Dr Jane Andrews PhD

Jane Andrews

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Before returning to education as a mature student, I worked in the Public Sector for 15 years serving in both the RAF and Police Force. On completing my PhD in 2006 I joined Aston Business School Research Centre for Higher Education and Learning Management as a Research / Teaching Fellow. I remained part of HELM until September 2008. During this period I also worked as an Independent Researcher for the Institute of Voluntary Action Research in London. I also undertook some work as an independent consultant for the Home Office.  From September 2008 until December 2010, I was employed as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Learning Innovation & Professional Practice at Aston. During this time I gained a keen interest in STEM Education Research in general – and in Engineering Education in particular. In December 2010 the opportunity arose for me to follow my research interests and move to the School of Engineering & Applied Science to work as a Social Research Fellow. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Engineering Education in August 2012 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2014. I am now on of only a handful of Sociologists to hold a lectureship in Engineering globally. From 2012 to 2015 I was the Programme Director for a suite of Postgraduate Engineering Management Programmes, stepping down from this role in September 2015 to set up Aston STEM Education Centre (ASEC). In June 2016 I was appointed a Co-Director of ASEC.  Additionally I am currently supervising 3 PhD students all of whom are undertaking research in engineering education.

Research interests

My major research interests are in the area of STEM Education. In particular, I am interested in the role engineering and applied science play in society. Part of this interest focuses upon the ‘STEM Education Pipeline’ – I feel it is vital that we understand how we at one end, enthuse young people about Engineering & Applied Science at an early age, whilst at the other end, we ensure that Engineering & Applied Science Graduates are well prepared to play a full role in society through useful and fulfilling employment. As a Pedagogical Researcher I am particularly interested in Classroom Dynamics, Active Learning and Student Assessment. I also have an active interest in gender issues in relation to career choice, learning and STEM subjects

Teaching Activity

I currently teach Corporate Social Responsibility and Research Methods at Postgraduate level within the School of Engineering & Applied Science. I have, in the past, taught on a range of different programmes in both Aston Business School and the School of Language & Social Science.


  • PhD, Aston Business School, March 2006
  • Bsc (1st Class Hons) Public Policy and Management and Sociology. June 2001.
  • I am currently studying part time for a Master's in Theology at Chester University


  • 2005 – Date: Aston University: Research & Teaching.
  • 1998-2005: Student
  • 1992-1994: Voluntary Sector – Disability Rights / Welfare. Organizational Trustee.
  • 1985-1992: Staffordshire Police: Police Officer
  • 1980-1985: RAF: Service Woman (Logistics)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Member of Society for Research into Higher Education 
  • Governing Board Member of UK & Ireland Research in Engineering Education Network (and secretary of this organisation).  
  • Member of the British Educational Research Society
  • Member of UK EER SIG

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Engineering & Applied Science

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  1. Electrical power systems education for employment

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  2. Employment based projects for electrical power foundation degrees

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  3. Pedagogy, Practice and Procedure (The P 3 Project) - Educating Engineering Managers A Model for the Future

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  1. 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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  2. SRHE Annual Research Conference 2014

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  3. Workshop in Planning & Promoting Peer Mentoring

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