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Other than some weekend jobs delivering pizzas and working in retail while at college, Shane has dedicated his career to further education. A ‘gap-year’ in student politics changed Shane’s career plans entirely as he got involved in policy and campaigning work in the sector. Shrugging a place at uni, Shane was instead elected Vice President (Further Education) by the National Union of Students for two one-year terms. Shane was the first ever FE student representative to stand, albeit unsuccessfully, to be President of NUS (he came second though). Since then Shane has held several policy and campaigning roles across the sector, including as head of public affairs at Learning at Work Institute and an area director at the Association of Colleges. Shane became editor at FE Week in August 2021.
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Billy was appointed deputy editor in January 2019. He began his career with FE Week on a work experience placement while studying for his degree in journalism in 2014 before leaving university and working his way up the ranks.
He began as a junior for sister publication Schools Week, when it was first known as Academies Week, before holding a joint role across both titles and then moving solely onto FE Week in late-2016.
Along his way he has been nominated for various awards including in the CIPR’s Outstanding Further Education Journalist category and the Press Gazette’s Specialist Journalist of the Year category.
Billy recently moved back to Essex where he grew up. When not working, you can find him in the gym, at the pub, and playing football (in that order).
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Investigations and features reporter
Jessica is investigations and features reporter across Schools Week and FE Week, responsible for deep-dive features and profile interviews across both papers.
Before that, Jessica was deputy news editor for Local Government Chronicle covering all things council-related (including unpicking their financial woes), and with a particular knack for nailing devolution deal exclusives.
She has also co-written a book about culture in the UAE where she lived for seven years. During that time she worked as a freelance journalist in Abu Dhabi, covering a wide range of issues mainly for the National newspaper – from hypnobirthing to local ambitions to send astronauts to Mars.
Jessica lives just outside Ipswich and is a keen runner. She is hoping against all odds to conquer a 62k race later this year.
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After 15 years in primary and secondary classrooms, JL rediscovered his first love of writing. His blog, book and a regular column about education all promoted a simple idea: More diversity makes better policy. Now, he’s delivering on that idea as our commissioning editor, helping others to find and use their voice from every corner of the education sector.
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Anviksha joined the FE Week team as a senior reporter in May 2023.
She began her career after moving to London in 2016 from Bolton, armed with a degree in modern languages and a desire to pursue journalism.
Over the years, she has worked her way up the ranks at multiple national trade publications, covering commercial property, NHS general practice and the financial markets, before moving to FE Week.
Anviksha’s home is now in south London. Outside of work, she enjoys watercolour painting, learning Beyoncé dance routines and obsessively photographing her feline housemate.