Category: Learner voices

Reimagining further education 2019

Reimagining further education: audio collageWe have created an audio collage of different voices of students and teachers from across the country. They give a sense of the difficult issues currently faced by colleges as well as of the inspiring narratives that continue to inspire. This audio collage was first aired as part of the Reimagining…

Eugene: from student to teacher

Eugene: further education & beyondExtracts from an interview from the “FE in England: Transforming Lives and Communities Project” – carried out by Vicky Duckworth & Rob Smith and commissioned by UCU. Eugene talks about his journey: from leaving school with no GCSEs, through further education at college and ultimately ending with a Masters qualification. He…

Senior lecturer – Samantha McMahon

Samantha McMahon I want to champion working in FE, often perceived to be the poor relation in terms of education employment. I relocated and had two small children and managed to secure a few hours part time teaching in FE. The staff were fantastic, I received excellent mentoring and it was tough teaching some disaffected…

The Tutors That Changed My Life

My name is Kaia Yeomans and I was a student at Manchester College’s Shena Simon campus for 2 years. I wanted to share my experiences from that time because I can honestly say I would not be where I am now without two of the tutors I had for Film Studies, Tom and Glenn. I…

The Value of Adult Education

Kerry Scattergood is an adult literacy tutor, delivering functional skills in the adult & community team at Solihull College and University Centre. She believes in empowering learners’ voices through literacy events and that real reading and writing experiences can be transformative for adult learners. Kerry blogs at: everydayliteracyproject.wordpress.com, sharing her ideas and practice with other…

My Experience

Before starting this English, Writing and Media course, I was a college dropout and working night shifts at a train depot with my father. I realised whilst I was there that I wanted to pursue something that I was passionate about and I believed would make me happier in the long run. When I first…

technology

Paul McKean, a former teacher at Bolton College, explains how further education helped him through a very dark time in his life. My twenties is a period in life that’s difficult to recall because of the physical and mental debilitation I suffered. I lost my independence and dignity and became isolated and depressed. Several discs…

Period Poverty and FE

Anya Cook sits on University and College Union’s National Executive and Further Education Committee and she is Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where she is employed as a Mentor. In the decade I have been a UCU trade union rep at Newcastle College we haven’t had a women’s officer on the branch.  In September we…