Jane Mackay

Jane Mackay


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Research interests

PhD Candidate 

Jane is a doctoral candidate examining the role of Degree Apprenticeships in education and training.


Jane is interested in:

  • social mobility
  • labour market education and training needs
  • higher education
  • education, training and social mobility policies
  • employer, university and government collaborations


Jane Mackay joined the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as a PhD Candidate in June 2016. Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Nick PearceDr Felicia Fai and Professor Hugh Lauder, will investigate the effect of Degree Apprenticeships on widening participation in Higher Education and the resultant socio-economic impact.


Jane has been involved with social mobility for over 25 years. She developed ‘Returned to Work’ courses for army dependents based in Germany, and then subsequently worked with disaffected teenagers as a School Counsellor in an International Boarding School. Jane then returned to England and set up her own coaching practice working with owner-run businesses. Prior to returning to full-time education, Jane ran the Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Service within a Salisbury school, most importantly widening perspectives and raising aspirations.

In a voluntary capacity, Jane was a member of the Secondary Education and Advisors Group for UCAS giving input into UCAS product and policy issues and their impact on students. Currently Jane is a trustee for a multi-academy trust in South Wiltshire.


Jane holds a BSc in Psychology from The Open University and an MA in Education (Guidance Studies) from The University of Derby – both completed as a mature student part time. Her Masters research, which was focused on career guidance and education, included a project on routes of entry into 6th form and subsequent post-18 destinations – and her dissertation was entitled Employer Engagement within CEIAG in selective schools. Both led to policy and programme changes. 

Education/Academic qualification

Education , Master of Arts, University of Derby

24 Jan 201131 Jan 2015

Award Date: 27 May 2015

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Open University


Award Date: 31 Dec 2001

External positions

Foundation Trustee for Multi Academy Trust


  • Widening Participation
  • Social Mobility
  • Higher Education
  • Education, Training and Social Mobility Policies
  • Labour Market Education and Training
  • Employer, University and Government collaborations


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