Jane Carnaffan


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Research interests

My research interests are in widening participation, the internationalisation of university education, decolonising the curriculum and intercultural communication. 

If you are interested in teaching materials which promote a non-essentialist approach to intercultural communication, then take a look at the website below, the result of a BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes) funded project:



2021  British Council EME (English Medium Education) and Gender Research Grant Co-authored and won bid with Dr Caroline Burns, Dr Bill Guariento, Associate Professor Roger Penlington (Northumbria University), Ms Amani Al-Mgadma and Professor Hatem Elaydi (Islamic University of Gaza). Project title: An EME-focussed investigation into barriers facing female engineers. Amount: £100,000.

2021  CUSP (Culture for Sustainable and Inclusive) Peace Award (University of Glasgow, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Global Challenges Research Fund) Small Grant, Capacity and Partnership Building Strand Co-authored and won bid with Dr Caroline Burns, Dr Bill Guariento, Associate Professor Roger Penlington (Northumbria University), Ms Amani Al-Mgadma and Professor Hatem Elaydi (Islamic University of Gaza). Project title: Listening to the needs of women to develop female-centred engineering solutions after war through story circles. Amount: £10,000.

2019  BALEAP Collaborative Practice Funding Co-authored and won bid with Dr Caroline Burns (lead researcher), Northumbria University, Dr Guy Middleton (researcher), Northumbria University and Dr Stephanie Bridges (researcher) Nottingham University, Ms Jenny O’Neill, Careers Adviser, Northumbria University, Ms Ellen Cole, Scholarly Publications Librarian, Northumbria University. Project title: Getting to know me, getting to know you: Developing materials to enhance intercultural conversations based on a non-essentialist model of culture. Amount: £1,000.

2016  Erasmus Staff Mobility Award (For teaching Academic English at Jaén University, Spain)

Further Information

I have been a lecturer in English for Academic Language Skills at Northumbria University since 1995 (with breaks to teach in Japan and study for my PhD at Newcastle University). I am currently teaching courses on academic writing and research skills for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I have taught English language in Spain, Paraguay, Bulgaria and Japan. I also have also lectured in Human Geography, specialising in Latin American Development and Sustainable Tourism.

I have been Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Luxembourg University, where I delivered short courses on research article writing and conference skills to postgraduate researchers.

I have an academic background in Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Research Methods and Tourism and Development.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Newcastle University

1 Oct 200430 Nov 2009

Award Date: 30 Nov 2009

Research Methods, MA, Newcastle University

1 Sep 200330 Sep 2004

Award Date: 30 Sep 2004

Social Studies/Science, MA, Open University Milton Keynes

1 Sep 200030 Sep 2004

Award Date: 30 Sep 2004

Modern Languages, PGCE, Lancaster University

1 Sep 199231 Aug 1993

Award Date: 31 Aug 1993

Modern Languages, University of Leeds

1 Sep 199830 Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992

External positions

University of Luxembourg

3 May 201613 May 2016


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