At an early stage of her career as a physiotherapist, working as a clinical tutor in a London teaching hospital, Dr Jane Morris was inspired by educators who adopted a student-centred approach to learning, promoting trust and collaboration between learner and educator.
Throughout her career as a health professional and an academic, she has had a deep interest in practice-based education and a commitment to fostering a high quality student experience, drawing on a philosophy of learning and teaching that recognises students as partners in the learning process. This led her to co-author two core texts on practice-based education, and the development and leadership of interprofessional courses for educators in practice. Through these programmes she created extensive support for health professional students in practice settings.
As Deputy Head of School for Learning and Teaching, she has a lead role in learning, teaching and assessment across the School of Health Sciences. She has adopted a strategic approach to academic leadership, drawing on her comprehensive knowledge of academic provision in health, as a result of extensive experience of learning and teaching, external examining and external reviewing, in practice-based and academic settings. Working collaboratively with teams, she has established a school-wide learning and teaching group to enhance the quality of pedagogic practice, fostering research into learning and teaching. She is actively engaged in a range of cross-institutional committees; co-leading the University’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) steering and operational groups and the development of the IPE strategy.