Issue date: 13 January 2010
Dr Jane Harrington has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of the West of England's Bristol Business School
Jane is an alumna of Bristol Business School (BBS) having graduated in the late 1980's. During her time as a researcher, lecturer and most recently as Associate Dean, Jane has helped to shape the Business School. She completed her PhD in 2000, following the birth of her son in 1998.
Jane said, “This was one of the most difficult things that I have had to do and the writing up had to be done between 10pm and 2am each night for almost a year, it helped me to understand the difficulties that part time students and students with caring responsibilities have as they study.” Jane's thesis for her PhD centred on women's active involvement in trade unions in USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) and BIFU (Banking, Insurance and Finance Union), during a period of trade union decline.
A significant element of her work at UWE has included teaching in the Human Resources Management department with a particular interest in equality and research methodology. She has in recent years taught research methodology to PhD students. During Jane's time as Associate Dean of BBS, her portfolio responsibilities were academic development and programmes. This included working with other faculties within UWE which she regarded as an important element of this work, alongside networks with regional and international colleges and universities.
“I share the vision for UWE to become known as the Partnership University that has been clearly set out by UWE's Vice –Chancellor Steve West, and look forward to the Business School becoming the leading Learning and Knowledge Partnership Business School in the UK. At the heart of this has to be an emphasis on the Student Experience. We need excellent staff to deliver this and with this in mind will be building on current research strengths.
“Developing external links, improving the student experience and deepening our international relationships and collaborations are key to gaining this recognition.
“Over the last few years I have been leading the strong partnership that the Business School has with Taylors University College in Malaysia and I am delighted that the relationship with this university is being strengthened with the validation of dual awards”. BBS has developing relationships in Vietnam and India, with two successful validations taking place in Vietnam in December 2009. These open up exciting prospects for BBS in the international arena."
Dr Harrington took up post on 4 January 2010.