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FERA was formed around 1980 to promote good practice in the Further Education sector and related fields such as Adult and Community Education.  Initially we organised annual conferences with speakers representing both policy and research.  For 8 years or so we have constituted the Editorial Board for the highly succesful journal Research in Post- Compulsory Education.  FERA is both independent and non-profit making and is run by a voluntary committee.

Annual Conferences   

We are planning our inaugural international research conference to take place in Oxford in July 2014 with the inclusive theme ‘Research in Post-Compulsory Education’  - see the Events page for details.  Over the years, we have run some three dozen conferences - see the Archive page, which will also show a link to the Lifelong Learning Network research database.

RPCE Journal

This respected, refereed international journal (Research in Post-Compulsory Education) is issued free to FERA members.  It is issued three or four times a year and covers a wide range of topics, all addressed by experts in their fields.  Some issues are themed.  We would like to see them debated on this website.

Members and Networking

We hope that this new website will encourage debate amongst our 200 or so members. It could be used to spread good practice through raising and discussing issues of the day, it could carry member’s news (e.g. regarding publications and conferences elsewhere) and for discussions based around new issues of our Journal.  We are also establishing a presence on the professional network LINKEDIN and Twitter- see our news page. Membership of FERA is free so please encourage your colleagues to join us.

Management Committee

Our volunatary management committee meets twice a year to keep FERA on track.  We would very much welcome newcomers, perhaps with research and/or management backgrounds. We would also welcome assistance from those with web IT and networking expertise.