Let’s build our own evidence base

While schools have taken research to their hearts, the FE sector has long lagged behind. But moves are afoot to support practitioners by cultivating new networks to allow research to flourish. George Ryan finds out how

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Gary Husband has long held a passion for academic research. But as a college engineering lecturer, he found his opportunities were limited by his teaching commitments. “There was no time for any other activity in the working week, so I had to do research in my own time,” he recalls.

When he was promoted to head of the automotive engineering department at Edinburgh College, and then subsequently to head of professional development, the number of other tasks on Husband’s to-do list continued to grow.

Three years ago, Husband took the bold step of moving to higher education to become a lecturer ...

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