Category: Learner voices

Adam’s story – inspiring

Adam’s story is providing inspiration for others. The photo below speaks of the power of sharing stories of transformation. In the telling of these stories, new identities are affirmed. These stories have the power to inspire change in others.  Local further education colleges are the places where this kind of transformation is made possible.  FE…

Access to HE helps people become artists and designers

People who have dreams or aspirations about becoming artists, designers, film makers or craftspeople sometimes are dissuaded from this. The barriers to fulfilling these dreams may seem insurmountable; in some cases parents want their children to study for a trade in an industry that seems less precarious than the arts. The class, gender and race…

The journey continues

Despite the often horrendous journeys that some of our students make to reach the UK and Scotland in particular. I am really amazed at their commitment to learn English as a second language and their desire to get an education. Over the years, many men and women who have arrived at Glasgow Kelvin College beginning…

We are One

A new world order will begin on the 20th of January with the inauguration of Mr. Trump, should I be wary of this enigma and his impact on the world stage? Yes, I answer myself and so should all my colleagues in F.E. throughout Britain. His discriminatory language against women and ethnic groups has provided…

FE is essential for all

I was made redundant from my post as university lecturer. I have a BA and MA but found employment choices difficult following redundancy. An FE course from the TUC enabled me to retrain and reinvent myself as a trade union officer. I don’t know what I would have done without FE. ❤ FE

Abi: Access student

Abi moved to Manchester as a single mum and was living in a women’s refuge. Prior to her Access course, she felt she had lost her way and, having just escaped from an abusive relationship, wanted to start a new life with a her child. Today, she is a student studying a Social Science degree at Manchester…

Guy: Access and ESOL student

Guy, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, started college with no clear idea of what path he wanted to take. With guidance from a tutor, he started a course that he found challenging as his first language is French.  With lots of hard work, Guy’s English improved. He chose to pursue a pathway leading…