Ali Hadawi CBEAli has been a longstanding leader in the FE sector and until recently the Principal and Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire College. He was appointed CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list in 2011, for services to the Further and Technical Education (FTE) sector in the UK and for building purposeful strategic relationships between the UK and Iraqi FTE. Previously, Ali was the Principal of Southend Adult Community College (SACC) and his leadership was recognised by OFSTED when SACC was judged to have outstanding leadership and management and for SACC to become the first LSIS Beacon of its kind at that time. Ali has a deep and passionate belief in the impact of learning on individuals, communities and the economy. He is committed to improving the Further Education sector through evidence-based research and believes that it is imperative for academics researching Further Education to engage with practitioners and for the practitioners to engage in research. Ali holds a doctorate in organisational culture and change management with specific focus on FE college mergers.
Amelia RoutAmelia has over a decade of research experience in the field of vocational training and life-long learning, and has contributed to a number of publications in the field.
Christine CalderChristine is currently the Academic Development Lead at Dundee and Angus College. She has worked in education for over twenty years, initially in the area of Sport and Fitness before moving to the world of Professional Learning. Christine is a passionate advocate for research particularly for, with and in Tertiary Education and her interests include education for sustainable development, professional learning and professional identity.
Francine WarrenFrancine Warren is an Advanced Practitioner (HE) at the LTE Group, supporting lecturers at UCEN Manchester. She has taught in further and higher education and is currently completing a PhD. With a background in Post Compulsory Education Training (PCET) and Teacher Education, her interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and practitioner research.
Gary HusbandDr Gary Husband is Associate Professor of Further, Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Sunderland. Gary is Head of the Centre for Research in Education in the Faculty of Education and Society and has a history of teaching and leadership in further and higher education. Gary’s research interests are focused on governance, leadership, creative and arts based research methods and community education. Gary is Vice Chair at Newbattle Abbey College, Chair of the Association of Research in Post Compulsory Education and Vice Chair of Archeology Scotland.
Geoffrey ElliottGeoffrey is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Worcester and editor of Research in Post-Compulsory Education. He has worked in a variety of teaching and management roles in schools, further education colleges, adult education and higher education, and has also spent periods in industry, training and development.
John KeenanJohn Keenan has been a student in, taught in, and ran university programmes for the FE sector. This experience has given him insight into the sector and allowed him to run a Postgraduate Certificate in FE at Birmingham Newman University and publish journal articles, book chapters and an edited book on the subject of College-based Higher Education. Aside from an FE specialism, John is course leader of PGCE English at Birmingham Newman University and a Visiting Associate Fellow at Warwick University, training teachers. He is co-author of the book Your Secondary School Direct Toolkit and working on a successor Your Secondary School Placement Toolkit. Prior experience includes running a degree in Advertising and Media at Coventry University and being West Midlands English lead for Teach First.
Kate LavenderKate is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Director of Graduate Education at the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests are in the broad areas of: further and adult education with a particular focus on higher level education and skills in these contexts; the sociology of education and the reproduction of inequalities within Post Compulsory education; and vocational education and training policy and practice.
Karima Kadi-HanifiAfter a PhD in sociolinguistics in Sheffield, Karima went to teach linguistics, English Language, teacher education and Education Studies, in HE, having also taught modern languages and ESOL, in FE and ACL. She held various leadership posts in FE and ACL in the areas of equality, diversity, quality, and lastly, in HE, in PCET, at Worcester University. At Birmingham Newman University, she taught Education Studies and is now a research supervisor. She has published in the areas of linguistics, critical pedagogy, race equality, epistemology, the professional doctorate, study skills for post-graduates and College-based HE
Kerry ScattergoodKerry Scattergood is a lecturer in adult literacy and Family Learning, and has been teaching in further and adult education for over 20 years. She is FE Research Lead within her college, with a passion for raising the capacity for practitioner research within the FE sector. She also involved in the #FEResearchMeet movement, and a founding member of the Research College Group.
Mark HydeOriginally working in the plumbing industry, Mark has over a decade of experience in teaching Plumbing and GCSE English, in FE. Currently working at Barking & Dagenham College and teaching across both vocational and academic pathways, Mark also led on the introduction of BSE T-Levels and currently holds the post of Head of Teaching, Learning & Assessment. Mark is engaged in Practitioner Research, working towards a PhD at Sunderland University. Mark's research focuses on how language is taught in FE and more specifically, widening the scope of literacies present in English GCSE curricula and exploring the pedagogic work that aesthetic experiences can do.
Robin SimmonsRobin Simmons is Professor of Education at the Universities of Bolton and Huddersfield. His research interests lie in the history and sociology of education, especially in relation to post-compulsory education and training. Robin has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is the author or editor of five academic books, the latest of which, Education Work and Social Change in Britain’s Former Coalfield Communities, was published by Palgrave in 2022. He is a long-standing member of ARPCE and has worked on research projects funded by bodies including the Leverhulme Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Raymond Williams Foundation, and the Society for Educational Studies.
Vicky DuckworthA senior lecturer and Research fellow at Edge Hill University, in the North West of England, UK; prior to working in education Vicky was a nurse and midwife. Vicky’s research has a strong social justice and theoretical focus. Throughout her career Vicky has published widely which consists of authoring, co-authoring, editing and co-editing books, most recently in the field of literacy. Vicky has developed considerable expertise in Adult Literacy and Education and is deeply committed to challenging inequality through critical and emancipatory approaches to education, widening participation, inclusion, community action and engaging in research with a strong social justice agenda.