Land-based colleges are going green

Land-based colleges are exploiting green issues by teaching a range of new and traditional skills says Neil Merrick

Adult learning: Don't give up the day job to get ahead

People looking to learn new skills have more flexible options than ever before, finds James Morrison

No such thing as a free lesson

The Government's decision to make asylum-seekers pay to learn English has angered many, says Neil Merrick

We pay to train Big Mac staff

Why is the fast-food giant providing classes at the taxpayers' expense?

Smash the glass ceiling

A new Masters programme is designed to get more women into top arts jobs. Caitlin Davies reports

Further education: the Olympics start here

Colleges are laying on a host of sports-related programmes as 2012 approaches, finds Neil Merrick

Basic Skills: Baby, I've got to do some learning

Help is at hand for new parents and others who have a reason to improve their skills, says Rosie Freeman

Leading article: Power to teach

Now that teenagers aged 14 to 16 are able to opt to be educated in further education (FE) colleges, lecturers are being confronted with the kind of difficult behaviour that previously only teachers in schools saw. So, it is right that the Government should legislate to give FE lecturers the power to restrain unruly children who need to be removed from the classroom or otherwise controlled. It was a anomaly that they were required to teach disaffected youngsters without being able to do so effectively. Lecturers need the same powers as teachers. When will the Government decide that they also need the same pay?

Whatever happened to A-level choice?

FE colleges are being pragmatic, if myopic, by only offering vocational courses, says Neil Merrick

Postgraduate Lives: Felicity Ford, masters student at Oxford Brookes University

'I want to turn my arthritis into an asset'

Home Learning: You might learn more by remote control

Distance learning is flexible, cheap and convenient. No wonder it's on the increase

Take a break - and learn something

Belly dancing, using the internet, or arts and crafts? Enrol on your dream course

Tutorial colleges: 'The teachers treat you with respect'

Tutorial colleges are just crammers, right? No; they are chosen by the brightest students, says Alex McRae

A message from Dr John Brennan at the Association of Colleges

In 20 years' time half of our population will be 50 and over. This demographic time bomb requires action

Somerset College: The building blocks of a sustainable future

One college is leading the way in pioneering new techniques in construction, says Neil Merrick
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