Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Professor Christine Jarvis

Tel: 01484 478229

Christine took up the post of PVC Teaching and Learning in 2015.  She began her career working in community education with unemployed young people and went on to teach a wide range of subjects and students in further and adult education.  She worked for Huddersfield Technical College as Access to HE co-ordinator, and she taught literature to mature students for Leeds University’s extra mural department.  In 1992 she moved to the University of Huddersfield, eventually becoming Head of Department.  Before returning to Huddersfield as Dean of Education and Professional Development in 2006, she was Head of Education and Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University, where she taught Renaissance and Eighteenth Century Literature. In 2010, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for her contribution to teaching and learning.

She did undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English and European Literature at the University of Warwick, a Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Leicester, and completed her PhD at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, combining literary studies, cultural studies and education. She has written about the impact of literature on students’ world views, about children’s and young adult fiction, film and television, and about the representation of education in popular culture.

She recently completed a chapter on young adult fiction for ‘Popular Culture as Pedagogy; Research in Adult Education’ edited by Jubas, Taylor and Brown and is working on a chapter on popular fictions as critical adult education for an edited collection on Adult and Lifelong Education and Learning.  With Prof. Kevin Orr, she is co-editor of the journal Studies in the Education of Adults.

As PVC she is responsible for the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy, for working with Schools and Services to secure an excellent student experience and works with registry to ensure the quality of the University’s provision.

Externally she is a member of the Education and Training Foundation’s Expert Panel on Professional Standards and Workforce Development, serves on the Oldham Education and Skills Commission, is a Trustee for CERTA and HEART, a member of Kirklees College Corporation and Chair of Dewsbury Learning Trust.

Christine believes that all learners regardless of background or ability deserve the best educational experience. She also believes that imaginative and creative work should play an important part in education at all levels and that their contribution to intellectual and affective development is profound.  

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