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Dr. Jane Bartholomew  EdD  FHEA

My research interests

Connecting directly with the findings from my Doctorate in Education about Student Engagement, Motivation and Autonomy in Higher Education, and to utilise my business experiences and specialist knowledge as a textile designer, I now lecture, coach and mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Nottingham Business School at NTU.

Due to my research interests, I teach on modules across all levels that are part of the Personalisation and Experiential Learning agenda within the Nottingham Business School. These modules require students to focus on their continued personal, academic and professional development to ensure they prepare well for their future. I also coach and mentor students on an individual basis at all levels to support their transition in and out of HE with a focus on developing their reflective practice, autonomous behaviours and preparedness to embrace their future plans.


I work with staff from across the University on a range of business development initiatives and am a member of the Design Thinking and Student as Partners working groups.

Researching the student's experience and ways in which they prefer to learn are pivotal in the development of new pedagogy. Understanding this and how it connects with what motivates today's students provide the fundamental drivers for my research projects.


Recent Conference papers on related themes were delivered at the AdvanceHE's Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2019, RAISE 2023, RAISE 2019, RAISE 2017, HEA 2017.


Doctor of Education - EdD (2022) ‘How do Students, Lecturers and Managers in Higher Education Understand ‘Student Engagement’ and Factors Impacting Undergraduate Students’ Motivation and Autonomy?’


2018-present: Senior Lecturer in Marketing. Assistant Course Leader BA (Hons) Marketing. Learning & Teaching Representative. Researcher in Student Engagement, Motivation and Autonomy in Higher Education, Nottingham Business School


1997-2018: Principal Lecturer in Textile Design and Standards and Quality Manager in the School of Art and Design at NTU, maintaining effective standards with course design, undertaking validations and working collaboratively with many HE institutions worldwide.

Co-authored and co-edited ‘The Design Student’s Handbook’, published by Routledge (2013) with Steve Rutherford - available on Amazon. Written and designed for existing and prospective students studying design, it contains 500 full colour images with chapters covering all design disciplines, to include the practical and theoretical principles of designing, career and business advice. It contains over 100 stories capturing personal insights from designers about their career profiles and students sharing their thoughts about what it is like studying design. Feedback from students, lecturers, design companies and parents tells us that this has been an invaluable resource for studying design subjects in Higher Education.

External Examiner at Belfast School of Art (2016-19), Ulster University (2016-19); Bradford School of Art, Leeds University (2013-16); London Metropolitan University (2009-2012)

2003-2007: Design Director for DITTO Textiles Ltd., creating innovative woven and tufted floor coverings for high-end interior settings, including a large scale project for the television programme
‘Grand Designs’. Also provided a design consultancy service to other companies.

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