Ms Jane Rowe

Ms Jane Rowe

Lecturer in Postgraduate Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)


Lecturer in Postgraduate Education

I have worked in Higher Education for over 20 years, initially at Plymouth as an Educational Developer, and then at the University of Exeter, as an Education Adviser.  During this time, I contributed to teaching development programmes for new lecturers, ran departmental workshops, took part in quality reviews and sat on professional recognition panels for Higher Education Academy fellowship awards.

Since 2013, when I started in post at the Medical School, I have led a number of interventions to enhance the Masters in Clinical Education programme and our suite of postgraduate programmes generally, including the implementation of a PG personal tutor system, revisions to our assessment and feedback practices, and the design and roll-out of an Education Mentor Scheme.  I am also developing our new distance learning Clinical Education programme, to be launched in September 2019.  

My current roles are:

  • Programme Lead:  Masters in Clinical Education
  • Module Lead:  CLI713 Clinical Education Practice:  Theory, Evidence & Application
  • Module Tutor:  CLI714  Contemporary Issues in Clinical Education
  • Teaching team:  Masters in Healthcare Management,Leadership and Innovation
  • Module Lead:  HML711 Foundations of Healthcare Management,Leadership and Innovation
  • ModuleTutor:  HML712 Organisation Development and Culture 

Professional membership

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education
  • Convenor for ASME's Special Interest Group for those who teach on Postgraduate Taught Clinical Education Programmes -  

Teaching interests

I have a particular interest in how cultural diversity impacts on the experience of learners and teachers, and on the professional identities of doctors in their educator roles.  I  also teach on our MSc in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation.and have strong beliefs about the influence of education and training in change management and the culture of organisations.

Recently, I have been exploring notions of professional identity and values among educators in the health sector and how these inform clinical academic practice. 

I belong to a number of working groups and committees, including Teaching, Learning & Quality Committee, the Student Voice Working Group, the Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Academic Offences Committee.  In addition to Faculty work, I also chair programme approvals and reviews for the central university Quality Team.

Research interests

I have secured funding for a number of externally and internally-funded projects in widening participation students' experience of HE, the promotion of STEM subjects (HE-STEM programme), personal development planning (National Teaching Fellowships Scheme) and the use of videoconferencing in learning and teaching (JISC-HEA).  

I am currently leading a Division of Education & Scholarship-funded project, with Dr Theresa Compton and Dr Kerry Gilbert, on the experience of mentoring and being mentored in clinical education practice.  I am also involved, with Dr Lucy Spowart, in a PEDRIO-funded evaluation of the impact of postgraduate clinical education programmes across four UK medical schools.  

Current projects

2018-19  Principal Investigator 'Mentor and Mentee Experiences of an Education Mentor Scheme' with Dr Theresa Compton & Dr Kerry Gilbert (£3,000)
2017-19 Member of project team 'A cross institutional study examining the impact of Clinical Education Programmes at 4 UK Institutions' with Dr Lucy Spowart (PI), Prof Hilary Neve & Dr Jennie Winter (£6500)

Past projects

2010-13  Project Manager and Faculty Development Lead for 'Enhancing the Quality of Personal Tutoring, a University-wide change management project' at the University of Exeter (£100K)
2011-12  Project Manager and Resource Developer HE STEM Programme (£15K) 'Development of Open Educational Resources to Support Widening Participation and Outreach in STEM Subjects'
2010-11  Lead Researcher and Resource Developer for Realising Opportunities programme funded action research project (£10K) 'Exploring the experiences of non-traditional students at the University of Exeter' with output of video-based resources for use in schools
2008-09  Researcher for National Teaching Fellowship Scheme funded project (£4,500K) on 'Evaluating Personal Development Planning Interventions' as part of a national capacity-building research cluster initiative for PDP practitioners
2004-05  Faculty Development Lead with E. Dunne for JISC/Higher Education Academy-funded Pathfinder project (£98K) 'Videoconferencing in learning and teaching'.
2001-02  Project Manager: Foundation Degree South West, a HEFCE-funded initiative to develop shared learning materials to be shared across 8 partner institutions (£250K).  

Conference presentations

Spowart, L. & Rowe, J. (2018).  ‘Inclusivity in teaching, learning and assessment’,  Fairness and Equity in Medical Education, Academy of Medical Educators, Sheffield.
Spowart, L., Winter, J., Neve, H. & Rowe, J.L. (2018).  Evaluating the Impact of Clinical Education Programmes, Shaping Cultures:  How should we train and sustain professionals to deliver 21st century healthcare?  PU PSMD, University of Plymouth. 
Spowart, L. & Rowe, J.L. (2014). ‘Enhancing feedback to students’, Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Plymouth.
Rowe, J.L. (2012).  ‘Developing a resource to promote uptake in STEM’. Learning Development in Higher Education conference, University of Plymouth.
Rowe, J.L. (2010). ‘Personal Development Planning and the Personal Tutor’, Centre for Recording Achievement Conference, Nottingham.
Rowe, J.L. & Wang, R. (2008). ‘The impact of videoconferencing on the student and staff experience’. Higher Education Academy/JISC Conference, Bristol. 
Rowe, J.L. & Wang, R. (2008). ‘Technologies for cross-campus teaching:  An impact evaluation with students and staff’.  University of Plymouth e-Learning Conference:  Digital learning, repurposing education. 
Rowe, J.L. (2008). ‘Video and conferencing technologies for learning and teaching’. Association of Learning Technologists (ALT-C), Sheffield. 
Rowe, J.L. (2007). ‘Feedback – what matters?  A student perspective’ . Annual Education Conference, University of Exeter. 
Rowe, J.L. (2003). ‘Foundation Degree South West’s Learning Materials project:  Lessons learned’. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Plymouth.

Journal articles and published papers  

Rowe, J.L. (2010) ‘Evaluating a new ePDP tool and its relationship with personal tutoring’. Special Edition: Researching PDP Practice, Learning Development in Higher Education. 
Dunne, E.J., Rowe, J. & Wang, R. (2008). ‘Can you see me? Can you hear me?’ –  Staff development for teaching by videoconference’. Briefing Paper for Joint Information Systems Consortium (JISC). 
Foundation Degree Forward (2003) ‘Sharing access to learning resources through a university VLE’. 
Book chapter

Hanson, J., Rowe, J., Tunbridge, I. & Wilkes, K. (2004) Designing the future:  partnerships in practice, in Brennan L. & Gosling, D., Making Foundation Degrees Work.  SEEC, 101-123. 


Other academic activities

Involvement in education networks

Since its inception I have been part of the South West Educational Developers Forum (SWEDF) and have organised two of its bi-annual meetings.  In collaboration with colleagues at Edinburgh and Bristol Medical Schools, I organise and am now the principal convener of network meetings for a national ASME Special Interest Group for colleagues who teach on postgraduate clinical education programmes.  


I have mentored staff who are new to teaching on an individual basis.  However, in order to build capacity and add impact to individual mentoring activity, I have designed, implemented and continue to manage an Education Mentor Scheme.  Offered alongside the Masters in Clinical Education programme, a motivated and engaged group of individuals - normally former participants - act as mentors to clinical staff with a particular interest in teaching across a variety of specialties, NHS Trusts and career stages.  I hope to introduce a similar scheme to students on our Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation programme in 2019.

Professional recognition 

Since becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012, and subsequently acting as a panel member for an accredited teaching development scheme, I have developed significant experience as an assessor of applications for Associate Fellowship and Fellowship.  I have also helped to mentor colleagues in making applications for Senior Fellowship.