National Teaching Fellow 2012
Dr Janet Hargreaves trained as a nursery nurse and registered adult nurse before working in the National Health Service in ophthalmic and operating theatre settings. Clinical teaching with student nurses followed, which was a springboard to a career in higher education now spanning 25 years.
Her current role involves leading learning and teaching, quality assurance and enhancement across a wide variety of disciplines through developing initiatives such as interdisciplinary learning, service user engagement and innovations in learning and teaching. In this role she fosters critical thinking and analytical skills by being curious, creative and open to challenge. She aims to promote an innovative, collegiate environment that is ‘the way we do things here’, rather than something unusual or extraordinary. Fostering and promoting creativity are key strategies, supported by her involvement with Open Art, a not for profit arts and health organisation.
Janet’s teaching is in health care ethics, reflective practice and research across a number of disciplines, as well as supervision and examination of doctoral students. Her passion for professional education and development to be informed by an understanding of ethics, led her to develop creative ways of teaching this subject to make it relevant and accessible. She is proud of her work as a panellist for the Nursing and Midwifery Council Competence and Conduct Committee, which informs this teaching and supports her role.
She is an active researcher with interests in student engagement, inclusivity and links to practice. Janet takes a collaborative approach, wherever possible working across disciplines and institutions and involving students as paid collaborators, rather than solely as research participants. She also takes an historical approach to exploring nurse education and is a founding member of the UK Association of the History of Nursing.
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching
University of Huddersfield