Jane O'Brien

Director of Executive Education

Research Overview

My work is in professional and organisational development; specifically in 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.

As Associate Dean for Engagement in Lancaster University Management School, I lead on LUMS's strategy for external engagement in research and teaching including executive education.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.