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Dr Jane Chambers

Head of Department - Secondary

Dr Jane Chambers

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Jane Chambers is currently the Head of Secondary, Post Graduate and Educational Development in the Institute of Education at St Mary’s University. In addition, Jane has responsibility for managing collaborative provision for the Institute and manages and teaches on the PGCE programmes based in the North East of England.  Jane teaches on the Masters in Education and Professional Doctorate in Education programmes. Jane is also a research advisor for Ed Doc students.

Jane is a Chief University External Examiner and also external examiner for Masters in Education programmes. Jane is a member of the British Educational Research Association and the Chartered College of Teaching.

After completing her MA in Health Promotion and Health Education from the Institute of Education, University of London, Jane completed her MA in Education (Leading Innovation and Change) in 2008 at the University of Surrey. Her research project focused on the academic value of 14-19 vocational subjects. The professional identity of teacher educators was the theme of Jane’s Doctorate in Education (Nottingham Trent University), which she completed in 2017.

Jane began her career in education as a secondary teacher of chemistry and biology, and thereafter worked as a Primary Care Trust schools advisor and as a national public health advisor prior to joining St Mary’s University. Jane was a joint winner of the St Henry Walpole Prize for Teaching and Learning, awarded by St Mary’s, in December 2009 for an innovative approach to cross-curricular learning with PGCE students.


Research profile


Taylor, C. & Chambers, J. (2016) Feasible utopias: one scholarly approach to developing Academic Strategy. Educational Developments, SEDA, 17.2, 8-11

Chambers, J. (2014) Forming a professional identity: Step in, step out and shake it all about, ReflectED: 3, 30-32

Chambers, J. (2014) Professional identity, motherhood and education, in M. James, J. Renowden & J. West-Burnham Rethinking the Curriculum: Embedding moral and spiritual growth in teaching and learning. Bath, Brown Dog Books

Baughen, M., Chambers, J., Gordon, A. L. and Grounds, I. (2011) I’m a subject specialist - get me out of here, Professional Development Today, 14(2) 50-55

Chambers, J., Kelly, M., Millward, L. and Warm, D. (2004) Translating Evidence into Practice; Department of Health. Department of Health,  Health Development Agency.

Millward, L., Warm, D. and Chambers, J. (2004) An interim report of the evidence for effective drug prevention research activity and learning to date.  Department  of Health, Health Development Agency.

Coomber, R., Millward, L., Chambers, J. and Warm, D. (2004) A rapid review of the 'grey' literature on risky behaviour in young people aged 11-18 with a special emphasis on vulnerable groups. Department of Health, Health Development Agency


Conference presentations:

BERA Conference 2016, Teacher's wellbeing: approaching it from the outset

Annual SEDA Conference 2015: ‘Feasible Utopias’: one scholarly approach to developing Academic Strategy

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