Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the challenge


John Widdowson and Madeleine King, Mixed Economy Group of FE Colleges (MEG).


This report was commissioned by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) and addresses the skills needed in college leaders. For many senior FE college staff, managing HE has not figured largely in their career development. College mergers as a result of Area Based Review will create larger institutions, many of which will find themselves significant providers of HE as a consequence. A range of issues face leaders in FECs when they undertake the process of designing, delivering and managing programmes of HE. This report gives senior college leaders a framework and context in which to make the decisions which will affect the future of their colleges.


Widdowson, J. and King, M. (2018). Higher Education in Further Education: Leading the Challenge. London: Further Education Trust for Leadership.


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