MPhil, Dip. Res., PGCE/In service
I joined the team in 1999 from the School of Social Sciences where I lectured on Gender Relations and Society, and Women and Work, whilst completing my MPhil entitled ‘From Honorary Chap to Mother: Challenges Facing Women who work in the Professions and are Mothers’ which focused on women in the NHS who combine career progression with family formation.
My portfolio includes the Business and Management Studies subject area which I have developed over 10 years, and which now provides a comprehensive and dynamic programme of part-time courses to support new managers in the public, private and third sectors, and supports employability both for graduates and the wider public.
I am currently developing a research project to explore the learning trajectories and biographies of part-time adult learners, and how the provision of, and participation in, relevant, flexible learning and teaching opportunities can contribute to a measurable ‘community uplift’ at individual, social/cultural and economic levels.
Work with external agencies
Jan has been particularly successful in attracting external funds for partnership projects which include:
- Women into Management award-winning course developed in partnership with Trade Unions, WAG and public sector employers (grants in 2000 and 2002). (Regional National Training Award (2005) Cardiff University and Public and Commercial Services Union).
- Employment Tribunal Skills and Discrimination Law (original grant in 2004)developed in partnership with the then Equal Opportunities Commission, Race Equality Commission, Disability Rights Commission and ongoing with the EHRC.
- Splott and Tremorfa Communities First (2008/9) an outreach programme which is a portable, replicable model for introducing and developing learning and teaching opportunities in communities with very low traditions of HE participation.
- Women into Public Life (2007) in partnership with Oxfam Cymru and the NFWI and feeds into the WAG Step-up Cymru and Active Citizenship projects.
Selected related publications and reports
- Women into Management- an evaluation of the Wales Union Learning Fund Project 2000-2006 (with Karen Crawford, Learning through Life Foundation).
- Stephens, J. (1999) ‘A Fight for Her Time: Challenges Facing Mothers who work in Hospital Medicine’ in McKie, L., Bowlby, S. and Gregory, S. Gender, Power and the Household London : Macmillan.
- Stephens, J. (1996) ‘From Honorary Chap to Mother: Combining Work in the Professions with Motherhood’ in Pilcher, J. and Coffey, A. Gender and Qualitative Research Aldershot : Avebury.