Higher recognition

Thursday 23 March 2017

Four Bedford College staff members presented research papers at the ARPCE (Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Education) international conference, held at Manchester-Harris College, Oxford University.

Group Photo Higher Recognition

The four members of staff were: Sam Jones, Catherine Lloyd, Anastassia Parsons and Kevin Norley, all of whom are members of the College’s Research Network. 

The papers covered various issues, including professional learning communities and continuing professional development (CPD) among FE staff delivering HE courses.

Sam Jones, Advanced Practitioner said: “There has been an awakening of understanding of the values of academia in the FE community. Traditionally FE has delivered HNC’s and HND’s without recognising the professional rigour which is embedded in that area of teaching. We want to recognise the significance of industry experience and what it brings to the student learning experience within an FE college.”  

Kevin Norley, lecturer in adult English and maths, said: ”It was a really well organised conference, which gave me the opportunity to meet, and engage with, academics and professionals within the field of post-compulsory education from across the globe, all within the grandeur and splendour of one of the world’s top universities!”