Jackie is responsible for leading the University of Wolverhampton’s widening participation and outreach work, including engagement with schools and colleges and the University’s work with Academy Schools and University Technical College (UTCs). She is also responsible for online and technology enhanced learning and for the University’s approach to distributed learning centres.
Jackie graduated in Hispanic Studies from Liverpool University in 1987 and in 1995 completed an MA in Education and Industry from Warwick University. She has 25 years experience in higher education, and has held a number of senior management positions.
Jackie began her career at Coventry University as a Lecturer in Spanish, working her way up to Principal Lecturer. She moved to the University of Leicester in 2001, as Director of Continuing Professional Development, and later went on to become Director of Lifelong Learning. While at Leicester, she was responsible for a number of university wide initiatives, including part-time higher education, community and regional engagement, FE partnerships (including Colleges-University of Leicester Network and the Skills for Sustainable Development regional Lifelong Learning Network) and Employer Engagement. She was also Academic Director in the College of Social Science. From 2013 she was Dean of Distance Education at the University of Leicester, with institution-wide responsibility for distance and online learning, including the development of FutureLearn MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
At national level, Jackie has been active in the field of lifelong learning and part-time higher education and is Honorary Secretary of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL). She has been involved in a number of national initiatives in part–time higher education and lifelong learning. She was a Board member of the Universities Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) between 2008 and 2010. She has also held a number of regional roles in the East Midlands and has been active in the local economic development and skills arena. Her research interests include higher education and lifelong learning policy and practice, and distance and online learning, and she has written and published in these areas.