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 FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at University College London Institute of Education in April 2016. He had been the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC) since 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 received an OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations and a 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 research interests at UCL (IOE) concern 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

Reflections on the role of FE in the government’s industrial strategy and what the strategy tells us about the emergence of a new capitalism

Click below to watch Martin’s talk on National Education Service and the Q&A on National Education Service.