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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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Staff now plan to strike during first week of September over ‘fire and rehire’ row at London college
Jess is commissioning editor at FE Week and Schools Week, responsible for the opinion pages in FE Week and deep-dive features and profile interviews across both papers. As a reporter, her investigative work on special educational needs funding, small failing private schools, home education and off-rolling generated national coverage and in 2018 she was shortlisted in the British Journalism awards for specialist media, and came runner-up for most promising newcomer in the 2017 CIPR education journalism awards. In 2019 she researched and fronted a half-hour BBC documentary on a big northern academy trust failure. More recently, she has bagged interviews with former top civil servants, incoming and outgoing Children’s Commissioners, MPs and shadow ministers, and run series of deep-dive features on the government’s careers education plans, squeezed adult education colleges, maths schools and more. Jess has also reported for The Guardian, BBC, The Independent and the Eastern Daily Press.
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Will is a Senior Reporter at FE Week. He was previously the Digital Editor at The PIE News, a UK-based publication that covers the international education sector, where he led on investigations into the wellbeing of international students.
Will has reported on a wide range of issues relating to student welfare including Indian students in the UK being made homeless during the pandemic and students being exploited by unscrupulous employers in Canada.
Before The PIE, Will was a reporter for the Bromley News Shopper and he has worked as a freelancer for VICE and The Fence, writing features and more in-depth pieces into transparency issues with Companies House.