National Teaching Fellow 2012
Dr Janet Strivens joined the University of Liverpool in 1979 as a lecturer in the School of Education. Driven by a passionate interest in how people learn, she eventually moved into working with staff across the institution to enhance the quality of learning, teaching and assessment.
Janet was instrumental in developing the University’s suite of programmes to train staff in learning and teaching and is currently the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Several generations of staff have now gone through these programmes, providing a network of enthusiastic colleagues to help push forward the University’s agenda for improving the student experience. The most exciting recent development is a fully online Professional Doctorate in Higher Education for which she provided specialist input and will be a member of the supervisory team.
Having always worked closely with colleagues in Liverpool’s School of Medicine, Janet has recently become more deeply involved in medical education. She supported the European Hematology Association’s EU-funded H-Net project, providing online specialist training across Europe. Currently she is working in Pakistan on a British Council-funded project to help meet the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council’s aim of developing introductory medical education programmes for all new staff in medical and dental colleges. As a colleague at the University of Health Sciences in Lahore said:
“[the goal is nothing short of] revoluntionishing the medical education environment, transforming medical education in Punjab from a didactic, teacher-centred landscape to a student-oriented, active-learning one based on the best evidence medical education principles.”
In her role as Senior Associate Director for the Centre for Recording Achievement, Janet is involved in projects and consultancy relating to personal development planning and e-portfolio practice with educational institutions across the UK and internationally. She co-directed a recent HEFCE-funded project which analysed the value of e-portfolio technology in supporting the important employer engagement agenda for higher education.
Educational Developer, Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of Liverpool