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Jill Collins

Jill Collins

Senior Lecturer/Project Manager


Equality and Diversity Specialist within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education. Experienced Careers Adviser and this informs many of the current projects and research undertaken. Particular interest in career learning within work experience/work related learning. Undertakes consultancy work with employers, training providers and other organisations to promote inclusive approaches to STEM courses and careers.

  • About

    Jill is a Project Manager with the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology team at Sheffield Hallam University. Jill utilises her skills as a career development professional to work with organisations and individuals and encourage people from under-represented groups (especially woman and girls) to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Jill leads activities relating to equality and diversity including the development of an online toolkit for equality and diversity in STEM. Working with WISE and the UKRC in the past, Jill has developed projects to increase the number of girls in STEM work experience placements, supporting schools and employers in challenging stereotypical choices. Jill is studying for a PhD with a focus on social mobility and career learning through work experience.

    • Career Education and Guidance
    • Women in STEM
    • Intersectionality and social justice in education
    • Equality and diversity in STEM subjects and careers
    • Vocational education, work related learning and work experience
    • Promotion of STEM subjects within an ethical context

  • Teaching

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Women in SET

  • Research

    • Centre for Science Education

    STEMNET South Yorkshire Contract Manager

    Project Manager, Transition Project - collaboration with Sheffield City Council

    Evaluation and project development for 'RAF Experience' programmes across UK

    Equate Scotland CareerWISE evaluations

    Athena SWAN central Self-Assessment Team member and adviser for 5 departments at Sheffield Hallam

    Stimulating Physics Network Education Liaison Officer (Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the North East region)

    Evaluation of RAF-WISE Work Experience Programmes 2009-2012

  • Publications

    Morton, P, Collins, J and Dean, G (2014) Employer Engagement in Education; Quality and / or Quantity, Research Conference for Education and Employers Taskforce, London 23 January 2014

    Collins, J, Dean, G and Morton, P (2013) What is the impact on innovative experiential learning? A longitudinal study of the Royal Air Force work experience, ECER conference, Istanbul, 2013.

    Collins, J, Dean, G and Morton, P (2012) Maximising Opportunities For Career Learning Through Work Experience Placements ECER Conference, Cadiz, 2012

    Morton, P, Collins, J, Eaton, D (2011) Challenging Careers; Work Experience and Equality in STEM Subjects

    Morton, P, Goodwin, A, Kellond, A, Close, K and Collins, J (2011) Investing in the Future Construction Workforce: CSR and work experience placements, International Journal of Construction Management, Special edition, CSR in Construction

    Morton, P and Collins, J (2010) Widening horizons in STEM work experience, Research Conference, Education and Employer Taskforce, University of Warwick, 15 October 2011.

    Morton, P, Collins, J and Eaton, D (2010) Pathways to success: positive steps into built environment higher education for women, Building a Better world, CIB congress 2010, University of Salford, Salford Quays, 10-13 May 2010

    WATERMEYER, Richard, MORTON, Pat and COLLINS, Jill (2016). Rationalising "for" and "against" a policy of school-led careers guidance in STEM in the U.K. : a teacher perspective. International Journal of Science Education, 38 (9), 1441-1458.

    COLLINS, Jill (2013). Evaluation of 'RAF WISE' work experience programmes, RAF Cosford 2009 - 2012. Project Report. Sheffield, Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.

    Morton, Pat, Ishaq, Rihana, Collins, Jill and Eaton, Denise (2008) The Changing Face of Engineering, presented at EE2008 International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education: Loughborough University on 14–16 July 2008.

    Morton, P, Collins, J and Rooker, G (2006) Change in Practice, in Construction Information Quarterly, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 178-180

    Morton, P, Collins, J and Eaton, D (2006) Women in SET, paper presented at 2nd International conference on Interdisciplinarity in Education, ICIE 2006, 11–13 May 2006, Athens, Greece.

  • Other activities

    Member of Council representing England for Career Development Institute
    Member of the Steering Committee for Equate Scotland
    Member of the Programme Leadership Team for Career Ready UK
    Member of Stakeholder Group for CREST Awards
    Member of the Local Advisory Board for Career Academy at Longley Park College, Sheffield
    One of panel judges for Opportunity Now Awards 2013

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