as an essential part of local educational and social ecosystems.

About the speaker

Professor Martin Doel joined the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in 2016 as the first Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, prior to which he was Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) from 2008.

The lecture is free to attend and all are welcome. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

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Contact

ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk

Location:

Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

23rd May 2019

Connecting the Dots: the Role of Further Education in Local Priorities and National Challenges

Featuring: 

  • Karin Smyth MP, Bristol South
  • Emma Jarnman, Vice Principal, City of Bristol College
  • Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council
  • Smita Jamdar, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau
  • Prof Ewart Keep, Director of the Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), Oxford University

Dame Ruth Silver, President of Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), invites you to join colleagues working in the FE system and local government at the FETL Spring Symposium.

This Symposium, held in Bristol Parkway, will consider the extent to which institutional, local system, and national priorities align, and ask what policy or cultural changes may be required in order to allow the FE sector to contribute fully to the needs of the country and local communities.

At a time when Combined Authorities and LEPs are being asked to devise local industrial strategies, this timely discussion will bring together stakeholders from across the system and local government to explore how FE can play a more prominent role in addressing a range of policy challenges from raising productivity, the impact of the 4th industrial revolution, and supporting local infrastructure projects.

The symposium will include a networking lunch from 12:30 to 13:30.

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Location

City of Bristol College – AEC at Parkway Centre
New Road
Stoke Gifford
BS34 8SF

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17th July 2019

The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson, 2003

The next FETL symposium will be held in Parliament and will focus on the emerging role of technology in further education. EdTech and the application of AI has the potential to transform every aspect of teaching, learning and the education environment – but will it and indeed should it?

In line with the Government’s EdTech Strategy, this event will explore the impact of technology on teaching and highlight some of the latest innovations that are being employed in the classroom and workshop to enhance learning. Specifically, the event will involve students to provide a live demonstration of how virtual and mixed reality can provide a more hands-on educational experience.

The symposium discussion will address the challenges and efficacy of moving towards a more technology centred FE sector.

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Location

Attlee Suite
Portcullis House
1 Parliament Street
Westminster
SW1A 2JR

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