Category: Learner voices

International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017

International Women’s Day provides a real opportunity to expose the vital transformative engine of further education in addressing inequality and barriers in women’s lives. Their stories of courage, strength and hope flow into their families, their local and wider communities. These women’s voices, heard now so clearly and yet often marginalised and silenced, remind us…

Sharing stories of transformation

Sharing Adams story with a group of all boys gave them something that they could identify with as they had followed a similar pathway. The group were able to reflect on their own journeys and how much they had progressed since joining college. Sharing parts of my own journey and Marie’s with a group of…

Chaima: an inspirational woman’s story

Chaima grew up in Oldham. In this video she describes her experience of schooling there and how it ended in disillusion and low level qualifications. Entering further education, Chaima rediscovered her learning identity and, with the help of teachers who believed in her, worked steadily until she gained entry to Higher Education. Further Education was…

UCU 4th Annual Cradle to Grave Conference, 11 February 2017

On Saturday 11th February, we presented an overview of the research project at the Cradle to Grave conference alongside other speakers: Sean Vernell and Stephen Exley. Our talk included Marie McNamara (one of the project participants whose own video will be appearing soon) who talked to the audience about her personal journey and how she…

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