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A short apprenticeship for the big boss

New FE commissioner Richard Atkins reveals how he spent three weeks learning from the ‘master’ – his predecessor, Sir David Collins

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When FErret hears any job title containing the word commissioner, he likes to imagine a world-weary figure tasked with taking on the seedy underbelly of society to root out evil and corruption. Picture Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon in the Batman films.

While the role of FE commissioner is a little less dramatic – more data scrutiny and steering groups than villains, chases and explosions – it’s a serious job. Overseeing the area reviews and leading interventions into struggling colleges, not to mention recommending to ministers what action needs to be taken, is no small task.

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