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Jane Challinor

Jane Challinor

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


As Subject lead for Health and Social Care, Jane has responsibility for the day to day operational management of the course team, including timetabling and quality assurance. She also takes an active role in marketing for the Division of Social Work and Professional Practice, including liaison with schools and employers. She currently teaches research and academic skills to first year students and leads a core module at Level 6 in leadership and team working.

Career overview

Formerly a senior NHS manager and management consultant, Jane also spent ten years working as a UKCP registered counsellor, predominantly in primary care settings.

She has worked in Higher Education since 2006 teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates in health and social care.

At De Montfort University she was Programme Manager of a distance learning programme for NHS Managers and was responsible for developing and delivering on line learning activities.

Jane joined NTU in 2010 as Course Leader for the BA Health and Social Care and in 2012 became Principal Lecturer and Subject Lead. In 2013 she received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Inspirational Teaching and she was recently made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research areas

Jane's research interests are in the area of technology enhanced learning, student engagement and social media. Her blog on student engagement and technology enhanced learning - The Virtual Leader - is featured in The Guardian's Higher Education Network.

Jane is currently collaborating with colleagues from the University of the Balearic Isles on a project looking at reflection for professional practice and the use of open educational resources. She is also currently writing about her experience as a participant in NTU's Scale Up pilot and how this environment supports the development of students' digital skills.

Press expertise

  • Student engagement
  • Digital skills
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Social networking and education
  • Leadership and team dynamics