WEBINAR: Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge

WEBINAR: Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge

08th June 2018, 12.30 - 13.30


This webinar will consider the issues raised in the FETL Monograph “Higher Education in Further Education: leading the challenge” (Widdowson and King FETL 2018).

In it the authors assess the challenges and opportunities facing colleges offering higher education alongside their core business of further education. It will deal with matters such as developing an effective strategy for HE and how to approach managing relationships with universities and other partners. The impact on students and their experience whilst at college is rightly given significant attention. The monograph closes by looking at the challenges for leaders and concludes that colleges have a unique role to play in teaching higher level courses. They bring much needed diversity to the range of providers and qualifications available and meet the needs of students with the ability to succeed in higher education who might not otherwise be given the opportunity. The authors prospects for HE in FE are good given strong leadership and imaginative vision.

  In writing the monograph, the authors have drawn on the expertise of colleges in the Mixed Economy Group. Those colleges have many years’ experience in designing and delivering college based HE in a variety of contexts. They make a major contribution to the total of over 150,000 students who choose to study HE in an FE college. It can be downloaded here http://fetl.org.uk/publications/higher-education-in-further-education-leading-the-challenge/


23rd May 2019

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


  • 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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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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Attlee Suite
Portcullis House
1 Parliament Street

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