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Professor Jane O'Brien

Professor Emeritus

Jane O'Brien

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 593277

Research overview

My area of expertise is in professional and organisational learning and in integrating higher education with the requirements of work. I am a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  I have an ILM level 7 qualification for Executive and Senior Level Coaching and Mentoring.

I introduced an innovative new educational model at Lancaster for professional learners and their organisations.  The model differs from traditional academic provision in terms of student profile, multiple stakeholder involvement and pedagogy.  Rather than a set curriculum, Masters' degrees are flexible and negotiated to meet the student’s needs, the employer’s business needs and the University’s requirements.  Courses widen access, award credit for prior experiential learning, foster learning through the experience of work and develop organisations as well as individuals through changes to practice.

I led the development of specialist sectoral degrees and highly customised accredited programmes for organisations through building strategic partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally. I have provided advice and consultancy to many external agencies, organisations and businesses, including government departments and the NHS and led on the Centre for Health Futures in LUMS. 


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