Adult Education

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Major organisations supporting Save Our Adult Education Campaign

A who’s who of major FE organisations have thrown their support behind FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign. Big names on the list include the Association of...
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How did Open University enrolments do in 2015/16?

It’s the time of year when HESA – The Higher Education Statistics Agency – issue their statistical first release covering student enrolments and qualifications obtained. Against...
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An end to academic adventures

Well, after my excellent attempts at procrastination earlier on in the year, I finally decided to buckle down and sort my dissertation out. It’s been quite...
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Surveys: where’s the box for ‘I didn’t understand the question?’

‘In the future, luxury brands will create complex digital experiences and gamified realms to communicate their aesthetic.’ How interested are you in this being...
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Happy 4th July, but why all the fuss?

Happy Independence Day or, as my American husband soon corrected me when we first met, 'Happy 4th July.' Now well educated in the significance of...
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Secretly unsure about the UK referendum and what it all means?

Remember the school playground when everyone got the joke but you? You laughed along anyway praying no-one would ask you to explain it since...

Refugees and adult education in Europe

Greece Public mood: solidarity for “the others in need” Most Greeks tend to be very supportive of the refugees. We see ordinary people offering their country...
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Latest colleges sent to sit on the SFA naughty step?

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) publishes a monthly update on notices of concern, which FE Week will report on regularly in our new ‘SFA...
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Leaked – Top universities not good enough to charge £9,000

Some of Britain’s most prestigious universities do not offer a high enough “quality and intensity of teaching” to demand students pay £9,000 a year,...
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Degrees are for employment (not knowledge)?

My mum always held the prospect of going to university as some sort of holy grail and I spent most of my early twenties...
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FE top 50 social media users to follow

We have released our list of the UK’s top 50 FE practitioners on social media. The competition searched for people currently working for a college...
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The six things needed for a research interview

I will start to feel like a ‘proper’ researcher. That’s because I’ve reached the stage in my dissertation when I can conduct a pilot...

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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...