Professor Harrington has worked at UWE Bristol for many years and has held management roles at all levels within the Faculty of Business and Law. She started her career as a Research Associate and became a full-time lecturer in 1990. This was followed by numerous programme roles, including Scheme Director of Undergraduate Programmes, Associate Dean of Bristol Business School and most recently Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, a post she has held for the past four years. She has served on the UWE Bristol Board of Governors since 2009, and completed a PhD in 2000.
Professor Harrington has also taken on several external roles including Vice-Chair and member of the Executive of the Association of Business Schools, a seat on the CBI SW council, membership of the Bristol Women’s Commission and a key involvement recently with the CMI 21st Century Leader’s Project.
This project brought together businesses, universities and CMI members to understand what universities should be doing to develop our future leaders.
A working life commitment to UWE Bristol primarily stems from Professor Harrington’s desire to work in the part of the university sector that she believes has the most significant impact on student mobility.
Professor Harrington wants to focus effort on enabling students to achieve their ambitions. She says, “UWE Bristol is a fantastic university that celebrates its diverse student community, recognising the importance that students and staff can and do make to the regional economy through working closely with the business community. We place significant emphasis on ensuring that we embed work-ready skills into our study programmes so that our graduates can make a positive contribution to the economy. It is critical that we continue to support our students through high quality, practically focussed and professionally recognised programmes delivered by outstanding staff.
“I have made it my business to learn from what others are doing with a view to bringing best practice into the university. Through close relationships with businesses and organisations within the region I am always attuned to their agendas as we continue to develop.
“I am looking forward to working across the university and ensuring that our strategy 2020 becomes a reality and enables us to distinguish our offering at UWE Bristol from other universities. It is an exciting remit and I am fortunate to be working with many talented staff and students to realise our vision and strategy.”
Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor congratulated Jane saying, “Jane brings with her a passion for the student experience, teaching and learning and applied research. She has extensive experience of international activity, and quality assurance and enhancement. She will be a huge addition to the Directorate, and the panels and Board were unanimous in their decision. I know she will receive a warm welcome from the university and I look forward to working with her as we focus on the next stage of UWE Bristol’s journey.”