Jane O'Brien


Research Overview

My area of interest is Work-based Learning which differs in many respects from traditional academic provision, for example in terms of student profile, needs, expectations, multiple stakeholder involvement and pedagogy. I am interested in how to design new models of higher education to meet the needs of Work-based learners and their employers. This includes how to take account of individuals' prior learning and experience and to develop customised programmes rather than a predefined curriculum. I am interested in how to transfer learning into practice so that development programmes support people to address practice requirements directly, with benefits for the individual and their organisation.

Leadership induction programme for healthcare leaders from South Africa
Types of Business and Community - Hosting of external, non-academic visitor

Building resilience; creating connections
Types of Business and Community - CPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)

Visioning event for Social work
Participation in conference

COGENT (External organisation)
Member of Advisory Panel