Perhaps the only way to give FE the same profile would be to propose to abolish it. Mike Foster, the Labour MP whose anti-fox-hunting bill once again pushed him into the limelight as it went to the vote in the Commons this week, is perhaps less well-nown as secretary of the all-party further education group.
"I said on the Today programme that FE is important to everybody. Hunting is an issue which affects only a small number of people and yet, if I even sneeze on the subject, people's ears prick up," said Mr Foster.
"FE affects everyone yet it is much harder to get anything about it in the papers because, I suppose, hunting is just more controversial and sexier."