It was a great honour to be recognised last week for my investigative reporting on FE, and I know our talented senior report Alix Robertson feels the same way.

The best thing about working for this paper is that we are given the time and backing to truly get to grips with really important issues for a sector which means so much to us.

It has been all the more satisfying, therefore, to learn that the SFA has taken on board our hard-won findings, showing how brokers are hiving off millions meant for frontline learning.

They deserve full credit and the decision to effectively ban brokers is the right one. Taxpayers and more importantly students lose out through this secretive business, as do subcontractors who have been paying the commission fees.

Rest assured we will be keeping a careful eye on how the tougher rules are implemented next summer.