Dr Jan Huyton 


Position:  Senior Lecturer for Youth & Community Work
School:  Cardiff School of Education 
E-mail:  jhuyton@cardiffmet.ac.uk 
Telephone:  029 2041 6499 
Room No:  B112a 

Research Groups:
• Pedagogy And Andragogy Research Group (PARG)

• British Educational Research Association (BERA)
• Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
• Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
• Associate of Chartered Institute of Housing

Research Interests:
• Personal Tutoring in Higher Education
• Workplace Learning and Professional Development
• Boundaries and Ethics of Professional Practice
• The Built Environment


Peer refereed:
Dodge, R., Daly, A.P., Huyton, J., and Saunders, L.D. (2012) 'Defining Wellbeing' in International Journal of Wellbeing (forthcoming)
Huyton, J (2009) 'Significant Personal Disclosure: exploring the support and development needs of higher education tutors engaged in the emotion work associated with supporting students'. Journal of Learning Development In Higher Education [on-line]

Conference papers:
Huyton, J (2012) 'Helping and Supporting Students: a case for the development of collegiality, dialogue and 'practice'' February 7, 2012 SRHE Academic Practice Network 

Huyton, J (2011) 'Reclaiming the back-stage: collegial approaches to professional development for personal tutors' December 7-9, 2011 SRHE Academic Practice Network

Huyton, J., Sanders, L., & Hillier, E (2011) ' Factors affecting the wellbeing of trainee teachers' Higher Education Academy ESCalate funded study. Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference ' Mental Health and the Curriculum; making the connections in Teacher Education' March 2011, University of Cumbria

Huyton, J., Sanders, L., & Hillier, E. (2011)' Wellbeing factors in the vocational preparation of student teachers for the school experience placement' Higher Education Academy ESCalate-funded study ESCalate conference, April 2011, Liverpool Hope University

Huyton, J (2009) 'Toeing a line? Tutors working and the boundary between pedagogy and therapy' April 2009, 3rd International Personal Tutoring Conference (HEA/NACADA)

Huyton, J (2008) 'Doing the Right Thing? Experiences and development needs of academics in student support interactions' December 2008, Society for Research Into Higher Educational Annual Conference

Huyton, J (2008) 'A Question of Time? Perceptions of change in the volume and intensity of student support needs' December 2008, Society for Research Into Higher Education Annual Student Conference

Huyton, J (2008) 'Ethical Issues in Individual Student Support' November 2008, Annual SEDA Conference

Huyton, J (2008) 'Emotional Support: who offers it and who needs it?' March 2008, 5th Learning Development in Higher Education Symposium

Research Reports:
Huyton, J. & Sanders, L. (2011) 'Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Education (ESCalate) Themed funding: Student Well-being Grant Project Final Report 'Trainee teachers' physical and mental wellbeing: a study of university and school experience provision' 26th September 2011


 Project Funding  Amount  Year(s)  Partner(s) 
Student Wellbeing (joint project with Lalage Sanders, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, in partnership with Edinburgh University and University of the West of England)  http://escalate.ac.uk/6850 ESCalate (Higher Education Academy Subject Centre) £10,000.00  2010-2011 Lalage Sanders, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, in partnership with Edinburgh University and University of the West of England


Dr. Jan Huyton has been a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Met’s School of Education since 2004 when she became Programme Director of the Community Education undergraduate programme, having previously spent 3 years as a Programme Director within Cardiff Met's Housing Studies undergraduate programme. During this time Jan achieved the PGCE (PCET) and fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Jan is now has an additional role as the School of Education PDP and Personal Tutoring Co-ordinator. Her doctoral thesis at Edinburgh University explored the personal tutoring role in UK higher education. This study combined interpretivist and critical theory and utilised innovative reflective practice methods.

Jan  graduated with a BA (Hons) in English from Lancaster University in 1987. After many years of experience in the voluntary sector, including housing, community development and education, she returned to academia, achieving an MSc (distinction) in Housing from Cardiff University, and decided to opt for an academic career.

Commensurate with a wider interest in higher education institutions, Jan has managed the delivery of study programmes for colleagues from King Saud University and other universities from the Arab Gulf states. The programmes have been designed around managing and enhancing quality in higher education.

Jan received a Cardiff Met Extended Research Leave award in 2008, during which time she conducted and disseminated the findings of a UK-wide on-line survey researching the experiences of higher education tutors. The results of this survey, combined with findings from her doctoral research, underpin Jan’s views on the state of personal tutoring in the UK, and the need for radical reform.

In 2010 Jan received a research grant from the Higher Education Academy subject centre for Education (ESCalate). This award facilitated research into the emotional and physical well-being of trainee teachers, with particular interest in the impact of Fitness to Teach guidance. The research was carried out with fellow team members Dr Lalage Sanders (Graduate Studies Co-ordinator, Cardiff School of Health Sciences) and Emily Hillier (Research Assistant, Cardiff School of Education).

Jan teaches across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate professional education programmes and has a particular interest in workplace learning on professionally accredited higher education programmes. She also specialises in teaching qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on innovative methods for reflective, emancipatory research.

Jan has held a number of external examiner positions. She is currently an external examiner on the MA Youth/Health and Community Development programme at De Montfort University (DMU), and has also been external at DMU on the Theory and Practice of Parenting MA. She was previously external examiner on the Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education at Strathclyde University and has recently been appointed external examiner on the BA (Hons) Community learning at Aberdeen University. Jan is a regular member of academic validation panels for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She also contributes to professional validation panels for the National Youth Agency.

Jan is currently working on disseminating, via publication, the findings of her work on personal tutoring. She is also engaged with disseminating the findings of the research into trainee teacher well-being via a series of presentations which will inform publication and policy engagement in this area. She is currently in receipt of an Academic Development Fund grant from the Learning and Teaching Development Unit (LTDU)at Cardiff Met, and is producing electronic resources for personal tutor development in collaboration with LTDU.