Stephen Exley

‘We have one thing in common – a love for FE’

Ex-minister Vince Cable and the NUS’ Shakira Martin join forces to launch learner-centred research project

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Whichever way you look at it, Sir Vince Cable and Shakira Martin make for an odd couple. One is a knight of the realm and former Cabinet minister; the other is a proudly working-class single mother who has carved out a reputation as a plain-speaking advocate for students’ rights as the National Union of Students’ vice-president for further education.

The two share one characteristic, though: a passionate belief in the power of FE to transform lives. Accordingly, the NUS has appointed Cable to head up its new research project, Students Shaping Further Education. Following a series of college ...

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