Dr Jane Andrews

Engineering Systems & Management

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Before returning to education as a mature student, I worked in the Public Sector for 15 years. 

On completing my PhD in 2005 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. 

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.

Position: Programme Director for the Engineering Management Programmes
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3363 
Email: j.e.andrews@aston.ac.uk
Room: MB109b

  • PhD, Aston Business School, March 2006
  • Bsc (1st Class Hons) Public Policy and Management and Sociology. June 2001.
  • 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)
Since 2002, I have taught across a range of Public Policy and Social Science Programmes at Aston Business School and Aston School of Languages & Social Science. I have also a range of experience teaching postgraduate (PhD level) Research Methods.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Member of Society for Research into Higher Education 
  • Member of Research in Engineering Education Network 
  • Member of UK EER SIG
My major research interests are in the area of engineering education. In particular, I am interested in the role engineering plays in society. Part of this interest focuses upon the ‘engineering education pipeline’ – I feel it is vital that we understand how we at one end, enthuse young people about engineering at an early age, whilst at the other end, we ensure that engineering 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.
  • Dawn White: The use of ‘language’ in Higher Education Marketing
  • National HE STEM Programme (2010 and 2011): A total of £50,000 to look at various aspects of engineering education.
  • HEFCE / Paul Hamlyn Foundation (2008): £193,000 to explore peer mentoring in higher education (lead for project involving 6 other institutions).
  • ESRC (2002): Full studentship for PhD studies.

Andrews J. & Higson H. (2007) ‘Modelling Business Graduate Employability: Developing a New Conceptual Framework through Empirical Research’In Remenyi D. (ed) ECRM 2007: 6th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies’. pp 1-10.ISBN978-1-905305-51-3.

Andrews J. & Higson H. (2007). ‘The MISLEM Project: Education, Employment and Graduate Employability: Project Manual. Birmingham. Aston University. ISBN.  978 1 85449 441 2. Published on behalf of European Union, Leonardo Da Vinci Programme. 

Andrews J., Harris M. & Cameron H. (2008). “All Change? Managers’ Experience of Organizational Change in Theory and Practice”. Journal of Change Management.  21. 3. PP 300-315

Andrews J. & Higson H. (2008). ‘Graduate Employability, 'Soft Skills' Versus 'Hard' Business Knowledge: A  European Study’. Higher Education in Europe. 33. 4. pp 411-422 

Andrews J. & Clark R. (2009). Peer Mentoring in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature. Aston University.CLIPP Working Paper Series: 0109_LTR. ISBN 978 1 85449 461 0. Available from www.aston.ac.uk/clipp

Andrews J. & Harris M. (2009).  “Postgraduate Study and Managers Subsequent Work Experience: An Exploratory Evaluation”. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 34. 4. pp 427-438

Clark, R. & Andrews, J. (2009). A Bridge Too Far? Breaching the research-learning/ teaching nexus in a previously research-led university.  Improving Student Learning. Oxford. OBU Publications. .

Clark, R. & Andrews J., (2010) Engaging Future Engineers: Pedagogy, Policy & Practice. Theoretical Paper, Engineering Education 2010. Birmingham. Published Conference Proceedings. Available from: http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/ee2010/15_GP_ANDREWS.pdf

Clark, R. & Andrews J., (2010). Catching Them Young’: Inspiring Future Engineers, An Exploratory Study. Research Paper. Engineering Education 2010. Birmingham. Published Conference Proceedings. Available from: http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/ee2010/16_RDP_ANDREWS.pdf

Clark, R. & Andrews J., (2010). Building Bridges for Future Sustainability? Breaching the research-teaching nexus in Engineering Education. Workshop. Engineering Education 2010. Birmingham. Published Conference Proceedings. Available from: http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/ee2010/17_W_ANDREWS.pdf

Clark, R. & Andrews, J. (2010). Researching Elementary Engineering Education: An Exploratory Study. European Journal of Engineering Education, 35, 3, PP 585-595  

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