Stan Lester Developments

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Dr Stan Lester

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This page provides information and links for selected projects.




Projects with links and resources


Degree Apprenticeships.  Stan is currently working with Middlesex University on a project to recommend improvements to policing Degree Apprenticeships, and with UVAC on a European project (IDEAL) looking at lessons from adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.  He also worked in 2019-20 with Middlesex University and UVAC on a project on Degree Apprenticeships funded by the Edge Foundation, and was commissioned by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2016 to produce a report on work-integrated degrees.

                 ► Sustainable Degree Apprenticeships report (2020), article (2020)

                 ► Work-integrated degrees report (2016)

                 ► Centre for Degree Apprenticeships (external site).   


Digi4VET.  Stan Lester was the scientific lead for this Erasmus+ strategic partnership project (2018-21), concerned with the training implications of digitisation (‘industrie 4.0’), and focusing specifically on augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D printing as tools for use in vocational education and training.  The project was led by SBG-Dresden, with partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Cyprus. 

                 ► Digi4VET page.   


Architects Registration Board.  Stan is on the working group that is developing a competence-oriented approach to entry-routes to architecture, having previously been an external expert on the review of the criteria and procedures that are used for approving courses and admitting ‘non-standard’ entrants to the register of architects.  This work is part of a wider set of changes to how architects are regulated in the UK. 

                 ► ARB changes to regulation (external site).  

                 ► Article on entry-routes to architecture


ComProCom (Communicating Professional Competence) was an Erasmus+ strategic partnership project that Stan Lester developed with VFA/EETAA in Athens and partners from Poland, Germany, Ireland and Austria.  It ran from 2015 to 2017, and developed a model of describing ‘competence as practice’, reflecting the needs of higher-level occupations.  This project resulted in several practical and academic publications, linked on the project page.

                 ► ComProCom page.


Higher vocational education and training in Europe.  Stan Lester worked from 2014 to 2017 with the Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), the German federal institute for vocational education and training, on a project on higher VET and work-based learning in six European countries (England, France, Norway, Austria, Poland and Ireland). 

                 ► H-VET page.   


Family Mediation Council.  Stan Lester has worked with the FMC to review and revise the profession’s qualifying and self-regulatory processes, and to support establishment of the Family Mediation Standards Board. 

                 ► FMC standards and self-regulation page.  


Research into professional qualifying processes.  In 2012 Stan Lester completed a study into professional competence standards and frameworks in the UK.  He has also carried out two studies in partnership with the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN), one concerning routes to initial qualified status and the other about further designations such as fellowships.  Publications from these projects can be found using the link below.

                 ► Professions research page.   


Training for vocational rehabilitation practitioners.  Stan was a partner in the Leonardo project TRAVORS2, which developed a training programme and certificate for vocational rehabilitation practitioners.  The project involved partners in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Lithuania and Turkey.   

                 ► TRAVORS2 page.


Heritage conservation as a profession.  Stan Lester worked with the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and its predecessors to introduce professional and technician qualifications and to help develop conservation as a profession.  He is currently (2019-20) involved in reviewing the Icon professional standards. 

                 ► Icon qualifications page.  


Work-based learning at university level.  Stan was involved in the development of the former Ufi-Learndirect Learning through Work system, as well as with work-based learning developments at Middlesex University and in theorising and researching work-based learning at doctoral level.   

                 ► Work-based learning page.



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