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Date posted: 08/11/2007

Strengthening links between research and practice related to delivering higher education in further education is the aim of a new online resource launched by the University of Plymouth’s Higher Education Learning Partnerships (HELP) on Thursday 1 November. 

The online publication – The British Journal of Higher Education in Further Education (BJHEinFE) – aims to meet the needs of those working in the HE in FE sector, which is rapidly expanding due to the growing numbers of foundation degrees delivered in FE colleges. 

The journal – which is free to users and will give them open access to all its content - will be a useful resource for a wide range of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other professionals involved in education or development in communities across the sector. 

The BJHEinFE will provide opportunities for the transfer of best practice and the exchange and development of knowledge and skills relating to the delivery of HE in FE, such as finding effective methods of bringing HE and FE staff together to encourage FE students’ progression and retention, and bringing staff from FE and HE together to ensure mutual understanding through curriculum and staff development. 

A unique aspect of the journal is that its editorial board - which includes representatives from the Learning & Skills Council, universities including Derby and Ulster and colleges including  City College Manchester and Cornwall College, as well as members of the Plymouth’s HELP CETL - recognises that some practitioners may not have published work previously. The team welcomes first submissions from contributors and will provide feedback, support and guidance to encourage contributors to publish. 

Speaking about the journal, its editor Dr Neil Witt from the University of Plymouth, said: “The emphasis is on providing a vehicle for those involved in theory, research and practice to jointly explore ideas using a diverse mix of research methods and disciplines.” 

The BJHEinFE can be accessed at