Mary Hennessy Jones

P/T Lecturer - Education

Institute of Education

I have worked in ten different primary schools across Cheshire over 39 years as a teacher and a Head Teacher.

Four years ago I retired from primary education in schools and joined Staffs Uni to support the training of new teachers.

I work as a School Improvement Partner and consultant in primary schools.

I am Chair of Governors in a large primary school in Crewe and a governor in a secondary school.

I work part time as a tutor supporting students to become the best teachers possible for our children. I believe that the quality of relationship between teacher and pupil is critical to the development of children’s brains, hearts and souls.

The other part of my time I work as an artist in the fields of drawing, printmaking, animation and film.

I am currently studying for an MA in Fine Art.

Academic qualifications

  • B Ed hons
  • DACC


  • Primary Education
  • Art
  • Creative development of curriculum
  • Management of behaviours
  • Some SEN expertise
  • Leadership development

Research interests

I am currently researching in the area of art.


I am a tutor for PGCE and QTS students.

Postgraduate supervision

  • I am a tutor on the PGCE primary course,
  • I have worked as a tutor for the Troops to Teachers programme.
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021