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NewsSection Three
The Further Education Professional Development Forum: Appointment of New Chairman

The Department has appointed to the Chair of the Further Education Professional Ray LandDevelopment Forum Dr Ray Land, MA, MSc, PhD, PGCE, FRSA [Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts], FSEDA [Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association], ILTM [Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education].

Dr Land is currently Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Department of Higher and Community Education at Edinburgh University. He has been engaged in teaching since 1974 and has worked in secondary, further, adult and higher education; his experience includes 12 years as an FE lecturer in the London region. Since 1985 he has been formally involved in running programmes of professional development for teachers in further and higher education, at Greenwich University, Napier University and, from 1997, Edinburgh University. Dr Land's current research interests include the management of educational development and organisational change and theoretical aspects of learning technology, and he has published extensively in these and many other fields.

In June Dr Land will be taking up post as Professor of Higher Education Development in the Centre of Higher Education Development at the University of Coventry. He will continue to live in Scotland and maintain links with the Scottish education system.

Dr Land has agreed also to chair the Steering Group which will work with the Department to take forward the review of occupational standards and national guidelines on provision leading to the teaching qualification in further education and related professional development, published earlier this year. The Steering Group will consist of representatives, yet to be appointed, of key organisations in the field of FE and the professional development of FE lecturers.

Dr Land succeeds as Chair Professor Iain Macdonald, formerly Senior Vice-Principal of Aberdeen University, and more recently, as Interim Chair, Mr Iain Ovens, Principal of Dundee College. We are grateful to all three for bringing their skills and experience to bear in the interest of FE lecturers' professionalism.

Further and Adult Education Division
Scottish Executive Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department
May 2003