Janet Francis

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Janet started her working life as a secondary school Science teacher. She became very interested in Computer Science and oversaw the installation of a computing laboratory at the school. She then worked with other staff to introduce computers into Science and Mathematics teaching.

Wishing to develop her understanding of Computer Science, Janet left teaching to complete a master’s degree and subsequently worked in the IT industry.

Janet held the positions of Software Engineer, Software Trainer (specialising in Databases), Database Consultant and Technical Services Manager. She later moved into Project Management.

After twelve years in industry, Janet moved back into teaching as a Senior Lecture at Staffordshire University.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Associate Member, LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building

Academic qualifications

  • Doctorate in Education, Staffordshire University (Ongoing)
  • MSc in Computer Science, University of Birmingham
  • PGCE (Science Teaching), Chelsea College, University of London
  • PGCert Research Methods, Staffordshire University

Expertise

  • Data Management and Databases
  • Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • IT Project Management
  • Service Innovation and Digital Transformation
  • Work-based learning

Research interests

  • Apprenticeship and Work-based learning
  • ICT for Service Innovation and Transformation
  • Women in STEM

Enterprise and commercial interests

Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships (SDIPs) in the area of Data Mining and Business Intelligence

Teaching

I am currently involved in teaching the following modules

Face to face
CESCOM10064-3 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC SKILLS
CESCOM10066-3 INTRODUCTION TO WEB AND DATABASE TECHNOLOGIES
CESCOM10092-4 PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SKILLS
CESCOM10093-4 SKILLS FOR COMPUTING PROFESSIONALS
CE00315-5 PROFESSIONAL AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
CE00831-6 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN ORGANISATIONS

Work Based/Distance Learning
CEW10024-5 STUDY SKILLS AND RESEARCH METHODS FOR WORK-BASED LEARNING
CESCOMD10160-6 ICT FOR SERVICE INNOVATION AND MANAGEMENT (DISTANCE LEARNING)
CESCOM10162-6 ICT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
CESCOMD10230-6 CAREER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF ICT SYSTEMS (D/L)
CESCOMD10161-6 ICT HONOURS PROJECT (DISTANCE LEARNING)

I supervise a number of work-based projects and I also manage the following modules which run as part of HND/FDSc awards at our partner colleges.

CESCOM10088-4 PROFESSIONAL AND ACADMIC SKILLS FOR APPLIED IT I
CESCOM10089-4 PROFESSIONAL AND ACADMIC SKILLS FOR APPLIED IT II
CESCOM10097-4 WEB AND DATABASE TECHNOLOGIES
CESCOMW10237-5 INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN ORGANISATIONS (WORK BASED LEARNING)
CESCOM10118-5 GOOD PRACTICE PORTFOLIO
CESCOM10112-5 FDSC PROJECT FOR COMPUTING AND ICT

Publications

Stanier C., Mansfield G, Lawton J., Wilson E., Hasan M., Knight F., Francis J., Cornes R., Eardley W.A., Hodgkiss D., (2017) Sharing Ideas and Practice In Higher Education Proceedings of INTED 2017 ( 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference) 6-8 March 2017, Valencia, Spain

 

Borup, R., Francis, J., Willingham J. (2015) “Developing STEM Skills through Universities and Companies working together – A Marriage made in Heaven?”. Presented at HEA Stem Conference, Nottingham 2015

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/downloads/2.3_borup_willingham-stem_skills.pdf

 

Behl, R. Dearing W., Francis, J., Freed, J., Varga B (2015) (unpublished) “Building a digital ready leadership and workforce” Presented at E-health Conference, London. 2015

 

Uden, L., Francis, J.(2008) Actor-network theory for service innovation, International Journal of Actor Network Theory and Technological Innovation Vol. 1, Issue 1 Pages: 23-44.

 

Uden, L., Francis, J., Dai, W (2008) Service Quality For Service Innovation, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, October 12-15, 2008, Beijing, China, Volume 2 Page(s): 2779-2784

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020