Jane is a part time Doctoral Candidate in SELLL researching English and Employability, and a Teaching Fellow in Enterprise with the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University. She has a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, an MA in English Literature, both from SELLL, an MBA and a PG Certificate in Research Training. She has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining Newcastle University, she was an owner and Chief Executive of a multi-award winning technical clothing company. Jane was awarded the MBE for services to UK Exports, won a UKTI Individual Achievement in Export award and was the 2006 NE Woman Rural Entrepreneur of the Year. She has also played a proactive role in the community for many years, including working as a charity trustee. She sings in a chamber choir, enjoys learning to speak French and loves walking in the countryside.
Jane has been involved with the Researching our Futures project from the beginning and in her role as Joint Chair of the Student Committee, has been very closely involved with the organisation of the conference, from securing PGR Innovation funding to marketing and promotion. She sees the conference as an opportunity to reflect on the complex and valuable skill-set which PhD researchers develop, which can be applied in a wide range of careers.