Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Exposing the seedy underbelly of the sector

The uninitiated could be forgiven for labouring under the misconception that FE is, perhaps, a bit dull. The acronyms, the funding streams, the bureaucratic complexities... It all sounds a bit more HNC than S&M (that's Higher National Certificate, do keep up).

But don't be fooled. FErret has long harboured suspicions that, beneath its professional, functional exterior, the sector is a hotbed of scandal and sexual intrigue.

A new novel, The Further Education of Mike Carter, promises to finally expose the seedy underbelly of FE. Penned by Richard Ayres, a former lecturer, trade union representative and vice-principal of Newcastle College, the book - according to the publisher, at least - "is packed with enough shenanigans to keep any reader entertained".

Mike Carter, the book's protagonist, has built up a reputation as "the leader of the pack, scourge of college management, seducer of students, colleagues and wives of colleagues".

But, approaching 60, things have started to go awry. "The younger lecturers are no longer in thrall to him, his powers of seduction are declining, and those whom he has offended over the years, sensing his diminishing influence, are seeking to exact revenge. …

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