Jane Owens

jane-owens

Senior Lecturer in Education

Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

email: j.owens@worc.ac.uk

Jane joined the School of Education as a Sessional Lecturer in 2009 and was appointed to a Senior Lecturer post in January 2014.

Since starting work as a Careers Adviser in the 1980s, Jane has developed a fascination for exploring the influences upon people's learning and career decisions, and upon their employability. She has undertaken extensive work in this and related areas, initially whilst working for an economic consultancy and subsequently through her own company which she set up in 2002.

A practising career coach, Jane is also interested in the impact that the acquisition and usage of coaching and mentoring skills can have upon clients' learning and progression.

Over the past few years, Jane has been engaged in a number of funded research projects including:

  • ‘An Early Evaluation of the Worcestershire Careers Hub’ (funded by Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership): 2019
  •  ‘Understanding employers’ views on the government’s plans to reform technical education: T levels’ (for the Learning and Work Institute and funded by DfE): 2018
  • ‘Review of the Worcestershire programme to support young people and to develop the future workforce for the county’ (funded by Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership): 2016
  • ‘Review into the proposed registration of teachers and others who support learning in the independent sector with the Education Workforce Council’ (funded by the Welsh Government): 2016
  • ‘The future qualification requirements for learning support staff in schools in Wales’ (funded by the Welsh Government): 2015

Qualifications

  • M.Ed. Management and Policy Studies in Education (University of Birmingham)
  • ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring (Office for Public Management)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (University of Worcester)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance: Parts 1 & 2 (Kent College for the Careers Service)
  • BA (Hons) English (University of Wales, Bangor)

 

Teaching & Research

 Teaching Interests

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Career coaching
  • Employability
  • Leadership and management

 Research Interests

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Career coaching
  • Social mobility
  • Employability
  • Placements
  • Education/ business links

Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Career Development Institute (CDI)

Publications

Book chapter

  • Owens, J. (2017) ‘Aspirations and Social Mobility’ in Woolley, R. (ed.) Understanding Inclusion: Core Concepts, Policy and Practice. London: Routledge, pp. 114-130

Funded projects and consultancy

  • Owens, J. (2019) An Early Evaluation of the Worcestershire Careers Hub.  Worcester: Worcestershire County Council/ Worcestershire LEP
  • Owens, J. (2016) Review of the Worcestershire Programme to Support Young People and to Develop the Future Workforce for the County.  Worcester: Worcestershire County Council/ Worcestershire LEP
  • Owens, J. (2016) Review into the Proposed Registration of Teachers and Others Who Support Learning in the Independent Sector with the Education Workforce Council. Cardiff: Welsh Government
  • Owens, J. (2015) Future Qualification Requirements for Learning Support Staff in Schools. Cardiff: Welsh Government Owens, J. and Tibby, M. (2014) Enhancing Employability Through Enterprise Education: Examples of Good Practice in Higher Education. York: Higher Education Academy (HEA)

External Roles

  • Academic Associate, Advance HE
  • Professional Placement Visitor, Aston Business School
  • Skills Coach, Aston University
  • Career Coach, Owens Consulting (UK) Ltd and Working Transitions
  • Associate Coach, West Midlands Employers
  • Associate, Learning and Work Institute