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Education is under attack and it’s time to fight back

After a year in which knowledge and expertise have been trampled upon by politicians, the UCU general secretary says the FE sector has to blow its own trumpet

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Make no mistake, the very essence of education is under attack. After Brexit came Donald Trump’s victory, cementing what has been called the “revolt against expertise”. As former education secretary Michael Gove put it: “The country has had enough of experts.” Hasn’t it?

Speaking as the proud general secretary of a union 100,000 experts strong, including 30,000 working in further education, you would expect me to disagree with that – and I do. University and College Union (UCU) members are part of a sector that, for all its troubles, supports more than 2.7 million people every year in ...

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